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AT&T denies Vodafone bid

January 27, 2014 12:04 pm | by Wireless Week | Comments

At the request of the UK Takeover Panel, AT&T Monday confirmed that it does not intend to make an offer for Vodafone.  AT&T recognized that recent speculation regarding a potential transaction involving Vodafone could have affected recent movement in the share price of Vodafone. 

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FCC inundated with pleas to save LPTV

January 24, 2014 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC next year will embark on the complicated process of auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum licenses. Part of that entails compensating and relocating/repacking the many low-power TV (LPTV) broadcasters that currently occupy those airwaves. For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the auction.

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Carl Icahn snaps up another $500M of Apple stock

January 24, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Icahn made it clear he wants to see an Apple television set, a device that has been a subject of company speculation for the past three years. Steve Jobs, Apple's late CEO and co-founder, suggested Apple was working on a TV set in interviews with his biographer before he died in October 2011.

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Exfo debuts SNR test for new 40G/100G networks

January 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Exfo has expanded the capabilities of its optical spectrum analyzers with a new signal-to-noise test feature for 40G/100G WDM optical networks. The company’s WDM-Aware Pol-Mux is a module is a coherent polarization multiplexing (polmux) 40G/100G optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) tester. Exfo claims to be the first test company with this capability.

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Time Warner, Bright House expand TV-E rosters

January 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

MSOs continue to gradually accrete more networks for their TV Everywhere line-ups. Time Warner Cable and ally Bright House Networks said they have just signed A&E, History and Lifetime.  TWC is already hosting the apps for those networks as part of its TV Everywhere offerings. Bright House Networks will follow next week.

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Netflix adds 2.3M more US subscribers in banner 4Q

January 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Netflix ended December with 33.4 million U.S. subscribers who stream video over high-speed Internet connections, up from 31.1 million in September. The company picked up another 1.74 million subscribers outside the U.S. to end last year with 10.9 million international customers.

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Cable TV Pioneers announces class of 2014

January 23, 2014 12:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Cable TV Pioneers identified the members of its 2014 class of inductees. There will be 18 new members this time around. The new members will be honored at the Pioneers’ banquet to be held on Monday evening, April 28, the night before the NCTA 2014 The Cable Show in Los Angeles.

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Comcast set to add electricity to its bundles

January 23, 2014 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast is investigating a new twist on the quadruple play, replacing wireless connectivity with electricity bundled in with video, broadband, and phone service. The bundle would initially be available in Comcast's Pennsylvania markets. Comcast's utility partner is likely to be NRG's Energy Plus operation based in Philadelphia.

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NBCU/Comcast tee up deal with 49ers, Levi’s Stadium

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well. 

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Clearleap hires former Vubiquity exec John Smith

January 23, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Clearleap has hired John Smith as vice president, new market development. Smith most recently served as senior vice president, North American sales at Vubiquity, which is a global provider of multiplatform video services.

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Microsoft-bound Nokia business sees sales slide

January 23, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Nokia handsets business that Microsoft is due to take over saw sales continue to slide in the fourth quarter as its Lumia smartphones failed to draw business away from larger competitors like Apple and Samsung. Shares in Nokia Corp. slumped Thursday after the company said it suffered a net loss of 25 million euros ($34 million) in the October to December period, with smartphone sales plunging 29 percent.

Adva trial tests practicality of WDM-PON in rural markets

January 22, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Adva Optical Networking is engaged in a WDM-PON trial in Austria to test the practicality of delivering uncontended gigabit connectivity to rural residential subscribers. WDM-PON enables individual subscribers to be independently connected to a remote central office that can be tens of kilometers away.

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ThinkAnalytics, IVA combo search with trailers

January 22, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

IVA’s entertainment metadata will be matched to the ThinkAnalytics Search and Recommendations Engine. The combination will enable video service providers to present trailers and other promotional content with the results of a search or a recommendation process.

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Simulmedia, FourthWall refine targeted ad system

January 22, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Simulmedia expects to improve its targeted advertising by including FourthWall’s full daily feed of anonymous, second-by-second, TV viewing data from more than 2 million U.S. homes. Simulmedia said it will match FourthWall’s viewing data to household purchase data.

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Wave Broadband gets CALM with Tektronix

January 22, 2014 11:37 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Wave Broadband has deployed Tektronix’s Sentry Assure platform to help it comply with the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. To date, Wave Broadband, which serves more than 400,000 subscribers across the West Coast, has installed Sentry Assure in three of its systems.

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