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

Sony demos virtual reality headset for PS4

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The prototype headset is capable of surrounding a wearer's vision with interactive virtual worlds. Codenamed Project Morpheus, it utilizes a 1080p head-mounted display with head-tracking capabilities and works in concert with the PlayStation 4 console to display imagery on the headset's screen, providing a 90-degree field of view.

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White-label portal combos OTT and linear

March 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Unified Video Technologies said it will introduce a new front-end interface for its video-on-demand portal service. While there are multiple white-label portal services, United Video claims its uVOD is differentiated in that it now also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming, in addition to over-the-top content.

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Atlantic Broadband accelerates business broadband packages

March 20, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Atlantic Broadband is quietly increasing Internet transmission rates and expanding the number of service tiers for business customers. ABB has more than doubled its fastest tier, from 50 Mbps to 110 Mbps. The new set of tiers also includes options for service at 15-, 30-, and 75 Mbps.

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AT&T’s Digital Life to go live in five more markets

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting tomorrow, AT&T will have its home automation and security platform, which is called Digital Life, live in four more markets. The new markets will include Greensboro, N.C., Bakersfield, Calif., Columbia, S.C., Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn.

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Lightower Fiber upgrades with NetCracker

March 20, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NetCracker Technology announced that Lightower Fiber Networks will upgrade to NetCracker 9.0 in order to improve its network resource visualization efforts. Lightower Networks, which merged with Sidera Networks early last year, will use NetCracker’s resource inventory solution to manage its 20,000 mile, all-fiber network, which serves more than 7,500 locations.

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Mobile devices add allure to March Madness at work

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote so-called TV Everywhere services.

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Videotron hires Bonin as VP of IT

March 20, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron has hired Pierre Bonin to the position of vice president, information technology. Videotron said Bonin was now in charge of a 500-person IT team dedicated to developing, implementing and providing support for information technologies.

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Liberty Global selects Axiros for service and device management

March 19, 2014 1:21 pm | Comments

Liberty Global is using technology from Axiros to remotely provision and manage its customer premise equipment (CPE) across its new B2B VoIP service. The MSO has signed a 3-year contract to rely exclusively on Axiros’ TR-069 device management system.

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TP Vision adopts streaming content security system

March 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TP Vision said it will integrate Elliptic Technologies’ tVault, which is based on DTCP-IP, which protects audiovisual content, when transmitted between digital entertainment products, against unauthorized copying, interception and tampering, while ensuring that content can be viewed and copied on home networked devices.

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Comcast adds 18 networks into live streaming lineup

March 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of 18 live streaming networks on its Xfinity TV Go app. With the latest additions, Comcast now offers 53 live channels that can be viewed on the go via a Wi-Fi connection.

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Comcast promotes Buchholz, Arbogast to senior vice president roles

March 19, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast announced this morning that it had promoted Karen Dougherty Buchholz to senior vice president of administration and Rebecca Arbogast to senior vice president of global public policy. They both report to David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast.

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Europe's telecom tie-ups signal big shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications is driving a raft of tie-ups between mobile and cable operators that is only expected to accelerate.

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Harris Broadcast Imagines a new way for broadcasters to evolve

March 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Harris is splitting Imagine Communications and GatesAir, standalone companies under the guidance of CEO Charlie Vogt. Imagine will develop technology that helps broadcasters join cable, telco and wireless operators serving the needs of connected consumers via IP, the cloud and TV Everywhere. Both are expected to drive broadcasters into the 21st century by developing technologies that address a new breed of television viewers.

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Aviat intros microwave link/router for SMB backhaul

March 18, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cell backhaul sites typically use fiber connections, but as cell networks get more crowded, wireless operators are looking to install small cell networks – the wireless analog to a node split in cable. Running fiber can be prohibitive in many dense urban environments, however, and that’s when a microwave link will come in handy.

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DLNA extension enables multi-screen delivery through set-tops

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Service providers have long been able to securely distribute IP-based content through broadband networks and broadband routers and still maintain security for the content. Previously, secure multi-screen distribution of MPEG-based pay TV content delivered through the set-top was not possible. DLNA CVP-2 will enable that.

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