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OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

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NBCUniversal, data increase Comcast’s Q2 bottom line

July 31, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.

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TWC tunes up app for Samsung TVs

July 31, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers with certain models of Samsung Smart TVs are now able to watch more than 5,000 TV shows and movies on demand with content from over 94 providers. After announcing last month it was going to provision TV services to 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TVs, Time Warner Cable kick started the service on its TWC TV app yesterday.

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Starbucks to partner with Google on Wi-Fi upgrade

July 31, 2013 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks says it's reached a deal to partner with Google that will allow it to offer its customers dramatically faster Wi-Fi service. . Starting in August, new U.S. company-operated Starbucks stores will begin to receive up to 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi speeds.

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Sprint Records $1.6B Loss in Wake of iDEN Shutdown

July 30, 2013 1:36 pm | News | Comments

Sprint on Tuesday unveiled second quarter earnings that showed record revenues of $8.8 billion, but the company couldn't stop the bleeding that has resulted from the shuttering of its Nextel iDEN network. While Sprint said it has managed to migrate 4 million iDEN subscribers over to the Sprint platform, the June 30th closing of the push-to-talk network contributed heavily to a $1.6 billion loss.

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BCI, Antietam, Shentel all ally with OpenVault

July 30, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All three will use OpenVault’s solutions to collect and analyze network data to understand how subscribers are using broadband services and better forecast network requirements. These tools can also be used to provide subscribers with up to date usage information and automatically optimize available bandwidth across the network, helping to ensure a higher level of service for all subscribers.

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Zanaware automatically senses new headend gear

July 30, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware Technologies has upgraded its Channel Lineup Pro and Auto Backr Pro to automatically detect and record any new devices in a headend, simplifying the management of headend facilities. Using standard networking protocols, the products regularly poll each headend device to automatically identify and record any network or configuration changes.

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Consolidated Communications converges on NetCracker OSS

July 30, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Consolidated Communications has selected NetCracker’s OSS Solution to replace a set of legacy systems so that it can streamline its service fulfillment processes. The company plans to retire some legacy systems and consolidates others. Doing so will allow Consolidated Communications to automate processes and improve its ability to launch new services and products.

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Transparent caching startup Qwilt embroidered with $16M

July 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qwilt, a startup with a solution for relieving streaming traffic congestion on cable and other networks, has closed a third round of funding, hauling in another $16 million, bringing its capital tally to $40 million. The new funds will be used to expand international sales and engineering teams to service a potential client base of cable, broadband, and mobile service providers.

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Time Warner drops CBS, then reverses course

July 30, 2013 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning off the broadcaster in three major cities, then quickly reversed the decision. The two sides negotiated through the day Monday to avoid a programming blackout. 

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Comcast Business hooks up health network with Ethernet

July 30, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner. 

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NCTC’s members elect four directors to board

July 30, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced that its members had elected four directors to its board. The voting took place at the NCTC’s annual members meeting during The Independent Show in San Diego. Three of the elected board members are new to the NCTC’s board while one is a current director.

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GCI adds former NBCU exec Baker to board

July 30, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

General Communication, Inc. (GCI) announced that former NBCUniversal executive Bridget Baker was appointed to its board of directors. With Baker’s appointment, GCI said it had expanded its board to nine members. Baker was a founder of CNBC and NBCUniversal's first president of TV Networks Distribution.

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Product Video Showcase: The Cycle30 Difference

July 29, 2013 2:47 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 offers a hosted order-to-cash billing solution serving global cable and M2M customers. Our cloud-based billing platform is built on the most open and flexible architecture in the marketplace today.         

CBS chief exec says cable fee dispute unresolved

July 29, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dispute with Time Warner Cable was unresolved as a deadline loomed involving the availability of stations in three major markets, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves said Monday. If it's not settled, six CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

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