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TiVo enables viewing of recordings outside home

October 25, 2013 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they're away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo's Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn't working when the devices launched in August.

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Chip growth leads Samsung to another record profit

October 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

amsung Electronics Co. reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to 8 trillion won ($7.5 billion).

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Rowley takes the reins of Cox Business

October 24, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced today that it has tapped seasoned telecom executive Steve Rowley to lead Cox Business. Rowley replaced Phil Meeks as the head of Cox Business following the departure of Phil Meeks to Time Warner Cable earlier this year.  

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AT&T posts higher 3Q profit as revenue grows

October 24, 2013 10:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported its U-verse TV and Internet service reached 10 million subscribers during the third quarter, with one of the biggest gains in TV viewers in the history of the service. AT&T's third-quarter profit and revenue increased as the nation's largest telecommunications company added more smartphone and broadband subscribers.

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Building a better customer experience

October 24, 2013 10:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV apps and recommendation engines are two ways that cable operators can keep subscribers from wandering away into the arms of another service provider. Wednesday’s Cable-Tec Expo session “The evolving customer experience” provided an overview of TV apps, personalized recommendation engines, and cloud-based services.

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Cancienne joins Charter as vice president, legislative affairs

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Earlier this week, Paul J. Cancienne II joined Charter Communications as vice president, legislative affairs. In this role, Cancienne oversees Charter's federal legislative efforts and is based in the company's Washington, DC office. 

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Allen named VP of Comcast Business for West Division

October 24, 2013 9:04 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

 Comcast Business recently announced that Jeff Allen was named vice president of the West Division. In his new role, Allen will oversee market development for Comcast Business in seven regions across 11 states. 

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Shaw Business checks in with Canad Inns

October 24, 2013 8:27 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Business signed a multi-year agreement with Canad Inns to deliver its video, voice and data services. Shaw will serve 16 Canad Inns locations across Manitoba and in Grand Forks, North Dakota, including hotels, restaurants and various other attractions.

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SCTE Foundation ACEs $2.2 in fundraising campaign

October 23, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation announced that it had surpassed the $2.2 million mark in money raised to advance the capabilities of the cable telecommunications engineering workforce as part of its Advancing Cable Excellence (ACE) campaign. At a meeting of the SCTE Foundation Board Wednesday at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, the Foundation recognized more than a dozen new donors.

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Comcast, Ciena conduct live 1 Terabit trial

October 23, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

By demonstrating the ability to increase the traffic carrying capacity by 2.5 times, this trial showed how Comcast’s existing fiber network can scale to keep pace with the bandwidth demands of cloud computing, video, and multimedia applications, as well as data center connectivity.

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Sony offering sharable clips on Vudu

October 23, 2013 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. The initiative gives people who buy movies on Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.

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Pace to lay out $310M for Aurora Networks

October 23, 2013 9:48 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pace is buying Aurora Networks for $310 million, a deal that will combine the former’s set-top and gateway business with the latter’s fiber access network portfolio. Pace said it intends to maintain the Aurora brand, and keep Aurora’s current management team in place after the acquisition.

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Werner to chair 2014 Cable-Tec Expo program

October 22, 2013 7:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next year. Cable-Tec 2014 will be September 23-26, in Denver. Werner will drive the development of educational content that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation products and services for Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

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Expo: A cable state of mind

October 22, 2013 7:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The final panel of the opening general session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wasn’t so much about getting down to the brass tacks of cable technology, but more about giving attendees tips that they could take back to their respective jobs. Part and parcel of creating a more nimble cable dynamic is providing employees, including field technicians, the proper tools to succeed, which in turn made them happier workers.

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Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays

October 22, 2013 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs.

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