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

SCTE cancels Canadian Summit

January 17, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Citing the cost of travel and the goal of maximizing members’ time and the organization’s efficiency, the STCE board of directors is currently evaluating a virtual version of the Canadian Summit for this year while looking at the timing, location and format for 2014 and beyond.

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An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

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Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

December 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.

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Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Comments

Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable host RDK conference

December 4, 2012 3:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

There’s no doubt that Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative has picked up a lot of steam this year, and that should continue with the RDK Developers Community Conference, which is hosted by Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The conference is an important next step for the RDK.

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TWC’s Britt: Hurricane Sandy damages ‘not significant’

November 5, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt started out the operator’s third-quarter earnings call by thanking his employees for their work before and after Hurricane Sandy, along with a brief update on the storm damages. Britt said Time Warner Cable was still evaluating Hurricane Sandy’s impact.

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Muni broadband with a twist

November 1, 2012 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Chicago intends to do what no American city even remotely its size has ever pulled off – get a municipal broadband network built. There isn’t a city in the country that doesn’t want better broadband infrastructure. Several cities, tiring of waiting for the market to create those networks, have attempted to build their own.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Kamen plans to change the world; LaJoie might help

October 18, 2012 4:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Dean Kamen tried and failed to change the world with the Segway personal transport. Now he’s taking another shot at it, this time with a 200-year-old technological curiosity, and with the unlikely encouragement of one of the cable industry’s technology leaders.

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Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

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Cable doubles down on Wi-Fi

September 7, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.

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Survey: TV Everywhere strikes gold during Olympic coverage

August 13, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.

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Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

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TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

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ThinkAnalytics serves up recommendation engine to 70M customers

June 28, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine serves 70 million subscribers in eight languages.

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Google’s got your back for safe browsing

June 22, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front.

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