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

Verizon FiOS rolling out new 6-tuner DVR

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

FiOS Quantum TV is now available to customers in North Texas and Harrisburg, Pa. Verizon will roll out the service through the rest of its footprint in phases over the next few months. The DVR Verizon is using, which it calls the Video Media Server, is manufactured by Arris. The company is offering a double-DVR option. 

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GSA approves Comcast for Ethernet services

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast Business has established an important road into the vast government market, having just scored a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the Company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

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Samsung launches smart home services

April 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Users can register for the Samsung Smart Home app with their Samsung Account. For smartphones, the app can be downloaded from the Samsung Apps store and Google Play.  The company promises a separate app for Samsung Gear 2 powered by Tizen and the app for Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models will be available in April.

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Envivio streaming HD sports to AppleTVs

April 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Envivio announced that it is powering premium live HD sports channels on Apple TV for a European Tier 1 service provider. The content is being compressed using Envivio’s Muse Live encoders, protected using a new encryption mode by Envivio Halo network media processors, and delivered to Apple TVs.

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Imagine brings sales-billing tool to the cloud

April 2, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

LandmarkOSI 8.0 integrates sales, CRM, traffic, and billing. With this version, the tool is now powered by MediaCentral, the company’s IP-based framework for migrating and optimizing media and playout functionality to a virtualized cloud environment. MediaCentral uses Microsoft’s Azure cloud service.

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Microsoft vows app-like update schedule for Windows 8

April 1, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The software company is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback. Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls.

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Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

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Exfo intros second-generation multi-mode tester

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FTB-2 Pro supports up to two 1-slot modules simultaneously such as a combination of Ethernet and OTDR modules. It also supports spectral and multi-layer testing. The platform has the necessary power for high speed, high performance testing, the company said.

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Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

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Akamai works with Aspera to accelerate file transfer

April 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Aspera Upload Acceleration option integrates Aspera’s FASP transfer technology directly into Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based online storage platform. The integrated system will significantly increase upload transfer speeds, with no need for customers to re-architect the workflow or build custom API calls.

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U.S. Supreme Court could limit software patents

March 31, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question, and the outcome could send tremors through an industry that touches virtually every sector of the economy, from gadgets on smart phones to advances in anti-lock brakes.

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AT&T plans fourth 300M share buyback in 4 years

March 31, 2014 2:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T today announced its plans to buy back 300 million shares, representing approximately six percent of the company’s outstanding shares. This is the fourth 300 million-share buyback AT&T has announced in the past four years—the previous three came December 2010, July 2012 and March 2013.

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NetGear offers MSOs a DOCSIS 3.0 gateway

March 31, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

NetGear has introduced a DOCSIS 3.0 voice and data gateway for the service provider market that features DOCSIS transmission rates up to 1 GHz, and aggregate Wi-Fi throughput of 1.9 GHz.  The product incorporates a 24 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0 modem, and has IPv6 support.

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FCC bans broadcaster collusion in retrans negotiations

March 31, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The FCC issued two key decisions today, one that prohibits broadcast stations from joining together in retransmission consent negotiations, the other opening another 100 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications. Under the new regulations, two or more separately owned Top-4 broadcasters in the same market would be prohibited from banding to negotiate retrans deals.

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Charter to TWC investors: reject Comcast takeover bid

March 28, 2014 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Charter Communications is recommending that investors in Time Warner Cable (TWC) reject Comcast’s takeover offer, which exceeded Charter’s offer by more than $25 a share. Charter demanded instead "that the TWC board engage in a full review of its strategic opportunities."

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