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Report: Client-side TV software to top $800 million by 2017

June 23, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Driven by growth in software for home media gateways client-side TV software is projected to top $800 million by 2017. The report by SNL Kagan said that the significant growth projected for home media gateways would be driven by increased demand in North America and Western Europe, which will account for the majority of shipments between last year and 2017.

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Bill introduced that would prohibit paid prioritization

June 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Doris Matsui have introduced bicameral legislation to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.

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UPC Hungary delivering YouTube app hosted in the cloud

June 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

UPC Hungary is delivering YouTube content to its subscribers entirely through the cloud, using ActiveVideo’s StreamCast platform and associated cloud service. While delivery is through UPC Hungary’s set-top boxes, there is no software resident in the box to enable the delivery, according to the companies involved.

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Sonoma County Farm Bureau blossoms with Comcast Business services

June 19, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast Business is serving up its data and cloud-based voice services to a non-profit farming organization located in the heart of the nation’s premier winemaking region. The Sonoma County Farm Bureau will use Comcast Business’ services to keep area farmers and ranchers in Sonoma County connected with each other and the world at large.

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Report: Ethernet 10G, 100G service revenue will grow 300% by 2018

June 19, 2014 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, revenue from Ethernet services delivered over 10G and 100G will grow 300 percent by 2018. Last year, the combined global Ethernet services and IP MPLS VPN services markets totaled $62.6 billion, up 12 percent from 2012.

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Review: Amazon phone watches you watch it

June 19, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon set out to do something different with the unveiling of its first smartphone Wednesday. How about a completely new way of interacting with your phone, for starters? As part of the showcase of its brand new "Fire Phone," Amazon.com Inc. took the wraps off a feature it calls "dynamic perspective." Turns out, it's more than just a gimmick that allows you to see in 3-D.

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T-Mobile offers iPhone trial, free music streaming

June 19, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Starting Monday, June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile's Test Drive online. A few days later, they’ll receive an iPhone 5s fully loaded and ready to go. As for streaming music, even after subscribers exhaust their data allotments, they will still stream music for free.

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Pico Digital offering "headend in a box"

June 19, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pico Digital has introduced system that has all the functionality of a headend, all fitting into a 5-RU space. The company said it designed the system for multiple dwelling units (MDU), headend in the sky (HITS) operations, and the hospitality industry.

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Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

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Midcontinent turns up 200 Mbps tier

June 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Midcontinent Communications doubled the speeds on most of its data tiers, which included the debut of a 200 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up service. The speed increases were system-wide—without price increases—except in remote areas within Midcontinent’s footprint of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

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T-Mobile jumps into music streaming with 'unRadio'

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

T-Mobile is jumping into the music streaming game with a price and a package of features that set it apart. At its "Un-carrier" event Wednesday, the fourth-ranked mobile carrier said customers of its Simple Choice plan will be able to stream music from popular services like Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio and Slacker without it eating into their high-speed data caps.

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Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services

June 19, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that seeks to help consumers locate and purchase products and services from the nation's largest e-commerce company. The Fire phone comes with audio and object recognition technology, known as Firefly, to guide users to Amazon's stores.

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YouTube to launch music service that incenses indies

June 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The video site is adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube, and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists," but a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on the free version of YouTube.

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GVTC deploys gigabit network in San Antonio suburbs

June 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network that stretches across three cities just north of San Antonio, Tex.

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Spirent develops 400G tester

June 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In a development that has ramifications even for CMTS traffic, Spirent has been working with Huawei’s NE5000E core router, which incorporates Xilinx processors, to verify the Spirent 400G Ethernet Test System. The tester works for evaluating 400G systems, ISO layers 1 through 3.

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