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Media: Bright House Networks preps 90 Mbps D3 tier

April 25, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks subscribers in Tampa and Central Florida will be able to tap into a new DOCSIS 3.0-based tier that features up to 90 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps up. Bright House Networks is currently letting customers sign up for its Lightning 90 service.

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Comcast, EcoFactor win home automation award

April 25, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation vendor EcoFactor recently won an award from GTM Research for working with Comcast on the cable operator’s Xfinity Home service. Last year EcoFactor integrated its SaaS infrastructure with Comcast to provide Xfinity Home subscribers monthly HVAC savings on their energy bills.

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SCTE adds standard for ad zapping

April 24, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The SCTE has published a new standard that covers the ability of programmers and operators to control fast forwarding on-demand content.  “Stream Restriction Data Model” documents how the industry can to selectively enable or disable Fast Forwarding in on-demand content and advertising.

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ActiveVideo taps Brockman as CTO

April 24, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO. The position has been open since Rogers Communications hired away ActiveVideo’s previous CTO, John Callahan, almost a year ago. Brockmann was working for Avinity Systems when ActiveVideo acquired it three years ago.

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Bright House Networks, Verizon Wireless ring up 4 more markets

April 24, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Bright House Networks’ cross-promotional bundles have rolled into four more markets; Bakersfield, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis and Detroit. The latest launches of the joint marketing effort followed up on the initial launch in Orlando late last year

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RCN partners up to enable free Wi-Fi service in Boston

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business Services has forged a partnership with two other companies that will enable free Wi-Fi access in the Boston area. RCN’s piece of the puzzle is providing the backhaul necessary to connect the small cells to the core network. 

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Cable One spending $60 million on upgrade

April 24, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One is spending $60 million on a infrastructure enhancement, which includes upgrading nearly 50,000 amps, installing more than 600 nodes, replacing 800 miles of cable and adding 600 miles of fiber. The project started last year and will continue through next year.

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Netflix scores big with original programs

April 23, 2013 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netflix's move to compete against traditional cable-TV channels with original programming is pulling in more subscribers to its Internet video service and winning back investors who doubted the company's ability to cultivate distinctive entertainment. First quarter results prove it.

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CBS invests in Aereo alternative

April 23, 2013 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. says it has made a minority investment in Syncbak, a technology company that allows mobile device users to pick up signals from their local TV stations over the Internet. The broadcaster said it would like to work closely with cable, satellite and telecommunications companies on building the capability.

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TWC taps Meeks to run Business Services

April 23, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired Phil Meeks, who had been running Cox Business for the last few years, to run its Business Services unit. Meeks will get the new title of executive vice president and chief operating officer for Business Services.

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Rogers prospers in first quarter

April 23, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers lost 25,000 TV customers, leaving it with 2.18 million at the end of the quarter. Those losses were measured against a gain of 26,000 broadband subscribers, bringing the total of wireline Internet customers to 1.89 million. Toss in 17,000 new phone subscribers, and Rogers increased its overall number of revenue generation units by 35,000, to 5.1 million.

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Cox cues up Android devices for TV Everywhere app

April 23, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced this morning that its Cox TV Connect app now supports Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 and Note tablets. Prior to the addition of Android devices today, Cox’s app worked with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices

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TWC’s security service launches in Dallas

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dallas is the latest city to launch Time Warner  Cable’s home automation service, which is called IntelligentHome. Time Warner Cable has previously said it planned on having IntelligentHome rolled out across its entire footprint by year’s end.

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Aereo plans Boston TV party

April 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo is rolling its streaming TV service into the Boston area where it will take on Comcast and RCN. Aereo will square off against Comcast’s next generation, IP/QAM-based X1 platform in Beantown, which was made its debut in Boston last year. 

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ATX hires EMEA business development director

April 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ATX Networks has hired Ofer Kachan as director of business development, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia). He will be responsible for promoting and executing sales for the company’s digital video products and solutions. Ofer joins ATX from Rotal Networks where he was the regional sales director.

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