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Amino names Wilks director of engineering

May 9, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amino Communications announced this morning that Martin Wilks has joined the company as its director of Engineering. With over 10 years’ experience in the set-top box market, Martin joined the company’s executive team with responsibility for both software and hardware development.

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TiVo ups the ante on viewer data mining

May 8, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Taking TV advertising metrics to yet another new level, TiVo’s research subsidiary has signed up 48K TiVo users who have agreed to provide far more information about their individual viewing and buying habits. The service can give advertisers an even more detailed view correlating ad spending and buying behavior.

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TWC updates app for Android devices to include out-of-home viewing

May 8, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWC TV app for Android devices, which includes access to some content out of subscribers’ homes. Last month Time Warner Cable announced some of its VOD content and live programming were available to customers outside of their homes on Apple’s iOS devices.

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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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