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A look back at the consolidation wave sweeping TV providers

June 5, 2015 10:14 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

Cable and satellite TV providers are joining together to get more heft as the Internet shakes up the television industry.              

Google’s Project Fi won’t fully roll out until mid-summer

May 22, 2015 1:28 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Google said that given the number of requests it’s received it will take until mid-summer to get all the invites out. But Google said that in the coming weeks it will have a way for consumers to check on the status of their invites.

OLED’s future is lighting up

April 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Comments

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology provides amazing picture quality, but OLED displays have the added benefit of conserving energy. Yet, the OLED market is not pushing forward due to . . .

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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 4:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | 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 | 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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VeEX adds OTDR modules

April 14, 2015 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | 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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Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

April 13, 2015 5:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

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Employee Retention – What are the Keys?: Open Mic

April 10, 2015 4:59 pm | by Stacey Slaughter, CEO and CFO of Jones/NCTI | Comments

A clearly defined career path, feeling proficient on the job, and compensation tied to professional certifications are the three most important things to employees who consider staying with their . . .  

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Adaptive Power Systems: Engineering-wise

April 10, 2015 3:44 pm | by Frank Sandoval, senior director of software engineering, Comcast | Comments

Energy management has been identified as a strategic concern within the cable industry. Key enablers of continued growth and increased reliability are access to reliable local power sources and an . . .

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Hybrid IP Gateways: Much More than Just a Set-Top Box: By The Numbers

April 10, 2015 2:03 pm | by Mike Paxton, senior analyst, SNL Kagan | Comments

Several high-profile hybrid IP gateway products, including Comcast’s X1, DirecTV’s Genie, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, shipped in record numbers last year. These products are projected to be in . . .

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