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

Wheeler's rules: open Internet, competition, and don’t test him

April 30, 2014 4:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

If anyone thought the former head of the NCTA was going to come to the Cable Show and act all cuddly, they were very, very wrong. Wheeler warned, slapped, threatened and cajoled, though even his targets might not have noticed at first, given his measured tone and erudite phraseology.

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Comcast adds MGM to digital store

April 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is adding films from MGM to its Xfinity On Demand digital store lineup, which gives Comcast customers the ability to own and watch movies on various devices, often before the DVD release date. With the addition of MGM, the digital store, which made its debut in November, now has content available from Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros.

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Comcast targets 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots by year-end

April 30, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is raising the stakes on its Wi-Fi game by drawing a bead on 8 million hotspots by the end of this year. Those 8 million access point, which will emanate from businesses, outdoor locations and neighborhood hotspots with second SSIDs in customers’ gateways, are slated for 19 of the country’s 30 largest cities. 

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Juniper, Gainspeed propose "virtual" CCAP

April 30, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Virtual CCAP would enable MSOs to leave all the equipment they now have in place, but as they grow, shift to remote PHY (shifting QAM PHY into nodes). MSOs could also stop deploying redundant routing resources in the form of CMTSs, in favor of enabling the edge routers that operators already have installed. 

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Cisco donates CPE software to RDK Management

April 30, 2014 11:59 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco said it will make its service provider CPE routing software available in open-source format, which opens the possibility of that software being used in RDK-compliant products. The potential products include everything beyond set-top boxes, including modems, routers or converged gateways.

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Rovi and NCTC sign deal on DTA guides

April 30, 2014 11:52 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative has signed a master agreement for the use of Rovi DTA Guide by its membership. NCTC members will be able to license the Rovi DTA Guide through the cooperative and have access to Rovi technology to deploy Rovi guides on DTA devices.

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Pace debuts RDK-based Elements middleware platform

April 30, 2014 11:45 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Pace announced today that its Elements middleware platform was now available with full Reference Design Kit (RDK) compatibility. Pace also said it had expanded its relationship with RDK Management by signing up for the RDK Advanced Support Program (ASP) and Media Sponsorship Program (MSP).  

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Zodiac single stack manages all devices

April 30, 2014 11:44 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

PowerUp VBS unifies basic television operations with the middleware services layer and the presentation layer (browser based for HTML5 or native for legacy) and provides what Zodiac claims is the industry’s only universal, single stack capable of operating all managed devices.

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Cablevision cues up cloud-based ads with ActiveVideo

April 30, 2014 11:39 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cablevision and ActiveVideo have partnered up on a new cloud-based advertising platform, CloudTV AdCast, which will make its debut later this year. American Express is slated to become the first advertiser to take the cloud-based ad platform for a trial spin with its interactive TV app called “Amex Now.”

This Technology enhances DAI system

April 30, 2014 11:23 am | by Brian Santo | Comments

TV Everywhere and multi-screen delivery make managing ad insertion increasingly complicated. This Technology has enhanced its digital ad insertion (DAI) system with a set of new capabilities that makes it easier for programmers and network operators to manage the ad insertion process.

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Time Warner Cable’s Meeks a Vanguard Award winner

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Phil Meeks has made the most of his six and half years in the cable operator industry and was recently rewarded by being named as one of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award winners. Meeks took over the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable a little over a year ago when he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer, business services.

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Cable Show: MSOs vs. Programmers spat erupts anew

April 29, 2014 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

During the “Faster, Better, More Entertaining Future" panel during the Cable Show's opening day general session, the conflict between cable operators and programmers over escalating programming costs that normally seethes beneath the surface was brought into daylight.

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Cable Show: Liberty’s Fries says cooperation key to closing functionality gap

April 29, 2014 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global CEO and president Mike Fries didn’t pull any punches in regards to questions on a general session panel about why TV Everywhere services haven’t entirely blossomed for cable operators and their content partners. Fries also said the entire net neutrality debate was about video.

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Cable Show: Powell keynote; Cable builds communities

April 29, 2014 4:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

NCTA president and CEO Michael Powell kicked off The Cable Show Tuesday morning by saying that the cable industry helps build communities through its broadband pipes, but needs to stay free of policymakers in order to continue that success story going forward. Powell contrasted the open Internet with public utilities, highway systems and water supplies that are foundering under the weight of regulatory control.

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Deluxe prepping video for Samsung's Video Pack

April 29, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Deluxe is the company providing mastering and encoding services for a number of Hollywood movies available on Samsung’s UHD Video Pack, a hard drive loaded with UHD content that Samsung is giving away with some of its 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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