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C Spire extends rollover data to shared plans

January 8, 2015 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The consumption model of charging for broadband continues to morph, as wireless broadband carriers try to match or exceed each other's offers to let consumers rollover unused portions of their monthly data allocations. AT&T yesterday adopted the approach; C Spire today modified it's plan.

Frontier names SVP of video

January 8, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has promoted Stephen D. LeVan to senior vice president, video content and delivery, a move that signals the company’s intent to unify the company’s disparate video operations. Frontier operates both FiOS and U-verse platforms, as well as reselling Dish Network.

DSL-accelerating G.fast technology demonstrated at CES

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two companies involved in G.fast said they have conducted the first public demonstrations of the technology that promises to accelerate ordinary DSL networks up to rates fast enough to support the delivery of 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video, and possibly on even to a gigabit per second.

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Ateme demo's LiveSphere on a set-top

January 7, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company showed the LiveSphere application running on an Android set-top box reference design based on the STMicroelectronics Cannes chipset, which supports 4K video. The dynamic selection of the field of view relies on a remote by 4MOD Technology.

Broadcom teams up with Comcast on RDK-B

January 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A collaboration between Broadcom and Comcast is providing a key building block to the Reference Design Kit for broadband devices. At CES, Broadcom announced that its DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 silicon now supports RDK-B, which will allow cable operators to speed up the deployment cycles for next-generation broadband gateway devices.

Charter shows new hybrid "Worldbox"

January 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Steven Hawley, special to CED | News | Comments

Cisco was directly involved in the design and software integration of the Broadcom-based hybrid set-top box. Charter is using ActiveVideo’s Cloud TV platform, which renders the entire user experience server-side, including the EPG video thumbnails, and delivers it as an MPEG stream.

Samsung will Connect Everything It Makes Within Five Years

January 6, 2015 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SmartThings, a connected home startup that Samsung bought in 2014, at CES Monday pushed out the next generation of its products and deepened third-party product integration. The company also introduced a new premium subscription service.

MoCA 2.0 hits 400 Mbps in field tests

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) announced at CES this morning that it had reached 400 Mbps net throughputs during its ongoing MoCA 2.0 field tests. The 400 Mbps net throughputs (MAC rate) were reached in 90 percent of all coaxial cabling outlets or paths, while net throughputs were greater than 350 Mbps for 95 percent of the paths.

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Microsoft adds Harmonic's ProMedia to Playready DRM

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The combination of ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, can enable video content and service providers to distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. That can significantly reduce the time to market for while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure.

Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

Ericsson to resell UXP's customer profile suite

January 6, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson has cut a deal to resell UXP Systems’ Mint Unified Services Platform.  Mint is used to create profiles of customers, supporting a common user experience across all screens. The capabilities of the system then extend to personalizing the user experience for each customer.

Close to 90 million D3 CPE units ship over last 12 quarters

January 6, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With DOCSIS 3.1 gear on the cusp of rollouts, the demand for DOCSOS 3.0 CPE units continues unabated. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, close to 90 million DOCSIS 3.0 CPE units shipped from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of last year. In the most recent third quarter, DOCSIS 3.0 gateway revenue increased 14 percent sequentially.

CES: TV makers take aim at streaming video

January 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today's high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.

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AT&T Digital Life Partners with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T today announced new partnerships with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm and Lutron Electronics for its Digital Life smart home platform. New services and third-party product integrations will allow Digital Life subscribers to control connected home features with their smartwatches. 

Roku sets plans for 4K streaming

January 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku said it has produced a reference design it is licensing to TV manufacturers, who can begin development of Roku TV 4K models of their own. TCL is the first to announce it has licensed the design. Meanwhile Netflix will be the company's  initial 4K content partner.

NeuLion buying DivX for $62.5M

January 5, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the combination, NeuLion aims to give customers additional options for managing content, giving customers the choice of either building and managing digital video platforms internally or licensing an integrated managed services solution.

Smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas and the Internet of Things, including smart homes, will be front and center. Here's a look at a few of the smart home techologies that will be on display. 

DVR adoption, on-demand usage keep increasing

January 2, 2015 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

By the numbers: Three-quarters of U.S. households have a DVR, or subscribe to Netflix, or use on-demand (VOD) from a cable or Telco provider. A full quarter of households use some combination of two of the services, and one-tenth use all three.

Mediacom Business connects with telemedicine in Ill.

December 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its telemedicine service, Mediacom Business has interconnected three hospitals and 21 clinics across 16 Illinois-based counties to its fiber-optic network. Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) is a not-for-profit health care system that primarily serves the Carbondale area of the state.  

Mass. AG: Verizon pays $1.3M to resolve allegation

December 31, 2014 10:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says Verizon has paid more than $1.3 million to resolve an allegation that the company overcharged the state for telecommunications services under a statewide procurement contract. Coakley says the settlement resolves a lawsuit pending in Hampshire Superior Court and also requires Verizon to make additional payment offers to towns, cities and others affected by the alleged overbilling.

Review: IPhone user tries to switch back to BlackBerry

December 31, 2014 10:23 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In this product review, a former Blackberry devotee takes the BlackBerry Classic for a spin, but finds it’s not enough to make him switch back from his iPhone. He lists apps and touch screens among the reasons for sticking with his iPhone. 

Liberty CEO Maffei garners job security

December 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive announced that their respective board of directors had reached agreements to keep Greg Maffei as their president and CEO through 2019. Maffei’s prior contract was close to expiring before the new deal was announced on Monday. 

China cuts access to Gmail

December 30, 2014 11:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese access to Google Inc.'s email service has been blocked amid government efforts to limit or possibly ban access to the U.S. company's services, which are popular among Chinese seeking to avoid government monitoring. Data from Google's Transparency Report show online traffic from China to Gmail fell precipitously on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday, although there was a tiny pickup on Monday.

Internet of Things to thrive on business applications

December 29, 2014 7:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The first experience many communications service providers have with the Internet of Things (IoT) is in home monitoring and automation services, but it’s the business market, not the residential market, that represents some of the biggest opportunities.

The State of the IoT Union

December 29, 2014 6:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

IoT Special Report: The IoT worldwide market could be worth as much as $19 trillion over the next decade. If cable operators want a slice, they are going to have to prepared to process vast amounts of data in real time, and they'll have to help consumers comprehend the value of having everything connected.

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