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Memory Lane: Let’s be friends. Again.

September 11, 2013 6:47 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

The 1980s were sweet times for cable programmers. Flush with cash from a dual-revenue stream economic model that was the envy of the TV business, they were rising in power and eager to grow. Cable companies recognized how essential these programming providers were to the growth of their industry, particularly as cable began to push into major metropolitan markets.

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Capital Currents: 5 GHz Unlicensed Devices

September 11, 2013 6:40 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

 The FCC regulates the 5725-5850 MHz “WiFi” band under Section 15.247 of the FCC Rules. But much of the current interest deals with the bands known as U-NII. An important part of the FCC proceeding deals with two bands in the 5 GHz range that are not currently allocated for either WiFi or U-NII use. The big dispute is over interference.

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Dutch KPN operation switches to cloud UI

September 11, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Glashart Media is using CloudTV H5 from ActiveVideo to deliver cloud UIs and other rich interactive services – including an EPG, on-demand video, Cloud DVR, and other applications. These capabilities are now live in approximately 140,000 homes, all equipped with thin clients.

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STMicroelectronics chip gets DOCSIS 3.0 certification

September 11, 2013 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The first of STMicroelectronics’ DOCSIS 3.0 silicon products supports the bonding of up to 16 downstream and 4 upstream channels, enabling data speeds of up to 800 Mbps downstream and 108 Mbps upstream. Another supports the bonding of 12 channels.

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AT&T closes $1.9B deal for Verizon spectrum

September 11, 2013 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.

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Comcast promotes Jenckes, Charytan, Khoury; hires Brassel

September 11, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has passed out promotions to Lynn Charytan, Jennifer Khoury and Marcien Jenckes, and hired newcomer Ed Brassel to a newly created job. After previously serving as senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast Cable, Jenckes has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer services.

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TWC promotes FitzPatrick to SVP, CFO of residential services

September 11, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently announced that Mark FitzPatrick had been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of residential services. FitzPatrick, who now reports to executive vice president and chief financial officer Artie Minson, now oversees all areas of finance for the company’s residential, media and video operations.

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Deutsche Telekom deploys TVE with MobiTV

September 11, 2013 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom has completed the first phase of its TV Everywhere service roll out with MobiTV. The streaming service, which is called Entertain2Go,  provisions video across various devices to deliver live TV and VOD-based programming to subscribers.

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2 Cox employees indicted in $943,000 embezzlement

September 11, 2013 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two former Cox Communications employees accused of embezzling more than $940,000 from the company have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Officials said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joysha Flucker and 38-year-old Sakia Allen of Jonesboro had access to the company's electronic invoicing system that tracked payments to third parties.

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Ultra HD, HEVC advancing on parallel paths

September 10, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ultra HD is becoming an ever more viable option as the industry develops supporting solutions. NetInsight is demonstrating lossless 4K distribution; Elemental Technologies is showing a 4K delivery solution; Sagemcom is demonstrating gateways that support Ultra HD, aka 4K; and the DVB consortium of European video distributors is running multiple 4K demos.

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EarthLink set to offer wireless residential broadband

September 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EarthLink is about to start offering a residential broadband service in 80 U.S. markets, to complement the mobile service the company introduced in June. Both service uses Clearwire’s WiMAX network, following a deal the two companies signed a year ago.

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Netflix breaks through with Virgin Media

September 10, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix has broken through the pay TV barrier by announcing this morning it will integrate its streaming service with Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes. Starting this week, Virgin Media subscribers with TiVo set-top boxes will be able to toggle back and forth between Netflix’s streaming library and Virgin Media’s content from the same guide.

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Cablevision sings a new TVE tune with Music Choice

September 10, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new TV Everywhere-based agreement, Cablevision’s video subscribers are now able to tune into Music Choice’s 46 commercial free music channels and videos across the nation on any broadband connection. Music Choice’s collection of on demand music, which is grouped by categories, is available via Optimum’s TV to Go platform on computers and supported portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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Comcast hires Stutts as new regional VP of external affairs for California

September 10, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has named Mary Stutts to the to the newly-created position of regional vice president of external affairs for Comcast California. In her new job, Stutts will report to Hank Fore, regional senior vice president for Comcast California. She will oversee all aspects of Comcast’s communications, government affairs, community investment and telecommunications policy matters throughout the state. 

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Yahoo tunes into mobile video with new application

September 9, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. The app, called Yahoo Screen, is set up to make the experience of sifting through video on smartphones and tablet computers more like channel surfing on a television.

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