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Home automation: The new frontier for service providers

April 30, 2012 7:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Home automation services have a long way to go before they reach the level of comfort portrayed in “The Jetsons,” but service providers are ramping up their efforts to provide their subscribers with home automation creature comforts that go beyond simple security cams.

Open Mic - Advertising to the TV and IP-connected devices

April 30, 2012 6:35 pm | by Jeff Brooks, vice president of business development at Arris | Articles | Comments

Cable operators are by now very aware of the shifting landscape in content consumption and delivery technologies, as well as the potential changes this will drive in advertising on linear TV and IP-connected devices.

Memory Lane - Getting game

April 30, 2012 6:14 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Sega Channel broke new ground in several ways: Not only did it suggest a networked future for the delivery of entertainment content, it forced cable companies to recognize the need to fine-tune their networks to accommodate new types of digital content.

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Comcast offering Verizon Wireless in more markets

April 30, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is now bundling Verizon LTE in Denver and five more cities.

Comcast Sports offers second-screen interactivity

April 30, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company adds Web-based features for viewers watching baseball games with their tablets in their hand.

Time Warner Cable targets on-demand niches

April 30, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator bundles food and exercise videos to appeal to health-conscious viewers – and the advertisers that want to target that market.

Hulu might move to authentication model

April 30, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Can the broadcast networks make a case that their content is premium content?

LG beta program takes to the clouds

April 30, 2012 2:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Electronics is setting up shop on the cloud, with the beta opening of the LG Cloud service.

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CTIA Wireless 2012 transforms itself

April 30, 2012 2:47 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As the wireless industry gets ready to descend on New Orleans for the annual CTIA convention May 8-10, attendees will bear witness not only to the transformation the city went through, but also to the transition the trade show went through itself.

Falcone resignation rumors circle on debt talks

April 30, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The manager of the hedge fund backing LightSquared may give up his board seat to help the struggling mobile broadband company avoid bankruptcy, according to news reports.

CED’s 2012 CTO Roundtable

April 29, 2012 11:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In this year’s Roundtable, our participants talk about how the ongoing evolution of the HFC network is nowhere near complete, with years of technological innovations yet to come that will support any number of new services and features.

Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part I

April 29, 2012 9:55 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

I have just finished reading “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci.

CCAP: More than just box replacement

April 29, 2012 9:22 pm | by Jorge Salinger, vice president of access architecture, and Ty Pearman, director of access engineering, of Comcast | Articles | Comments

Many people have by now heard of the CCAP, so here is a quick summary of what CCAP is and does.

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Capital Currents - High-risk spectrum plays

April 29, 2012 8:41 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

In light of recent legislation allowing the FCC to auction off TV broadcast spectrum, it might be instructive to review some ill-fated radio spectrum plays.

Social TV is in your future

April 27, 2012 11:19 pm | by Alper Turgut, CEO of Anvato | Articles | Comments

TV is already in the process of transforming from one-way broadcast to a community platform where viewers can interact not only with each other, but also with the content owners and the brands that advertise on TV.

In Perspective - HBO’s Tywin Lannister maneuvers

April 27, 2012 10:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

How much is “Game of Thrones” worth? Worth paying for? Or only worth pirating?

Open Mic - Realizing the potential of the enterprise market

April 27, 2012 10:18 pm | by Uri Gurevitz, manager of cross-portfolio marketing at Amdocs | Articles | Comments

With consumer revenues flattening, service providers are looking to the enterprise segment more than ever before to satisfy their growth and revenue goals.

New Products - April 2012

April 27, 2012 9:47 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine has reengineered its ICE video platform, Exfo recently launched a portable version of its iPro Intelligent Network Analysis Probe and Convergys has introduced CRM 2.0.

Orchestrating the gateway of the future

April 27, 2012 8:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Many of the most important features of any electronics product are implemented directly in the silicon processors that orchestrate everything those products do. So what’s next?

TWC, Verizon Wireless could have joint products this year

April 27, 2012 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The current marketing effort between the two includes a $200 prepaid debit card for customers that choose to add Verizon Wireless’ service and upgrade at least one of their Time Warner Cable services.

Clearwire’s 31-city LTE launch to include N.Y., L.A.

April 27, 2012 3:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire didn't always follow the usual big-cities-first approach when it rolled out its WiMAX network, but it let investors know it would take a different tactic with its TD-LTE deployment.

Verizon resurrects T-Mobile merger comments in AWS defense

April 27, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA's own words are being used against it by Verizon Wireless, which resurrected comments T-Mobile made during its failed merger with AT&T to defend its AWS spectrum purchase.

Providence to sell stake in Hulu for $200M

April 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A person familiar with the matter says Providence Equity Partners has agreed to sell its 10 percent stake in online video service Hulu for $200 million to other shareholders.

Bill outlaws taxing Internet access in N.H.

April 27, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New Hampshire Senate's Finance Committee unanimously voted to outlaw taxing Internet access in hopes of clearing up confusion over how a tax is being applied 22 years after it was created.

Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive

April 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Internet search leader may need to win more trust based on the suspicions swirling around Google Drive, a new online storage service for personal documents, photos and other content.

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