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Bright House Networks tops customer experience rating; Comcast last

March 27, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

For the third straight year, Bright House Networks came out on top of a survey that was based on customer experience. On the other hand, Comcast finished at the bottom of the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, which was conducted for the fourth year by the Temkin Group.

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Report: Dish, DirecTV engage in merger talks

March 27, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging. Bloomberg News reported Ergen initiated the discussion in response to Comcast Corp.'s pending $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., which was announced last month. The news service cited several unnamed sources.

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Astro taps S3 for test automation

March 26, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

S3 has been selected by Astro, a pay-TV operator in Malaysia, to help it scale and accelerate the development of its digital TV platform using S3 Group’s test automation platform, StormTest Development Center.                                       

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TiVo locks up deal with WaveDivision

March 26, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TiVo has notched another customer win by announcing a deal with WaveDivision Holdings, which offers triple play services through its Wave Broadband and Astound brands. WaveDivision is going all in with TiVo on a co-branded version of its whole-home DVR platform, which is slated to go live mid-year. 

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Nagra/Kudelski buying Conax

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by CED | Comments

The Swiss group is buying Conax for roughly $256 million. Nagra/Kudelski said Conax will fit in with the company’s portfolio of products for service providers, including its OpenTV5 middleware, multiscreen/OTT solutions and SmarDTV’s advanced conditional access modules.

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Cox Media takes geographic-based ads for a trial spin

March 26, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Working with Invidi Technologies, Cox Media has started addressable advertising trials that target viewers by their geographic locations. The two companies said they have entered into an “exploratory agreement” to measure the effectiveness of addressable advertising delivered according to specific viewer geographic, demographic, and other pre-determined viewer qualifiers.

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Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. Irvine, California-based Oculus VR Inc. makes the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that's received a lot of attention from video game developers. 

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House Committee passes STELA version enabling broadcaster "collusion"

March 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology passed a version of the STELA act that explicitly allows broadcasters to band together in negotiations with MVPDs, a maneuver that the FCC is in the process of trying to bar, and which the ACA has explicitly called “collusion.”

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Charter Media to cut ribbon on new production facility in Wis.

March 25, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

On Thursday Charter Media will open the doors on its new production facility in Madison, Wis. To mark the occasion, Charter will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Madison Chamber of Commerce. Charter Media is the sales division of Charter Communications.

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Liberty Global’s Warga to join SCTE’s board

March 25, 2014 11:31 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Liberty Global’s Bill Warga will add an international flavor to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ board of directors when he joins in September. Warga, vice president, technology and a member of the chief architecture group for Liberty Global, will replace Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie.

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Disney to buy YouTube video producer Maker Studios

March 25, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant seeks to stay in front of younger viewers who are increasingly watching short videos online. It's the latest and largest acquisition of a YouTube channel network by a major Hollywood studio and represents another vote of confidence in the video service as an incubator of talent.

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China demands U.S. respond to report of Huawei hack

March 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

After months of open suspicion that Huawei is party to Chinese espionage, press reports allege that the U.S. has hacked Huawei equipment. The report alleges the U.S. spying activity began around the time that concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer was a threat to U.S. national security.

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Bright House Networks rebrands commercial services division

March 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Bright House Networks has re-branded its business services division as Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions. The former name was Bright House Networks Business Solutions, but Bright House said in a press release that the premise for the new name was “we’re wired differently.”

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Aurora Networks bows new transmitter system

March 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Aurora Networks took the wraps off of a new transmitter system that was designed to reduce power consumption for DOCSIS 3.1 services. Aurora Networks said the HT3300H Series Double-Density 1310 nm Transmitter System also included 1.2 GHZ transmitters and featured high rack density. 

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Cisco to Invest $1 billion in new global cloud platform

March 24, 2014 12:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Cisco Monday announced plans to invest over $1 billion over the next two years in a global cloud for delivering applications and services. The "Intercloud," as Cisco is calling it, will be hosted across a global network of Cisco and partner data centers.

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