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Elemental sets live 4K stream of opera from Vienna

May 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Elemental Technologies has arranged to stream a live production from the Vienna State Opera in 4K HEVC delivered via MPEG-DASH over the Internet. The production is of Verdi’s “Nabucco,” and will feature Plácido Domingo. [Included here is an invitation from Domingo to watch.]

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RBI acquires Cass Cable in Illinois

May 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Rural Broadband Investments continued its program of consolidating rural cable operators with the acquisition of several cable systems in Illinois from Cass Cable TV. RBI’s goal is to buy enough systems in small-to-mid sized rural markets to give it a total of 300,000-400,000 cable subscribers.

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Media: Comcast close to streaming EA games

May 5, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is close to completing a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that would allow its XI subscribers to buy and stream games, such as “Madden,” through their TVs, according to a story by Reuters. Citing five unnamed sources, Reuters reported that Comcast and EA have worked on testing the service for the past two years. Instead of a game console, the service would allow gamers to use their tablets as the controllers for the games.

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Report: Hotspot 2.0 poised for liftoff

May 5, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Last week’s Cable Show in Los Angeles was rife with Wi-Fi announcements, but even bigger days may be ahead with the rapid adoption of Hotspot 2.0. According to a recent survey by Infonetics Research, Hotspot 2.0 is the next big item on the Wi-Fi checklist, along with the monetization of Wi-Fi services. 

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A breakdown of the latest Apple-Samsung dustup

May 5, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Many of today's smartphones share similar features, from responsive touchscreens that let users unlock the phone with a flick of a finger, to pop-up animations that offer a shortcut to dialing a number or storing it in a digital address book. Those similarities are at the center of an array of patent disputes as Apple and Samsung Electronics sue each other in courts and trade offices around the world.

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Report: AT&T Looking to Buy DirecTV

May 2, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T is said to have approached DirecTV about the acquisition. As the report points out, combining DirecTV’s 20 million customers with AT&T’s 5.7 million TV subscribers would get them nearer to the 30 million customers Comcast will have if its Time Warner Cable acquisition is approved.

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Envivio powers MSO's multi-screen effort

May 2, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company said a Tier 1 U.S. operator is using its Muse encoding software to power more than 10,000 live linear cable TV channels in a fully virtualized software environment, outputting nearly 33,000 live adaptive bitrate (ABR) streams delivered to millions of subscribers for multi-screen video services.

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Netgear creates tablet for iControl homes

May 2, 2014 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company has created a 7” Android tablet that service providers can give to customers of iControl-based home automation and security services. The Security Touch Screen is designed to be an inexpensive option that allows homeowners to manage and interact with their home systems, in addition to getting basic tablet functionality.

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Ciena, Brocade, combo on "cloud orchestration"

May 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two have integrated their respective products to create a system that allows service providers and enterprises to rapidly change network topology and computing resources for cloud bursting, disaster recovery and capacity-on-demand. Available today, the Ciena-Brocade solution enables elastic compute and transport network resource allocation.

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TDS plunks down $261 million to buy BendBroadband

May 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Another one bites the dust. Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) is buying cable operator BendBroadband for $261 million. BendBroadband will strengthen TDS’ hand in the cable operator sector. Last year TDS Telecom bought Baja Broadband.

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Bright House Networks, iControl hook up on home security

May 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks is the latest announced customer for home automation and home security vendor iControl. The nation’s sixth-largest cable operator is using the iControl Converge software platform for its home security and control service that was first offered two years ago in Florida. 

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Cox strikes TVE deal with Showtime Anytime

May 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Authenticated Cox Communications subscribers now have Showtime Anytime choices on their TV Everywhere menus. CBS-owned Showtime Anytime offers access to the company's on demand programming as well as live East Coast and West Coast feeds.

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Cable Show: Business services will blossom with Time Warner Cable/Comcast deal

May 1, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

During Thursday’s business services session at The Cable Show moderator Gemma Toner addressed the elephant in the room right off the bat. Toner asked the Time Warner Cable and Comcast panelists about the impact of Comcast’s $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable. 

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Rutledge, Roberts say subscriber deal good for industry

April 30, 2014 6:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

What a difference a few million customers thrown your way makes. Jon Fortt of CNBC opened the "Great Expectations: A Macro View of Consumers, Content and Communications" panel with a lunging question for Charter Communications CED Tom Rutledge. Charter had said Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable was bad for consumers, he noted: “What changed your mind?” 

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Bright House Networks inks channel partnership with Intelisys

April 30, 2014 5:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks has signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with technology services distributor Intelisys. As part of the agreement, Intelisys’ network of more than 1,200 downstream partners, consisting of sub agents, solution providers and cloud-focused partners, will be able to offer Bright House Networks’ voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

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