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Arris stocks OTT Market with Portico TV

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting early next year, Arris will add N2TV’s streaming TV service, which is called Portico TV, to its over-the-top streaming platform for cable operators. Arris introduced “Arris Market,” which blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on its set-top boxes, earlier this year as part of its Whole Home Solution.

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Imagine upgrades Egypt’s Rotana TV

December 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Imagine Communications recently completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities for Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project allowed Rotana TV, which broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, to migrate all of its channels to HD, which allowed the playout center to operate in the file domain.

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Web inventor: Internet should be 'human right'

December 11, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing. Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the Internet can help tackle inequality — but only if it comes with the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

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HBO, Showtime dominate Golden Globe nominations

December 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards on Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. 

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FCC open for comments on 13K hotspots from Comcast, TWC

December 11, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Comcast are preparing to possibly deploy another 13,500 public Wi-Fi hotspots between them. The two require permission from the Federal Communications Commission to do so, and the FCC today began seeking public comments as part of its approval process.

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Liberty Global, Searchlight buy Puerto Rico’s Choice Cable TV

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has expanded its footprint in Puerto Rico by teaming up with Searchlight Capital Partners to buy Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Co., which does business as Choice Cable TV, for about $272.5 million. Choice TV, which is the second largest cable and broadband provider in Puerto Rico, will be folded into Liberty Cablevision with Liberty Global owning a 60 percent stake and Searchlight owning 40 percent.

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Bright House Networks lands 3 hospitality deals in Fla.

December 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has signed up three new hotels in Tampa Bay, Fla. for its business class voice, video and data services. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is providing the Epicurean, Le Meridien and Aloft Hotel Tampa Downtown with its fiber-based dedicated Internet access (DIA), High HD video, and telephone trunking services.

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Atlantic Broadband names new CEO, presidents

December 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Effective Jan. 1, Richard Shea will take over as Atlantic Broadband’s president and CEO while David Isengberg was promoted to president and chief revenue office. Both Shea and Isenberg have worked at Atlantic Broadband since it was founded in 2003. Cogeco, Atlantic Broadband’s parent company, said current CEO and president Edward Holleran agreed to stay on as vice president of industry relations on a part-time basis.

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Sweden knocks out Pirate Bay

December 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Pirate Bay is one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites offers millions of users a forum for downloading music, movies and computer games. The entertainment industry has failed to shut it down, even after its operators were convicted of copyright violations.

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Charter hires former Starz exec

December 10, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former Starz executive Jodi Robinson was hired by Charter Communications as its senior vice president, user experience design and development. Robinson will oversee the user experience design and development for all of Charter's products and will to report to Rich DiGeronimo, senior vice president, product and strategy.

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Two more towns go gigabit with Calix

December 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Calix has added two more towns to its list municipal customers: the city of Sandy, OR, and the village of Sebewaing, MI. Both are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to residential and business subscribers.

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Cox stops at Park Place for 1-Gig service

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications has provisioned its first gigabit service in California to an apartment complex in Irvine. Residents of the Irvine Company’s Park Place Apartment Homes now have access to Cox’s 1-Gig service. Cox isn’t saying which vendors its using for its gigabit tier, but has said it would use a combination of fiber and DOCSIS 3.1 once the latter becomes available.

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Qwilt unveils caching to improve mobile video QoS

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Video is rapidly becoming the most dominant application in mobile networks, which were not architected to support the level of demand they’re seeing. The resulting problems include RAN congestion, buffer bloat, latency and packet loss in both RAN and mobile backhaul.

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Turtle Power: Comcast adds Paramount to digital store

December 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast will add Paramount Pictures’ library of films into its online digital store this month. The Paramount library is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November of last year. 

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Senior living network to launch on Buckeye

December 9, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Buckeye CableSystem will be offering RLTV to its Ohio-area subscribers on Dec. 15. RLTV is a cable network that provides news and entertainment for viewers over the age of 50. RLTV’s programming is available in more than 32 million homes across the nation.

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