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Charter hires former Starz exec

December 10, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Starz executive Jodi Robinson was hired by Charter Communications as its senior vice president, user experience design and development. Robinson will oversee the user experience design and development for all of Charter's products and will to report to Rich DiGeronimo, senior vice president, product and strategy.

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Two more towns go gigabit with Calix

December 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Calix has added two more towns to its list municipal customers: the city of Sandy, OR, and the village of Sebewaing, MI. Both are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to residential and business subscribers.

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Cox stops at Park Place for 1-Gig service

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has provisioned its first gigabit service in California to an apartment complex in Irvine. Residents of the Irvine Company’s Park Place Apartment Homes now have access to Cox’s 1-Gig service. Cox isn’t saying which vendors its using for its gigabit tier, but has said it would use a combination of fiber and DOCSIS 3.1 once the latter becomes available.

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Qwilt unveils caching to improve mobile video QoS

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Video is rapidly becoming the most dominant application in mobile networks, which were not architected to support the level of demand they’re seeing. The resulting problems include RAN congestion, buffer bloat, latency and packet loss in both RAN and mobile backhaul.

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Turtle Power: Comcast adds Paramount to digital store

December 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast will add Paramount Pictures’ library of films into its online digital store this month. The Paramount library is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November of last year. 

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Senior living network to launch on Buckeye

December 9, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Buckeye CableSystem will be offering RLTV to its Ohio-area subscribers on Dec. 15. RLTV is a cable network that provides news and entertainment for viewers over the age of 50. RLTV’s programming is available in more than 32 million homes across the nation.

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Envivio bows service-orientated monitoring

December 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Envivio has taken the wraps off of a new “service orientated” monitoring feature that was designed to help cable, IPTV, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) service providers troubleshoot their networks more efficiently. The new feature, which is available through a separate purchase, is part of Envivio's Guru headend monitoring platform. 

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G.fast chip startup Sckipio draws $17M in funding

December 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

G.fast was approved last week as an ITU-T standard (G.9701). It’s considered a last mile technology designed to deliver data at up to 1 Gbps over existing twisted copper pair (TCP). The technology requires fiber-connected distribution points.

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AT&T’s GigaPower goes live in areas of N.C.

December 8, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that its GigaPower service was now live in areas of Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C. Earlier this year, AT&T teamed up with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to rollout its fiber-based 1-Gig service to six cities in North Carolina.

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Research: Residential gateways drive CPE market

December 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Spurred on by the deployment of residential gateways, worldwide customer premise equipment (CPE) shipments were projected to reach 152 million by the end of this year. In the cable CPE sector, ABI Research expects DOCSIS 3.0 device shipments will grow 11 percent this year, accounting for nearly 85 percent of the total cable CPE shipments.

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CTAM launches consumer-facing TVE program

December 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CTAM is out of the starting blocks with a new consumer-facing TV Everywhere initiative that was designed to show consumers how easy it is to access and view multi-screen video content. The campaign, which is called “You could be watching TV,” was designed to expound on the benefits of TV Everywhere services, including live and on demand, and in or out of a home.

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CBS, Dish Network end brief blackout

December 8, 2014 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

CBS Corp. and TV provider Dish Network Corp. have reached an agreement that ends a contract dispute that led to a short programming blackout in local markets around the country, the companies announced Saturday.CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for about 12 hours starting around 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. 

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Cablevision, union at odds over NLRB findings

December 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Both sides are declaring victory in a dispute between Cablevision Systems Corp. and a union that represents some of the company's workers in Brooklyn. The sides are interpreting the findings in a nearly 300-page ruling issued Thursday by a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge.

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Comcast Business extends network in Atlanta

December 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The network will extend throughout midtown Atlanta, Vinings, Norcross, Duluth and Alpharetta, the company said, including several multi-tenant office buildings to support the delivery of Comcast Business Ethernet Services, aimed at businesses, schools, hospitals, and other organizations. 

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TDS expands 1-Gig reach

December 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, and AT&T, among others, are targeting larger cities with their 1-gigabit services, TDS Telecom is continuing to rack up small town deployments across four states. This week TDS Telecom started offering its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) product in broader areas of Mt. Juliet and La Vergne, Tenn. with plans to roll out the service in Farragut and Halls, Tenn. and St. Marys, Ga. next week.

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