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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.


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.


This ain’t competition

March 21, 2010 9:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Verizon filed two patent infringement suits against Cablevision this week. Cablevision doesn’t want to comment beyond calling it a nuisance suit, and Verizon doesn’t want to comment beyond a statement that raises more questions than it answers.


Time Warner Cable shifts into D3 in Dallas

March 16, 2010 9:09 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable is taking orders for its DOCSIS 3.0 tiers in its Dallas service area, which marks the cable operator’s fourth deployment of the faster wideband tiers.


TWC notches 3rd D3 deployment in Buffalo

March 12, 2010 8:15 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

It’s official: Time Warner Cable has launched a DOCSIS 3.0 service in Buffalo, N.Y., which marks the third announced deployment of the wideband service.


Republican loses his sanity over broadband

March 5, 2010 9:20 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Republican lawmakers are attacking the Obama administration’s broadband stimulus program. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) questioned the program’s cost, its effectiveness and its efficiency in a formal statement at a House subcommittee meeting.


Update: Cox’s Caller ID on TV service

March 3, 2010 9:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

A spokesman for Cox Communications provided an update to the cable operator’s Caller ID on TV deployments to date after I filed my story on Monday.


Game changing at Motorola

March 1, 2010 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Big changes at Motorola. Home & Networks Mobility is going to be bundled with the handset division whether or not the handset operation gets sold. And if Joe Cozzolino can pull it off, you can kiss the CMTS goodbye –


EBIF: It’s now

February 25, 2010 10:12 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

For those who have been in the cable industry for some time, the road to interactive TV has been long, winding and sometimes tortuous with a few dead ends, but now there is light at the end of the tunnel.


Reviving a Cheetah

February 22, 2010 8:11 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

There’s only so much that cable companies can squeeze capex, so it’s only natural that they have been turning their attention to opex. That puts a premium on making sure operations are running efficiently. Meanwhile, intensifying competition means always having to say you’re sorry for the slightest of glitches (don’t even mention outages), which also puts a premium on operational efficiency.


Shaw gears up for Gigabit Internet, RFoG trials

February 18, 2010 8:27 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Google’s announcement last week in regard to a planned 1 Gigabit fiber-to-the-home trial garnered a lot of ink, virtual or real, Canadian cable operator Shaw Communications has been planning its own Gigabit FTTH trial for some time.


Addendum: Suddenlink bows faster D3 speed

February 11, 2010 9:30 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications spokesman Pete Abel followed up with some additional information on the company’s expanded DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts including the news that a faster download speed of 36 Mbps was launched earlier this week in Lubbock, and Midland Texas.


NCTA shuffles top-MSO ranking to include satellite, telco providers

February 9, 2010 8:34 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Recently, I was reading a press release from Bright House Networks that referenced it being the nation’s seventh-largest MSO. Since I was so used to writing that BHN was the sixth-largest MSO, I asked a Bright House media rep about the lower ranking, and she said that Verizon had recently surpassed it to become the sixth-largest MSO.


Comcast’s class-action setback

January 12, 2010 9:20 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast lost a procedural matter in court recently, the practical result being that a class-action lawsuit filed against the MSO will continue to be prosecuted.


Report: Broadband TV households to top 360 million by 2014

January 6, 2010 11:14 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

More than 360 million households worldwide will have the right equipment in place by 2014 to view over-the-top videos, with half of that number actively receiving OTT services, according to recent research by The Diffusion Group.



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