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

Sony introduces TV version of PlayStation line

October 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The device seems to be a placeholder for something that might come later. Apps for OTT services can be downloaded, but they’re disabled. What you can do with it is play a select list of PlayStation Vita games on it (not all of them), and you can use it to stream games from your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to a TV.

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Report: Global set-top box market a mixed bag

October 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

A recent report by Infonetics Research noted that the global set-top box market was rife with “mixed signals” with revenues increasing 4 percent to $4.8 billion from the first to second quarter of this year while shipments were down in the second quarter of this year when compared to the same quarter a year ago.

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RCN powers up 110 Mbps tier in Chicago

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Over builder RCN has bumped up its fastest data tier in Chicago to 110 Mbps on the downstream and 15 Mbps on the upstream. Prior to Chicago, RCN had rolled out its 110/15 Mbps Internet speeds in Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia.

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McAndrew exits Cablevision for Xylem

October 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After a two year stint as Cablevision’s vice president of corporate communications, Kelly McAndrew has left the cable operator’s employ for Xylem. McAndrew joined Xylem, which focuses on global water issues, as vice president of global public affairs.

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HBO will offer HBO Go stand-alone in 2015

October 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The announcement would have been a surprise if HBO’s “Game of Thrones” hadn’t become known as the most frequently pirated show in television history, and if HBO executives hadn’t been asked about the possibility of offering HBO Go at every public appearance all along.

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Qualcomm buying CSR in $2.5 billion deal

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments. The company's fiscal 2013 revenue totaled $960.7 million.

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Nobel winner: cable could have been cheaper in the U.S., but...

October 14, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. consumers might be paying less than they are for cable and Internet access if regulators had followed the guidance of Jean Tirole in promoting industry competition. U.S. regulators didn't follow Tirole's advice to require cable and phone companies to sell competitors access to last mile connections.

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Nagra powers Vodafone Spain's OTT-DTT hybrid service

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Nagra announced that Vodafone España is its first customer for its QuickStart Hybrid system in Europe. Vodafone Spain is using Nagra’s technology to create a service that will combine over-the-top (OTT) content and digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.

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AT&T targets Chicago, Atlanta area for GigaPower service

October 14, 2014 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After battling with Time Warner Cable in Texas, AT&T’s 1 Gigabit service is now slated for deployment in Chicago and the Atlanta area. AT&T didn’t say where the new launches would take place in Chicago and Atlanta, but Comcast and RCN offer their services in the Windy City while Charter Communications and Comcast serve areas of Atlanta.

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Time Warner Cable deploys CSG’s SmartVideo for billing

October 14, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

In order to help new subscribers understand their first bills, Time Warner Cable has launched CSG’s SmartVideo platform in several of its markets. CSG SmartVideo sends invitations to new customers’ email addresses for videos that explain charges, discounts, and other pertinent information included in the monthly statement.

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Suddenlink signs up Comedy.TV for multi-year distribution agreement

October 14, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications continued to move forward in regards to replacing the 24 Viacom channels that were lost earlier this month after a new deal wasn’t reached with Tuesday’s addition of Comedy.TV. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator with 1.1 million basic video subscribers, reached a multi-year distribution agreement with Comedy.TV parent company Entertainment Studios.

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GCI adds TiVo service in another Alaskan city

October 14, 2014 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Alaska’s GCI is now serving up its TiVo-based service to its subscribers in Kotzebue. GCI currently has its GCI TV powered by TiVo service available across 95 percent of its footprint with plans to have it fully rolled out in all of its markets by the end of the year.

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Company turns LED lights into a Wi-Fi network

October 13, 2014 2:01 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The company by the fourth quarter plans to begin shipping Li-Flame, a ceiling-mounted unit that can turn an LED light fixture into a multi-user access “atto-cellular” communication system. The Li-Flame moves Visible Light Communication (VLC) past point-to-point and into full wireless network territory, according to a press release.

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AT&T finishes 1-Gig upgrade in Austin; to offer faster Wi-Fi gateway

October 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that it had completed the free speed upgrade to 1 Gigabit for all of its GigaPower subscribers in Austin. AT&T also said it would be launching a new gateway in Austin that would be “twice as fast as what is generally available today." 

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Samsung gooses Wi-Fi transmission speeds with 60 GHz

October 13, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Samsung Electronics said it has enabled a five-fold increase in Wi-Fi data transmission speeds by using the 60 GHz band. Samsung said its 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology enabled data transmission speeds of up to 4.6 Gbps, or 575 MB per second, a five-fold increase from 866 Mbps, or 108 MB per second, which is the maximum speed possible with existing consumer electronics devices.

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