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

Media strategists ready to target voters, 1 television at a time

February 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Welcome to addressable TV, an emerging technology that allows advertisers — Senate hopefuls and insurance companies alike — to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. Eearlier this year, DirecTV and Dish Network announced a partnership that would allow political clients to reach into about 20 million households by matching up customers' identities with their satellite receive.

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2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

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Online offerings transform Olympic experience

February 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Sochi games are the first Olympics worldwide where more hours of video are available online than on television, rapidly transforming the way people experience the event. More than 30 million people in the United States have visited NBC's Olympics websites. And "Curling is almost unstoppable."

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In Comcast deal, victor isn't necessarily a winner

February 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

There's nothing like a bidding war to turn the stock of a lackluster company into a star. Shareholders of Time Warner Cable, which has been losing video customers, are big winners after rival Comcast agreed to buy the company for a nice premium. Whether Comcast owners will see any benefit is less certain.

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Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

February 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable regularly rank at the bottom of the pay TV industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. So it didn't take long for customers to vent frustrations online over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

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Entone to introduce hybrid gateway series

February 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Magi 550 series gateways will incorporate eight tuners and H.264 transcoders. They will have 802.11ac access point for wireless distribution, MoCA for HD video distribution over existing coax cabling, and Boxless for supporting multiple TVs from a single set-top box.

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Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

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Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

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Former Cox exec Nagin convicted of taking bribes

February 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him.

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Technology firms urge changes to US spying

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A coalition of leading U.S. technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations. Executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.

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SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

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Rogers Communications misses Q4 estimates amid pricing pressure, hikes dividend

February 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. says its quarterly dividend is going up five per cent and it's prepared to spend up to $500 million to buy back stock from the public market in the coming year. The announcements came as the Toronto-based telecom and media company reported $357 million or 69 cents per share of adjusted earnings below analyst estimates of 75 cents per share.

Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

February 12, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

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Brightcove enables Chromecast app developers to add ads

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Using technology from recently acquired Unicorn Media, the company can now enable content providers who are developing apps for Google Chromecast to dynamically insert ads in their content streams. Ads can be delivered on a personalized basis.

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Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

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