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Rentrak scores STB status measurement patent

October 20, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rentrak announced this morning that it has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the method and system behind measuring the status of set-top boxes. U.S. Patent number 8,863,166 was designed to identify when TV sets are off, but the set-top-box is on.

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Apple Pay makes debut with today's iOS 8.1 release

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple today launched its new Apple Pay service via the company's latest iteration of iOS 8. Apple Pay will allow iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to pay for goods and services using their phone's Touch ID fingerprint scanner at select retailers that support the service.

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Lawmakers probing NSA face German secrecy hurdles

October 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials have refused to hand over dozens of German intelligence documents detailing the extent to which the country's spy agencies cooperated with their U.S. counterparts. Experts say the government's reluctance to fully inform Parliament stems from a fear that leaks could imperil the flow of intelligence from the U.S.

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Amdocs system paves path to network virtualization

October 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Network Cloud Service Orchestrator can be used for service definition on both physical and cloud-based networks. It converges service fulfillment and assurance into a holistic, real-time process. It is open, vendor-agnostic, and catalog-driven, using existing service catalog and ordering systems.

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The sound and the fury: Gigabit services

October 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

“Gigabit” has a long way to go in terms of replacing the ubiquitous “cloud services” as the most used tech term, but there’s no doubt that, thanks to Google, Gigabit is now firmly entrenched in at least some consumers’ minds. AT&T, Grande Communications, Google Fiber, TDS Telecom, CenturyLink, Bright House Networks, Atlantic Broadband, and Cox Communications have, or plan to have 1-Gigabit services available.

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Google's 3Q earnings fall as expenses climb 30%

October 17, 2014 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's third-quarter earnings slipped as the Internet search leader hired nearly 3,000 more employees while pouring more money into its zest for innovation and quest for new markets. The results announced Thursday fell below analyst estimates, causing Google's stock to drop by $12.92, or 2.4 percent, to $524 in extended trading.

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Applying DevOps Practices to Pay-TV

October 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by By John Maguire, director of strategy and marketing, TV technology, S3 Group | Articles | Comments

Operators around the globe are trying to balance the competing needs to accelerate product development while maintaining service stability by creating tighter synergy between their development and operations teams. Couple this with the industry becoming more differentiated by software innovation, and many are exploring a more agile model of development and continuous product introduction known as “DevOps." 

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CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

October 16, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year.

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Verizon offers choice of LTE WAN routers with AeroHive model

October 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon had been using products from NetGear. It is now sourcing LTE WAN routing systems from yet another vendor, AeroHive Networks. Verizon is offering routing systems for business customers that include LTE as either a primary connectivity option or as back-up for WAN connectivity.  

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Excentis sets D3.1 training in Atlanta, Santa Clara

October 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Excentis has scheduled its first training sessions in the U.S. The organization will be offering courses in DOCSIS 3.1 technology in two cities in November. The 2-day training events are designed to help engineers understand the new features in DOCSIS 3.1 and learn how to prepare networks for the upgrade.

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WOW! Business sets up shop in Maryland

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business is now offering its voice, data and cloud services to businesses in Annapolis and other communities in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Starting this month, WOW! Business said it was serving up its commercial services to thousands of businesses in Annapolis, Pasadena, Millersville and other parts of the county closest to its 200-plus mile coaxial and fiber-optic network.

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Atlantic Broadband adds 10-Gig Metro E service to business portfolio

October 16, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has added a 10 Gigabit Metro Ethernet service to its business services roster. The 10-Gig Metro E service is available across all of Atlantic Broadband’s footprint including Western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Maryland/Delaware, and Aiken, S.C.

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Comcast has bold plans in NASCAR coverage

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast has innovative plans to beef up how NASCAR fans follow the sport, from routine news stories flowing on a ticker during the week to expanded coverage from inside the pits on the weekends. Comcast recently signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series beginning next season.

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Netflix's stock plunges as subscriber growth slips

October 16, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price. The backlash surfaced in a third-quarter earnings report that Netflix Inc. released Wednesday.

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New DirecTV satellite might be used for 4K delivery

October 15, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV’s latest satellite has been delivered in preparation for launch. This satellite represents what appears to be the first commercial use of reverse band, which enables some of the same spectrum, and/or some adjacent spectrum, used for the uplink to also be used for the downlink.

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