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In the media: Verizon down with OTT

December 7, 2011 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is working on an over-the-top service that would stream movies and TV shows to customers outside of its FiOS video service footprint.

Qualcomm paints HomePlug green

December 7, 2011 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qualcomm Atheros is sampling a green version of its HomePlug PHY circuitry aimed at supporting applications such as plug-in electrical vehicles, smart energy, Smart Grid and remote monitoring applications.

Copps sets departure date; nominee vote pending

December 7, 2011 2:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps formally announced his retirement just days before a key Senate vote for two nominees to the agency.

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SCTE issues call for papers for SEMI Forum

December 7, 2011 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is seeking proposals for presentations to be given at the SCTE Smart Energy Management Initiative Spring Forum 2012.

AT&T hits bottom in consumer survey

December 7, 2011 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the second year in a row, AT&T finds itself at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual survey that measures consumer satisfaction with wireless carriers. Meanwhile, a relatively little-known provider called Consumer Cellular topped the ratings.

Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big

December 7, 2011 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

Sidera powers Acetylon Pharmaceuticals' headquarters

December 7, 2011 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sidera Networks announced that Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, a researcher and developer of drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune and other diseases, picked its Internet access service to power the company's Boston headquarters.

CED Video & Product Showcase - November 2011

December 6, 2011 7:01 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola's APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM, ATCi's TE-2000 Spectrum Analyzer HD, Tektronix's MTS4000 MPEG Analyzer, Sunrise Telecom's CM3 Series Cable Network Analyzer, Lindsay Broadband's HFC Wi-Fi Access and much more.

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Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

Shaw bows Wi-Fi trials in 3 cities

December 6, 2011 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications launched the trial of its Wi-Fi network for customers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

NXP adds integrated gateway tuner

December 6, 2011 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced a silicon tuner that can handle any terrestrial TV signal anywhere in the world, as well as cable TV reception.

Sprint lights up 1st multimode LTE base station

December 6, 2011 2:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The first base station for Sprint's massive $5 billion network upgrade project went live in Branchburg, N.J., as the operator prepares to move forward with its LTE plans.

Clearwire embarks on $300M stock sale

December 6, 2011 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire plans to sell $300 million worth of Class A common stock to raise cash for its planned TD-LTE network, which will be used to add capacity to Sprint's LTE network.

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Cox's iPad app lifts off

December 5, 2011 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Cox President Pat Esser said his company would deliver on its iPad app during the holiday season. The free app, which Cox calls Cox TV Connect, is available for downloading from the Apple App Store.

Comcast's Smit, TWC's Britt saddle up on Verizon Wireless deal

December 5, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While the shockwaves from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' decision to sell their wireless spectrum - through their joint venture of SpectrumCo – continue to settle, company execs hit their respective blogs to provide additional insights.

Verizon sees opportunity with online ID service

December 5, 2011 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has achieved a certification for a digital credentials program that in the short term will give the company a big advantage competing for work with the federal government, and in the long term might point the way toward the establishment of secure digital IDs in the consumer market.

Microsoft rolls out Xbox TV platform

December 5, 2011 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

Carrier IQ controversy continues; 2 lawsuits filed

December 5, 2011 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Company battles perception that it is capturing consumer data.

Deal with Verizon Wireless could have many implications

December 2, 2011 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The $3.6 billion sale of AWS spectrum by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Verizon is mind-boggling on many levels, so here are a few additional thoughts.

AT&T, FCC clash over merger report

December 2, 2011 1:40 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has come out swinging against the FCC's scathing report on its merger with T-Mobile USA, calling the agency's analysis "obviously one-sided" in a post on its official blog.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

Charter Communications boosts data speeds for free

December 1, 2011 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has put more spring in the step of some of its business and residential data tiers with increased speeds at no additional cost.

Cablevision rebuffs DDoS attack

December 1, 2011 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision was hit with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on its Optimum Online network but was able to remediate the problem shortly thereafter.

Rogers Cable signs carriage agreement with Shaw Media

December 1, 2011 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Cable has inked a long-term distribution deal with Shaw Media that covers on-demand, online, mobile (through linear) VOD and mobile content rights.

Styslinger retires from SeaChange

December 1, 2011 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International founder, chairman and CEO William Styslinger, 65, has retired, and board member Raghu Rau will take over, serving on an interim basis.

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