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Revolv taking orders for home automation product

August 8, 2013 2:20 pm | News | Comments

The Revolv device includes a Wi-Fi Hub and a free cloud connectivity service plan for $299. It is designed to unify connected, off the shelf (OTS) home devices by providing a single interface to control all of them. Devices that can be controlled through the Revolv system include the Sonos music system, Philips Hue wireless lighting, Yale automated locks, and several thermostats.

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Clearleaps sets European HQ in Amsterdam

August 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap has opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam, after having established a pair of data centers there, one in Amsterdam and another in Frankfurt. The company said it has appointed Preben Schack as vice president of sales EMEA to drive growth and sales across Europe.

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It's a trend: pay TV subscribers, penetration both declining

August 8, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The latest figures show that the penetration of multichannel video program distributor (MVPD) service peaked two years ago, and since then has been steadily decreasing. Another recent estimate is that the total number of basic video subscribers has dropped for the third straight quarter.

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Time Warner Cable, CBS remain at loggerheads

August 7, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS chief executive Les Moonves rejected an offer from Time Warner Cable to end a blackout over fees that lingered into its fifth day Tuesday, calling it a clever public relations ploy. In a letter released Tuesday, Moonves rebuffed Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt's offer to allow CBS to sell its programming to consumers "a la carte" instead of bundled with other channels.

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Powell, Hart to open Cable-Tec Expo

August 7, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and former chairman of the FCC, will headline the opening general session of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The opening keynote will feature a conversation between Powell and Kevin Hart, executive vice president and CTO of Cox Communications and chairman of the Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee.

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Cogeco names CEO of Canadian cable unit

August 7, 2013 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has appointed Louise St-Pierre president and chief executive officer of Cogeco Cable Canada. St-Pierre joined Cogeco Cable in 1999 as vice president and chief information officer. In the most recent in a series of promotions, she was senior vice president, residential services, a position in which she served for the last four years.

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Ergen: mergers needed to offset programmer leverage

August 7, 2013 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen says pay TV distributors may have to merge to even the playing field if the government doesn't curb the power of TV networks in fee disputes. His comments came amid the backdrop of a fee dispute that has cut off CBS programming to some 3 million Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network subscribers for more than five days.

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Dish tops 300K broadband subs in Q2

August 6, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network posted losses of $11.1 million during the second quarter as the number of total pay-TV subscribers declined and the company spent hundreds of millions on new satellites. Total pay-TV subscribers declined about 78,000 in the quarter, leaving the company still with about 14 million video subs.

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ThinkAnalytics names Martin chief technical advisor

August 6, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Martin, the founder of iBox, is perhaps best known for having been in charge of solutions engineering at Canoe Ventures. At ThinkAnalytics, Martin will be responsible for working with service provider customers on solutions architecture and system integration work, in addition to advising on product strategy.

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Group advocates optical networking for LANs

August 6, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M have formed an association to promote the use of passive optical network (PON) technology in LANs. The adoption of passive optical LANs, replacing copper-based Ethernet, would represent a revolutionary change for the IT industry, as well as for every company that provides business services, and thus the need for an organization to encourage the transition.

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Conax packages hosted multiscreen for LatAm ops

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax has devised a hosted IP solution, specifically for the Latin America pay-TV market, that is based on its own Contego Unite system and includes middleware from partner Cubiware. The solution would be installed by system integrator Bold MSS. Customers will be able to use the system to offer services that include OTT VOD and multiscreen delivery.

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Mediacom calls excessive retrans demands “pilfering"

August 6, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom, a company whose executives are not known for mincing words, threw its support behind Time Warner Cable, which is fighting CBS over the programmer’s demands for higher retransmission fees. Mediacom said, “...millions of consumers in over 50 markets stretching from New York City to Honolulu have been blacked out by broadcast station owners attempting to pilfer billions of dollars from the pockets of hardworking American families."

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Ensequence hires advisor as COO

August 5, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ensequence has hired former Cablevision Media Sales executive David Kline as its chief operating officer. The company said it hired Kline to lead the development of new and interactive advertising products and services working with distributors, programmers and advertisers.

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Time Warner Cable - CBS blackout persists through 4th day

August 5, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other cities remained without access to CBS for a fourth day, after the MSO dropped the network in an argument over the escalation of fees CBS is demanding for TWC to retransmit its signals. Bright House Networks, long allied with TWC, has also dropped CBS stations in central Florida markets.

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Obama Taps Top GOP Aide for Republican FCC Post

August 5, 2013 11:45 am | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Obama last week nominated congressional aide Mike O’Rielly for the FCC commissioner spot left vacant by the departing Republican Robert McDowell. O’Rielly currently serves as a policy adviser to the Senate Republican Whip, Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican. Obama already nominated wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler as the next FCC Chairman, taking over for Julius Genachowski.

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