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Cablevision's financial focus: happy customers

February 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MSO lost 18,000 video subs in its fourth quarter, with a net gain of only 6,000 Internet subscribers. With minimal opportunity to grow subscriber numbers, the company is trying to make everything more efficient for the customer. “Most of what we did was make the customer happier, and that’s what we’re pursuing," CEO James Dolan said. 

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Disney launches digital movies app with Apple

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Disney is launching a digital movies app that allows fans to store movie purchases online and play them back over Apple devices and computers. The app is built on The Walt Disney Co.'s KeyChest technology, which stores and records consumers' purchases of digital movies on distant servers.

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MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

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Twitch is coming to the Xbox One

February 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The video game broadcasting service Twitch is bringing a slew of fresh features to Microsoft's newest console, including an update next month will lead to more broadband traffic: the ability to live stream video games, join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device, including the PS4.

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Rovi picks up Veveo for $62M

February 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Veveo’s recommendation engine continually learns and adapts to the requests of each individual viewer. That will be combined with Rovi’s search and recommendation capabilities, which are based on its extensive metadata, which includes detailed information and professional editorial on millions of movies, TV shows, sports programming, music, games, and books.

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Vyve Broadband picks TiVo, Evolution Digital for DTAs

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Vyve Broadband, which recently changed its name from BCI Broadband, will make its move from analog to digital by working with TiVo and Evolution Digital. The deal marks the first time that DVR pioneer TiVo has used digital transport adapters to provision its service with a cable operator. 

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TiVo founders try to reprogram Internet video with Qplay

February 25, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Qplay is controlled through an application that can be installed on an iPad or iPhone to select video separated into categories, or "Qs." All the video is stored in remote data centers so the line-up remains in sync even when a user switches from watching on a TV screen to viewing on an iPad or another device.

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SCTE sends shout out for Cable-Tec Expo abstracts

February 25, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is seeking papers and presentations for technical sessions at this fall’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Sept. 22-25 in Denver. SCTE said that its SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 Program Committee was targeting papers that addressed technologies, best practices, solutions, workforce training, and case studies.

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Report: Ethernet switch market posts record revenues in 2013

February 25, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent report, 2013 was a banner year for the Ethernet switch market. The Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market exceeded $22 billion last year, with most segments achieving record revenues during the year, according to the report by Dell’Oro Group.

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What Netflix-Comcast deal means

February 25, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

After years of bickering, online video purveyor Netflix and media giant Comcast, the largest U.S. broadband service, are working together to provide their subscribers with a more enjoyable experience when they're watching movies and old television shows over high-speed Internet connections. The new partnership is part of a breakthrough deal that was announced Sunday.

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Firefox, Spreadtrum chipset partnership promises $25 smartphones

February 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The chipset (SC6821) combines a “low memory configuration and high level of integration” to drive down costs. More specifically, Spreadtrum says the chipset could support smartphones with 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreens, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and camera functions.

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Cable pitches business services for health care industry

February 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The top strategic priorities for healthcare IT departments relate to digitizing medical records, and enabling more effective information exchange and collaboration. Yet many respondents also suggested that they don't have the necessary resources to meet their technology goals.

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Comcast, Netflix ink interconnection agreement

February 24, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After rumors started boiling to the surface on Friday, yesterday Comcast and Netflix announced that they had signed an interconnection agreement that will give Netflix subscribers on Comcast’s network improved streaming video experiences. While the agreement does put Netflix closer to Comcast subscribers via regional interconnection points, it doesn’t allow Netflix to have its own servers on site.

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ThinkAnalytics opens doors on new Silicon Valley office; hires Soucie

February 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Search and recommendation vendor ThinkAnalytics is opening a new office in Silicon Valley and has hired industry veteran Rich Soucie to work with the company’s new and existing business partners in the San Jose area. Soucie, who previously worked for Arris, was named vice president of business development for Think Analytics.

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Charter's FY 2013 marked by growth

February 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The company put Time Warner Cable in to play, and walked away with nothing as erstwhile takeover partner Comcast decided to bid on its own, but Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge said in the company’s conference call that Charter is still interested in growth through acquisition.

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