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

Liberty Global reported to get EU approval for Ziggo takeover

August 27, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Liberty Global is likely to secure the EU’s approval of its $6.5 billion takeover of Ziggo in the Netherlands if it agrees to sell of a specific TV channel, Bloomberg reported. Officially, the two companies would acknowledge only that merger discussions are ongoing.

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Cox, Verizon shine in J.D. Power business voice study

August 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications and Verizon stood out for their wireline services in the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Business Study. Cox Communications was first in the large enterprise business category for overall customer satisfaction index scores while Verizon placed second.

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WOW! Business doubles up service delivery team to serve commercial customers

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

WOW! Business announced this morning that it had streamlined and expanded its business service delivery team to better serve small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise and wholesale communications customers across its 19 markets. WOW Business’ 60-member service delivery team has doubled since the same time frame a year ago, and recently moved into a national service delivery center in Huntsville, Ala. 

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Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

August 27, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

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Rogers, Shaw debut Netflix competitor

August 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rogers and Shaw have allied to launch a video streaming service in Canada that will compete directly against Netflix. The joint venture and the service will be called Showmi The companies said the content available will include 11,000 hours of television and 1,200 movies, with 30 per cent Canadian content.

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FCC names network neutrality expert as CTO

August 26, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

UC Irvine professor Scott Jordan was named the new CTO of the FCC. For those who try to read tea leaves, Jordan’s appointment might be a signal that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is serious about exploring the possibility of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service.

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Cox doubles down on speeds at Las Vegas Convention Center

August 26, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has doubled the speeds for three of its wired data tiers at the Las Vegas Convention Center at no additional cost to exhibitors, show management and other users. The faster speeds from the cable operator’s Cox Business/Hospitality Network division went into effect immediately at the convention center.

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S3 Group takes testing out of lab, into live networks

August 26, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Video test and validation platform vendor S3 Group has expanded its StormTest portfolio beyond labs and into live networks with its new StormTest Warning Center element. The new cloud-based platform enables remote service monitoring, validation and real-time analytics of video services across connected devices on live networks.

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BT signs expanded deal with thePlatform

August 26, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

White-label video publishing vendor thePlatform has signed an expanded, multi-year agreement with United Kingdom-based triple play provider BT. With the new deal, thePlatform’s mpx system will serve as the cloud-based, central video publishing system for BT TV, as well as provide support for other video-related initiatives.

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Amazon could be ESPN of video games in Twitch deal

August 26, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as an online spectator sport. Twitch is a multi-channel online network built for a generation of people who not only enjoy playing video games, but find it entertaining to watch others who might impart tricks and tips for excelling at their favorite games.

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Thermal imaging coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.

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German IPTV service powered by Elemental video platform

August 25, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Deutsche Glasfaser, an FTTH network provider is preparing to go live within a few weeks with linear TV, radio, VOD and multiscreen services to regional subscribers in Germany. The company is using a video platform from Elemental Technologies to deliver the services.

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TiVo bows Roamio DVR for cord cutters

August 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TiVo has targeted the niche of cord cutters with its new, limited edition Roamio OTA DVR that receives over-the-air signals via antennas. The Roamio OTA, which was designed for TV viewers that don’t subscribe to cable or satellite services, costs $49.99 out of the box, compared to the $200 that TiVo charges for the four tuner, CableCard enabled Roamio model.

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Charter Spectrum takes flight in more SoCal communities

August 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Following a recent conversion to all digital, Charter Communications has launched its Charter Spectrum brand in more communities in Southern California. The new digital services included a free speed upgrade from up to 30 Mbps on the downstream to 60 Mbps for most of the MSO’s subscribers in the area. 

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LG bets on pricey OLED technology as future of TVs

August 25, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology. The South Korean company said it will ship 65-inch OLED TVs starting September in South Korea, Europe and North America. A 77-inch model will hit shelves later this year.

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