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Trading of Cablevision, TWC, halted on merger rumor activity

August 2, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With consolidation rumors seemingly out of control, the Nasdaq stock exchange briefly suspended trading on Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Cablevision Systems today (Friday). The heightened level of trading occurred after earnings were reported by Cablevision and Liberty Media, two of the biggest companies involved in the merger rumors.

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Lowering OPEX for VoIP services delivery

August 1, 2013 4:36 pm | by By Dave Martin, vice president of marketing, Edgewater Networks | Articles | Comments

The mind-boggling diversity of IP phones, soft clients, and PBX systems in enterprise environments represents both an opportunity for growth as well as a technical and operational challenge for service providers. Business customers are anxious to enter the world of VoIP, cloud-hosted PBXs, unified communications, and other productivity-boosting and cost-cutting alternatives to legacy voice systems.

Cablevision, YouTube pick up tech Emmys

August 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems has won an Emmy for Technology and Engineering for its network DVR. YouTube will also be getting an Emmy for its recommendation engine. These are the first two announcements about the technical Emmy’s, which are given out during the CES show. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences itself has yet to announce the full line-up of technical Emmy winners.

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Cable-Tec opening session to focus on network operations

August 1, 2013 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast's John Schanz will be joined by Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications' Guy McCormick, TWC's Matthew Stanek, and consultant Marwan Fawaz to talk about ensuring fast and seamless service rollouts, the ability of technology to enhance the customer experience, and the steps that cable engineers need to take today to prepare for the technologies of tomorrow.

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Despite Q2 video sub losses, Mediacom’s revenue increases

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Thursday privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the second quarter, which mirrored the results of its larger cable brethren. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator saw more basic video subscribers leave the fold in the second quarter, but continued the trend of adding more data customers.

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GetGlue sticks to Dish’s iPad app

August 1, 2013 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has blended in social media features from GetGlue into its Dish Explorer app. With GetGlue, Dish subscribers are now able to check-in and connect with their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events on their iPads via the app.

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Review: Chromecast streams media at a nice price

August 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google's YouTube.

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Time Warner's Q2 defined by ARPU strategy

August 1, 2013 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 earnings rose 6 percent, helped by higher revenue from business services and residential broadband. The company had a net loss of both basic video and phone customers, a result of the company has been deliberately targeting customers who provide “higher ARPU, higher profit and lower churn, even if that means fewer connects.”

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DirecTV shares down on weak 2Q subscriber numbers

August 1, 2013 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

hares of DirecTV retreated Thursday after the country's No. 1 provider of satellite TV services reported weak subscriber figures, both in the U.S. and Latin America. DirecTV lost 84,000 U.S. subscribers during the quarter, the worst result ever. After more than a decade of heady growth, the U.S. satellite TV industry has slowed nearly to a standstill.

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TWC’s all-digital migration takes Manhattan

August 1, 2013 11:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Time Warner Cable started transitioning analog channels in its basic TV tier in Manhattan to an all-digital signal. Time Warner Cable’s all-digital conversion project will roll into Brooklyn and Queens later this year. In June, the nation’s second-largest cable operator cut over to all-digital in Mount Vernon and Staten Island in New York and Bergen, N.J. 

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Cox Virginia promotes three employees

August 1, 2013 11:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently named Bob Latvis as vice president of field operations, Jim Ruel as vice president of outside plant, maintenance and construction and Toni Stubbs as vice president of engineering and operations for Cox Virginia.As new members of Cox Virginia’s senior executive team, Latvis, Ruel and Stubbs are based out of the Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake.

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CBS 2Q beats Street as TWC beef goes on

August 1, 2013 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. said Wednesday that net income rose 11 percent in the latest quarter, beating the expectations of analysts as the company continues to benefit from the types of fees that are at the center of a dispute with Time Warner Cable.  CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told investors on a conference call that the company remained resolute in its negotiations with Time Warner Cable.

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Maintaining VOD’s Competitive Edge

August 1, 2013 11:00 am | by Jon Shaver, senior director of content development at Comcast Media Center | Articles | Comments

A decade ago, the industry tapped into the potential of centralized solutions, such as content delivery networks (CDN) and super headends (SHE), in order to reduce the capital, infrastructure and management required for receiving traditional set-top box (STB) VOD assets from a variety of content providers. 

Netflix rolls out new tool to profile viewers

August 1, 2013 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is introducing a long-awaited feature that will make it easier for the Internet video service to track and analyze the viewing habits of people sharing the same $8-per-month account. The tool coming out Thursday can splinter a single Netflix account into up to five different profiles at no additional charge.

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AT&T starts rolling out 45 Mbps U-verse tier

July 31, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T this week initiated a 45 Mbps speed tier for U-verse broadband customers in California and in Nevada. AT&T said it will make the new 45 Mbps downstream / 6 Mbps upstream tier, called U-verse Power,  in additional market on an ongoing basis.

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