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GCI plans to offer 1 Gig service by 2015

December 20, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI Communications, which is Alaska’s biggest telecommunications company, said it would have the state’s first Gigabit Internet service live in Anchorage by 2015. Before it reaches 1 Gig, GCI said it would incrementally increase the speeds on its "fiber re:D" tier.

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Report: Cable’s slice of pay-TV market continues to dwindle

December 20, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued exodus of basic cable subscribers in North America was an anchor on the worldwide cable revenue market while IPTV and satellite providers grew their revenues. According to a recent study by Infonetics research, cable revenue market share fell another percent in first half of this year.

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BlackBerry posts 3Q loss of $4.4B

December 20, 2013 12:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a massive $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter and 56 percent drop in revenue in its first results under new chairman and interim chief executive John Chen who hopes to make the company profitable again by 2016. BlackBerry also announced Friday it is entering into a five-year partnership with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles products in vast factories in China.

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Verizon to publish data on phone records requests

December 20, 2013 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc. says it will publish information on the number of requests for customer records it received from law enforcement agencies this year. The announcement Thursday from the largest U.S. cellphone carrier comes as debate over data-gathering by the National Security Agency intensifies in Washington.

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Arris ties in to leading recommendation engines

December 19, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it has integrated its Merchandiser content marketing solution with content recommendation platforms from ThinkAnalytics, Digitalsmiths, and other vendors. Service providers can enhance their On-Demand storefronts to offer personalized recommendations alongside targeted pricing, ads, upgrades and discounts.

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TWC’s enables cloud navigation on 2 million gateways

December 19, 2013 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that its new guide with cloud-based features was now on 2 million hybrid gateways, with plans to hit 6 million by the end of next year. The new guide was paired with updated cloud-based navigation services, more program information, a new VOD portal and better search and recommendation capabilities.

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IBM buying big-data transfer specialist Aspera

December 19, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies that deal in content in one way or another rely on the technology to shorten production cycles, or to upload TV shows and movies to popular consumer services. The company’s technology, called fasp, is used by cable operators and other service providers for backbone transmission of video and other data.

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Programmer Up picks Comcast Wholesale for content delivery

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Up, which specialize in family programming, has picked Comcast Wholesale business unit’s Comcast Media Center to provide multi-content delivery services. The Comcast Media Center (CMC) is handling channel origination and transmission services for UP from its playback platform. 

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Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA 


December 19, 2013 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business. The collection of U.S. phone records and the spying on other governments and their citizens would continue. But Americans' phone records would be held by phone companies, not the NSA.

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Centerbridge drops LightSquared offer, clearing way for Dish

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the Centerbridge bid out of the way, the path is again open for Dish Network and the $2.2 billion stalking-horse bid it entered in LightSquared’s bankruptcy proceedings. Dish is pursuing LightSquared for access to its 35 MHz of spectrum licenses in the 1500 L band.

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VeEX adds MPLS-TP and CPRI rate test modules

December 18, 2013 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MPLS-TP, a Layer 2 packet-based transport mechanism, is gaining momentum as a transport of choice for access and aggregation networks requiring a technology that combines the operational simplicity of packet switched networks with the operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) tools and fault resiliency capabilities of circuit switched networks.

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TWC updates app, adds Kindle devices

December 18, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for the holidays, Time Warner Cable has added support for Kindle tablets on its TWC TV app, and updated some features across Roku, Xbox and Samsung devices. The TWC TV app now works with Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets for Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its “standard” or “preferred” video tiers.

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SCTE announces committee chairs

December 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SCTE board of directors chairman Terry Cordova recently confirmed his slate of individuals who will serve as chairs of the various board committees for the 2013-’14 board term, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced today.

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BeIN Sports kicks off with Cox

December 18, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is the latest cable operator to sign up to carry international sports programming from beIN Sports. Starting today, Cox subscribers in Northern Virginia can tune in to beIN Sport and beIN Sport en Espanol. Later this month, the TV Everywhere live event broadband service, beIN Sport Play, will be available to Cox’s authenticated subscribers.

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Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns

December 18, 2013 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Tuesday discussed the federal health care website, government surveillance and other issues with executives from Google, Twitter, Apple, Comcast, and several other leading technology companies. The White House said the meeting was focused on the administration's efforts to repair the HealthCare.gov website, but National Security Agency surveillance programs also were on the agenda.

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