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Pace debuts RDK-based Elements middleware platform

April 30, 2014 11:45 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace announced today that its Elements middleware platform was now available with full Reference Design Kit (RDK) compatibility. Pace also said it had expanded its relationship with RDK Management by signing up for the RDK Advanced Support Program (ASP) and Media Sponsorship Program (MSP).  

Time Warner Cable’s Meeks a Vanguard Award winner

April 30, 2014 11:17 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Phil Meeks has made the most of his six and half years in the cable operator industry and was recently rewarded by being named as one of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award winners. Meeks took over the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable a little over a year ago when he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer, business services.

Cable Show: MSOs vs. Programmers spat erupts anew

April 29, 2014 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

During the “Faster, Better, More Entertaining Future" panel during the Cable Show's opening day general session, the conflict between cable operators and programmers over escalating programming costs that normally seethes beneath the surface was brought into daylight.

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Cable Show: Liberty’s Fries says cooperation key to closing functionality gap

April 29, 2014 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global CEO and president Mike Fries didn’t pull any punches in regards to questions on a general session panel about why TV Everywhere services haven’t entirely blossomed for cable operators and their content partners. Fries also said the entire net neutrality debate was about video.

Cable Show: Powell keynote; Cable builds communities

April 29, 2014 4:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCTA president and CEO Michael Powell kicked off The Cable Show Tuesday morning by saying that the cable industry helps build communities through its broadband pipes, but needs to stay free of policymakers in order to continue that success story going forward. Powell contrasted the open Internet with public utilities, highway systems and water supplies that are foundering under the weight of regulatory control.

Net Servicos picks Humax for HD boxes, gateway

April 29, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Brazilian service provider Net Servicos has selected South Korea-based Humax as the primary manufacturer for two new set-top boxes and a residential gateway that it will use for its next gen TV services. The HD, two-way interactive set-top boxes are MoCA 2.0 enabled while the residential gateway features DOCSSIS 3.0, eMTA, and 3x3 dual-concurrent 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities.

Comcast adding even more features, apps to X1

April 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 triple-play customers will eventually be able to live stream personal video from their mobile devices, over the Internet, directly to the television. The feature tops a list of forthcoming enhancements that include changes in the guide, and new apps.

Mediacom increases speeds for flagship data services

April 29, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks in part to its conversion to all-digital, Mediacom Communications has increased some of the downstream speeds for its residential data tiers at no additional cost. The latest speed upgrades marked the eighth time in the past decade that Mediacom has increased data speeds without bumping up the prices.

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Cisco puts the puzzle pieces together

April 29, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues evolving its Service Provider architecture, riding a combination of DOCSIS, CCAP, and optical networking technologies to secure for cable operators more bandwidth and give them the abilities to provide higher service tiers and achieve greater agility in deploying new applications, even while lowering operational expenses.

Verizon's mobile ad program to add in PC web data

April 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon alerted customers it’s “enhancing” it Relevant Mobile Advertising program to incorporate information gathered from desktop and laptop Internet habits. The company will assign registered users an “anonymous, unique identifier” that will gather information about what websites the user visits on their desktop or laptop.

Entone, Evolution Digital to adopt Rovi guides

April 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two vendors plan to develop versions of Rovi Guides for use in their products. Rovi, meanwhile, is also developing "connected guides," and has integrated its guide technology with new subsidiary Veveo’s recommendations engine and natural speech input capability.

Charter, Comcast strike a multi-pronged deal

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable triangle has come full circle with today’s news that Comcast and Charter have reached an agreement that included selling off 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers to Charter, swapping 1.6 million subscribers between Comcast and Charter and spinning off 2.5 subs to form a new company.

Fleetmatics, GLDS team up on workforce management

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fleetmatics, Group and Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) have teamed-up to provide workforce management integration capabilities for independent cable operators. Fleetmatics has paired its mobile workforce platform for fleet management with GLDS’ subscriber management and provisioning solutions.

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Verizon: Stormy weather in Q1

April 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon's FiOS TV penetration strategy seems to be running out of steam at the 35 percent mark, but subscriber adds were down in Q1 mostly because people don't want installers in their homes when it's snowing. Meanwhile, FiOS broadband is growing okay. The FiOS footprint is what it is, but what about Verizon over the top?

AT&T’s Digital Life to sound the alarm in 7 new markets

April 25, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” is available in seven new markets. The latest launches coincided with the first roll out of Digital Life a year ago after some initial hiccups.

Shaw tunes in Rdio streaming music service

April 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has struck an accord with digital music streaming service Rdio. As part of the deal, Shaw Ventures made a financial investment in Rdio's holding company, Pulser Media, Inc. The agreement included marketing, content and promotional elements. 

Cable One picks TOA Technologies for workforce management

April 25, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After taking a hard look at its core IT and operational systems—including billing, CRM, and mobile workforce management—Cable One selected TOA Technologies for its new platform. Cable One is using TOA Technologies’ cloud-based ETAdirect offering to transform its field operations and improve the customer experience.

FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards 


April 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. 

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives to corral less affluent employees. 

Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.

NewWave extends agreement with NetCracker Technology

April 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NewWave Communications has inked a long-term extension with OSS/BSS vendor NetCracker Technology. The five-year agreement renewed NewWave and NetCracker’s ongoing partnership for advanced, converged revenue management and customer experience capabilities.

Verizon Wireless churn ticks up in competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Verizon Wireless added a lackluster 539,000 postpaid connections, a 20 percent drop when compared to the same quarter last year. 

TWC reports operations improvements in Q1

April 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subscribers for high-speed Internet connections rose 269,000 during the quarter, the biggest increase in six years, since the first quarter of 2008. The company lost 34,000 cable TV subscribers during the quarter, which it said was its smallest loss in at least five years.

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

Liberty Puerto Rico rolling out unusual social-based guide

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the cloud-based platform from ActiveVideo, Liberty Global’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based service that features a discovery and navigation capability that is uncommon if not unique, inasmuch as recommendations are based on what other viewers are watching at that moment.

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