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

Cox, Time Warner Cable tee up 3-D viewing of Sony Open

January 13, 2012 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable will provide four rounds of coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii in 3-D.

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Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

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Showtime gets ready to launch iPad app

January 13, 2012 3:35 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The programmer purchases content preparation and delivery platforms from Azuki Systems to set up an app similar to HBO's.

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STMicroelectronics proposes green home control system

January 13, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Solar-powered sensors and monitors can be distributed throughout the home and can connect through a gateway, set-top or PC.

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Cox ups Hightower to lead law, policy team

January 13, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cox Communications promoted Jennifer Hightower to senior vice president of law and policy.

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ATM turns your old phone into cash

January 13, 2012 3:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is all about the latest smartphones, tablet computers and other devices. But what about the old gadgets? Don't they get any love?

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FCC opens docket on Verizon AWS buys

January 12, 2012 2:21 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC has started formal proceedings for its review of Verizon Wireless' multi-billion-dollar purchases of AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies that purchased the spectrum five years ago but never realized their plans to use it.

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Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

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Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

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Bright House vows to expand Wi-Fi network in Florida

January 12, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Bright House Networks said it will continue to build Wi-Fi access points not only in its own Florida service area, but across the state.

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@ CES: Ericsson's Vestberg brings wireless vision to CES

January 12, 2012 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg is never shy about expressing his vision for the connected-everything world of the future.

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@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

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@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

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@ CES: DLNA bows Premium Video; Comcast, Intel demo it

January 11, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

At CES, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) unveiled its Premium Video platform, which enables networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home, while Comcast and Intel demonstrated it over on the show floor.

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@ CES: More TV Everywhere at IP&TV World Forum

January 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Video service providers and a Sony exec detailed how they are keeping up with customer demands for TV Everywhere services at the IP&TV World Forum.

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