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American Airlines Center upgrades Wi-Fi network

March 4, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The American Airlines Center in Dallas is the latest arena to get wired for the vast amounts of gameday traffic generated by people in the stands using social media and watching replays on their smartphones. The arena contracted with AT&T for the network.

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Time Warner Cable to launch Epix channels

March 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting March 18, Time Warner Cable will offer four channels from Epix, and give its digital basic tier customers a free three-month trial. The four channels are Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in. Epix will be available in HD and SD, and on Time Warner Cable’s VOD service, while Epix Drive-In will be offered in SD.

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TWCBC tunes in HD video for healthcare facilities

March 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering healthcare facilities an HD video service that mimics the in-home viewing experience for patients. The service, which is called “HD Video for Healthcare,” provides HD video, free VOD programming, an interactive program guide and the ability to pause live TV to hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities.

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Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

March 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google's loosely knit family of Android phones in a duel to make mobile applications more accessible. 

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Dish Network sweeps H Block spectrum auction

March 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish, as many expected, bought all the licenses available. It has not stated its intentions for the spectrum, but using it for broadband connectivity is a possibility. The company is currently working with Sprint to deploy fixed mobile broadband on a trial basis in Corpus Christi. The trial is scheduled for later this year.

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In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

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Report: Apps on set-top boxes a booming business

March 3, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent report, last year one out of every 10 pay TV households had access to applications on set-top boxes, including apps for news and information services, service provider specific apps, over-the-top (OTT) video, games, and music services. By 2019, nearly 40 percent of pay TV households should have access to similar services and features, according to ABI Research’s report on set-top box applications. 

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AT&T adds more live channels to U-verse app

March 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T’s authenticated subscribers can now view 27 additional live channels with the U-verse App for tablets and smartphones. With the latest additions, U-verse TV customers can now watch a total of 136 live channels inside the home and 44 live channel outside of their homes. 

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Push for Web addresses in era of search, apps

March 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes. At least 160 suffixes have been added since October to join the ranks of ".com," ''.org" and scores of country-specific ones such as ".uk" for the United Kingdom. Hundreds of other proposals are being reviewed.

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FCC blesses AT&T plan to test TDM-to-IP transition

February 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two locations are Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla. The trials are expected to extend for years. AT&T wants to investigate a number of potential issues, including what might be the proper mix of wireline and wireless services to offer.

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Four SMC products earn DOCSIS 3.0 certification

February 28, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

SMC Networks said that it has achieved DOCSIS 3.0 certification for four products – a cable modem, an eMTA, and two gateways. SMC previously had three products certified by CableLabs as DOCSIS 3.0 compliant: an 8x4 Data Gateway, 8x4 MoCA capable Voice Gateway and 16x4 Data Gateway.

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Report: CCAP surges in Q4

February 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

It was a bountiful fourth quarter for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) market in general and vendor Casa Systems in particular. In the fourth quarter of last year, CCAP channel shipments spiked up 192 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

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Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

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Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

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Hulu selling Japan business to Nippon TV

February 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Video streaming company Hulu says it's selling its business in Japan to Nippon TV. A price wasn't disclosed. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says Hulu had grown to a point where it believed the best path forward was to sell its Japan business to a strategic buyer.

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