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Harmonic introduces first in line of new IRDs

March 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The ProView 8100 is suitable for use for everything from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic's DMS video distribution management system, the company said.

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VeEX fields new field tester

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

VeEX has upped the ante by making it more flexible, multi-tasking and adding SyncE, 1588v2/PTP, GPS, chip-scale atomic clock, as well as asset management and workflow optimization with VeExpress. The VePAL TX300S Test Set with VeExpress support borrows the form factor and user interface from VeEX’s TX300-series test set.

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Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

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Cablevision adds beIN sports networks to lineup

March 5, 2014 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision announced this morning that it would add beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español to its channel lineup. In order to prime the pump, Cablevision will serve up a free preview of both channels to all of its subscribers March 20-23.

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Report: Router market rebounds last year

March 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The service provider router market clawed its way to a 5 percent increase for all of last year after shrinking in 2012. Sales of service provider routers rebounded to a record level of $9.7 billion last year and are expected to accelerate this year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group. 

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Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

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Roku gets into streaming-stick fight with Google

March 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast. Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection. The Roku device, announced Tuesday, sells for $50 compared with $35 for the Chromecast. 

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Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

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Skitter TV in with North Dakota co-op

March 4, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Skitter TV's platform allows for the integration of local broadcast channels with a growing number of cable programming channels and various web-based sources of video. Skitter TV can deliver services to a variety of consumer premise equipment, including Roku boxes and similar retail devices.

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American Airlines Center upgrades Wi-Fi network

March 4, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The American Airlines Center in Dallas is the latest arena to get wired for the vast amounts of gameday traffic generated by people in the stands using social media and watching replays on their smartphones. The arena contracted with AT&T for the network.

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Time Warner Cable to launch Epix channels

March 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting March 18, Time Warner Cable will offer four channels from Epix, and give its digital basic tier customers a free three-month trial. The four channels are Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in. Epix will be available in HD and SD, and on Time Warner Cable’s VOD service, while Epix Drive-In will be offered in SD.

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TWCBC tunes in HD video for healthcare facilities

March 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering healthcare facilities an HD video service that mimics the in-home viewing experience for patients. The service, which is called “HD Video for Healthcare,” provides HD video, free VOD programming, an interactive program guide and the ability to pause live TV to hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities.

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Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

March 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google's loosely knit family of Android phones in a duel to make mobile applications more accessible. 

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Dish Network sweeps H Block spectrum auction

March 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish, as many expected, bought all the licenses available. It has not stated its intentions for the spectrum, but using it for broadband connectivity is a possibility. The company is currently working with Sprint to deploy fixed mobile broadband on a trial basis in Corpus Christi. The trial is scheduled for later this year.

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In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

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