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SCTE announces new, wide-ranging energy program

June 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning a new power and energy program that was designed to insure that cable operators remain competitive over the coming years. The new program is called “Energy 2020” and it’s under the auspice of the SCTE Energy Management program. Energy 2020 replaces the SCTE’s SEMI with a much more inclusive energy management program.

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Google said to be prepping another set-top

June 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Google is working with several OEMs to create a market of Android-based set-top boxes to compete with other retail devices such as the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple's Apple TV. The success these other boxes suggests there is a basis for building a business for versatile home gateways.

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TDS launches Max Go, HBO Go

June 25, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TDS Telecom became the latest in a long line of service providers to offer authenticated streaming services from HBO Go and Max Go to its subscribers across various devices.
 TDS Telecom, the nation’s seventh-largest local exchange telephone company, is now able to offer more than 1,700 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.



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Another former Cablevision exec joins Charter’s management team

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

James Nuzzo is the latest former Cablevision executive to join his former Cablevision boss, Tom Rutledge, at Charter Communications. Nuzzo has boarded Charter as executive vice president, business planning and will report to Charter COO John Bickham, who is also another former Cablevision executive.

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Supremes shoot down Aereo

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The ruling preserves the ability of the television networks to collect huge fees from cable and satellite systems that transmit their programming.

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Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

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AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

AT&T's CEO has told Congress that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees Tuesday to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

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Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

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AT&T promises to wire 15M if DirecTV deal okayed

June 24, 2014 1:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation. The combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

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TE expands VAM optical line for FTTx applications

June 24, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TE Connectivity has added several new products to its NG4access value-added module (VAM) line, including splitter modules with 1x32 split ratios, and DWDM modules to meet 40-channel applications. For the outside plant, TE added a CWDM module for use in fiber distribution hubs in 8-, 10- and 16-channel configurations.

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Globosat using Tek monitor for 4K video

June 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Globosat is among the first companies to use a waveform monitor from Tektronix to ensure the quality of its 4K broadcasts in Brazil of the World Cup. Globosat is using Tek’s WVR8300 to monitor the signal from its 4K cameras shooting the World Cup games.

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Cox Business will debut indoor small cell offering this year

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Cox Business plans on having an indoor small cell service available this year with the initial elements of an outdoor offering in place later this year and into the first half of 2015. With mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to extend the reach and speeds of their 3G and 4G services, small cell deployments could be the next big thing for cable operators, but coming up with a specific game plan has been a work in progress.

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Swisscom to use ThinkAnalytics search, recommendation

June 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has landed a deal with Swisscom to power search and recommendation features on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom is leveraging ThinkAnalytics’ platform across its live, linear, replay TV and VOD services. 

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Cablevision dials in new HD phone service

June 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Among cable operators’ triple play services, voice offerings are somewhat taken for granted these days as consumers migrate to cell-phone only use, but there are still landline innovation opportunities to be had. A case in point is Cablevision’s new HD phone service, which is available for free to its Optimum Voce subscribers.

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Suddenlink promotes Atkins

June 24, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has promoted Amy Atkins to the position of vice president of talent and organizational development. In her new role, Atkins will direct the leadership training department at the cable operator’s headquarters in St. Louis.

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