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Clearwire's got capacity to share

January 5, 2012 2:41 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire's got capacity in the 2.5 GHz band, and it's here to share it – at the right price.

Netflix stock surges with Internet video streaming

January 5, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has released some statistics that indicate the video subscription service must be doing something right, even though investors and customers have been ridiculing it for much of the past six months.

Celeno bows new video-grade Wi-Fi chip

January 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Celeno Communications will be showing off its new video-grade Wi-Fi chip at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Sigma Designs, Quantenna team on design for networked STB

January 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is offering a reference design for a set-top box that incorporates a Wi-Fi router based on Quantenna's 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

MetroPCS inks broadcast mobile TV deal

January 4, 2012 1:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company will start selling an Android-based Samsung smartphone later this year equipped with an ATSC chip, the hardware needed to receive broadcast mobile television signals in the United States.

Broadcom gears up for CES with Sling, MoCA 2.0 SoC

January 4, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom has a full dance card of TV Everywhere and connected home offerings for the International Consumer Electronics Show, including six system-on-a-chip (SoC) MoCA 2.0 products and the integration of Sling Media into a SoC platform.

Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes

January 4, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

Former Charter CTO Fawaz joins Synacor's board

January 4, 2012 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Charter Communications executive vice president and chief technical officer Marwan Fawaz, along with Time Warner exec Gary Ginsberg, was recently appointed to Synacor's board of directors.

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FCC approves AT&T purchase of Qualcomm spectrum

January 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission approved wireless carrier AT&T's $1.93 billion purchase of unused wireless spectrum from Qualcomm.

Wilson announces 1st LTE signal booster

January 3, 2012 1:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Wilson Electronics has announced it will show off its first LTE mobile signal booster, the Sleek 4G-V, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

LightSquared taps former Sprint exec as CFO

January 3, 2012 1:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared added some muscle to its top brass when it appointed an executive who oversaw the $70 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel as its new CFO.

CED Video & Product Showcase - December 2011

January 1, 2012 3:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Televation; Lindsay Broadband LBR-ONU Series; Textronic award-winning Sentry; Corning Cable Systems OptiSheath MF2; APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM; AMT's Whole Home DVR; RFMD's RFCM2680...

THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

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CED Person of the Year: Jorge Salinger

January 1, 2012 2:34 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

While it may take a village to drive the development and implementation of something as far-reaching as the cable industry’s CCAP specifications, Comcast’s Jorge Salinger has beat the drum louder than anyone else.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world...

In Perspective - Six degrees of … no, wait …

January 1, 2012 1:30 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it isn’t directly connected, odds are that it would take only a few steps to get to the technology. Call it Six Degrees of Multi-Screen.

Memory Lane - An Impulsive Solution

January 1, 2012 1:10 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Articles | Comments

It was that backdrop that helped put cable on the map as a legitimate force in the boxing business, through an emerging delivery technology saddled with the indelicate name of “pay-per-view.”

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

Engineering-Wise - Standardizing Cable Installation

January 1, 2012 12:46 am | by By Mark Dzuban President and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Articles | Comments

One of the persistent themes at Expo was the need to listen to the customer. There was repeated talk of understanding, anticipating and responding...

Capital Currents - Enhancing Energy Conservation

January 1, 2012 12:38 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of effort underway in the cable and consumer electronics industries to develop methods for conserving energy. Some of this is driven by the Energy Star 3.0 requirements for TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.

New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

IEEE all-in-one home networking standard progresses

December 21, 2011 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IEEE 1905.1, which bridges Wi-Fi, MoCA, Ethernet and HomePlug, takes an important step toward ratification.

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