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

Amazon launches music streaming for Prime members

June 12, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon is launching a music streaming service for its Prime members, adding yet another freebie to its popular free-shipping plan ahead of the expected unveiling of its first smartphone next week. Starting Thursday, Amazon.com Inc. will offer more than a million tracks for ad-free streaming and download to Kindle Fire tablets as well as to computers and the Amazon Music app for Apple and Android devices

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Glenn Britt, former Time Warner Cable CEO, has died

June 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

In his 41-year cable-related career, Britt worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole.

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Ciena switch bridges data center and metro networking

June 10, 2014 8:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform is a multi-terabit switcher that combines high-capacity Ethernet switching with intelligent coherent optics and an open software approach. The system is designed to help network operators rapidly deliver high-capacity services, aggregate users, and provide express connections to data centers.

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Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

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A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

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Blonder Tongue debuts combo encoder and media player

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The MPHDE-50 combines a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a 1-RU space. The media modulator is designed to streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. 

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Tektronix updates Sentry monitoring systems

June 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Tektronix has upgraded its Sentry family of digital content monitors with features designed to help comply with new Closed Captioning regulations, better identify audio issues – including overly loud commercials, and ensure the quality of OTT and TV Everywhere services.

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AT&T gets green light for 1-Gig service in Winston-Salem

June 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

As expected, AT&T will be bringing its 1 Gbps service to the Winston-Salem area after city officials there recently ratified an agreement. Back in April AT&T said it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its GigaPower service in six cities in the state, including Winston-Salem. 

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CableLabs invests in MoCA relationship

June 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

CableLabs has become a Contributor member of the MoCA Alliance.  Membership in the organization enables CableLabs to provide more input and direction early in the spec development process for greater synergy between the two organizations.

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Report: Worldwide smart home controller market to reach $6b by 2019

June 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The smart home controller sector, which includes control panels, gateways and bridges for home automation services, is projected to grow to $6 billion worldwide by 2019. According to a recent report by ABI Research, smart home automation controller shipments will blossom due to ongoing mass-market interest, lower costs and an expanding supplier base.

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TDS expands VoIP reach with Bandwidth

June 10, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TDS Telecom is pushing its VoIP service for businesses beyond its traditional CLEC footprint by teaming up with vendor Bandwidth. The expanded service will connect corporate headquarters, branch offices and teleworkers in single or multiple state locations. 

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Netflix to stop posting notices that irked Verizon

June 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Associated Press, wireless, cable | Comments

Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service. The decision, announced in a Monday blog post, follows a legal threat issued by Verizon last week.

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Facebook, Twitter brace for World Cup fever

June 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Nearly 40 percent of Facebook's 1.28 billion users are fans of soccer. On Tuesday, the world's biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup, which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.

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Bellville lands post with Hitachi Consulting

June 10, 2014 12:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In her new job, Bellville will be supporting not only cable operators but the entire broadband community – including programmers and content providers, as they plan new product launches, consider mergers and acquisitions, and make other investments.

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Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

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