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Cox Business connects Navy sites in San Diego

October 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of a new five-year contract, Cox Business recently completed the build-out of 40 miles of its broadband network to 165 Navy sites in San Diego County. Cox’s network now reaches into barracks, hotels, fire stations, residential housing, recreation centers, and ships in the harbor in order to offer its triple play services to approximately 50,000 sailors stationed in San Diego.

Cox out of the 1-Gig starting blocks in Phoenix

October 6, 2014 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is following through on its 1-Gigabit announcement from earlier this year with Monday’s news that a 1-Gig residential service will launch in Phoenix later this month. The service, which has the brand name “G1GABLAST,” costs $69.99 a month when bundled with other Cox offerings.

ESPN steps toward a la carte NBA games

October 6, 2014 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The contract with ESPN may have a provision that will allow the channel to distribute out-of-market games on the web, outside its typical cable-channel basketball package, and in competition with the NBA’s own League Pass.

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Verizon to shutter Redbox Instant streaming service

October 6, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon and Outerwall’s Redbox announced over the weekend that they would be pulling the plug on the Redbox Instant streaming video service on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The two companies said the service, which tied the Redbox DVD rental kiosk business with streaming video capabilities from Verizon, wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped it would be.

Fairbanks on tap for GCI’s 1-Gig service

October 6, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaska’s GCI announced that Fairbanks would be joining Juneau and Anchorage as cities that were slated for its 1-Gigabit service. With the same deployment timeframe as last week’s Juneau announcement, the 1-Gig service, which is called “fiber re:D,” will be up and running near the end of 2016.

Angels fans get Wi-Fi connectivity for the playoffs

October 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Angel Stadium was set up with stadium Wi-Fi, just in time for fans of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to have their spirits crushed by the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network, owned and operated by 5 Bars, went live last night.

Windstream to take on Time Warner Cable in Lincoln

October 3, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Windstream plans to begin providing residential TV service in Lincoln starting next year. It will be delivered using Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, and it will be available bundled with Internet and phone service. The company said the service will be available to about 50,000 homes.

Dish family set to bid on AWS-3 auction

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless, two companies in which it has indirect ownership, to bid on AWS-3 spectrum. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon will also bid. Sprint will not participate in this auction, but instead save its strength for next year’s Incentive Auctions.

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Amazon adds channels to Fire TV, thanks to Opera

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The channels are being packaged as apps by Opera. The addition of little-known and little-watched channels will have little immediate consequence for either Amazon or Opera, but the maneuver is something both Amazon and Opera no doubt hope to build on. 

Comcast enables out-of-home streaming on cloud DVR platform

October 1, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has turned on out-of-home streaming for its cloud DVR service that is now live in eight markets across the cable operator’s footprint. The news about the out-of-home streaming element was announced in conjunction with rollouts of the cloud DVR service in San Francisco and Houston.

Feds say hackers targeted Microsoft, game makers

October 1, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of an international hacking ring that gained access to a U.S. Army computer network while targeting computer giant Microsoft and several video game developers pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Tuesday. David Pokora, 22, of Mississauga, Ontario, and Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, of Washington, New Jersey, each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. 

RGB at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

September 30, 2014 5:31 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Live From The Show: RGB Networks VP of Product Management Andy Salo is building on its background in open source cloud computing with what he says will be the industry's first commercial-grade, open-source transcoder. The company considers the combination of its RipCode transcoder and open APIs a pathway to software defined networking. 

FCC signals review if OTT companies qualify as MVPDs

September 30, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC has revived an obscure complaint by Sky Angel against Discovery. If the FCC changes policy in favor of Sky Angel, online providers would have the same ability to negotiate for carriage of local broadcast TV stations that cable and satellite TV providers have.

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GVTC begins marketing gigabit connectivity

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

The company has strung 2,200 miles of fiber across a 2,000 square mile area that includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales, area. More than 40,000 rooftops are connected to GVTC's network, with another 2,600 to be connected soon.

Comcast ups Herrin to focus on customer experience

September 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cable industry’s dismal customer satisfaction ratings have become a stereotype for the industry, but Comcast is vowing, again, to improve customer service with the promotion of Charlie Herrin to senior vice president, customer experience. On Friday Comcast Cable CEO and president Neil Smit took to company’s blog page to tout Herrin’s new role. 

Huawei vows $4B in fixed broadband R&D

September 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Huawei Technologies plans to invest more than $4 billion in fixed broadband technology R&D in the next three years, citing the areas of photonics and software-defined networking (SDN). Separately, the company earlier this week demonstrated a virtual CCAP at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

TDS satiates subscribers’ appetite for devices with personal cloud service

September 26, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve the increasing number of personal digital devices used by customers, including PCs, Macs, tablets and iPhones, TDS Telecom is now offering a new personal cloud service. The new service, which is called “younited,” uses F-Secure’s technology to allow TDS customers to back up info, and store photos and videos in the cloud.

DirecTV shareholders approve $48.5B sale to AT&T

September 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval. Public-interest groups say the deal would lead to less competition, since AT&T and DirecTV provide pay-TV services to about 25 percent of the country.

Leveraging a network’s data a near game-changer

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

Improving the customer experience by leveraging a network’s infrastructure data can be complicated and costly, but by not effectively accessing and using that data to better a customer’s experience and a network’s integrity could be fatal.

SCTE’s Energy 2020 program unveiled at Expo

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE got down to the brass tacks of its ambitious, all encompassing Energy 2020 program Wednesday afternoon at Cable-Tec Expo. The new Energy 2020 program was first announced in June, but Wednesday’s workshop provided new details on its goals and key areas of focus.

Paul Bunyan gets its Gig on with Calix

September 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Paul Bunyan Communications has teamed up with Calix to offer its customers in northern Minnesota a Gigabit service. Starting early next year, Paul Bunyan Communications will be offering its GigaZone Project service to its subscribers in northern Minnesota's Beltrami, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties.

Bright House Networks’ Babinski Cable-Tec champ

September 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Propelled by victories in two events, Bright House Networks’ Greg Babinski took home the top honors at the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games in Denver earlier this week. Babinski, representing SCTE Region 9 and the SCTE Central Florida Chapter, beat out 29 other competitors in the 24th annual Cable-Tec Games.

Cox Business launches SMB gateway and guest Wi-Fi service

September 24, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new gateway providesSMBs with a networking solution that provides connectivity for their own employees. An ancillary gateway can be used to provide separate access for guests who visit their offices or customers who visit their stores.

Acheson wins SCTE Member of the Year

September 23, 2014 6:04 pm | by Craig Kuhl | News | Comments

A stunned Bob Acheson of San Bruno Cable TV in Sunnyvale, Calif. humbly accepted SCTE’s prestigious Member of the Year Award during the organization’s annual awards luncheon Tuesday. The sales and marketing exec, who began his cable career more than 20 years ago, has volunteered his time to advance many causes, both in and out of the cable industry during his work with SCTE and San Bruno Cable.

Cable’s cloud forecast: hybrid model

September 23, 2014 5:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to cloud environments, cable operators would do well to go with a hybrid model for a variety of reasons, according to a keynote panel Tuesday morning at Expo. Comcast executive vice president and chief technology officer Tony Werner moderated the panel “Cable’s cloud forecast: More apps and infrastructure,” which included a discussion on the role that dev ops and agile developments played in the cloud setting. 

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