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Disney/ABC Imagines taking linear broadcast to the cloud

April 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Disney/ABC is in the process of shifting its linear broadcast operations to an IP-based architecture, using technology from Imagine Communications. The company is ditching the classic broadcast center model in favor of running operations out of data centers.

Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

Employee Retention – What are the Keys?: Open Mic

April 10, 2015 4:59 pm | by Stacey Slaughter, CEO and CFO of Jones/NCTI | Articles | Comments

A clearly defined career path, feeling proficient on the job, and compensation tied to professional certifications are the three most important things to employees who consider staying with their . . .  

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Adaptive Power Systems: Engineering-wise

April 10, 2015 3:44 pm | by Frank Sandoval, senior director of software engineering, Comcast | Articles | Comments

Energy management has been identified as a strategic concern within the cable industry. Key enablers of continued growth and increased reliability are access to reliable local power sources and an . . .

CRTC evaluating if Canadian ISPs are keeping up

April 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has launched a major fact-finding process to assess whether Canada has the right telecommunications to be a world-class player in the digital economy.

Hybrid IP Gateways: Much More than Just a Set-Top Box: By The Numbers

April 10, 2015 2:03 pm | by Mike Paxton, senior analyst, SNL Kagan | Articles | Comments

Several high-profile hybrid IP gateway products, including Comcast’s X1, DirecTV’s Genie, and Liberty Global’s Horizon, shipped in record numbers last year. These products are projected to be in . . .

Imagine hooks up with Verizon DMS, HP

April 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced two high-profile partnerships, one with Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the other with HP. Both relationships are aimed at helping participants in the video industry set up multi-screen delivery services.  

Have means, will steal: Memory Lane

April 9, 2015 4:53 pm | by Stewart Schley, columnist | Articles | Comments

The $500 million impact of signal theft in the early 80s ran all the way up to $4.7 billion by the early 90s. However, ambiguity reigned as no one was able to track the exact toll of . . . 

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Review: Trying on and ordering an Apple Watch

April 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The smartwatch is Apple's first new product category in five years and comes in 54 configurations — more than any other Apple gadget. So starting Friday, Apple stores will have staff trained to help you choose. You'll then have to place your order for shipping later. Even after the watch starts shipping on April 24, there's no walking in and walking out with a watch.

Sprint fires up Wi-Fi calling on iPhones

April 9, 2015 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

“Wi-Fi Calling is like a major expansion of our network, allowing Sprint customers to get coverage anywhere they have Wi-Fi connectivity,” David Owens, Sprint’s SVP of product development, said in a statement.

Malone, Risley invest in UXP

April 9, 2015 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

John Malone and John Risley have invested in UXP Systems, a company that has developed a platform that bridges disparate back office systems to provide a single view not only of customer accounts, but every user behind each account.

Xfinity Home adds another smart lock

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has partnered with Kwikset for the release of the Kwikset SmartCode 914 smart lock. The doorlock was made available to Xfinity subscribers yesterday. The deadbolt lock can be purchased online for $219.99.

Wave makes another aquisition.

April 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Wave Broadband said it has acquired ReallyFast, an ISP in Seattle that specializes in services for multi-unit housing and business customers. Separately, a Wave subsidiary that provides residential gigabit connectivity has expanded with its first clients in Everett, WA.

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Suddenlink accelerating broadband in TX, WV

April 8, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink plans to invest nearly $250 million over the course of three years to increase internet speeds for its consumers in Texas, and another $40 million investment this year to increase internet speeds in West Virginia, part of a rollout of upgrades announced last year.

ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

April 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Armed with a new study showing a direct correlation between rising programming costs and diminished infrastructure investment, the organization has petitioned the FCC to rein in skyrocketing content costs, which would free capital for service improvements.

SCTE releases Cable-Tec session schedule

April 7, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Technologies that can help cable operators avoid costs, deploy new revenue-generating services and increase the quality and reliability of services throughout the evolving cable network will dominate the workshops agenda announced by the SCTE for Cable-Tec Expo this fall in New Orleans.

Elemental drives live video on Comcast's private cloud

April 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is using Elemental Technologies’ software based encoders to prepare live video for delivery on its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Comcast is creating infrastructure that mimics the mechanics of cloud delivery, but entirely within its own managed network.

Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.

Time Warner Cable first to integrate video, data through CCAP

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO's CCAP deployment, using Casa System’s C100G system, is the first announced production deployment by any North American MSO that can run both QAM and IP data through the same port.

Frontier bumps FiOS broadband to 150 Mbps in OR, WA

April 3, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications is making all of its residential FiOS broadband tiers symmetrical in Oregon and in Washington State. The company will now offer symmetrical speed tiers of at 30 Mbps downstream and up, 50 Mbps, 75 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 150 Mbps.

Judge overturns AT&T claim of exemption from FTC lawsuit

April 2, 2015 6:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Federal Judge Edward M. Chen of the District of Northern California has ruled against the claim AT&T filed in January, which stated the company is exempt from FTC jurisdiction due to their status as a common carrier.

RDK, Metrological present free RDK app emulator

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | News | Comments

RDK Management has partnered with Metrological to deploy the reference design kit app emulator. Licensing is now free, with the intent of encouraging more developers to create apps that run on RDK products.

Comcast rolling out 2 Gbps service to 18M homes

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company will base the service on an unspecified FTTH technology, a major new alternate route in its roadmap. Also, Comcast will have to either bow to Google’s pressure on broadband prices, or give up on being cost-competitive.

TN legislature fails to unleash Chattanooga's network

April 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tennessee lawmakers have shelved a bill meant to allow its municipalities to expand the internet services beyond its current limits. Consideration of the bill has been postponed until 2016 as support for the bill was insufficient.  

Wave Broadband in talks to take over Click operations

April 1, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tacoma, whose Click service is one of the first modern municipal broadband networks, is considering leasing operations to Wave Broadband, which would introduce gigabit service and VoIP.

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