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Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

Open Mic: Moving us forward, faster, further

February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | by Matthew Zelesko, SVP, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable | Articles | Comments

We are facing several technology transitions – the transition to IP-based video delivery, the transition of storage from the home to the cloud, and the transition of navigation from the home to the cloud.  And the RDK is a key enabler of those transitions, creating a common platform that provides the foundation for those capabilities.

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Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

Google unveils box for business videoconferences

February 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.

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Cochran to take over as CEO at WOW

February 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Cochran will take over the tiller at WOW when he succeeds current CEO Colleen Abdoulah on April 1. Abdoulah, who has led WOW since 2002, will continue in her role as chair of the company’s board of directors. Cochran is currently president of WOW. Marketing officer Cathy Kuo will take over Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as chief operating officer.

NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

NBCU ups Olympics ante with on-demand streaming

February 4, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Live multi-screen coverage debuted in London; at Sochi, viewers will be able to review Olympics events through on demand streaming. Adobe and Microsoft are teaming to provide live and on-demand delivery, as well as digital ad insertion. Other vendors enabling content capture, creation and distribution include Akamai, thePlatform, Harmonic, Miranda, Ericsson and Avid.

US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV's rise

February 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.

Concurrent enables start-over on live content

February 3, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The approach relies on caching live video content in the network as it is being streamed. Content is stored for a set duration to provide a rolling time-shifted playback window. During this window, consumers can watch and interactively control content playback on any of their connected devices.

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Sandvine scores $5 million expansion order from cable operator

February 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Network policy control vendor Sandvine announced this morning that it had received a $5 million expansion order from a large North American cable operator that has been a customer since 2003. The follow on order represented the ongoing expansion of the operator's deployment of business intelligence and traffic optimization solutions. Sandvine expects to recognize most of the associated revenue in the first half of fiscal 2014.

TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

January 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. 

TWC offers details on slate of service improvements

January 30, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO is set to embark on a series of service upgrades and improvements that will include significant speed boosts for its broadband customers, the introduction of a 6-tuner DVR for upper tier video customers, and an overhaul of its hubs all across its footprint.

Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

Active Broadband enables prepaid broadband option

January 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Once the PPSS system is installed, subscribers can then be allowed to buy a cable modem at retail. When they plug it in, Active Broadband’s PPSS system provides the portal that pops up, activates and provisions the modem, authorizes the standard credit or debit cards customers use to pay with, and manages the service.

Cablevision turns on Wi-Fi access at 11 NJ Transit stations

January 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi service is now live at 11 NJ Transit stations. The 11stations, which include the major hubs of NJ Transit, were the first to be outfitted with Optimum WiFi as part of the 20-year partnership between NJ Transit and Cablevision that was announced in June.

Former Moto exec Moloney joins Lantiq’s board

January 29, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.

Google Glass now includes prescription frames

January 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses. The company will offer four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers" — the people who are trying out Glass.

ZCorum debuts DOCSIS upstream tester

January 28, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company’s Pre-Equalization Analyzer uses technology from Nimble This to analyze the pre-equalization data from cable modems. The new ZCorum tester can not only identify upstream impairments, but also determine the location of the impairment and the severity of the impairment.

Envivio bows new rev of network management system

January 28, 2014 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Once known as 4Manager, it will now be referred to as Guru, though it gets to keep its revision number. Guru 4.0 includes a new and improved user interface, as well as tools such as enhanced monitoring, connectivity enhancements, device auto-discovery and scheduled service control.

Comcast adds video subs in Q4; Cox kicks tires on X1

January 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.

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