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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 4:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The key benefit of Ultra HD, or 4K, is that it offers twice the resolution of HD. However, this may not be as big of a deal as originally assumed. What may be considered the most impressive . . .

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Imagine devises single system for Linear and on-demand delivery

April 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Imagine Communications now offers a cloud-based video platform for multi-screen video distribution. The CloudXtream enables the delivery of VOD, cloud DVR, and live video. Components of the modular . . .

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Confirmed: Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel Lucent

April 14, 2015 3:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Nokia and ALU are "in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." They cautioned there is "no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction."

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VeEX adds OTDR modules

April 14, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

OTDR modules have been added to VeEX's modular multiservice test and measurement system (RXT). The RXT-4100 and 4112 OTDR series modules feature several optical test functions, including an OTDR for . . .

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This releases major upgrade for SwitchStream

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Version 3.0 introduces several new features for MVPDs and programmers including Audit Central, a tool for event verification and audit reporting; Map View for zone creation and event execution mapping; and an Event Dashboard for monitoring event execution status and system health management.

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Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 14, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. A total of ten cities and seventeen townships will be included in the network.

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Mike Hayashi joins Espial's board

April 14, 2015 1:50 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Michael T. Hayashi, former executive vice president of architecture, development, and engineering at Time Warner Cable (TWC), has been appointed to Espial’s board of directors.

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Arris, Charter buy ActiveVideo for $135M

April 14, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris and Charter formed a joint venture for the purpose of buying ActiveVideo. Arris will own 65 percent of the venture. Current ActiveVideo management, including CEO Jeff Miller, will continue to run the operation.

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Mediacom doubles HD channels in Illinois systems

April 13, 2015 8:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Over the next few months, Mediacom will be reclaiming all channels except for the basic tier in the Illinois counties of Morgan, Sangamon, and Menard. The company is looking to compete with demands for HD and faster internet speeds.

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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

April 13, 2015 5:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Elemental Technologies has added statistical multiplexing to its bag of tricks with a software-based, multi-codec, multi-resolution statmuxer. The company is positioning the Elemental Statmux as a . . .

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Deviser bows line of cable, spectrum analyzers

April 13, 2015 4:57 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Deviser Instrument's Profiler line includes the E7000B and E7000L RF/Optic Cable & Antenna Analyzers, and the E8400B and E8600B Spectrum Analyzers. The cable and antenna analyzers can measure . . .

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Netgear 802.11ac router supports 10+ devices

April 13, 2015 4:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The AC1600 modem router by Netgear is for VDSL/ADSL networks, and is compatible with ADSL2+ connections. It can support more than ten devices including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray . . .

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Harmonic’s new IRD supports HEVC

April 13, 2015 4:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Harmonic's ProView 7100 is a multi-format integrated receiver-decoder, MPEG stream processor and transcoder that supports the HEVC standard. The new model offers MPEG-2 and AVC transcoding within . . .

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LTE-U – Wi-Fi Spectrum Grab?: Capital Currents

April 13, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy of Rockville, Maryland | Articles | Comments

LTE-Unlicensed is a standard being developed by 3GPP so that cell phone operators such as Verizon and T-Mobile will be able to use unlicensed spectrum around 5 GHz. The co-existence of Wi-Fi and . . . 

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Ericsson offering cloud DVR

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ericsson already had live, linear and on-demand video capabilities, as well as traditional DVR capabilities with its Mediaroom TV Platform. But with the $95 million acquisition of cloud-based video specialist Fabrix Systems last fall, the company picked up the ability to help operators shift all DVR functions from the home to the cloud.

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