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Edgeware accelerator speeds up origin servers

September 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.

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Ericsson builds CDN for Rostelcom

September 13, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.

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Tata's cloud-based service offers HEVC encoding

September 13, 2013 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tata Communications’ cloud-based video service is now offering the option to encode video using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), relying on Harmonic Inc.'s ProMedia file-based transcoding technology. The company's Cloud Transform service enables broadcasters to transcode large libraries of video assets without investing in new hardware or their own onsite private cloud.

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Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service goes live in Hawaii

September 13, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Oceanic Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it has started to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots in Hawaii. Starting today, Time Warner Cable subscribers with Standard Internet or above data tiers that live in Oahu can access more than 400 hotspots across the island. 

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Expo to kick off with C-suite execs in general session

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

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IBC: SeaWell, Civolution join forces on multi-screen security

September 13, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaWell Networks has teamed up with Civolution on a joint multi-screen security offering that is being shown at IBC2013 in Amsterdam. The collaboration bulks up SeaWell's multi-screen security framework by adding scalable, per-session watermarking for TV Everywhere and over-the top (OTT) services.

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Founder of Dolby Laboratories dies

September 13, 2013 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

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Cisco touts new chip for mystery networking gear

September 12, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco today unveiled a single-chip, reprogrammable network processor it believes will be especially useful in network equipment that handles M2M traffic that is expected to grow exponentially in coming years. The company believes the nPower X1 is the first single-die chip to handle traffic at 400 Gbps.

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Broadcom adds chips for UltraHD set-tops

September 12, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom announced chipsets for set-top boxes and gateways that will be able to support UltraHD video. The new silicon – for satellite, cable and IP – integrate support for the advanced high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) standard H.265.

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RDK Management names president/GM, lays support foundation

September 12, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following on the heels of its formation last month, RDK Management has named Comcast executive Steve Heeb as its president and general manager, along with picking S3 Group and itaas to provide support services to the organization and its licensees. Heeb, who is already manning the RDK Management helm, brings 20 years of industry experience to the organization. 

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Lightpath’s fiber reaches 6,000 locations

September 12, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lightpath, a business services division of Cablevision, announced this morning that it has connected more than 6,000 locations with its fiber-optics network in the New York metropolitan area that it serves. Lightpath said the network, which provides Ethernet-based services to medium and enterprise-sized businesses, has more than doubled in size over the past six years and now spans 5,442 fiber-route miles.

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IBC: SeaChange blends software into Netgear’s headless gateway

September 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International’s Nucleus software is doing the heavy lifting in Netgear’s new headless media gateway. Netgear is showing its HMG7000 gateway, which will be ready for operator trials the first half of next year, in its booth at the IBC2013 show in Amsterdam.

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AT&T’s new app sends notes to TV screens

September 12, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Probably the best way to get a teenager’s attention is via a TV screen. AT&T’s newest app, TV Notes, does just that by allowing users to post pop-up messages onto subscribers’ TV screens. TV Notes can be used by AT&T video customers that also subscribe to the company’s data service.

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Comcast's Burke: NBC/U will be seeking higher retrans fees

September 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If the U.S. cable industry was looking for the largest MSO to help push for reform of retransmission consent, it can forget it. Comcast’s programming arm is far behind its direct competitors when it comes to collecting retrans fees, but it is about to get aggressive on that front.

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Ensuring the content readiness of file-based content

September 11, 2013 9:16 pm | by Richard Duvall, Senior Video Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

File-based workflows are supplanting earlier, less integrated digital workflow architectures in cable plants everywhere. File-based environments streamline content production and delivery, a crucial benefit given proliferating end-user platforms and the diverse formats that support them.

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