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

T-Mobile's Legere: cable companies are potential partners

April 29, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

"I think you need to think about the cable industry and players like us as not competitors but potential partners and alternatives for each other in the future," the T-Mobile CEO said.

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Midcontinent upgrades to 100G optical platform

April 29, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The MSO has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform in its Upper Midwest service area to help deliver cable television, high-speed Internet and telecom services to its customers.

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Arris stitches in Akamai's CDN

April 29, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The expectation is that network operators will eventually rely heavily on CDNs to enable multi-screen and TV Everywhere offerings, or if they already have such offerings, to make them more efficient and cost effective.

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Report: FCC may nix Dish spectrum discounts

April 28, 2015 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has asked his staff to closely review the bidding actions of Dish's Designated Entities--SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless--smaller corporations that bid on Dish's behalf which were privy to special discounts. 

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Comcast offering Internet Plus 25 in WA

April 28, 2015 2:43 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast is making a package designed for people who want to subscribe to Comcast exclusively for its Xfinity Internet service available in Washington State. The MSO's Internet Plus 25 tier offers 25 Mbps internet. It comes with limited basic TV, HBO, and Streampix.

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Time Warner Cable adds live channels to app on Xbox One

April 28, 2015 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added live TV channels to its TWC TV app running on Microsoft’s Xbox One console. TWC began offering the app on the Xbox One last month, starting with on-demand content.

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Cablevision first MSO to offer Hulu directly

April 28, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision has become the first cable or satellite operator to offer Hulu subscriptions directly. The company has not yet released details on pricing or when the service will become available to Optimum customers.

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Verizon prepares for transition to SDN

April 28, 2015 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company has no specific timetable for its network conversion, but it's been working with several of its largest vendors to create a comprehensive SDN network architecture document, including APIs, reference architectures and more.

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AT&T adds scores of channels to TVE lineup

April 28, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

A&T is boosting its TV Everywhere services by adding 41 live channels to its U-verse App. AT&T’s lineup has 236 channels available in the home and 173 that can be accessed outside of it.

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Winners and losers in the wake of Comcast/TWC

April 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.

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CenturyLink experiments with fuel-cell power

April 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

CenturyLink’s Irvine OC2 facility in southern California is now utilizing fuel-cell power. The two megawatt expansion commissioned by CenturyLink brings the facility up to 12 megawatts in total. Of that the fuel-cells make up 500 kilowatts.

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Mediacom adds channels

April 27, 2015 1:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom has announced it will be adding the DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its lineup. The company has added a new tier to its service called the “Kids and Variety Digital Pak.” The new channels will be accessed through this tier.

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ESPN sues Verizon over FiOS pick and pay

April 27, 2015 1:19 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon for breach of contract. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV service allows customers to subscribe to a fixed 36 channels before picking additional channels to add to . . .   

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Amazon breaks out web services revenue for first time

April 24, 2015 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Amazon Web Services is the biggest player in the public cloud-computing space, 5 or 6 times bigger than its closest competitor, Microsoft's Azure, and Google a distant third, according to analysts.

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Suddenlink renews with The Weather Channel

April 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In advance of tornado season, Suddenlink has renewed a distribution deal with The Weather Channel that will span several years.

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