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Congress slow to agree on Internet regulation

February 6, 2015 11:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Few members of Congress appear willing to move toward a bipartisan update to the 80-year-old, law that top U.S. regulators say gives them the authority to regulate the Internet. That means that communications legislation written in 1934, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office, will likely be used to regulate how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast do business with content providers.

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Chunghwa using Envivio encoders to test 4K streaming

February 5, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Chunghwa Telecom will be using Envivio’s Muse Ultra HD software to support two modes of 4K HEVC delivery to a wide range of devices: video-on-demand content delivered via unicast transfer, and NVOD through multicast to HwaCom set-top boxes.

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Cablevision starts Freewheeling today

February 5, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision turned on its Wi-Fi-exclusive phone service providing unlimited data, talk and text. Monthly fees will be much lower: $9.95 a month for Optimum customers and $29.95 a month for everyone else. The company is currently supporting Motorola’s Moto G.

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Video, data, advertising fuel Charter’s fourth quarter results

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Charter Communications’ fourth quarter results were driven by robust video and advertising revenues, and a continued increase in data subscribers. Charter’s residential video subscribers grew by 3,000, as opposed to a loss of 2,000 a year ago, while it added 104,000 high-speed Internet customers in the quarter.

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Research: 25 percent of broadband homes find energy monitoring appealing

February 5, 2015 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 25 percent of the broadband households across the nation find an energy monitoring service “very appealing.” In more good news for cable operators that offer home automation services, 22 percent were interested in an appliance monitoring service while 26 percent found an HVAC monitoring service very appealing.

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Samsung launches Tizen-powered TVs in home market

February 5, 2015 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has started domestic sales of high-end televisions powered by its Tizen operating system and plans to add washing machines, fridges and other appliances to the range of products that use the software. Samsung said sales of Tizen-powered ultra-HD TVs began Thursday in South Korea. 

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Netflix heads to Japan

February 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is expanding into Japan this fall, marking the first time that the Internet video service will be available in Asia. The move announced late Wednesday marks another step toward reaching Netflix's goal to stream video on Internet-connected TVs, phones, tablets and computer throughout the world.

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Pace promotes Gureck to CSO

February 4, 2015 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Gureck will be responsible for research and development, merger and acquisition activity, concentration on market value and trends, continued development of strategic partnerships, and diversifying the company’s lines of business, the company said.

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AT&T, GE testing industrial IoT apps

February 4, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T and GE said they have collaborated on the development of a smart meter system and a smart lighting solution. The two said the smart meter system is now being tested by customers. The two expect to commercialize the solutions later this year.

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Sckipio hits 500 Mbps in G.fast lab trials

February 4, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Sckipio Technologies said it has successfully trialed G.fast at speeds greater than 500 Mbps for 200 meters, which doubled the official ITU targets for the G.fast standard. Israel-based Sckipio achieved more than 200 Mbps at 400 meters, which also doubled the target distance for the given rate. 

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Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

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It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

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Sony trims full-year loss forecast to $1.4 billion

February 4, 2015 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

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Cable's power challenge: cut consumption or pay out the nose

February 3, 2015 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The cable expects its industry-wide $1 billion energy bill to quadruple soon. The SCTE's Energy 2020 project has calculated that between 73 percent and 83 percent of cable’s overall energy consumption is by hubs and headends, and it's determined to reduce that figure.

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Suddenlink adds Rodriguez's El Rey channel

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Suddenlink has added the El Rey Network in some of its markets. El Rey Network is an English-language general entertainment channel founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and features “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and the Lucha Libre wrestling series “Lucha Underground.”

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