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

Charter projects that Q1 revenue will be up 4.5%

April 14, 2010 8:50 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Spurred by subscriber growth in digital video, data, phone and business services, Charter’s preliminary results point toward a 4.5 percent increase in revenue year-over-year.

SCTE’s SEMI project plans for greener pastures

April 14, 2010 8:45 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable industry professionals got down to the brass tacks last week on coming up with “green” initiatives for cable.

FCC defends spectrum plan before broadcasters

April 14, 2010 8:40 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski laid to rest concerns over the agency’s plan to reclaim spectrum from broadcasters during a speech at NAB yesterday.

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Qualcomm to let phones record mobile TV shows

April 14, 2010 8:35 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Phones and other mobile devices that receive Qualcomm’s Flo TV broadcasts will get new features later this year, including the ability to record shows off the air.

AT & T to deploy HD-SDI switch to distribute video

April 14, 2010 8:30 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T recently announced plans to deploy what it said was the industry’s first standards-based HD-SDI video transport and switching network.

FairPoint blames fire for Maine Internet outages

April 14, 2010 8:25 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Thousands of FairPoint customers lost their Internet service Tuesday after Central Maine Power equipment overheated and damaged FairPoint's high-speed data lines.

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AT & T rebrands self, shelves ad spat with Verizon

April 14, 2010 8:20 am | by Emily Fredrix, AP Marketing Writer | Comments

AT&T has hung up on the ad wars, dumping its ad campaign responding to rival Verizon's slams on its wireless phone coverage.

iPad gets streaming video; global launch delayed

April 14, 2010 8:15 am | by Traci Patterson | Comments

Live streaming video and video-on-demand streaming is coming to Apple’s iPad, thanks to Dilithium and its Dilithium Content Adapter (DCA).

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Intel’s profit nearly quadruples, IT spending strong

April 14, 2010 8:10 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Intel said Tuesday its net income in the first quarter nearly quadrupled over last year and reflected an overall bump in spending on technology by companies.

Time Warner Cable CEO gets $15.8M compensation

April 14, 2010 8:05 am | by Deborah Yao, AP Business Writer | Comments

Glenn Britt received total compensation of $15.8 million last year, up more than 9 percent from 2008, mainly because of a bonus for renewing his employment contract.

Broadband Briefs for 04/14/10

April 14, 2010 8:00 am | Comments

TA invests in Aurora . . . Adobe grants Irdeto Flash 2.0 Access license.

New boss same as old boss: Lovett CEO of Charter

April 13, 2010 8:30 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After conducting a national search for its next CEO, Charter Communications decided it already had the best man at the helm.

Samsung, Intel, Motorola join forces for WiMAX 2 initative

April 13, 2010 8:25 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The next generation of WiMAX technology boasts peak rates of more than 300 Mbps.

Harmonic wraps up compliance testing with Microsoft’s Mediaroom

April 13, 2010 8:20 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Harmonic has completed compliance testing for its universal encoder and transcoder for the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform.

Netflix tabs Irdeto for content security

April 13, 2010 8:15 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Netflix has added Irdeto to its toolbox of content protection tools for the videos that it streams over the Internet to customers.

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