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

TE expands VAM optical line for FTTx applications

June 24, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TE Connectivity has added several new products to its NG4access value-added module (VAM) line, including splitter modules with 1x32 split ratios, and DWDM modules to meet 40-channel applications. For the outside plant, TE added a CWDM module for use in fiber distribution hubs in 8-, 10- and 16-channel configurations.

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Globosat using Tek monitor for 4K video

June 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Globosat is among the first companies to use a waveform monitor from Tektronix to ensure the quality of its 4K broadcasts in Brazil of the World Cup. Globosat is using Tek’s WVR8300 to monitor the signal from its 4K cameras shooting the World Cup games.

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Cox Business will debut indoor small cell offering this year

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | Comments

Cox Business plans on having an indoor small cell service available this year with the initial elements of an outdoor offering in place later this year and into the first half of 2015. With mobile network operators (MNOs) looking to extend the reach and speeds of their 3G and 4G services, small cell deployments could be the next big thing for cable operators, but coming up with a specific game plan has been a work in progress.

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Swisscom to use ThinkAnalytics search, recommendation

June 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has landed a deal with Swisscom to power search and recommendation features on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom is leveraging ThinkAnalytics’ platform across its live, linear, replay TV and VOD services. 

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Cablevision dials in new HD phone service

June 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Among cable operators’ triple play services, voice offerings are somewhat taken for granted these days as consumers migrate to cell-phone only use, but there are still landline innovation opportunities to be had. A case in point is Cablevision’s new HD phone service, which is available for free to its Optimum Voce subscribers.

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Suddenlink promotes Atkins

June 24, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has promoted Amy Atkins to the position of vice president of talent and organizational development. In her new role, Atkins will direct the leadership training department at the cable operator’s headquarters in St. Louis.

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San Francisco to app: Curb parking space auctions

June 24, 2014 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum. The app, called Monkey Parking, allows drivers who score a notoriously hard-to-get San Francisco parking spot to sell it.

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Cablevision's antitrust suit against Viacom to move forward

June 23, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The antitrust lawsuit filed by Cablevision against Viacom is moving ahead, despite Viacom’s effort to get it dismissed. Should the suit continue, and be decided in Cablevision’s favor, it would set a precedent restricting the ability of programmers to force MVPDs to accept bundles of ancillary – and usually unwanted – content in order to get access to premium channels.

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MRV adds 10G/100G systems for cable ops

June 23, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

MRV Communications said it has expanded its OptiDriver optical transport portfolio with new 12- and 16 slot chassis. The new systems are appropriate for smaller 10G and 100G networking environments, balancing bandwidth and integrated management features to streamline the delivery of services such as cloud connectivity and content delivery.

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Brazilian carrier taps Entone, Minerva for new TV service

June 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

TIM Brasil is using Entone’s Hybrid TV system as the basis for a video service it has tested in two cities and plans to launch commercially later this year that will blend free to air and over the top (OTT) content. The carrier has also deployed Minerva Networks’ platform to define and manage content from multiple sources.

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Comcast broadens TVE reach with support for Google Chrome

June 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has added an official extension for Google Chrome that supports more than 50 live TV channels and on demand content from its Xfinity TV Go web portal. The Chrome feature is the latest enhancement to Comcast’s stable of TV Everywhere products and services that are available to its authenticated subscribers.

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Vyve announces faster data tiers

June 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Vyve Broadband recently announced that it had increased the speeds of its data tiers across the company’s nine-state footprint at no additional cost to its current subscribers. Vyve is now offering download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps and 105 Mbps, and is in the process of moving its standard Internet subscribers to the 25 Mbps tier. 

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NAB CTO joins One Media

June 23, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Kevin Gage has left his chief technical officer position (CTO) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to join One Media as its new executive vice president and CTO. Gage, who was also executive vice president at NAB, was a founder and head of NAB Labs.

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Report: Client-side TV software to top $800 million by 2017

June 23, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Driven by growth in software for home media gateways client-side TV software is projected to top $800 million by 2017. The report by SNL Kagan said that the significant growth projected for home media gateways would be driven by increased demand in North America and Western Europe, which will account for the majority of shipments between last year and 2017.

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Bill introduced that would prohibit paid prioritization

June 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congresswoman Doris Matsui have introduced bicameral legislation to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ban paid prioritization agreements between a broadband provider and a content provider.

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