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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

More on Cablevision’s purchase of Bresnan

June 15, 2010 9:17 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

To add a few more details to yesterday’s story, Comcast’s 30 percent stake was part of the $1.365 billion deal between Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Cablevision, which will lead to Bresnan being an unrestricted subsidiary of Cablevision once the deal passes regulatory muster near the end of this year or early next year.

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Time Warner stands up to bullies

June 14, 2010 9:39 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Time Warner Cable is continuing to hold its ground in its standoff with the U.S. Copyright Group.

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Time Warner Cable groups digital channels by genres

June 8, 2010 9:31 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Tired of surfing back and forth across the wide universe of channels on your digital tiers? Time Warner Cable is making it easier for its subscribers to find the content and shows they want by grouping channels together into similar genres, such as sports.

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Rogers goes mobile with World Cup coverage

June 7, 2010 9:20 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rogers Communications is putting its On Demand Online platform to good use this week with three options for World Cup soccer coverage.

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You must remember THIS ...

May 28, 2010 10:16 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Canoe Ventures has licensed This Technology’s placement opportunity information service (POIS) software, called SpotBuilder.

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Pace takes over top spot for worldwide STB sales

May 24, 2010 9:45 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Based on preliminary findings by IMS Research, Pace needs to hand out those foam “We’re No. 1!” fingers you see at sporting events.

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Say goodbye to Cableland

May 20, 2010 10:00 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

E tu Cableland? Denver’s diminishing status as the cable capital of the world will take another hit if Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s plan to sell Bill Daniels’ former home, which is known as Cableland, comes to fruition.

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Esser’s Cox is leaving a legacy

May 11, 2010 11:17 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cox yesterday officially unveiled the new user interface (UI) and program guide it’s been working on with NDS for more than a year. By virtue of being based on tru2way, that UI won’t – can’t – be available on Cox’s oldest legacy boxes.

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DirecTV: You know, CableCards DO suck

April 30, 2010 10:50 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The idea behind CableCards wasn’t a bad one, really. No one argues against giving consumers more choices that can lead to better service.

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Comcast tall in the saddle with Project Cavalry

April 29, 2010 9:38 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is reaping the benefits of its all-digital conversion, which is known internally as Project Cavalry.

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D3 available to more than half a million homes in Ariz.

April 27, 2010 9:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The folks at Cox Communications provided me with an update on last week’s DOCSIS 3.0 deployments in southern Arizona after deadline yesterday. In addition to Sierra Vista, D3 was also rolled out in Tucson, Casa Grande, Coolidge and Florence.

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Videotron gears up for this summer’s wireless deployment

April 23, 2010 9:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron is getting all of the pieces in place to launch its own wireless network sometime this summer.

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Volcano casts pall over European trade shows

April 21, 2010 9:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The eruption of a volcano last week in Iceland, and the ensuing cloud of ash that shutd own airports across Europe, has thrown a wrench into U.S. vendors’ plans to attend industry shows abroad.

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Everywhere TV

April 19, 2010 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

TellyTopia has come up with the complete inverse of – and what sounds like a perfect complement to – the TV Everywhere and Sling concepts. At least one major East Coast MSO is planning to deploy it, the company says.

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Smart Grid and broadband

April 9, 2010 10:30 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The premise behind the Smart Grid concept is that power consumption can be monitored, managed and controlled. In other words, the energy network should be a two-way network. In other other words, the power network is going to act like a communications network.

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