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Britt to retire from TWC at year’s end; Marcus to take the helm

July 25, 2013 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt will retire at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable’s board announced Thursday afternoon that Robert Marcus was elected to succeed Britt as the company’s new chairman and CEO. Britt, 64, will stay on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role after he retires. 

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Striking twice

July 25, 2013 3:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In 2002, the two satellite companies started touting HD, and only when it became clear that their having more HD channels was gaining traction with consumers did cable companies add some alacrity in their drive to expand their HD packages. 

Say what?

July 25, 2013 3:42 pm | by Stewart Schley | Articles | Comments

In the early 1950s a trio of researchers at Bell Laboratories took great pains to hear and understand the varying acoustical patterns associated with the human expression of vowels. They paid attention to subtle differences in the phonetics associated with a soft “o” versus those of an elongated “e.” 

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The Next Generation

July 25, 2013 3:13 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora | Articles | Comments

Since you are reading this publication, you are most likely a cable telecommunications technologist. If you are like most of the technologists I have known, you enjoy your career and are enthusiastic about all things technical and scientific.

HTML5 and cloud-based UIs – a reality check

July 25, 2013 3:04 pm | by Robin Wilson | Articles | Comments

There’s hardly a discussion held today on user interfaces (UI) that does not expound on the wonders of HTML5 as their core building block. And similarly, no future TV delivery platform is fashionable unless it has a cloud-based component.

Staying energized

July 25, 2013 2:56 pm | by Mark Dzuban | Articles | Comments

I’ve never been a fan of the “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” line of thinking. I’ve always felt that it diminishes the importance of education and overweights the value of networking and connections. 

FCC loses a big court appeal

July 25, 2013 2:22 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss | Articles | Comments

The FCC has lost another big case at the Court of Appeals, with this one likely to have a big impact on cable TV programmers and the ability of cable operators to decide which programmers to carry, and on which tier. The specific case involves Comcast and the Tennis Channel. 

Ikanos primes the market for FTTdp

July 25, 2013 12:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ikanos said it has achieved aggregate throughput of 300Mbps over a standard, single-pair copper cable at a distance of about 650 feet, using the company’s current VDSL chipsets. The 300Mbps aggregate throughput has been demonstrated on Ikanos’ Vx185 family of communication processors for CPE with Fusiv architecture. 

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Charter introduces beefier home Wi-Fi

July 25, 2013 11:53 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications said it is now making available a Wi-Fi router from NetGear designed to support recent usage patterns that include more people in a household connecting more devices simultaneously. Charter WiFi is available to new and current customers who subscribe to either the company’s 30Mbps or 100 Mbps tiers.

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It takes a 'war room' to launch Netflix's series

July 25, 2013 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it's unusual for more than two dozen of the company's engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30 on a midsummer Wednesday evening. Netflix Inc. invited The Associated Press to its Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters for an unprecedented glimpse at the technical preparations that go into the release of its original programming. 

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Google unveils new Internet TV device

July 25, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market. The fancier devices unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco will go on sale in the U.S next Tuesday in Google's online store and numerous retailers with brick-and-mortar stores. 

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BCI taps former Cablevision/Bresnan exec Gibbs for commercial services post

July 25, 2013 8:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has brought a familiar face back into the fold with the recent hiring of John Gibbs as its senior vice president of business services. Gibbs previously served as regional vice present of commercial sales at Cablevision’s Optimum West division, and was at Bresnan Communications prior to Cablevision’s purchase of those systems.

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Time Warner Cable, CBS agree on new extension

July 25, 2013 8:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the clock ticking last night on a new retransmission contract between Time Warner Cable and CBS, the two companies announced an extension that runs through 5 p.m. Monday. The second extension was announced at 11 p.m. EDT last night ahead of the  9 a.m. deadline on Thursday.

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Time Warner Cable launches new web portal

July 24, 2013 11:25 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Time Warner Cable’s former Road Runner website now that the nation’s second-largest cable operator has launched a new web portal. The new web portal, TWC Central, collects news, product and services information, social networking and entertainment on to one site under Time Warner Cable’s brand.

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Exclusive: Cox digs in on first FTTH project in O.C.

July 24, 2013 11:10 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has embarked on its first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in a new housing development in south Orange County, Calif. Cox is installing fiber for the Rancho Mission Viejo development with the first phase comprised of 1,000 homes.

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