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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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Tech execs fill 2013 Vanguard slate

April 18, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The recipients of the 2013 Vanguard Awards include several high-profile technology leaders, including William Goetz of Time Warner Cable, and William Stemper and John Schanz, both of Comcast. Nancy Dubuc of A+E Networks and Patrick Esser of Cox Communications are the recipients of the Distinguished Leadership awards.

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Verizon FiOS adds outweigh DSL losses in Q1

April 18, 2013 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon added a total of 188,000 FiOS Internet and 169,000 FiOS video subscribers in its first quarter. Verizon ended the quarter with a total of 5.6 million FiOS Internet and 4.9 million FiOS video connections. It also migrated 83,000 homes from copper to fiber.

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Arris names new executive leadership team

April 18, 2013 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris CEO Bob Stanzione has assembled his new leadership team now that the deal to buy Motorola’s Home division closed yesterday. Former Charter Communications CTO Marwan Fawaz, who joined Motorola last year, won’t be a part of the new executive team, but Stanzione said in a company memo that Fawaz would stay on board over the next few weeks to help with the transition.

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Rogers buys data center subsidiary, strikes M2M deal with Raco

April 18, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its business customers, Rogers Communications announced yesterday that had bought a data center subsidiary from Primus Telecommunications Group for $200 million. Rogers paid cash for Primus’ Blackiron Data and the acquisition closed yesterday.

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