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TWC sets a date for 300 Mbps tier in Austin

May 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Starting June 3, Time Warner Cable will debut its 300 Mbps tier to more than 100,000 customers in Austin, Texas. Back in February Time Warner Cable announced it would increase the speeds across six of its residential data plans at no additional cost. 

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TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

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AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

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By the numbers: good news/bad news with Q1 video subs

May 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The pay-TV universe expanded by about 260,000 subscribers in the first quarter. On the broadband side, that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. acquired nearly 1.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers.

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Ensequence makes WE tv promos interactive

May 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Over the course of the campaigns, WE tv said it has seen 25 percent of the viewers who interacted with the spot opt-in for an SMS reminder. Additionally, initial interaction rates were as high as 3 percent, significantly above standard rates for other direct response media such as internet advertising or direct mail.

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Tennis anyone? Cox serves up French Open on TV Everywhere

May 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications and the Tennis Channel have teamed up to provide French Open coverage to the cable operator’s authenticated subscribers. At no additional cost, Cox subscribers can access the Tennis Channel’s linear coverage stream “from nearly everywhere” on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

May 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger —the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable— makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV. 

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Netflix coming to Germany, France, 4 other markets

May 21, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries later this year as the Internet video service tries to build an international following that might eventually surpass its U.S. audience. The additional markets announced Wednesday will extend Netflix's reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe.

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Casa, Teleste, combo on CCAP/RemotePHY system

May 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Teleste and Casa Systems said they are collaborating on the development of a distributed CCAP/remotePHY solution based on Casa’s C100G CCAP platform and Teleste’s RemotePHY optical node. The companies plan for proof-of-concept implementation by late 2014. 

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Telefunken installing Aurora's PON in Germany

May 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Telefunken Communications is in the process of deployoing PON technology from Aurora Networks. The company began to launch new internet services in April, including 150 Mbps broadband for residential customers and up to 250 Mbps (symmetrical) for business customers.

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RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

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Survey: Comcast, TWC have the most unhappy video, data subs

May 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pay-TV subscribers’ satisfaction with their video services from some of the largest providers is eroding, according to the latest annual survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI.) The survey didn’t bode particularly well for would be merger partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which dropped 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the survey’s video customer satisfaction rankings. 

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Study: Loss of video subscribers in NA partially offset by ARPU increases

May 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With the notable exception of Comcast, most cable operators in North America continued to bleed out basic video subscribers in the most recent first quarter earnings reports, but those losses were at least partially offset by increasing average revenue per user (ARPU), according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. 

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S3 takes on testing for Nagra

May 20, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

S3 Group announced it would perform automated testing on Nagra’s OpenTV 5 set-top box middleware and guide offerings. Nagra will use S3 Group’s video test automation platform, StormTest Development Center, to achieve ongoing quality assurance, improve responsiveness, and speed up turnaround times.

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Incognito promotes Yan to COO

May 20, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Incognito Software has promoted William L. Yan to chief operating officer. Yan had been Incognito’s senior vice president for worldwide sales. He is a 20-year veteran with experience spanning business development, sales, and marketing for established technology firms and early stage, venture-funded startups.

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