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SpinCo recast as GreatLand Connections

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Comcast announced they were ditching the name SpinCo for the emerging cable company that will be spun off once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and Charter/Comcast transactions are completed. The new name is GreatLand Connections Inc.,which drew upon the company’s Midwest and Southeast footprint that was formely operated by Comcast.

IBC 2014 Preview

September 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by CED | News | Comments

This year's show will focus on all the technological innovations and trends of interest to video broadcasters and distributors of all kinds: the migration to IP, multi-screen delivery, 4K/Ultra-HD, HEVC, wireless technologies, user interfaces, and more.  Here are previews of what some of the key innovators in the industry will be talking about and demonstrating at the conference.

Calix debuts pair of gateways with gigabit Wi-Fi

September 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Available to be private-labeled by Calix customers, the 844G and 854G GigaCenters are the first in a family of customer premises service delivery platforms, the company said. The company claims they are the first gateways to support carrier class Wi-Fi in the home.

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Suddenlink expands Connected Home services

September 3, 2014 12:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Connected Home offers the features of Suddenlink’s existing home security service, but also allows users to remotely arm and disarm their security system; control lights, thermostats and door locks; get text and email notices about events at home; and get streaming video and pictures inside and outside of the home while away.

Charter inks data warehouse deal with Sense Corp

September 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced it has signed a deal with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to create its next-generation enterprise data warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, St. Louis-based Sense Corp will serve as Charter’s exclusive vendor for its business intelligence initiative, which Charter said would include integrating new subscribers by early next year. 

Ericsson trials LTE broadcast in Poland

September 2, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson and Polkomtel said they were successful with a test of LTE broadcast technology. The trial was conducted on August 30, when the operator streamed the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw's National Stadium.

Envivio takes multi-screen to the cloud

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio is calling its virtualized cloud-based SaaS video solution Nuage, French for cloud. It operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. The system will handle video from content acquisition to delivery to the consumer, on any screen.

AT&T files suit against Cox for patent infringement

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T filed a patent lawsuit against Cox Communications alleging that the cable operator and over 30 of its regional systems had infringed on eight of its patents. The patents were related to DVRs and set-top boxes as well as managing VoIP and data services.

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Cleveland rocks server farms

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

CenturyLink opens doors on 2nd Toronto area data center

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink held a grand opening earlier this week for its second data center in the Toronto area and fourth overall in Canada. CenturyLink said the new data center, which is called “TR3,” was built to support up to 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. 

Exfo unveils monitoring platform designed for virtual networking

August 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Network trends have expanded the scale and complexity of the network beyond what legacy monitoring solutions can handle. Exfo's new platform is based on a distributed polling system the company said is able to monitor millions of network elements in real time.

Time Warner Cable offers mea culpa on outage

August 28, 2014 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable took to its blog page to offer more information on its footprint-wide broadband outage yesterday, and also apologized for the incident. The outage, which lasted about an hour and knocked out service to Time Warner Cable’s 11.4 million data subscribers, occurred after the cable operator conducted overnight network maintenance. 

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

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Active Broadband introduces gateway to enable SDN

August 27, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Active Broadband Networks announced Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG). The platform consists of a software-based switching element optimized for broadband service orchestration and delivery, combined with an edge service controller.

Chunghwa plans trial of 4K VOD

August 27, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Taiwanese operator will be using Broadpeak's server and CDN manager solutions, and HwaCom set-top boxes. Chunghwa Telecom is looking to deliver 4K VOD and NVOD content, to a range of devices. VOD content will be unicast, while NVOD will be multicast.

WOW! Business doubles up service delivery team to serve commercial customers

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! Business announced this morning that it had streamlined and expanded its business service delivery team to better serve small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise and wholesale communications customers across its 19 markets. WOW Business’ 60-member service delivery team has doubled since the same time frame a year ago, and recently moved into a national service delivery center in Huntsville, Ala. 

Time Warner Cable says outages largely resolved

August 27, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

Rogers, Shaw debut Netflix competitor

August 26, 2014 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers and Shaw have allied to launch a video streaming service in Canada that will compete directly against Netflix. The joint venture and the service will be called Showmi The companies said the content available will include 11,000 hours of television and 1,200 movies, with 30 per cent Canadian content.

FCC names network neutrality expert as CTO

August 26, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UC Irvine professor Scott Jordan was named the new CTO of the FCC. For those who try to read tea leaves, Jordan’s appointment might be a signal that FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is serious about exploring the possibility of reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service.

Cox doubles down on speeds at Las Vegas Convention Center

August 26, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has doubled the speeds for three of its wired data tiers at the Las Vegas Convention Center at no additional cost to exhibitors, show management and other users. The faster speeds from the cable operator’s Cox Business/Hospitality Network division went into effect immediately at the convention center.

Thermal imaging coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tired of the selfie? Get ready for the "thermie," or as I like to call it, the "hottie." That's when you take a picture of the heat emanating from your body, using an infrared camera that attaches to the back of your iPhone. It sounds unlikely, but it's coming.

German IPTV service powered by Elemental video platform

August 25, 2014 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Deutsche Glasfaser, an FTTH network provider is preparing to go live within a few weeks with linear TV, radio, VOD and multiscreen services to regional subscribers in Germany. The company is using a video platform from Elemental Technologies to deliver the services.

Charter Spectrum takes flight in more SoCal communities

August 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a recent conversion to all digital, Charter Communications has launched its Charter Spectrum brand in more communities in Southern California. The new digital services included a free speed upgrade from up to 30 Mbps on the downstream to 60 Mbps for most of the MSO’s subscribers in the area. 

Aereo loses in court again; still not necessarily dead

August 22, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The saga continues. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to hear Aereo’s argument that if it is, as the Supreme Court deemed, essentially a cable company, it must be treated like one. But Aereo still has the option to argue its case.

FCC approves MSOs' shift to new Wi-Fi spectrum

August 20, 2014 7:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have received approval from the FCC to switch the frequency at which their outdoor Wi-Fi access points operate from a portion of the unlicensed band now in common use to another nearby frequency at 5.1 GHz.

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