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Bright House Networks chalks up customer win with university

November 19, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Business Solutions has landed a deal to provide its services to Florida Polytechnic University, which is slated to open its doors next fall. As part of the agreement, Bright House Networks will provide Florida Polytechnic University, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school, metro Ethernet, dedicated Internet Access, hosted voice and video services.

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Cable Center picks 6 for Hall of Fame

November 19, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning the Cable Center announced the newest members to its Cable Hall of Fame. The six inductees will be honored during the annual Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with The Cable Show in Los Angeles on April 29.

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Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users' personal data

November 19, 2013 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users' online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company's data centers around the world. The commitment announced Monday by Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer follows a recent Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has been hacking into the communications lines of the data centers.

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Google to pay $17M to settle Safari privacy case

November 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012. The settlement announced Monday stems from a technological loophole that enabled Google's DoubleClick advertising network to shadow unwitting Safari users.

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SCTE mourns loss of Cathy Oakes, SVP operations

November 18, 2013 3:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

During her seven years with SCTE, Oakes had responsibility for a wide range of activities, including Membership, National Conferences, Human Resources, Administration and others.  She took a leading role in the creation of numerous programs, including: the SCTE Corporate Alliance Program.

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Amdocs forum illuminates new era of service modernization

November 18, 2013 3:03 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | News | Comments

Inventive ways to custom-manage bandwidth caps, payment plans and fine-grained customer messaging are built into new software designed to bring telecommunications providers into a new realm of service provision that’s designed for personalization and backed by Big Data analytics.

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TWC, BHN extend retrans deal with Discovery

November 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to stave off any potential disruptions to their customers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reached an early renewal of their retransmission agreement with Discovery Communications. Last month, Time Warner Cable conceded that its retransmission scrap with CBS, which included blackouts of video content in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, cost it video subscribers.

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Cisco, Comcast chip in on funding round for Compass-EOS

November 18, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures and Cisco were among the existing investors that pitched in on a $42 million round of new funding for photonics routing vendor Compass-EOS. Other existing investors that took part in financing included Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC with a U.S.-based private equity fund and Rusano also joining the round as new investors.

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Reynolds leaves Comcast for Harris Broadcast; Hess takes on some duties

November 18, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Reynolds has left his job at Comcast to join Denver-based Harris Broadcast. Reynolds, who played a key role in the development of Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK), was hired as Harris Broadcast’s chief technology officer. 

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Vonage closes on $130M acquisition of Vocalocity

November 18, 2013 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vonage has closed on its $130 million acquisition of fellow cloud-based communications company Vocalocity Inc. The deal, announced last month, includes $105 million in cash and $25 million in Vonage stock. It increases Vonage's presence in the small- and medium-sized business market.

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Roku teams with AOL to create news channel

November 15, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

“News is among the fastest growing categories on the Roku platform and this partnership with AOL makes it even easier for customers to find and start watching a variety of news videos,” said Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services, Roku. “This is the first integrated news service on a TV streaming platform and we expect for it to be a big hit.”

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Market for game consoles and gateways is blurring

November 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Xbox One and PS4 are both about to debut. At one time, they were expected to become alternatives to set-top boxes, but now? Along came Google's Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.

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Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

November 15, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter. The nation's largest cable TV provider already rents movies and TV shows, but by selling content through set-top boxes, it will expand a market that remains a small fraction of home entertainment spending in the U.S.

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Report: Worldwide pay TV subs tops 886.5 million

November 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite basic video subscriber losses in the United States, the worldwide pay TV subscriber base topped 886.5 million in the recent third quarter, which was a 6 percent increase year-over-year. According to a report by ABI Research, pay TV service revenues in the United States generated $62.6 billion in the third quarter.

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FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

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