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

Cable STBs enjoy growth spurt in 1Q

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While worldwide set-top box revenue declined in the first quarter of this year, the cable set-top box segment grew 5 percent in both units shipped and revenue growth. Infonetics Research’s set-top box report said that worldwide set-top box revenue totaled $4.8 billion in the first quarter, which was a decline of 3 percent from the preceding fourth quarter.

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How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

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Texas two-step: Suddenlink bows 300 Mbps service

June 16, 2014 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering a new data tier in two Texas communities with a speed of up to 300 Mbps on the downstream. The 300 Mbps service, which tops out at 15 Mbps on the upstream, is now available in Leander and Pflugerville, Texas with Georgetown to follow in the Lone Star state later this summer.  

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Columbus Communications using Triveni portable MPEG analyzer

June 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Columbus Communications has deployed Triveni Digital's StreamScope Portal portable MPEG analysis and troubleshooting tool across its operations in the Caribbean. Columbus is using the tool to monitor and improve video streams from its distribution plants on multiple islands.

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TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

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Report: Pay-TV operators rule STB food chain

June 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The largest video providers rule the roost when it comes to defining the set-top box ecosystem, according to a recent report by ABI Research. While pay-TV operators are at the top of the set-top box food chain, hardware OEMs and semiconductor vendors function in supporting roles.  

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Level 3 to buy TW Telecom for about $5.6 billion

June 16, 2014 11:48 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Level 3 Communications Inc. says it has agreed to buy TW Telecom in a deal worth about $5.6 billion. Level 3 owns network and data centers around the world, while TW Telecom provides data and Internet and other services to businesses in the U.S.

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Alibaba plans blockbuster IPO

June 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering of stock. China's biggest e-commerce company filed in May for an initial public offering in the U.S. that could top the $16 billion that Facebook and its early investors raised in the social networking company's IPO two years ago.

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Wheeler expands network neutrality process to include peering

June 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Wheeler for the first time made a clear distinction between ISP networks and activity on the open Internet governed by peering agreements. Consumers expect good service, he said, and peering activity affects that. He has directed the FCC to start collecting information on peering agreements.

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Roku CEO discusses state of Internet video, TV

June 13, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

"To me, it's pretty clear that all TV is going to be streamed... Things like DVD players are going to go away. Cable boxes are obviously going away, too. DVRs are just a stepping stone technology. When everything is on demand, you won't have to record anything anymore so that's going to disappear."

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AT&T accepting applications for free school connectivity

June 13, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The non-profit organization Connected Nation has signed on to administer the selection process for AT&T’s $100 million commitment to provide free mobile broadband Internet access to select middle and high school students in Title 1 schools across the country.

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C Spire to buy business services specialist

June 13, 2014 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

C Spire said it is in the process of buying MegaGate Broadband from Cellular One. The acquisition helps C Spire with its strategy to expand its business services operations. MegaGate provides IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions to small and medium sized businesses throughout much of Mississippi.

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Charter to double down on live streaming channels, ponders RDK

June 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After launching its Charter TV App with 130 live channels for in-home viewing in April, Charter Communications will soon more than double its roster of live channel choices. Charter is also leaning towards using the RDK for its World Box. 

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TWC’s ‘Boxless Homes” envisions a CPE-less world

June 13, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s future may be up in the air with the Comcast deal looming but the nation’s second-largest cable operator has a plan in place for homes without its customer premise equipment for video services. Speaking at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter’s symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable’s Louis Williamson provided some insight into his company’s “Boxless Home” project.

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Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

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