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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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