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Charter gears up for interactive ads with FourthWall’s widgets

April 12, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is setting the stage for interactive advertising by deploying FourthWall Media’s Ad Widgets in 800,000 digital homes across five markets.

Comcast gives Fenway Park a Metro E makeover

April 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

One of the nation’s most hallowed baseball parks has stepped into the future with the installation of Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet service.

Motorola Mobility combines IRDs, transcoders

April 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated systems will help MSOs handle incoming MPEG-4 video as they upgrade networks built for MPEG-2.

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Wal-Mart debuts $60 OTT box from D-Link

April 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

You do that Vudu that you do so well – Wal-Mart gets an exclusive on a box that will support its video service.

VTel to expand IPTV reach

April 12, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier will use equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to bring fiber-based broadband to rural Vermont customers.

Review: Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

April 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart is testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker – it will provide free streaming rights to movies that customers can prove they own.

'Marley' to stream on Facebook while in theaters

April 12, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook keeps probing ways to get into the film rental biz.

Shaw continues to climb Wi-Fi learning curve

April 11, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw’s Wi-Fi trial is still ongoing with its customers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and the lessons learned from the trial are creating the framework for broader rollouts of the service.

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BlackArrow’s software adds flexibility to dynamic ad insertion

April 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has released new software that was designed to help cable operators work with programming networks to expand the sale, placement and measurement of dynamic advertising insertion across IP and traditional pay-TV platforms.

Dell creates CDN server system

April 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Dell servers running software from EdgeCast and Elemental will help service providers target the enterprise market.

Lightpath carrying uncompressed HD

April 11, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new capability supports media companies used to sharing and working with unprocessed video.

Elevate expands Sprint MVNO deal, adds WiMAX

April 11, 2012 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Elevate said it will use Clearwire's WiMAX network for fixed and mobile broadband services through an expanded MVNO deal with Sprint.

NCTC announces new hires, expanded agenda

April 11, 2012 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization makes a series of moves that will help its members better deal with IPTV, OTT and other recent networking issues.

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Mediacom to top 100 HD channel mark in Iowa

April 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications will add 43 new HD channels to its lineup in Des Moines and surrounding areas, which will give it more than 100 HD offerings once the channels have been launched.

Entone fuels hybrid TV deployment in Oklahoma

April 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Entone has hooked up with BTC Broadband to help provision a new hybrid TV service in Bixby, Okla.

Avail-TVN offers managed authentication

April 10, 2012 5:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The service will make it easier for some service providers to jump into TV Everywhere.

Hargray to acquire Charter system in South Carolina

April 9, 2012 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hargray Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Charter Communications’ Beaufort County cable system in South Carolina that serves about 7,000 subscribers.

Key to Netflix's future: Better recommendations

April 9, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix executives John Ciancutti and Todd Yellin are trying to create a video recommendation system that knows you better than an old friend. It's a critical mission as Netflix faces pressure.

Research: Digital return tech will outstrip analog by 2014

April 9, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study by optical transport vendor Aurora Networks, digital return path technologies will surpass analog by 2014 as cable operators’ preferred choice to meet the increase in upstream demands.

Leap, T-Mobile swap AWS spectrum

April 9, 2012 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile and Leap Wireless plan to swap spectrum in a number of markets as they work to find additional bandwidth for their respective LTE networks.

China: Australia's ban on Chinese firm 'unjust'

April 9, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China protests being shut out of Australia’s broadband projects.

AOL to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft

April 9, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft strengthens its position against Internet rivals.

Verizon pulls the plug on ‘naked’ DSL

April 6, 2012 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers with standalone DSL will be able to keep it, but the service won’t be extended to anyone else.

T-Mobile attacks Verizon spectrum claims

April 6, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA is going after Verizon Wireless' claims that it uses spectrum more efficiently than other operators, a new line of attack in its fight to block Verizon's $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum.

Page recaps 1st year as Google CEO

April 6, 2012 2:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google's policy of openness seems to permeate everything it does.

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