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SCTE preps for natural disasters at Expo session

September 24, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will host a special standards session at Expo that will focus on helping cable operators prepare for natural disasters. The will include a discussion on current and planned SCTE standardization and best-practice activities well as a panel of industry experts.

AT&T adds six more markets to home services footprint

September 23, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The next six stops on AT&T’s home automation rollout tour will be Charlotte, Hartford, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Including the new markets launching on Friday, Digital Life will be available in 45 markets. AT&T said it intends to have the service  in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.


TWC Media boots up TVE ads

September 23, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Media today announced the launch of a new advertising platform that lets marketers customize and target their brand messages in live programming from televisions to tablets across more than 50 cable networks. Time Warner Cable Media (TWC Media) said its TWC Media Ads Everywhere was the first multi-screen ad service for iOS and Android devices.


Rogers binges on data centers

September 23, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced this morning that it had plunked down $155 million for Pivot Data Centres and $6.25 million for Granite Networks with both being cash deals. Pivot and Granite’s data centers are in addition to those that were acquired earlier this year when Roger Business Solutions bought Blackiron Data for $200 million in cash


CME tees up IP STB service with Alticast

September 23, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Central European Media Enterprises (CME) has picked Alticast to enable its subscription VOD service, which is slated to launch in the Czech Republic this month. CME is using Alticast’s AltiPlatform and AltiView, which allows the broadcaster to launch pure IP set-top box services throughout its markets.


AT&T gets nod from FCC on Alltel deal

September 23, 2013 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has recieved final FCC approvel of its acquisition of Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc.’s U.S. retail wireless assets operated under the Alltel brand. As part of the deal, AT&T acquired wireless properties in six states, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 590,000 subscribers.


Cross-platform ad campaigns catch more consumers

September 20, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A recent ad campaign run by Comcast Media 360 demonstrates that ads on TV and ads delivered via broadband-connected platforms affect significantly different consumer groups. The implication is that multi-screen delivery, which service providers are still struggling to monetize, can be highly valuable in ad campaigns by reaching different consumer constituencies.


Zanaware sets up services operation

September 20, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zanaware Technologies has established a separate unit specifically to provide customized headend management solutions for broadcast, cable, MPEG/digital video, satellite and IPTV. Service options may include: extension of Zanaware’s platform, development hardware/software solution, or a hybrid combination.


EU antitrust body OKs Vodafone's German cable deal

September 20, 2013 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust watchdog has cleared a 7.7 billion-euro ($10 billion) takeover of Germany's biggest cable operator by British telecoms firm Vodafone PLC.  Meanwhile, Verizon Communications is buying back a 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless currently held by Vodafone.


Rogers’ expands home automation service footprint

September 20, 2013 11:27 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications is now offering its home automation and security platform in 28 additional cities across Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Rogers, which uses an IP-based dual network connection to enable the platform, is offering Rogers Smart Home Monitoring in both English and French in the new service areas.


Universal Sports Network inks distribution deal with Cox

September 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Universal Sports Network announced it has a distribution deal in place with Cox Communications. Cox is offering Universal Sports Network’s Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming to its Cox Advanced TV subscribers. The multi-year deal also granted Cox TV Everywhere rights.


Liberty Global envisions pan-Europe Wi-Fi network

September 19, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr raised the possibility of creating a pan-European Wi-Fi network that would be free to cable subscribers. Dorr also spoke about the ease with which Liberty Global was able to update its Horizon multi-screen service, which is based on ActiveVideo’s cloud-based technology.


Boingo plans to buy AWS

September 19, 2013 12:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today announced that the company will acquire Advanced Wireless Group, the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States.  Boingo said the expanded reach allowed by the acquistion will accelerate the process of bringing new products to market.


Comcast Business adds mobility to Business VoiceEdge

September 19, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has added a mobile app for Android and iOS devices to its Business VoiceEdge service. The free mobile app extends unified communications and video calling features into VoiceEdge, which is a cloud-based PBX offering for small and medium-sized business.


MRV Communications bulks up Pasadena’s communications network

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

The city of Pasadena picked MRV Communications’ optical transport offering for its new communications network. Pasadena is using MRV’s FiberDriver to provide high-capacity optical services for its municipal network. The city’s new network will be used to link its facilities using future-proof, high bandwidth services over a fully-owned fiber infrastructure.



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