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New Products - May 2013 CED

May 1, 2013 5:54 pm | by CED CED Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware debuts new backup, recovery service. Envivio integrates with Adobe Primetime.OMG: Pixelmetrix expands OTT lineup.

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Mediaroom VP joins SeaWell board

May 1, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pete Thompson, vice president of Microsoft Mediaroom, has joined the board of directors of SeaWell Networks. Before joining Microsoft, Thompson developed new products and services at T-Mobile, Graviton, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Levi Strauss & Co.

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Wheeler on tap to head FCC

May 1, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama plans to name a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to head the Federal Communications Commission. Tom Wheeler is former head of both the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association and the National Cable Television Association.

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Comcast's Q1 fueled by price hikes

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

Price increases on video service and customers upgrading to HD packages and digital video recorders (DVRs) helped boost Comcast’s first quarter profit by 17 percent. It lost 60K basic video subs, but  increased its broadband subscriber count by 433,000 in the quarter. It also added 211,000 new voice customers.

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CenturyLink uncorks 1 Gig pilot in Omaha

May 1, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Next week in Omaha, Neb. CenturyLink will fire up a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) service that feature speeds of up 1 Gbps. The service will eventually be available to 48,000 business and residential customers in CenturyLink’s Omaha footprint.

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TWC changes Twitter customer care handle

May 1, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning it had changed its Twitter customer care handle to @TWC_Help. The new customer care handle gives Time Warner Cable a more unified front with all Time Warner Cable Twitter handles following the “TWC” designation.  

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Report: Ethernet switch market evolving

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market is undergoing a transformation as end users start to favor products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the data center, enterprise, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and carrier Ethernet services.

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Harmonic adds Netflix presets to transcoder

April 30, 2013 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has created transcoding presets for its ProMedia Carbon transcoder specifically for preparing to deliver video to Netflix. The presets are designed to enable to speed the process of programmers using ProMedia Carbon to transform video and audio content into media formats optimized for Netflix.

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Cablevision sells off theatre chain

April 30, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision continued divesting non-core businesses with the sale of the vast majority of its Clearview Cinema chain of movie theatres to Bow Tie Cinemas, though the company will retain ownership of the Ziegfeld in New York City. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Time Warner Cable deploys HD DTAs across New York City

April 30, 2013 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s all-digital project is rolling into other areas of its New York City footprint and the nation’s second-largest cable operator is using HD digital transport adapters (DTAs) from Cisco. The HD DTAs allow subscribers to tap into HD services without more expensive DVRs or set-top boxes that require CableCards.

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Former AOL exec replaces Esteves as TWC’s CFO

April 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced yesterday afternoon that former AOL executive Arthur Minson will replace Irene Esteves as the company’s chief financial officer. Minson, who formerly worked at Time Warner Cable, will start his new job on Thursday while Esteves’ last day is tomorrow.

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Comcast Business extends network to N.H. business park

April 30, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that it had made a major investment to serve up its entire suite of Ethernet, data, voice and video services to 250 businesses in Portsmouth, N.H. The businesses are located in Pease International Tradeport, which was an Air Force base that has been turned into a business park.

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OTT programmers converge on NYC

April 29, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the last 12 months, companies like Netflix, Yahoo, and YouTube have experimented with original programming, with some hits and some misses. But there were more than enough hits to encourage over-the-top programmers to keep trying.  They'll all be in New York City this week talking about it at the second Digital NewFronts conference.

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Telesystem begins network upgrade

April 29, 2013 1:22 pm | News | Comments

Buckeye Cablesystem sister company Telesystem said it has embarked on a network upgrade to achieve 99.999 percent availability for its IP-based services. Five-nines availability translates to no more than 5.26 minutes of downtime per rolling year.

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Cox tunes in MoviePlex suite of services

April 29, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has launched the full slate of MoviePlex services from Starz, which included the multi-screen service MoviePlex Play. Cox subscribers can now watch MoviePlex, MoviePlex On Demand, and the MoviePlex Play authenticated online TV Everywhere service as part of their Cox Advanced TV package.

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