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Sochi golden for Comcast’s 1Q; X1 reducing churn

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The numbers are in: Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts said the company’s X1 platform reduced “voluntary” churn by 20 percent to 30 percent relative to its broader base in the first quarter. Overall, Comcast is dropping 15,000 to 20,000 X1 boxes, which are being provided by Pace and Humax, a day into customers’ homes, which doubled its deployment rate from six months ago.

Many companies still haven't migrated to IPv6

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Though many of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world spent much of the last two years doggedly preparing for the transition to IPv6, few service providers are IPv6 ready, according to Incognito Software, even as the number of IPv4 addresses left unassigned is small and rapidly dwindling toward none.

AT&T lines up 21 potential markets for 1 Gbps U-verse

April 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new candidate metropolitan areas include: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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Will Aereo fly? Broadcasters' copyright challenge to TV over Internet reaches Supreme Court

April 21, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices. The source of the companies' worry is Aereo Inc.

Birch Communications buying Cbeyond for $323M

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Birch Communications Inc. is buying technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for about $323 million. Cbeyond announced in November that it was considering its strategic options. Its shares surged on word of the deal.

Review: Tablo a nifty little over-the-air HDTV system

April 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The Tablo is a nifty little item that lets you play over-the-air signals on your tablet. You can watch live, or record in advance and watch later. You can choose to record specific episodes, new episodes of a series, or an entire series. You can take your device anywhere, connect to the Internet, and you have access to your Tablo, including everything you’ve got stored on your disk drive. 

T-Mobile wants clarity on spectrum auction

April 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC plans to auction several bands of AWS-3 spectrum, which will be used on a shared basis for commercial wireless and incumbent government operations for a transition period following the auction. T-Mobile said more work needed to be done to ensure potential bidders understand the possible impact of federal incumbency, relocation timelines, and the potential for temporary or indefinite sharing of the spectrum.

Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

April 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of Aereo hinges on a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia discusses how the Internet and IP networking are affecting the fundamentals of the TV business, and how the Supreme Court decision is important because for Aereo there is no "Plan B." 

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AT&T objects to 600 MHz auction rules

April 17, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is threatening to sit out the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions if the Commission puts in place rules reserving portions of the spectrum for smaller carriers only. The FCC is planning to set aside up to 30 MHz in each market for smaller carriers to bid on once bidding for those markets hits a set threshold.

A-L to upgrade Elisa's IP/MPLS network

April 17, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Finnish mobile and fixed broadband service provider Elisa has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its IP/MPLS network for greater broadband capacity. A-L said it will also supply a full set of services: installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting, migration of network elements and services.

Charter preps for debut of Netgear’s 802.11ac router

April 17, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ residential customers will see blazing Wi-Fi speeds in their homes when the company debuts a new Netgear router starting May 16. The dual-band router is fueled by latest wireless specification, 802.11ac, which was ratified by the IEEE in January. Charter said the new router was capable of delivering more than the maximum 100 Mbps downstream speed from its Internet Ultra tier throughout subscribers’ homes.

BHN on next-gen business services path with Cisco

April 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has created a path toward a virtualized network and programmable networking with its deployment of Cisco’s Network Convergence System, becoming the first cable operator to deploy Cisco's NCS 6000 router. BHN will support cloud-based, managed services for businesses, such as hosted voice, call center, application and infrastructure-as-a-service. 

Google's 1Q earnings disappoint as ad prices slip 


April 17, 2014 1:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet company dealt with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas. The results announced Wednesday fell below analyst projections. Google's stock shed more than 5 percent, or $30.94, to hit $525.50 in extended trading after the results were released.

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Multichoice taps Clearleap for multi-screen management

April 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The African pay-TV provider, which operates services in sub-Saharan Africa, will use the Clearleap products to manage its library of premium live and on-demand video content, then distribute and monetize it across VOD, web portals, apps and more.

Google might use drones for wireless coverage

April 15, 2014 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, a high-altitude drone company, which it plans to integrate with its on-going Project Loon initiative. Through Project Loon, Google is deploying large balloons in order to relay wireless signals.

Mediacom accelerates Internet to 305 Mbps

April 15, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new service level, called Mediacom Ultra 305, delivers download speeds nearly triples the company’s previous top broadband rate of 105 Mbps. The company intends to keep the 105 Mbps tier. It has not yet made any revisions to the speeds of its lower tiers, but expects to do so in coming weeks.

BHN teams up with CNSG on new channel partner program

April 15, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Bright House Networks signed a strategic channel partnership agreement with Converged Network Services group (CNSG), which is a telecommunications and data center consulting firm and master agent based in Charlotte, N.C. As a Bright House Networks Channel Partner, CNSG’s network of sub-agents and partners will now be able to offer the company’s voice, Internet, and advanced managed services.

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average rate of 2.5 megabits per second during March. That was a 66 percent increase from a recent low of 1.51 megabits per second in January.

Field Museum in Chicago upgrades speed with Comcast Business

April 14, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Field Museum in Chicago recently upgraded its data services to a 1Gbps Ethernet connection from Comcast Business. The additional bandwidth allows museum goers to interact with collections, content and exhibits while giving the museum’s staff a faster connection for file transfers and other business uses. 

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

April 11, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This version of Glass, though, still isn't the polished product that Google hopes to release in stores later this year. Although it hasn't provided specifics, Google has indicated that the mass-market version of Glass will sell for less than $1,500. Google is expected to provide more details about its Glass plans at its annual developers' conference in late June.

4K goes live in South Korea

April 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All MSOs in South Korea are now providing a channel of Ultra High Definition (UHD) content. The service went live April 10. Ateme is providing the encoders for Homechoice, the programmer providing the channel, called UMAX. Homechoice is offering 4K content at 60p each day.

Comcast funds Internet security center at UConn

April 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new center will specialize in Internet systems security to develop robust detection systems and analytical tools to ensure that the computer chips and other hardware components vital to Internet broadband systems are shielded from malicious attacks, unauthorized access, and faulty or counterfeit products.

AT&T in talks to bring 1 Gbps to N.C.

April 10, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T said this morning that it was in advanced talks with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to light up its 1gigabit per second service in six cities in the state. AT&T will cross swords in North Carolina with Google’s expansion plans that were announced in February while Time Warner Cable has a large presence in the state.

Alaska chapter hoists SCTE Chapter of the Year award

April 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that the chapter in Alaska was the winner of its Chapter of the Year award. Over the course of last year, the Anchorage-based Alaska Chapter distinguished itself by implementing a virtual training program throughout the state and by boosting its attendance by 260 percent, both of which helped it win the award.

Cablevision promotes Brian Sweeney to president

April 9, 2014 5:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision says CEO James Dolan is giving up his title as president of the company, and it promoted two long-time executives. Cablevision says Brian Sweeney will replace James Dolan as president of the company, and it named Kristin Dolan chief operating officer. 

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