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Cisco 4Q profit grows but plans to cut 4,000 jobs

August 14, 2013 11:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco's revenue guidance for the current quarter was weaker than Wall Street expected, and shares fell sharply in extended trading. The company's stock fell $2.51, or 9.5 percent, to $23.87 in extended trading after the results were released.


FCC: IPTV subject to same fees paid by cable ops

August 14, 2013 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC has decided to apply to IPTV companies some of the same regulatory fees that have long applied to cable operators. The Commission made no determination, however, on whether direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers should be similarly subject to the same regulatory fees.


Midcontinent gears up for network expansion

August 14, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in October, Midcontinent Communications will begin a 15-month expansion project that will span nearly 270 miles between its network operations in Sioux Falls, S.D. and the 511 Building in Minneapolis. The 511 Building is a secure redundancy center housing back-up and offsite disaster redundancy for over 150 network companies throughout the United States.


AT&T to serve up triple play to properties in Atlanta, Austin, Orlando

August 14, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning AT&T announced an agreement with Camden Property Trust to serve up its triple play services to high-end apartment properties in Atlanta, Austin and Orlando. AT&T is provisioning the services to the properties over its FTTP network in the three cities, the first of which will go live this fall.


Lightpath nabs another award from NY PSC

August 14, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the 15th straight year, Lightpath has won an award from the New York State Public Service Commission for its services. Every year, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) distributes commendations acknowledging telecommunications providers that consistently provide the highest levels of service and quality to customers in the state of New York.


TWC blackout having little impact on CBS

August 14, 2013 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A business dispute that has taken CBS off the air in portions of Dallas, Los Angeles and New York has done little to put a dent in the network's ratings dominance. CBS was easily the nation's most popular network last week, the Nielsen ratings company said.


Full list of tech Emmys revealed

August 13, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, TiVo and YouTube all separately announced that they would be receiving technical Emmys, the The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences released the full list of recipients of the awards.


Azuki turns LG Stick into service provider "set-top"

August 13, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Azuki Systems said it has integrated its Azuki Media Platform with the new Android Stick IP set-top box from LG Electronics. The combination is designed to enable service providers to deliver a broadband HDTV service experience on any TV in the home, without requiring a traditional set-top box and the cost and inconvenience of a truck roll.


Despite subscriber losses, Suddenlink’s revenues grow 5.6% in Q2

August 13, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications saw subscriber defections from both its video and data services, but still managed to post second quarter revenues that were higher than the same quarter a year ago. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator, reported second quarter revenues of $554.0 million this morning, which were a 5.6 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago.


Comcast Business signs colocation deal with Cologix

August 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cologix announced today that Comcast Business has signed up to use its data center in downtown Minneapolis in order to better prevision its business services portfolio. The deal makes Comcast Business a preferred partner with Cologix and helps the cable operator’s business unit support its enterprise customers’ colocation needs.


Comcast expands Internet Essentials, ups speed

August 13, 2013 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company, is expanding the number of low-income families that can automatically qualify for its $9.95-per-month Internet access. It's also boosting download speeds on the service to 5 megabytes per second from 3 Mbps to attract more subscribers.


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.


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.


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.


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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