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Xbox moves ahead with original programming plan

April 28, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to original programming, Microsoft is going to throw it at the Xbox and see what sticks. After nearly two years since launching a studio to create new shows to be streamed on Xbox consoles, Microsoft is finally ready to serve an assorted helping of original programming this summer for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One


Closing arguments set in Apple-Samsung trial

April 28, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case are scheduled to begin Monday, with the two tech giants accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. 


Verizon: Stormy weather in Q1

April 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon's FiOS TV penetration strategy seems to be running out of steam at the 35 percent mark, but subscriber adds were down in Q1 mostly because people don't want installers in their homes when it's snowing. Meanwhile, FiOS broadband is growing okay. The FiOS footprint is what it is, but what about Verizon over the top?


AT&T’s Digital Life to sound the alarm in 7 new markets

April 25, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” is available in seven new markets. The latest launches coincided with the first roll out of Digital Life a year ago after some initial hiccups.


Shaw tunes in Rdio streaming music service

April 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has struck an accord with digital music streaming service Rdio. As part of the deal, Shaw Ventures made a financial investment in Rdio's holding company, Pulser Media, Inc. The agreement included marketing, content and promotional elements. 


Cable One picks TOA Technologies for workforce management

April 25, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After taking a hard look at its core IT and operational systems—including billing, CRM, and mobile workforce management—Cable One selected TOA Technologies for its new platform. Cable One is using TOA Technologies’ cloud-based ETAdirect offering to transform its field operations and improve the customer experience.


FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards 

April 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. 


Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives to corral less affluent employees. 


Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.


Migrating to Internet Protocol

April 25, 2014 1:47 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Economics impel the cable industry to move to IP. IP traffic grows, IP networks expand, and as a consequence IP equipment costs steadily drop, becoming so attractively inexpensive and simple to maintain that cable’s transition to IP is inevitable.


DOCSIS 3.1 Technology

April 25, 2014 1:32 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Cable HFC and DOCSIS technology has evolved over the last 15 years, first enabling always-on broadband and today enabling service rates of hundreds of megabits per second. HFC networks will continue to support the best-in-market Gbps speeds delivered to the broadest population of consumers with the best economics.


Audio Essentials for Broadcast and Multi-screen

April 25, 2014 1:25 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Everything you need to know about multi-screen, all at a glance, including: the broadcast and multi-screen delivery chain, an adaptive streaming protocol comparison, a table of audio codecs, loudness fundamentals, and more. Sponsored by Dolby.


Optical Transport Networks

April 25, 2014 1:20 am | by CED | Wallcharts

A reference guide to all aspects of optical networking, including OTN Overhead Bytes, Mapping and Multiplexing Structure, Errors and Alarms, OTLk.n, and rates and payloads. Sponsored by VeEX.


Top 10 Multi-Screen Deployments 2013

April 25, 2014 12:54 am | by CED | Wallcharts

Four years after Time Warner and Comcast announced their groundbreaking TV Everywhere agreement, multiscreen services are still evolving. Since 2009, customers have shown their willingness to consume video across multiple screens, but stumbling blocks have stood in the way, including content licensing agreements, managing subscribers expectations, and the complexity of dealing with third-party video CDN providers.


SCTE Standards

April 24, 2014 11:44 pm | by CED | Wallcharts

The SCTE helps develop standards fundamental to cable networks, covering everything from data & voice communications systems, to energy management, equipment & cabling, network operations, testing & performance, and operations.



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