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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. 

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Cisco and Samsung strike patent agreement

February 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Wednesday that they have struck a patent cross-license agreement aimed at reducing the risk of potential legal disputes. Under the arrangement, both companies gain access to the other's patent portfolios. This includes existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years.

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Alcatel-Lucent inks deal with China Huaxin

February 6, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

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Negotiating with subs now part of Canadian SOP

February 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Where in the U.S. customers consider cutting the cord, the competitive landscape in Canada is such that it is now standard operating procedure (SOP) for subscribers to negotiate with their service providers on bundle prices. Canada's big telecom companies are prepared to deal on price if it means keeping their customers away from the competition.

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Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable tap into Univision’s TVE app

February 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are now offering their authenticated digital customers access to Univision’s TV Everywhere video content. Univision’s UVideos bilingual digital video network is now available on iOS and Android devices at no additional cost for the cable operators’ subscribers. 

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Report: service provider edge router market to approach $9B by 2018

February 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pushed along by investments in routers for mobile backhaul networks, the service provider edge router market is expected to approach $9 billion worldwide by 2018. The North American market drove the worldwide demand for mobile backhaul networks from 2009 through last year, but with LTE deployments largely completed service providers have started to taper their investments in this region, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group.

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Taqua offers MSOs an easy wireless play

February 4, 2014 8:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The vendor is shopping a way for cable operators to get into the mobile phone business far cheaper, quicker, and easier than any scheme that MSOs have come up with to date. The basic idea is to flip the dual-mode phone model on its head. MSOs would own, operate, and manage the service.

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NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

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Ericsson announces lab to facilitate SDN projects

February 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

As part of the program, Ericsson is opening a lab called the OpenDaylight community, which will be based at Ericsson's campus in San Jose, California. The lab will provide an OpenDaylight network environment open to all SDN developers based on an agreed schedule.

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NBCU ups Olympics ante with on-demand streaming

February 4, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Live multi-screen coverage debuted in London; at Sochi, viewers will be able to review Olympics events through on demand streaming. Adobe and Microsoft are teaming to provide live and on-demand delivery, as well as digital ad insertion. Other vendors enabling content capture, creation and distribution include Akamai, thePlatform, Harmonic, Miranda, Ericsson and Avid.

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Comcast bows cloud DVR; live, in-home streaming in Boston

February 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is launching the next phase of its X1 platform in Boston by offering a cloud-based DVR service and the ability to watch live, in-home streaming on mobile devices via a new app. The cloud-based DVR recordings are provisioned over Comcast’s managed IP network, and are another element of its IP-based Viper platform.

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Armstrong signs up for Rovi DTA Guide

February 4, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After a deployment with Cablevision in Argentina late last year, Armstrong is the first North American cable operator to sign up to use the Rovi DTA Guide. Armstrong will deploy the DTA guide, which has richer features and more functionality than previous DTA guides, as part of its all-digital conversion project.

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US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV's rise

February 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.

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Concurrent enables start-over on live content

February 3, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The approach relies on caching live video content in the network as it is being streamed. Content is stored for a set duration to provide a rolling time-shifted playback window. During this window, consumers can watch and interactively control content playback on any of their connected devices.

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Compass-EOS hires new chairman & CEO

February 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Following its latest venture round, Compass-EOS has installed Matthew Bross as its new chairman and CEO. The company specializes in silicon photonics, which it uses for inter-chip optical interconnect. The company has developed a family of carrier-grade routers, of a type the company said is particularly suitable for enabling SDN-based architectures in service provider networks.

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