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Bright House Networks chalks up customer win with university

November 19, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Business Solutions has landed a deal to provide its services to Florida Polytechnic University, which is slated to open its doors next fall. As part of the agreement, Bright House Networks will provide Florida Polytechnic University, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) school, metro Ethernet, dedicated Internet Access, hosted voice and video services.

Cable Center picks 6 for Hall of Fame

November 19, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning the Cable Center announced the newest members to its Cable Hall of Fame. The six inductees will be honored during the annual Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, which will be held in conjunction with The Cable Show in Los Angeles on April 29.

Yahoo vows to encrypt all its users' personal data

November 19, 2013 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is expanding its efforts to protect its users' online activities from prying eyes by encrypting all the communications and other information flowing into the Internet company's data centers around the world. The commitment announced Monday by Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer follows a recent Washington Post report that the National Security Agency has been hacking into the communications lines of the data centers.

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Google to pay $17M to settle Safari privacy case

November 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is paying $17 million to 37 states and the District of Columbia to make amends for the Internet search leader's snooping on millions of people using Safari Web browsers in 2011 and 2012. The settlement announced Monday stems from a technological loophole that enabled Google's DoubleClick advertising network to shadow unwitting Safari users.

Amdocs forum illuminates new era of service modernization

November 18, 2013 3:03 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | News | Comments

Inventive ways to custom-manage bandwidth caps, payment plans and fine-grained customer messaging are built into new software designed to bring telecommunications providers into a new realm of service provision that’s designed for personalization and backed by Big Data analytics.

Reynolds leaves Comcast for Harris Broadcast; Hess takes on some duties

November 18, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Reynolds has left his job at Comcast to join Denver-based Harris Broadcast. Reynolds, who played a key role in the development of Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK), was hired as Harris Broadcast’s chief technology officer. 

Roku teams with AOL to create news channel

November 15, 2013 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

“News is among the fastest growing categories on the Roku platform and this partnership with AOL makes it even easier for customers to find and start watching a variety of news videos,” said Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services, Roku. “This is the first integrated news service on a TV streaming platform and we expect for it to be a big hit.”

Market for game consoles and gateways is blurring

November 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Xbox One and PS4 are both about to debut. At one time, they were expected to become alternatives to set-top boxes, but now? Along came Google's Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.

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FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

Time Warner Cable cues up music deal with Slacker

November 14, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up free digital music for more than 11 million subcribers via a deal with Slacker. Time Warner Cable data customers will be able to access the various music genres that Slacker provides on its TWC Central web portal.

Cisco's 1Q revenue falls below estimates

November 14, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech bellwether Cisco Systems Inc. posted lower-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10 percent from a year ago. Cisco's shares tumbled 11 percent in extended trading after the company gave its guidance

Proposed bill will turn video business upside down

November 13, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Legislation to be proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would guarantee equal access to cable network programming to over-the-top companies such as Netflix, Sony, and others. The bill assumes that OTT companies would use those rights to offer those channels on an a la carte basis.

Cable One boosts upstream speeds

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has increased the upstream speed for free across three of its tiers. The company’s Streaming 50 Mbps plan now has a 3 Mbps upload speed; the 60 Mbps Premier plan has been upgraded to a 4 Mbps upload speed; and the 70 Mbps Ultra Plan has been upgrade to a 6 Mbps upload speed. 

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Comcast Business expands network in Puget Sound area

November 13, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has started a major network expansion to better serve businesses in the Puget Sound region. Once the expansion is completed in Kitsap County, local businesses will have access to Comcast’s commercial Internet service in addition to its Ethernet services.

Wi-Fi: friend or foe for wireless carriers?

November 12, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | News | Comments

Cable Wi-Fi is beginning to nullify cellular carriers' natural advantage. Mobile operators can find a new service advantage by embracing cloud computing and the virtual environment of applications and clients. In particular, operators are ideally positioned to bundle cloud apps with their network assets to deliver over–the-top bundled services.

Ericsson, BlackArrow forge alliance

November 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pay TV companies are leaving money on the table. Content providers and pay TV service providers require a comprehensive advertising and audience data platform that can enable relevant and coordinated advertising campaigns across all devices, and they are interested in getting that sooner rather than later.

WOW reaches for the cloud with Bluemile buy

November 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW announced this morning that it had bought the data center, cloud and fiber assets of cloud service provider Bluemile for an undisclosed sum. The deal marked WOW’s entry into the cloud infrastructure space. With the addition of Bluemile, WOW will be able to offer data center-based services such as disaster recovery, cloud backup, managed security and cloud computing.

Vermont on the verge of universal broadband

November 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband isn't just about streaming video or easy access to email — it's a critical part of modern living. Vermont has received more than $177 million of the billions in federal stimulus money has been spent to spread broadband across the country, part of an effort that some have equated with the 1930s New Deal effort to bring electricity to America's hinterlands.

TWCB trials ‘Virtual Visit’ for telemedicine

November 11, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve patients in their homes, Time Warner Cable Business Class has launched a “Virtual Visit” telemedicine trial with Cleveland Clinic. As its name implies, Virtual Visit allows Cleveland Clinic healthcare professions to interact with patients in their homes via Time Warner Cable’s secure network. Virtual Visit is one element of Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Home Health Monitoring platform.

Start-up hawks Aereo alternative on Indiegogo

November 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is developing a tablet-and-DVR combo that will record free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV for replay at any time. The new product, called Tablo, will include a tablet-based app to browse, record and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.

OTT apps lined up for Xbox One, PS4

November 8, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Over the top video companies and game console makers are rushing to make sure that video streaming apps that were available on the last generation of game consoles will also be available on the new. Verizon’s Redbox Instant announced it will be on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony's Playstation4, while Sony released a list of video providers that will be resident on the new PS4.

Xbox, can you hear me now? One requires repetition

November 8, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The previous Kinect sensor was equally billed as a game changer when it debuted in 2010 but was considered by many gamers to ultimately be a gimmick. The updated version of the camera has a field of vision that's 60 percent wider than Kinect for Xbox 360. It can also detect more bodies, as well as heart rates and facial expressions.

Despite loss of subs, Cablevision posts Q3 profit

November 8, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision bled subscribers across its video, data, and voices services, but still posted a profit in the third quarter. On the video side, Cablevision lost 37,000 customers, which exceeded Street Account’s estimate of 17,200.

NetCracker signs up to support Cable Center committee

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced this morning that NetCracker Technology was named as a co-presenting sponsor of its Customer Experience Committee (C5.) As a part of The Cable Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives, the C5 is comprised of 25 invited members who represent leading cable operators in North America and Europe.

Comcast tees up "Sportstacular" promotion

November 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Xfinity TV customers will have the chance to watch content from networks such as NFL Network, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Networks, ESPN Goal Line, FOX Sports 1, NBA TV, NHL Network and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). This programming is typically available only to subscribers of Comcast’s various sports packages.

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