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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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TWC program promotes science ed through sports

April 22, 2013 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced its STEM in Sports campaign  to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The campaign will offer parents, coaches and other adults the opportunity to get kids interested in STEM by highlighting the roles these subjects play in sports. NFL player Victor Cruz will appear in a PSA for the program.

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Plala to deploy Android set-tops in Japan

April 22, 2013 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Japanese IPTV company will be deploying Android-based set-tops built by Sumitomo Electric Networks and based on new chips from STMicroelectronics. STM's Orly system-on-chip (SoC)  includes a dedicated real-time multimedia processor, multi-standard video decoding engines, and video encoding.

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Rogers TV Anyplace app streams into LG’s smart TVs

April 22, 2013 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday Rogers Communications laid claim to be being the first cable operator in Canada to launch an app for streaming on demand video to LG Electronics’ smart TVs. Rogers Anyplace TV will be available on 2012 and 2013 LG Smart TVs including OLED and Ultra HD. At launch, the app will host more than 1,000 hours of content.

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DLNA hands out awards to 10 members

April 22, 2013 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to recognize individuals and companies that have helped the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) promote its effort for connecting DLNA-certified devices to networks in consumers’ homes, the organization recently handed out its awards for remarkable achievements and company contributions.

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Comcast streams Outdoor Channel

April 22, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and the Outdoor Channel have inked a multi-year distribution agreement that made the network’s content available across Comcast’s TV Everywhere platform. Effective immediately, the Outdoor Channel’s video content is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity on demand, the xfinity.com/tv web portal and through the Xfinity TV Player app.

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Charter announces $1B debt offer

April 19, 2013 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced a series of financial moves, most designed to manage corporate debt. One action is designed to help finance the acquisition of Bresnan Communications from Cablevision. Some of the proceeds from some of the other maneuvers, notably an offer of $1 billion in notes, will also go to fund general corporate purposes.

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Bright House Networks donates data services to non-profit

April 19, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help jumpstart new technology businesses, Bright House Networks Business Solutions announced that it has partnered with Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs. As part of the partnership, Bright House Networks donated a 200 Mbps high capacity, highly survivable fiber dedicated Internet Access connection to support the communication needs of the organization.

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Buckeye hires former NCTC CEO Abbas as new president

April 19, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye Cablevision, which does business under the Buckeye CableSystem moniker, has brought former National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) president and CEO Jeffry Abbas on board as its new president and general manager. At Buckeye CableSystem, Abbas will report to Joe Jensen, Block Communications’ executive vice president/cable and telecommunications.

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Provo next after Austin for Google Fiber

April 18, 2013 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google will take over a troubled municipal fiber-optic system and make Provo, Utah, the third city to get its high-speed Internet service via fiber-optic cables. Google Fiber was rolled out in Kansas City, Mo., last year; company announced earlier this month it will make Austin, Texas, the second city to get ultra-fast Internet service.

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8 finalists for Cable Show’s CIO.IT | competition

April 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Eight executives of vendor companies will offer presentations as they compete in the fourth annual CIO.IT | Competition 2013. The presentations focus on either cloud-based and service oriented architecture (SOA) technology that can enhance cable operations; or operational and business opportunities from “big data.”

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