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

AT&T, Verizon to litigate Title II through industry organizations

March 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T and Verizon will likely allows others to fight the upcoming court battle against the FCC's new Open Internet rules. 

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Startup claims to fix delays on wireless networks

March 19, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Twin Prime, a startup that claims to be able to accelerate content delivery on the last mile of cellular networks, pulled out of stealth mode with a $9.5 million round of funding, including an investment from GigaOm founder Om Malik.

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ViaSat, Boeing prep satellite-based broadband system

March 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

ViaSat and Boeing have announced a global satellite broadband network, the ViaSat Flexible Broadband System. The venture is meant to enable regional operators around the world to offer broadband services.

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PlayStationVue is live, for $50 to $70

March 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.

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Comcast trialing DOCSIS 3.1 modulation scheme

March 18, 2015 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Not waiting for hardware based on new DOCSIS 3.1 silicon, Comcast has begun testing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing technology in field trials in its networks.

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Canoe's cable ad insertion now reaches most major markets

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Canoe said its video on demand dynamic ad insertion technology is now available in over 130 DMAs, including 48 of the top 50, reaching approximately two-thirds of all cable TV households.

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The new TV world: can you really save money?

March 18, 2015 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Consumers want to be able to choose the channels they pay for. The industry is responding with smaller bundles and a few direct-to-consumer services, such as HBO Now. But that approach is shaping up to cost consumers more money, not less.

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Imagine unveils single system for live and on-demand content delivery

March 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.

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Imagine unveils single system for live and on-demand content delivery

March 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.

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Comcast to help build Braves' new ballpark

March 18, 2015 11:48 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast has partnered with the Atlanta Braves on a development that will include a new stadium and a nine-story office tower for Comcast that will include two datacenters.

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GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

March 18, 2015 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation's cable and . . .

McKinney, Nair to speak at Tuck

March 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablelabs' Phil McKinney and Liberty Global's Balan Nair will be this year’s featured presenters at the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.

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Sling TV arrives on Xbox

March 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

At the same time the OTT service said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime, all A+E Networks. The core package will remain at $20.

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Cisco enhances core/edge routing

March 17, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The new technologies include application engineered routing; the IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router; and 100GE line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series. The new capabilities, Cisco said, will help service providers with service agility.

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Cablevision to offer HBO Now

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision is the first cable operator to sign up with HBO to provide the latter’s new HBO Now streaming service. It will be distributed through Cablevision’s digital cable service Optimum.

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