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Comcast doles out promotions

April 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced a slew of promotions this morning in its business services and communications and data service departments. On the communications and data services side, Susan Jin Davis was promoted to senior vice president, strategic services for communications and data services.

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Zanaware debuts headend device backup and recovery service

April 18, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck CED Product Releases | Comments

This morning Zanaware Technologies announced a new service that provides multiple headend device backup, recovery and monitoring for cable operators. The service, Headend Health (HEalth) Manager Service, augments the capabilities of Zanaware’s Auto Backr Pro, which has been deployed by eight of the top-10 largest cable operators in North America.

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DirecTV sets up network with Mariners

April 17, 2013 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Mariners and DirecTVSports Networks are partners in a new regional sports network where the franchise will be the majority stakeholder in the operation. The deal will run through the conclusion of the 2030 baseball season with DirecTVSports Networks taking a minority position but overseeing the daily management of the network.

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DCN adopts Cycle 30's back office

April 17, 2013 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Device Cloud Networks said it will adopt Cycle 30’s back office management products to handle billing, provisioning, rating and diagnostics. DCN specializes in machine-to-machine (M2M) enablement for clients in the communications industry.

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Rovi to help Facebook get more TV-friendly

April 17, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Facebook plans to use Rovi Video to help enrich Facebook users' experience in expressing their video preferences. But the deal will also enable Facebook app developers, including video service providers, to integrate Facebook more tightly with television viewing.

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Arris’ pickup of Moto a done deal

April 17, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Arris’ acquisition of Motorola. Arris announced this morning that its $2.3 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility’s Home division from Google was wrapped up. The completion of the acquisition, which was first announced Dec. 19, came after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) signed off on the deal on Friday.

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Comcast hires Adamson as VP of commercial business services in Mile High Region

April 17, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired Shawn Adamson as its vice president of commercial business services for its Mile High Region. In her new job, Adamson will lead Comcast’s portfolio of business offerings and services, including the company’s Metro Ethernet suite of services that were launched two years ago.

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Cable One’s Burge retires after 50 years in customer service

April 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With more than 50 years in customer service, Barbara Burge has no doubt seen and heard it all in the cable industry, but she recently announced her retirement as Cable One’s general manager in Altus, Okla. Her career started out in 1962 at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where she worked as a service representative

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US Internet ad revenue grows 15 percent in 2012

April 17, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Internet advertising revenue grew 15 percent to a record $36.6 billion in 2012, with mobile ad revenue growing faster than other types, according to a new report Tuesday. The report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers said that mobile ad revenue more than doubled from the previous year to $3.4 billion. 

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Time Warner Cable app delivers TV outside the home

April 16, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to provide on-demand content outside the home for the first time. TWC has secured the rights to provide a subset of the channels it has available for both on-demand and live programming outside the home , via its TWC TV app.

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NAMIC, WICT team up on diversity survey

April 16, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced plans to conduct another  joint workplace diversity survey for the next editions of the WICT PAR Initiative and the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement). The Walter Kaitz Foundation will fund the survey through a grant.

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Amdocs unveils Wi-Fi Experience Solution

April 16, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Amdocs took the wraps off its Wi-Fi Experience Solution at the Policy Control and Data Pricing conference in Berlin. Using Amdoc’s network control offerings, the Wi-Fi Experience Solution enables mobile and broadband service providers to accelerate their Wi-Fi service deployments. 

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In Demand renews capacity deal with SES

April 16, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SES announced this morning that In Demand had renewed its capacity agreement with the satellite operator in order to continue the delivery of pay-per-view and VOD sports and entrainment video  content to cable headends across North America. As part of the deal, In Demand is using a full transponder of C-band capacity on SES’ AMC-1 satellite.

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In the media: Verizon offers to buy Clearwire spectrum

April 15, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has reportedly offered to buy spectrum rights from Clearwire Corp. for up to $1.5 billion. Clearwire had earlier agreed to be bought out by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel Corp.  Sprint has, in turn, agreed to sell 70 percent of itself to Japan's Softbank Corp.

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Dish leapfrogs Softbank with $25.5B bid for Sprint

April 15, 2013 1:53 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Networks' $25.5 billion merger bid for Sprint represents a 13 percent premium over the value of Softbank’s current offer.  Softbank’s bid, valued at approximately $20 billion, would put the Japanese cellular giant in control of 70 percent of Sprint.

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