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

Frontier Readies OTA, OTT Content Offering

June 1, 2015 11:23 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier is moving forward with its trial to bring a combined Over-the-Air (OTA) and Over-the-top (OTT) content service to its customers. The service is meant for customers who primarily want . . .

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Cox partners with TiVo to offer VOD catalog

May 29, 2015 3:15 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

TiVo and Cox will offer Video on Demand services to TiVo's Permiere and Roamio DVR customers. The partnership was first announced in 2010, and will finally see the light of day in early June. The . . . 

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AT&T and DirecTV address conditions on merger

May 29, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, Associate Editor, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T and DirecTV met with the FCC as planned to address the conditions Netflix, Dish, Cogent, and advocacy groups want imposed on the pending merger. In the filing the companies cited the FCC's . . . 

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Report: FCC Unlikely to Expand 600 MHz Auction Spectrum Reserve

May 29, 2015 11:42 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Comments

All four carriers along with cable and internet companies have lobbied for certain conditions in the 600 MHz auctions, which are tentatively scheduled to begin in the first half of 2016. The proceedings will likely be one of the last times for the...

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ALU offers to help migrate PSTN networks to all-IP

May 28, 2015 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent has set up a consulting and design service aimed at helping network operators who are still relying on PSTN (public switched telephone network) technology to migrate to an all-IP infrastructure – using the company’s ultra broadband networking solutions, of course.

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HP buys SDN specialist ConteXtream

May 28, 2015 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast and Verizon both participated in ConteXtream’s $14 million second round of financing in 2010. Comcast uses ConteXtream’s SDN technology to improve service delivery, reduce infrastructure and operational costs, and more quickly bring new services to market.

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Avago buys Broadcom for $37B

May 28, 2015 12:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @ CEDmagazine | Comments

The semiconductor manufacturing company Avago bought chipmaker Broadcom Thursday for $37 billion. The combined company will be Broadcom Limited. It will be the sixth largest chipmaker in the world in . . .

Charter sides with Sprint, T-Mobile, on 600 MHz auction rules

May 27, 2015 2:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Charter is weighing in on the rulemaking process for the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz broadcast incentive auctions and the cable provider is siding with Sprint and T-Mobile. All three are arguing that 30 MHz is not sufficient for the spectrum reserve and that the FCC must bump it up to 40 MHz.

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Hulu adds Suddenlink to MSO roster

May 27, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Suddenlink, which has 1.1 million TV subscribers, is the latest to hook up with Hulu, adding the service to its TiVo set-top box. It already had a partnership with Netflix.

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US Telecom looking for new avenue to challenge FCC

May 27, 2015 1:38 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

USTelecom has filed a petition against the FCC that on first glance appears to be counter to its own interests in the network neutrality debate. Appearances can be deceiving. The association is engaging in a legal a maneuver to gain standing to comment on the FCC’s order “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet."

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Mediacom, Viacom come to terms

May 27, 2015 1:08 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom customers will now have access to device-accessible programming. This will increase free VOD, and spread TV Everywhere as people will have access to content regardless of whether or not they are home.

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Altice still has ambitions for U.S. cable consolidation

May 27, 2015 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Altice has declared itself out of the running for Time Warner Cable, but if its acquisition of Suddenlink is approved, it might not be finished buying U.S. cable properties. The biggest merger candidates left are Cox Communications, Cablevision, Mediacom and Cable One.

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Comcast's Roberts ranks among best-compensated CEOs

May 26, 2015 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study. They include Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, CBS' Les Moonves, Bob Iger at Disney, and Sumner Redstone at Viacom.

How the cable industry is being reshaped

May 26, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Cable companies are bulking up to survive as the number of cable and satellite TV subscribers slips — more consumers are "cutting the cord" — and competition from streaming video rises, thanks to rivals such as Netflix Inc. They also must fight TV channels over the cost of programming.

Wi-Fi’s problem with LTE over unlicensed spectrum

May 26, 2015 2:21 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Wi-Fi equipment vendors and operators are concerned about LTE potentially interfering with or overpowering Wi-Fi signals. Cable companies are having a mixed reaction to LTE-U. CableLabs is moving forward with coexistence research.

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