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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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