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Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

New Products - Nov/Dec 2011

November 3, 2011 9:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix Upgrades Sentry for Improved QoE ... Integra Telecom Bows Cloud Security Services ... Irdeto intros TV Services ... IBBS Helps Operators with Capacity Planning ... Anritsu Bows New Software for MP2100A BERTWave Series.

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AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

CenturyLink's Q3 net income falls as expenses rise

November 3, 2011 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower third-quarter net income Wednesday as operating expenses related to its April acquisition of larger phone company Qwest overshadowed increased revenue.

Storm-downed power lines bring complaints, lessons

November 3, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With our wireless Internet connections and far-ranging cell phones, it's easy to forget the hard-wired electricity that powers our homes and gadgets – until the lights go out.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Satellite, IPTV video services gaining ground on cable

November 2, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the OTT threat seems to be waning, satellite and IPTV video service providers are gaining ground on cable operators' share of the video pie, according to a recent report.

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Clearwire, UnitedOnline sign 5-year WiMAX deal

November 2, 2011 3:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire needed a savior, and it appears that savior has come. The company will provide wholesale WiMAX services for UnitedOnline's NetZero brand beginning next year.

Frontier touts Second Connection

November 2, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While most everyone else is talking about bandwidth caps, Frontier Communications has an interesting solution for its customers: Add another, separate DSL line.

Calix expands VDSL2 portfolio

November 2, 2011 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Calix has expanded its portfolio of VDSL2 products complementing its Ethernet Unified Access Platform (ESAP), aimed at covering some of the few remaining density options that clients might require.

O2 Secure Wireless plans 6-state rural LTE push

November 2, 2011 3:16 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

O2 Secure Wireless said today it will use a $33 million loan from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service to deploy LTE in 65 underserved markets.

Yahoo to buy Interclick for $270M

November 2, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition comes as Yahoo itself is the subject of takeover speculation. The company has been struggling to grow its revenue, even as rivals such as Google and Facebook – and overall Internet advertising – are doing just that.

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Charter enables Netflix, Hulu, Amazon searches on Web portal

November 1, 2011 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rather than keeping over-the-top streaming videos from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon at arm's length, Charter is embracing them.

Time Warner Cable close to TV app for Android tablets

November 1, 2011 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on its iPad app release from March, Time Warner Cable is putting the finishing touches on a similar app for Android tablets.

Bright House’s iPad app hits iTunes store

October 31, 2011 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks’ iPad app lets digital basic service or higher subscribers watch up to 100 live channels.

ABI: Cable video gateway deployments to reach 10M by 2016

October 31, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable video gateway deployments will grow from less than 700,000 units in North America and Europe to more than 10 million by 2016.

YouTube launches broad entertainment venture

October 31, 2011 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is making a bold step into original programming in an entertainment venture with some 100 content creators.

Amazon ads fuel to fire with Disney-ABC content

October 31, 2011 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Netflix struggles, Amazon's streaming service has inked brand new deals with major studios to bring more content to its Kindle Fire tablets.

Convergys consolidates Virgin Media inventory control

October 31, 2011 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media has consolidated 20 different equipment inventories onto a single inventory control system provided by Convergys.

AT&T announces first 2 LTE phones

October 31, 2011 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first two phones to run on AT&T's new high-speed data network went on sale. Both are big touchscreen smartphones that run Google's Android software.

Cablevision’s profits sink 65 percent in Q3

October 28, 2011 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

But Cablevision’s revenues did get a boost from the inclusion of the former Bresnan Communications customers.

MobiTV offers cloud-based TV Everywhere service

October 28, 2011 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

MobiTV is banking on its cloud-based video platform to provision TV Everywhere-type services for cable, satellite and IPTV video providers.

LightSquared defends network plans

October 28, 2011 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is on the defensive following a conference call yesterday hosted by the Coalition to Save Our GPS.

Cablevision putting finishing touches on fiber ring

October 28, 2011 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Cablevision chief operating officer Tom Rutledge said the company is on track to complete a fiber ring in the former Bresnan Communications systems by year’s end.

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