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CableLabs pulls in Euro Cable Labs, goes global

August 13, 2013 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has taken over Euro Cable Labs, with nine European cable operators becoming members of the consortium; a smaller handful of companies from both Asia and Latin America have also become members. All members have agreed to standardize on a common version of the still-developing DOCSIS 3.1.

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New Ensequence COO adds to his staff

August 12, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ensequence continues to expand its executive suite with the addition of Gary Perrelli as senior vice president, interactive sales – content providers. Most recently, Perrelli had been a VP  for the Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Earlier he had stints with ESPN, AT&T Broadband, and Cox Communications.

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Time Warner Cable scores a pair of technical Emmys

August 12, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The first award recognizes Time Warner Cable’s “Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR.” The second award recognizes the company’s efforts in “Pioneering Development of Video on Demand (VOD) Dynamic Advertising Insertion,” or DAI.

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TiVo nabs Emmy; launches Pace gateway with GCI

August 12, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DVR pioneer TiVo has snagged an Emmy and also announced that Alaska-based GCI was the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform. The Emmy honored TiVo’s whole-home platform, which includes the TiVo Premiere DVR, TiVo Mini and TiVo Stream

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Study: Comcast’s hotspots top AT&T, Boingo

August 12, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study by Allion USA, Comcast’s public hotspots were faster than AT&T and Boingo Wireless’ hotspots by a significant margin. The study across four cities found that Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi hotspots had faster download speeds an up to three times faster upload speeds.

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Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is touting Glass as a liberating breakthrough that will make technology more convenient and less obnoxious in social situations than checking a smartphone to see what's happening in your digital realm. Critics deride Glass as another disturbing example of a how enslaved people are to their devices and a sign that technology is obliterating personal privacy.

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AMC's Q2 income triples with Dish payment

August 9, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMC Networks saw net income more than triple during the second quarter thanks to a $132.9 million payment from a dispute with Dish Network. Removing one-time items like that, however, the company fell short of Wall Street profit and revenue expectations and its stock slid 5 percent Thursday.

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KT shifts to interface based on HTML5

August 9, 2013 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

KT is preparing to launch an HTML5-based IPTV service accessible from both set-top boxes and user devices such as PC’s, smartphones, and tablets. The service will be called Olleh TV Smart. Notice of the announcement came from Alticast, which provides the middleware for KT’s IPTV system.

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Euclid Discoveries touting boost to MPEG-2

August 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Euclid Discoveries is shopping a software modification that it has demonstrated makes MPEG-2 encoding anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent more efficient. Euclid has refined predictive techniques to get beyond the macroblock level, instead employing a means to identify and model objects in the video frame.

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Revolv taking orders for home automation product

August 8, 2013 2:20 pm | News | Comments

The Revolv device includes a Wi-Fi Hub and a free cloud connectivity service plan for $299. It is designed to unify connected, off the shelf (OTS) home devices by providing a single interface to control all of them. Devices that can be controlled through the Revolv system include the Sonos music system, Philips Hue wireless lighting, Yale automated locks, and several thermostats.

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Clearleaps sets European HQ in Amsterdam

August 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap has opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam, after having established a pair of data centers there, one in Amsterdam and another in Frankfurt. The company said it has appointed Preben Schack as vice president of sales EMEA to drive growth and sales across Europe.

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It's a trend: pay TV subscribers, penetration both declining

August 8, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The latest figures show that the penetration of multichannel video program distributor (MVPD) service peaked two years ago, and since then has been steadily decreasing. Another recent estimate is that the total number of basic video subscribers has dropped for the third straight quarter.

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Time Warner Cable, CBS remain at loggerheads

August 7, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS chief executive Les Moonves rejected an offer from Time Warner Cable to end a blackout over fees that lingered into its fifth day Tuesday, calling it a clever public relations ploy. In a letter released Tuesday, Moonves rebuffed Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt's offer to allow CBS to sell its programming to consumers "a la carte" instead of bundled with other channels.

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Powell, Hart to open Cable-Tec Expo

August 7, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and former chairman of the FCC, will headline the opening general session of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The opening keynote will feature a conversation between Powell and Kevin Hart, executive vice president and CTO of Cox Communications and chairman of the Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee.

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Cogeco names CEO of Canadian cable unit

August 7, 2013 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has appointed Louise St-Pierre president and chief executive officer of Cogeco Cable Canada. St-Pierre joined Cogeco Cable in 1999 as vice president and chief information officer. In the most recent in a series of promotions, she was senior vice president, residential services, a position in which she served for the last four years.

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