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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV's rise

February 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.

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Concurrent enables start-over on live content

February 3, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The approach relies on caching live video content in the network as it is being streamed. Content is stored for a set duration to provide a rolling time-shifted playback window. During this window, consumers can watch and interactively control content playback on any of their connected devices.

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Compass-EOS hires new chairman & CEO

February 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Following its latest venture round, Compass-EOS has installed Matthew Bross as its new chairman and CEO. The company specializes in silicon photonics, which it uses for inter-chip optical interconnect. The company has developed a family of carrier-grade routers, of a type the company said is particularly suitable for enabling SDN-based architectures in service provider networks.

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Aereo heads to San Antonio; runs out of capacity in NYC

February 3, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After confirming Friday that it was out of capacity in New York City, Aereo announced this morning that it’s antenna and cloud-based TV service would launch in San Antonio on Feb. 19. On Friday, Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia confirmed on his Twitter account that the company was out of capacity in the New York City area, which is where the service first launched.

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Report: IPTV, satellite video revenue rise, cable falls

February 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to new subscribers and increased ARPU in North America and Western Europe, worldwide telco IPTV and satellite revenues increased in the first half of last year. Conversely, Infonetics Research said cable revenue was down a percent over the same period, mainly due to loss of subscribers in North America.

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Sandvine scores $5 million expansion order from cable operator

February 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Network policy control vendor Sandvine announced this morning that it had received a $5 million expansion order from a large North American cable operator that has been a customer since 2003. The follow on order represented the ongoing expansion of the operator's deployment of business intelligence and traffic optimization solutions. Sandvine expects to recognize most of the associated revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014.

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Kentucky eases telephony access requirements

January 31, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a measure that illustrates precisely some of the issues the FCC is currently wrestling with, The Kentucky Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at spreading wireless and high-speed broadband service by allowing telecommunications companies to cut back on landline investments.

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TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

January 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. 

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WBL Services picks RCN Business to help provision Super Bowl

January 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN Business announced that WBL Services has selected it to provide connectivity for the media center’s communications and data transport in the New York tri-state area for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As part of the agreement, RCN Business is providing big data circuits to WBL Services to enable HDTV live video and advanced voice communications.

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Comcast Ventures leads $4.5 million round of funding for Enigma

January 31, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Enigma, a search and discovery platform for public data, announced it had raised $4.5 million in a first round of funding that was led by Comcast Ventures. Other participants in the funding round included American Express Ventures, Crosslink Capital and the New York Times Company. 

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Penthera elects Griffith to board

January 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Penthera’s board of directors recently elected Melani Griffith to its board of directors. Penthera hired Griffith, who formerly worked with Penthera president and CEO Michel Willner at Insight Communications, last year as its executive vice president of business development.

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Incognito hires Pete Koat as CTO

January 30, 2014 1:44 pm | Comments

Koat was a co-founder of Skitter.TV, a video platform for encoding, managing, streaming, and viewing converged Internet television and video on demand, as well as live broadcast and satellite TV. After that, he served as co-founder of Libré Communications, best known for its encloudHD platform, which allows companies to use live video streaming to broadcast content over the Internet.

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TWC offers details on slate of service improvements

January 30, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.

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Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

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TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

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