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Cisco software moves service providers toward SDN

February 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In keeping with the trend toward software defined networking (SDN), Cisco’s new software suite, called the Evolved Services Platform (ESP), aims to abstract network control, so that even if a service provider has a mix of network types (fixed, mobile, Wi-Fi), the provider can manage everything as if it were a single, integrated network.

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AT&T, IBM ally on enabling Internet of Things

February 18, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The two companies said they will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to create services initially for city governments and midsize utilities. They intend to develop services that can integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.

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RCN first MSO to debut Opera TV Store on TiVo boxes

February 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

RCN subscribers with TiVo boxes can tap into video, music, games, social media, news and a range of apps now that the Opera TV Store is available. With this morning’s announcement, RCN became the first cable operator to launch the Opera TV store on TiVo DVRs

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Verizon tops customer service survey, Comcast last

February 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

While Verizon had the highest customer satisfaction results for its customer service calls, Comcast received the worst marks out of the nine companies that were surveyed. Out of the nine categories in the customer service survey, Comcast scored the lowest in eight, according to a survey by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).

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Media strategists ready to target voters, 1 television at a time

February 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Welcome to addressable TV, an emerging technology that allows advertisers — Senate hopefuls and insurance companies alike — to pay some broadcasters to pinpoint specific homes. Eearlier this year, DirecTV and Dish Network announced a partnership that would allow political clients to reach into about 20 million households by matching up customers' identities with their satellite receive.

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2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

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Online offerings transform Olympic experience

February 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The Sochi games are the first Olympics worldwide where more hours of video are available online than on television, rapidly transforming the way people experience the event. More than 30 million people in the United States have visited NBC's Olympics websites. And "Curling is almost unstoppable."

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In Comcast deal, victor isn't necessarily a winner

February 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

There's nothing like a bidding war to turn the stock of a lackluster company into a star. Shareholders of Time Warner Cable, which has been losing video customers, are big winners after rival Comcast agreed to buy the company for a nice premium. Whether Comcast owners will see any benefit is less certain.

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Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

February 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable regularly rank at the bottom of the pay TV industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. So it didn't take long for customers to vent frustrations online over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

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Entone to introduce hybrid gateway series

February 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Magi 550 series gateways will incorporate eight tuners and H.264 transcoders. They will have 802.11ac access point for wireless distribution, MoCA for HD video distribution over existing coax cabling, and Boxless for supporting multiple TVs from a single set-top box.

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Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

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Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

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Former Cox exec Nagin convicted of taking bribes

February 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him.

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Technology firms urge changes to US spying

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A coalition of leading U.S. technology firms joined an international protest Tuesday against the U.S. government's spying programs, urging more limits on collections of Americans' electronic data and greater oversight and transparency about the secret operations. Executives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and AOL published a joint statement and sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama and members of Congress.

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SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

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