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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...

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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

Report: Worldwide pay-TV revenue to hit $236B at end of 2012

December 21, 2011 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide pay-TV market will generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, but cable’s share of the revenue pie will be down slightly, according to a study by ABI Research.

Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Report: LTE experience varies by device, network

December 21, 2011 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Metrico released its full-year report on the state of LTE and the customer experience in 2011. The report gauges various aspects of LTE-capable devices on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless' networks.

Leap's 1st LTE takes off in Tucson

December 21, 2011 1:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications parent Leap Wireless International switched on its first LTE service in Tucson, Ariz., marking the start of what the company described as a "multi-year transition" to the next-generation mobile broadband technology.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Sidera Networks hires Heiden as president

December 20, 2011 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fiber-optics network service provider Sidera Networks announced that Clint Heiden was hired as its new president.

AT&T drops $39B T-Mobile bid; 'duopoly' averted

December 19, 2011 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

Optimum Lightpath lights up 5K NYC metro-area buildings

December 19, 2011 2:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath announced that its fiber-based service has connected more than 5,000 buildings in the New York metropolitan area that it serves.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

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