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Telefunken installing Aurora's PON in Germany

May 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telefunken Communications is in the process of deployoing PON technology from Aurora Networks. The company began to launch new internet services in April, including 150 Mbps broadband for residential customers and up to 250 Mbps (symmetrical) for business customers.

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RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

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Survey: Comcast, TWC have the most unhappy video, data subs

May 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pay-TV subscribers’ satisfaction with their video services from some of the largest providers is eroding, according to the latest annual survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI.) The survey didn’t bode particularly well for would be merger partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which dropped 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the survey’s video customer satisfaction rankings. 

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Study: Loss of video subscribers in NA partially offset by ARPU increases

May 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the notable exception of Comcast, most cable operators in North America continued to bleed out basic video subscribers in the most recent first quarter earnings reports, but those losses were at least partially offset by increasing average revenue per user (ARPU), according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. 

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S3 takes on testing for Nagra

May 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

S3 Group announced it would perform automated testing on Nagra’s OpenTV 5 set-top box middleware and guide offerings. Nagra will use S3 Group’s video test automation platform, StormTest Development Center, to achieve ongoing quality assurance, improve responsiveness, and speed up turnaround times.

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Incognito promotes Yan to COO

May 20, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Incognito Software has promoted William L. Yan to chief operating officer. Yan had been Incognito’s senior vice president for worldwide sales. He is a 20-year veteran with experience spanning business development, sales, and marketing for established technology firms and early stage, venture-funded startups.

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Cablevision hires Samsung exec to handle products

May 20, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cablevision Systems has hired Kevin Packingham as executive vice president, product management. He arrives at Cablevision from Samsung Telecommunications America, where he was chief product officer, managing Samsung’s portfolio of handsets, tablets and wearable devices in the U.S.

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Iowa vows to reconsider defeated broadband bill

May 19, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Despite the surprising defeat of a broadband expansion bill as the Legislature neared adjournment, Gov. Terry Branstad and lawmakers said the effort is important to rural Iowa and should be pursued next year. Supporters of the measure responded that without incentives, companies have little motivation to extend broadband into rural areas.

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If DirecTV loses NFL deal, AT&T can walk

May 19, 2014 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T has reserved the right to back out of its planned $48.5 billion deal for DirecTV if the satellite-TV provider can’t or doesn’t renew its “NFL Sunday Ticket” agreement. DirecTV is facing a steep price hike for the 2015 NFL season, which will jump 40 percent to $1.4 billion.

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FCC: Cable rates are rising

May 19, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Competition in a video market has a minimal effect on cable prices, and cable prices keep going up. In other words, no surprises in the latest FCC report on the industry. According to this report, which includes data from 2012, basic cable rates were up 6.5 percent, expanded cable was up by 5.1 percent.

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Six more markets brought to Digital Life

May 19, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

AT&T said it will be launching six new Digital Life markets this Friday. At the same time, the company added a garage door opener app. With Digital Life’s arrival in Beaumont, Tex., Omaha, Neb., Toledo, Ohio, Greenville, S.C., Cape Coral, Fla., and Oxnard, Calif., AT&T will have made the service available in 81 markets.

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AT&T locks up DirecTV for $48.5 billion

May 19, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T announced on Sunday that it would by DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, which figures out to be $95 per share. The deal would give AT&T 26 million video subscriber and make it the second-largest pay TV provider behind the combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable entity that would service 30 million subscribers under the $45 billion merger that was announced in February. 

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The response to FCC’s spectrum screen, incentive auction rules

May 16, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Following a busy day at the FCC that saw the Commission drafting rules for upcoming spectrum auctions and revising its spectrum screen, carriers weighed in with varying degrees of praise or scorn for the new policies. The FCC’s move to set aside a reserve of 30 MHz in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions for bidders holding less than one-third of available low-band spectrum licenses per area drew a lukewarm response from T-Mobile.

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TWC Media refines audience segments for advertisers

May 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company's new Audience Select is a cross-screen targeting tool. TWCM is using specific household demographics, markets, networks, day-parts and custom data to segment audiences based on how and what they watch. The company said it has identified 28 distinct " tribes."

Shipments of 4K TVs rise sharply in March

May 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Shipments were accelerated to China in advance of that country’s Labor Day holiday at the beginning of May, which is somewhat akin to the holiday season in the U.S. China has been the most enthusiastic market for UHD so far, IHS reports. Some shipments were in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup in June

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