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

Report: Deutsche Telekom accepts SoftBank’s offer for T-Mobile

May 29, 2014 1:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son has been loudly making a case for further consolidation in the U.S. wireless industry. Son’s arguments have suggested that a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would be better equipped to take on the “duopoly” of Verizon and AT&T as well as improve service and pricing for U.S. wireless consumers.

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Kansai TV, Elemental Tech, demo 4K on ISDB-T network

May 29, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Kansai TV, a commercial broadcaster in Osaka, demonstrated the delivery of HEVC-encoded 4K video over ISDB-T to an Ultra HD TV. The demo used Elemental Technologies’ video processing equipment. The off-air demonstration took place during a 4K educational event hosted by Kansai TV and system integrator CTCSP last week.

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ESPN unconcerned by SEC Net's limited distribution

May 29, 2014 1:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The head of the SEC Network says ESPN is unconcerned about the new network's limited cable and satellite distribution deals with 2½ months to go before its launch. ESPN has reached deals with satellite TV company Dish Network along with cable providers AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC to carry the SEC Network.

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Net Neut fight: Bill to limit FCC's Title II powers introduced

May 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has threatened Title II should communications service providers fail to accede to whatever the new network neutrality rules are. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) introduced legislation that would explicitly bar the FCC from applying Title II of the Communications Act to broadband.

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Apple seeks to get its groove on with $3B Beats buy 


May 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine. Wednesday's announcement comes nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media. 

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Dish to become largest company to accept bitcoin

May 29, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network Corp. says it will become the largest company yet to accept payment in bitcoin. The satellite TV company says it will begin accepting the digital coins through payment processor Coinbase by September. Coinbase will instantly convert the bitcoins into cash, eliminating the risk of price fluctuations to Dish.

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Report: CCAP evolution underway

May 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent report, cable operators are starting to embrace the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) over traditional cable modem termination systems (CMTS.) The recent first quarter was another record setter for CCAP revenue, which jumped 177 percent sequentially while CMTS revenue dropped 76 percent.

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Report: STB sector ripe for consolidation

May 29, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Set-top box vendors have traditionally weighted their efforts more heavily towards specific sectors of cable, satellite or IPTV services, but today’s video operators are busy expanding their video offerings over multiple networks. The move towards more video over multiple networks means the set-top box and gateway vendor sector is headed for consolidation, according to a report by ABI Research. 

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Buckeye uncorks live streaming of sports nets

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched its first mobile streaming app, which provides live sports programming to its authenticated subscribers across iOS and Android devices. The “Watch BCSN” app, which went live last month, serves up local sports from Buckeye’s BCSN, BCSN 2 and BCSN Erie networks across the cable operator’s Toledo area and Erie County footprint.

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Videotron offers new 802.11ac router to subscribers

May 28, 2014 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Videotron is serving up a new Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks simultaneously. The router was developed exclusively for Videotron in partnership with ZyXEL. Videotron said that supporting 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks limited interference and lag. 

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Envivio delivering 50fps HEVC 4K for French Open

May 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology for live streaming of the French Open 2014 tennis championship to compatible 4K TV sets in France. Envivio is enabling transmission of 4K using HEVC compression, at 50 frames per second.

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Amdocs offers MVPDs big data as a service

May 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Amdocs is now combining its TeraScale, Proactive Care and BI and Data Warehousing Services, and adding network optimization expertise it picked up with two recent acquisitions,  Actix and Celcite. The combination positions Amdocs to collect and process the flow of data that service providers generate to help them improve the customer experience.

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Adtran powering Rock Hill's gigabit strategy

May 28, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The town of Rock Hill, S.C., is working with Comporium to upgrade the area’s communications network to support data rates up to 1 Gbps. Comporium will deploy networking equipment from Adtran to create the service. The parties involved hope to attract businesses spur economic growth by becoming one of the only Gigabit communities in the region.

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Vubiquity adds to VOD arsenal with FilmFlex buy

May 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Multi-screen video vendor Vubiquity announced this morning that it was buying UK-based FilmFlex, the latter of which is one of the largest white label VOD and multiplatform providers outside of the United States. Prior to the purchase, FilmFlex was a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

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Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

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