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Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

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Google unveils box for business videoconferences

February 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.

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Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

February 7, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia. Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years, things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds. 

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Canoe certifies This Technology's MetaMore

February 6, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canoe’s certification assures programmers that they can use This Technology’s cloud-based metadata asset management system to efficiently create and distribute information about video assets for VOD and advanced advertising. The result is streamlined metadata authoring, automated input for multiple system types and efficient delivery of dynamic ads on VOD.

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Ericsson doubles down on multiscreen with Azuki purchase

February 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson said it “will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies.” The Azuki Media Platform manages both live and on-demand content for multi-screen delivery, complete with ad insertion.

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Cochran to take over as CEO at WOW

February 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Cochran will take over the tiller at WOW when he succeeds current CEO Colleen Abdoulah on April 1. Abdoulah, who has led WOW since 2002, will continue in her role as chair of the company’s board of directors. Cochran is currently president of WOW. Marketing officer Cathy Kuo will take over Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as chief operating officer.

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CSG has got your back in cyber attacks

February 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International announced this morning the worldwide launch of its new cyber security platform, which was designed for the enterprise security sector. CSG applied its 30-years of experience in telecommunications technology to its new enterprise security business, which is known as “CSG Invotas.”

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Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. 

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Cisco and Samsung strike patent agreement

February 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Wednesday that they have struck a patent cross-license agreement aimed at reducing the risk of potential legal disputes. Under the arrangement, both companies gain access to the other's patent portfolios. This includes existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years.

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Alcatel-Lucent inks deal with China Huaxin

February 6, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

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Negotiating with subs now part of Canadian SOP

February 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Where in the U.S. customers consider cutting the cord, the competitive landscape in Canada is such that it is now standard operating procedure (SOP) for subscribers to negotiate with their service providers on bundle prices. Canada's big telecom companies are prepared to deal on price if it means keeping their customers away from the competition.

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Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable tap into Univision’s TVE app

February 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are now offering their authenticated digital customers access to Univision’s TV Everywhere video content. Univision’s UVideos bilingual digital video network is now available on iOS and Android devices at no additional cost for the cable operators’ subscribers. 

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Report: service provider edge router market to approach $9B by 2018

February 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by investments in routers for mobile backhaul networks, the service provider edge router market is expected to approach $9 billion worldwide by 2018. The North American market drove the worldwide demand for mobile backhaul networks from 2009 through last year, but with LTE deployments largely completed service providers have started to taper their investments in this region, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group.

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Taqua offers MSOs an easy wireless play

February 4, 2014 8:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor is shopping a way for cable operators to get into the mobile phone business far cheaper, quicker, and easier than any scheme that MSOs have come up with to date. The basic idea is to flip the dual-mode phone model on its head. MSOs would own, operate, and manage the service.

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NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

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