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

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

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Roku announces partners for Roku Stick

August 1, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.

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Cable Bahamas picks UXP’s MINT Platform for multi-screen services

August 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable Bahamas has tabbed UXP Systems’ Multiscreen Interaction (MINT) Platform for an upcoming market trial on personalized, multi-screen video, voice and messaging services.

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Verizon fined $1.25M for blocking tethering apps

August 1, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Verizon Wireless is paying $1.25 million to settle a complaint that it violated FCC regulations by blocking tethering applications for some of its smartphone users

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SCTE debuts 2 energy standards

July 31, 2012 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

SCTE 184 establishes recommended practices for energy management, while SCTE 186 defines common environmental and sustainability requirements for equipment within those facilities.

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Cisco wraps up purchase of NDS

July 31, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cisco has closed its $5 billion purchase of digital TV software and security vendor NDS Group.

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Survey: Cisco edges Motorola for IP set-top box satisfaction

July 31, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.

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Report: TV Everywhere on the cusp of breakout year

July 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.

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Government clears Comcast's $3B-plus sale of A&E stake

July 31, 2012 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

U.S. antitrust authorities have cleared Comcast's more than $3 billion sale of its 15.8 percent stake in A&E Television Networks to The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Communications.

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Allot grabs Oversi for $16M

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.

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Oracle to buy Xsigo Systems

July 31, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Business software maker Oracle has agreed to buy networking technology company Xsigo Systems for an undisclosed sum.

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Comcast tunes up 1st usage-based broadband trial in Nashville

July 30, 2012 1:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast will implement a new usage-based broadband policy that could result in a charge of $10 for 50 additional gigabytes each time subscribers use more than their monthly allotment of 300 GB.

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Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

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AT&T could buy back up to 300M shares

July 30, 2012 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T said that its board approved the repurchase of up to 300 million shares, or about 5 percent of the phone company's outstanding stock and worth $11.1 billion.

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FCC, S.D. utilities split on broadband fund reforms

July 30, 2012 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Broadband Internet access should start reaching more rural parts of the country after the Federal Communications Commission retooled a fund that has traditionally subsidized rural phone service.

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