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Aereo suffers first major legal setback

February 20, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A District Judge  argued that Aereo's retransmission of video signals is "indistinguishable from a cable company," and said that if Aereo continued to do business, it would damage broadcasters' ability to negotiate with legitimate licensees, siphon viewers away from their websites and subject them to potential piracy.

Google begins process to expand Fiber in 2015

February 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

As with the previous three Google Fiber cities, Google is playing for the most favorable possible build conditions, including guarantees the company will be able to string fiber with a minimum of fuss, plus any regulatory grease that might be forthcoming. Cox, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T are at risk for a little more competition. Verizon? Not so much. Not at all, in fact.

Set-top box sales fuels strong Q4 for Arris

February 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris reported its fourth-quarter earnings last night and announced that its set-top box shipments increased by a whopping 43 percent when compared to the previous quarter. That growth was spurred by increased shipments of its hybrid XG1 HD DVR for Comcast’s X1 platform, shipments to Latin America and increased shipments of its QIP box to Verizon.

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FCC prepares to reassert network neutrality rules

February 19, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following an Appeals Court decision that knocked down two of the three legs that propped up the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules, the FCC has requested suggestions from the public about how to proceed – how “to consider the court’s decision and what actions the Commission should take.”

Cisco software moves service providers toward SDN

February 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In keeping with the trend toward software defined networking (SDN), Cisco’s new software suite, called the Evolved Services Platform (ESP), aims to abstract network control, so that even if a service provider has a mix of network types (fixed, mobile, Wi-Fi), the provider can manage everything as if it were a single, integrated network.

Verizon tops customer service survey, Comcast last

February 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Verizon had the highest customer satisfaction results for its customer service calls, Comcast received the worst marks out of the nine companies that were surveyed. Out of the nine categories in the customer service survey, Comcast scored the lowest in eight, according to a survey by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).

Operation DOCSIS 3.1

February 14, 2014 6:18 pm | by CED | Webinars | Comments

With some of the DOCSIS 3.1 specifications being published by CableLabs late last year, it’s time to start planning for the operational changes at the plant level for deployments, and discuss what type of monitoring tools will be needed. February 26. Listen to the recorded version now!

Comcast/TWC Cliffsnotes

February 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Comcast’s $45 billion takeover attempt of Time Warner Cable. While it’s going to take some time to let the proverbial dust settle, and for the various regulatory bodies to make their decisions, here are a few more points to consider.

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In Comcast deal, victor isn't necessarily a winner

February 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's nothing like a bidding war to turn the stock of a lackluster company into a star. Shareholders of Time Warner Cable, which has been losing video customers, are big winners after rival Comcast agreed to buy the company for a nice premium. Whether Comcast owners will see any benefit is less certain.

Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

February 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable regularly rank at the bottom of the pay TV industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. So it didn't take long for customers to vent frustrations online over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

DPoE: What’s the buzz? Flexibility, interoperability are a few of the key features

February 13, 2014 7:45 pm | by Shridhar Kulkarni, product manager, access network solutions, Aurora Networks | Articles | Comments

Two years ago, member companies of CableLabs developed the DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specification as an extension of the earlier DOCSIS certification programs with the goal of increasing interoperability and productivity, while providing cable operators with a means to deliver business connectivity services over fiber networks. The DPoE specification makes it possible to implement DOCSIS provisioning.

Entone to introduce hybrid gateway series

February 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Magi 550 series gateways will incorporate eight tuners and H.264 transcoders. They will have 802.11ac access point for wireless distribution, MoCA for HD video distribution over existing coax cabling, and Boxless for supporting multiple TVs from a single set-top box.

Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

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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.

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.

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.

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