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Liberty Global appoints Mockridge as CEO of Virgin Media

May 8, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global announced that it has picked former News Corp. executive Tom Mockridge as Virgin Media’s new CEO. Mockridge will take over for current Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett once the $23 billion deal, which is subject to shareholder approvals, closes

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Technicolor picks MaxLinear’s chipset to power hybrid box

May 8, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Technicolor is going with Max Linear’s chips to power its new hybrid satellite / terrestrial (ISDB-T) HD set-top boxes for the Latin America market. Specifically, Technicolor will be using MaxLinear’s MxL683 chip in the box that was designed for direct-to-home satellite operators in Latin America. 

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The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.

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Second-screen CTO Vendor Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:10 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

CED’s CTO roundtable has mined the thoughts of cable operator executives for years now, but this is the first iteration of a vendor CTO roundtable. CED narrowed the field to chief technical officers, or the equivalent, that play a part in the multi-screen ecosystem.

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Open Mic: Cable’s best strategy for winning the multi-screen numbers game

May 8, 2013 12:23 am | by Buddy Snow, President, CEO, Morega Systems | Articles | Comments

Service providers are transitioning to a multi-screen service model, offering subscribers access to media content at home and on the go across TVs, PCs, and mobile devices. These media mobility services remain annoyingly cumbersome today, but the industry recognizes the need to push forward and smooth out the wrinkles as quickly as possible.

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Ciciora’s Corner: The Second Half of the Chess Board

May 7, 2013 8:51 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Futurist Ray Kurzweil is reported to have coined the phrase “the second half of the chessboard” to illustrate the impact of exponential growth. The cable industry and the semiconductor industry have both experienced exponential growth. Let’s use this interesting idea to take a closer look at exponential growth.

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Memory Lane: Predicting the Internet, cable-style

May 7, 2013 8:37 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

If you’ve been around awhile, or are of “a certain age,” you may recall a few early attempts to couple cable’s distribution infrastructure with text and graphical information. You know: stuff you might label today as “content.” Starting in the early 1980s, a parade of initiatives flew across cable’s radar, launched by some big names (then) in media and publishing, plus a few homespun start-ups.

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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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