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Netflix says RCN delivers streams faster in Boston

September 3, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it came to which ISP served up its video streams the fasted in the Boston area, Netflix said RCN was faster than the likes of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications. For the second quarter, RCN took top honors in Beantown in Netflix’s first Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot by outperforming other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70 percent.

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Zon tunes up ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine

September 3, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Portuguese operator Zon announced it has gone live with ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine across its liner and VOD services. In order to provide its Iris subscribers with better recommendation and search capabilities, ThinkAnalytics’ search engine was integrated with Cisco’s Snowflake user interface

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Verizon sees few changes to US wireless business

September 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is huge for both companies, although Verizon customers in the U.S. are unlikely to see any big changes to their bills or their service. Verizon is buying the 45 percent of its wireless business owned by British cellphone carrier Vodafone.

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Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. 

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Time Warner, CBS reach accommodation, end blackout

September 2, 2013 7:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies were in dispute over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.

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CCAP seeps into CMTS market

August 29, 2013 4:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The first CCAP deployments are reported underway, with initial installations consisting largely of denser CMTS and QAM equipment. Cisco and Arris have established themselves as the frontrunners in the CMTS market, but competition is intensifying as vendors vie for share ahead of potential CCAP deployments.

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Transparent caching catching on

August 29, 2013 4:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Transparent caching is essentially edge caching, ultimately on behalf of OTT providers.  Several companies have solutions in which they cut deals with either the MVPDs or with the CDNs to do transparent caching. The amount of equipment that needs to be added can be minimized, and the improvement in quality of service (QoS) ultimately benefits everyone all up and down the value chain.

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Enterprise router market shows signs of life

August 29, 2013 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The global enterprise router market saw a surge revenue in the most recent second quarter, but it’s too early to say whether the turnaround was complete. According to a report by Infonetics Research, the global enterprise router market totaled $945 million in the second quarter, up 12 percent from the first quarter, and up 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

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Charter scores ESPN Goal Line, Buzzer Beater

August 29, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The college football season kicks off this week and most of Charter Communications’ subscribers will now be able to keep track of the all the action with ESPN Goal Line. Authenticated Charter customers that subscribe to the cable operator’s Sports Tier and Digi Tier 2 packages can access ESPN Goal Line, as well as ESPN Buzzer Beater when the college hoops season tips off, in HD.

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AT&T adds more TVE options for Longhorn Network

August 29, 2013 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T and ESPN announced that AT&T subscribers can now access the Longhorn Network’s live video content online and on their iPhone and iPod touch devices. AT&T customers that have the Longhorn Network as part of their video package can authenticate themselves with their member IDs and passwords. 

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SMC gateways bond 16 channels for 800 MHz

August 29, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SMC Networks will be using MaxLinear’s digital receivers for a line of DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems and gateways, including a new 16x4 cable gateway family. In full 16-channel receive mode of operation, the receiver provides up to 800Mbps downstream speeds and consumes less than 110 mW per channel. 

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Valley Tech offers to buy Alvarion for about $5.8M

August 29, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The court-appointed receiver responsible for Alvarion is recommending a sale of the company for about $5.8 million in total, to Valley Telecom, which provides telecommunications services to an international clientele. The deal would be contingent upon approval of a plan to compensate Alvarion’s creditors.

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TiVo’s Roamio DVRs cue up Opera

August 29, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo’s new Roamio line of DVRs will feature a range of HTML5-based apps thanks to a new partnership with Opera Software. With the partnership, TiVo’s Roamio users can blend in HTML5 apps from the Opera TV Store while reaping the fruits of developers that take part in Opera’s SDK effort.

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Frontier part of 1 Gbps build in Illinois

August 29, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will take part in the build out of a $1.5 million 1 Gbps network in Southern Illinois. The network, which was announced by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, will serve residents, businesses and institutions, and is partnership between the city of Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Connect SI.

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Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

August 29, 2013 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

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