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C Spire to buy business services specialist

June 13, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

C Spire said it is in the process of buying MegaGate Broadband from Cellular One. The acquisition helps C Spire with its strategy to expand its business services operations. MegaGate provides IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout much of Mississippi.

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Charter to double down on live streaming channels, ponders RDK

June 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After launching its Charter TV App with 130 live channels for in-home viewing in April, Charter Communications will soon more than double its roster of live channel choices. Charter is also leaning towards using the RDK for its World Box. 

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TWC’s ‘Boxless Homes” envisions a CPE-less world

June 13, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s future may be up in the air with the Comcast deal looming but the nation’s second-largest cable operator has a plan in place for homes without its customer premise equipment for video services. Speaking at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter’s symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable’s Louis Williamson provided some insight into his company’s “Boxless Home” project.

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Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

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Globosat ready for World Cup games in 4K

June 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Brazilian cable and satellite TV provider Globosat is set to broadcast the final three games of the 2014 World Cup live in Ultra HD, using technology from Broadcom and from Elemental Technologies. The vendors say this will be the first broadcast of Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second and with 10-bit Rec 2020 color.

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WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

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Internet of Things will break telcos' business model

June 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: The acceleration of broadband usage is affecting telcos in the same way it's affecting cable network operators: energy consumption will outstrip the ability of current infrastructure to handle it all. Telcos will have to rethink their networks in much the same way MSOs are with CCAP and other measures.

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Comcast develops streaming service to X1 boxes

June 12, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In an effort to leave no video-related stone unturned, Comcast is working on a streaming service that would send non-linear video content to X1 boxes in subscribers’ homes. While Comcast’s Streampix service focuses on streaming movies and TV shows from its list of network partners, the new platform would feature curated content, both short and long form, from non-linear Web partners.

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Comcast, Universal Orlando Resorts team up on Wi-Fi

June 12, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Using hotspots provided by Comcast, Universal Orlando Resort has luanched a new Wi-Fi app that lets theme park attendees check out waiting times on rides as well as use interactive maps to help find park destinations. The Universal Orlando Resort App is available as a free download for Apple and Android mobile devices.

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Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

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Glenn Britt, former Time Warner Cable CEO, has died

June 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole.

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Ciena switch bridges data center and metro networking

June 10, 2014 8:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform is a multi-terabit switcher that combines high-capacity Ethernet switching with intelligent coherent optics and an open software approach. The system is designed to help network operators rapidly deliver high-capacity services, aggregate users, and provide express connections to data centers.

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Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

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A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

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Blonder Tongue debuts combo encoder and media player

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MPHDE-50 combines a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a 1-RU space. The media modulator is designed to streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. 

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