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Vivendi confirms offer for video sharing site Dailymotion

April 7, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Vivendi has submitted an offer for the YouTube rival to Orange - the former France Telecom. Orange has been looking for someone to take DailyMotion off its hands for more than two years. 


Elemental drives live video on Comcast's private cloud

April 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast is using Elemental Technologies’ software based encoders to prepare live video for delivery on its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Comcast is creating infrastructure that mimics the mechanics of cloud delivery, but entirely within its own managed network.


Cablevision promotes Grover to SVP sales

April 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Matthew Grover first began working for Cablevision in 2001, and was VP of sales operations before being promoted to senior VP. In his new position, Grover will continue as head of sales operations.


Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.


Comcast, Verizon rev up watchathons

April 6, 2015 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast and Verizon have had success pumping up their VOD viewership numbers by giving subscribers free access to their VOD library for a week or more at a time, and so they're going to keep doing it.


Time Warner Cable first to integrate video, data through CCAP

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The MSO's CCAP deployment, using Casa System’s C100G system, is the first announced production deployment by any North American MSO that can run both QAM and IP data through the same port.


Frontier bumps FiOS broadband to 150 Mbps in OR, WA

April 3, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Frontier Communications is making all of its residential FiOS broadband tiers symmetrical in Oregon and in Washington State. The company will now offer symmetrical speed tiers of at 30 Mbps downstream and up, 50 Mbps, 75 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 150 Mbps.


Envivio has new rev of Muse encoder

April 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The 4.0 generation of the company's Muse video compression software is designed to improve the quality of MPEG-2 and H.264 video, and also improve the statistical rate control of VBR data streams for broadcast video.


Judge overturns AT&T claim of exemption from FTC lawsuit

April 2, 2015 6:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Federal Judge Edward M. Chen of the District of Northern California has ruled against the claim AT&T filed in January, which stated the company is exempt from FTC jurisdiction due to their status as a common carrier.


Sprint plans for RadioShack locations revealed

April 2, 2015 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Visitors to what remains of RadioShack stores after bankruptcy will find a new layout and a good portion of each store dedicated to Sprint’s retail business.


RDK, Metrological present free RDK app emulator

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | Comments

RDK Management has partnered with Metrological to deploy the reference design kit app emulator. Licensing is now free, with the intent of encouraging more developers to create apps that run on RDK products.


Comcast rolling out 2 Gbps service to 18M homes

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The company will base the service on an unspecified FTTH technology, a major new alternate route in its roadmap. Also, Comcast will have to either bow to Google’s pressure on broadband prices, or give up on being cost-competitive.


Keeping Engineers Better Informed

April 2, 2015 11:02 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, Design Group | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process.

TN legislature fails to unleash Chattanooga's network

April 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Tennessee lawmakers have shelved a bill meant to allow its municipalities to expand the internet services beyond its current limits. Consideration of the bill has been postponed until 2016 as support for the bill was insufficient.  


Wave Broadband in talks to take over Click operations

April 1, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Tacoma, whose Click service is one of the first modern municipal broadband networks, is considering leasing operations to Wave Broadband, which would introduce gigabit service and VoIP.



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