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Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

Time Warner Cable beefs up iPad lineup with 37 Spanish channels

November 4, 2011 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.

Glum Q4 forecast overshadows Alcatel-Lucent's profit spike

November 4, 2011 3:29 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Alcatel-Lucent's rosy third-quarter profits were overshadowed by a grim fourth-quarter forecast that warned sales could take a hit from the European financial crisis.

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VeEx intros low-cost MX100e+

November 4, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

VeEx has introduced a new low-cost version of its handheld Ethernet product family that supports 10/100/1000Base-T copper and 100Base-FX and 1000Base-X optical interfaces.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Upfront – LRG: Nearly half of all U.S. households have a DVR

November 4, 2011 2:26 am | by Traci Patterson | Articles | Comments

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 44 percent of TV households in the United States have at least one DVR, and one-third of DVR households have more than one DVR.

Wi-Fi Networks: A New Frontier for Cable Operators

November 4, 2011 1:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Wi-Fi is the new black when it comes to data services for cable operators. Not only does Wi-Fi reduce customer churn in the face of increased competition from telcos, it does so by leveraging the existing DOCSIS plant while laying the groundwork for new revenue services in the future.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

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Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Articles | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Articles | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

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New Products - Nov/Dec 2011

November 3, 2011 9:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix Upgrades Sentry for Improved QoE ... Integra Telecom Bows Cloud Security Services ... Irdeto intros TV Services ... IBBS Helps Operators with Capacity Planning ... Anritsu Bows New Software for MP2100A BERTWave Series.

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

CenturyLink's Q3 net income falls as expenses rise

November 3, 2011 2:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phone company CenturyLink reported lower third-quarter net income Wednesday as operating expenses related to its April acquisition of larger phone company Qwest overshadowed increased revenue.

Storm-downed power lines bring complaints, lessons

November 3, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With our wireless Internet connections and far-ranging cell phones, it's easy to forget the hard-wired electricity that powers our homes and gadgets – until the lights go out.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Satellite, IPTV video services gaining ground on cable

November 2, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the OTT threat seems to be waning, satellite and IPTV video service providers are gaining ground on cable operators' share of the video pie, according to a recent report.

Clearwire, UnitedOnline sign 5-year WiMAX deal

November 2, 2011 3:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire needed a savior, and it appears that savior has come. The company will provide wholesale WiMAX services for UnitedOnline's NetZero brand beginning next year.

Frontier touts Second Connection

November 2, 2011 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

While most everyone else is talking about bandwidth caps, Frontier Communications has an interesting solution for its customers: Add another, separate DSL line.

Calix expands VDSL2 portfolio

November 2, 2011 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Calix has expanded its portfolio of VDSL2 products complementing its Ethernet Unified Access Platform (ESAP), aimed at covering some of the few remaining density options that clients might require.

O2 Secure Wireless plans 6-state rural LTE push

November 2, 2011 3:16 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

O2 Secure Wireless said today it will use a $33 million loan from the USDA's Rural Utilities Service to deploy LTE in 65 underserved markets.

Yahoo to buy Interclick for $270M

November 2, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The acquisition comes as Yahoo itself is the subject of takeover speculation. The company has been struggling to grow its revenue, even as rivals such as Google and Facebook – and overall Internet advertising – are doing just that.

Charter enables Netflix, Hulu, Amazon searches on Web portal

November 1, 2011 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rather than keeping over-the-top streaming videos from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon at arm's length, Charter is embracing them.

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