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Engineering-Wise: Cable’s place atop the operations world

May 7, 2013 8:26 pm | by Marty Davidson, VP Engineering & Network Operations, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Cable has made incredible progress in network and service reliability/availability. From vast improvements of the early days to the introduction of lifeline services like voice, we have reduced customer reported troubles from 40 percent to under 3 percent in an amazingly short time. Network troubles have followed a similar trajectory.

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Capital Currents: That notorious copyright decision

May 7, 2013 8:10 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

You’ve certainly read about that notorious decision by the Librarian of Congress that made it illegal for a cell phone owner to “unlock” a cell phone so that it can be used with a different carrier. But that same decision, which came out last October, contains other elements, including some that apply more directly to our business.

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YouTube reportedly set to carry pay channels

May 7, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is reportedly set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment. The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It's not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising.

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Active Broadband heads to IMS over DOCSIS

May 7, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Active Broadband Networks said its service management system now supports the IMS Rx interface as specified in PacketCable 2.0. The support for the interface paves the way for the delivery of IMS services over DOCSIS networks by providing support for PCMM policy control via the Diameter-based Rx interface.

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Suddenlink attracts subscribers; sets telephony project

May 7, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink’s Q1 2013 revenue was up 6.4 percent compared to the company’s earnings in its first quarter last year. The company noted that its capex spending would increase with the adoption of its own telephony platform, a process that began in March and is planned to be implemented largely in 2014.

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Charter moves ahead with cloud-based UI

May 7, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With over a year at the helm of Charter Communications, Tom Rutledge’s vision for the nation’s fourth-largest cable operators is firming up across multiple fronts. Rutledge said on this morning’s first quarter earnings call that Charter’s all-digital conversion project and cloud-based user interface (UI) were two of the company’s biggest objectives this year.

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thePlatform cues up live events console for broadcasters

May 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Today video publishing vendor thePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, released a Web-based console that was designed to help programmers and broadcasters manage live events across multi-screen devices. The console, which is an add-on to thePlatform’s mpx video publishing system, allows thePlatform’s customers to schedule and manage live events, such as sports, news or award shows.

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Mediacom’s revenues increase in first quarter

May 6, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included revenue increases from the same period a year ago. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator reported basic video subscriber losses, but continued the trend of adding data customers into the fold.

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Former Insight, Mediacom execs clock in at BCI

May 6, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has hired Vin Zachariah as its senior vice president of residential services while Diane Quennoz has joined the executive team as senior vice president of marketing. Starting today, both Zachariah and Quennoz report to BCI Broadband CEO and President Jeffrey DeMond.

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Report: Residential gateways key to multi-screen video delivery

May 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, residential gateways are taking on added importance when it comes to the delivery of multi-screen video in subscribers’ homes. The report by Infonetics Research also said that the number of operators offering home automation services via residential gateways would grow to 44 percent by next year.

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Clearwire urges stockholders to vote yes on Sprint deal

May 6, 2013 12:34 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire outlined its exhaustive efforts to turn around its fortunes in the WiMax wholesale market in a letter sent Monday to stockholders. But the company continually returned to the conclusion that Sprint’s $2.97 per share offer was not only the best deal but really the only deal that would save Clearwire before its liquidity runs dry.

Cablevision tunes into Sprout

May 3, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has inked a distribution deal with kids’ network Sprout that includes access to TV Everywhere programming. Sprout’s content is geared towards children from the ages of 2 to 5 and its currently available in more than 50 million homes.

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Comcast Business carries the load for PBS Coals

May 3, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Comcast Business’ Ethernet services are doing the heavy lifting for PBS Coals, which is the fourth-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. In order to serve PBS Coals, Comcast Business extended its fiber network to the company’s 10 mining and processing facilities located across Somerset County. 

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Study: OTN switching ready for primetime

May 3, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical transport networks (OTN) switching are reaching mainstream status with service providers. To wit: 86 percent of the service providers surveyed by Infonetics Research said they planned to deploy OTN switching. Packet-optical is a niche market today, representing only 10 percent of all optical spending, but by 2016 nearly all operator respondents want systems that integrate OTN switching and packet switching in the same platform

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Shawnee approves Google Fiber

May 3, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb. The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal with Google.

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