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BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

March 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

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Verizon offers up $20 discount for wireless + FiOS

March 7, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The limited time deal, running March 7 through April 19, grants $10 per month off each bill and promises two-year contract savings of up to $480. The deal extends to the $90 per month FiOS plan offering 50-25 Mbps broadband, TV and phone.

Charter makes move to all digital in three states

March 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ all digital conversion initiative is now underway in Southern California, Alabama and Georgia. With the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion, which is scheduled to be completed across Charters footprint this year, Charter will serve up more than 200 HD channels, offer 10,000 VOD options and increase its data speeds.

GCI qualifies for wireless broadband grant

March 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The money, coming as part of the FCC’s Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I, will go toward serving 37,000 people across 48 communities in Alaska. GCI expects to deploy the mobile broadband service within two or three years depending on “construction schedules and the type of technology deployed.”

Cox Business simplifies cloud services for small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Businesses has streamlined cloud services for small businesses with the national launch of a new service. The service, which is called Essential Cloud, features tailor-made cloud offerings for businesses in four primary verticals; real estate, restaurant, professional services and personal services.

VeEX fields new field tester

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

VeEX has upped the ante by making it more flexible, multi-tasking and adding SyncE, 1588v2/PTP, GPS, chip-scale atomic clock, as well as asset management and workflow optimization with VeExpress. The VePAL TX300S Test Set with VeExpress support borrows the form factor and user interface from VeEX’s TX300-series test set.

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Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

Report: Router market rebounds last year

March 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The service provider router market clawed its way to a 5 percent increase for all of last year after shrinking in 2012. Sales of service provider routers rebounded to a record level of $9.7 billion last year and are expected to accelerate this year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group. 

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

Roku gets into streaming-stick fight with Google

March 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast. Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection. The Roku device, announced Tuesday, sells for $50 compared with $35 for the Chromecast. 

Demystifying Technology: Stream Management and Policy Enforcement in Multiscreen Delivery

March 4, 2014 7:04 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses the lack of control features for congestion management, quality of service, rate-shaping and other considerations in multi-screen delivery. In this episode, we discuss how session delivery management systems enable service providers to collect metrics on the session, and then control the delivery process -- including rights policies, quality, and the delivery of ads.

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Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

Skitter TV in with North Dakota co-op

March 4, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Skitter TV's platform allows for the integration of local broadcast channels with a growing number of cable programming channels and various web-based sources of video. Skitter TV can deliver services to a variety of consumer premise equipment, including Roku boxes and similar retail devices.

American Airlines Center upgrades Wi-Fi network

March 4, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The American Airlines Center in Dallas is the latest arena to get wired for the vast amounts of gameday traffic generated by people in the stands using social media and watching replays on their smartphones. The arena contracted with AT&T for the network.

Dish Network sweeps H Block spectrum auction

March 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish, as many expected, bought all the licenses available. It has not stated its intentions for the spectrum, but using it for broadband connectivity is a possibility. The company is currently working with Sprint to deploy fixed mobile broadband on a trial basis in Corpus Christi. The trial is scheduled for later this year.

In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

Push for Web addresses in era of search, apps

March 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The organization in charge of Internet addresses is pushing a major expansion in domain name suffixes. At least 160 suffixes have been added since October to join the ranks of ".com," ''.org" and scores of country-specific ones such as ".uk" for the United Kingdom. Hundreds of other proposals are being reviewed.

FCC blesses AT&T plan to test TDM-to-IP transition

February 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two locations are Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla. The trials are expected to extend for years. AT&T wants to investigate a number of potential issues, including what might be the proper mix of wireline and wireless services to offer.

Four SMC products earn DOCSIS 3.0 certification

February 28, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SMC Networks said that it has achieved DOCSIS 3.0 certification for four products – a cable modem, an eMTA, and two gateways. SMC previously had three products certified by CableLabs as DOCSIS 3.0 compliant: an 8x4 Data Gateway, 8x4 MoCA capable Voice Gateway and 16x4 Data Gateway.

Report: CCAP surges in Q4

February 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was a bountiful fourth quarter for the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) market in general and vendor Casa Systems in particular. In the fourth quarter of last year, CCAP channel shipments spiked up 192 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

Cox culls some call centers

February 27, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications will close the doors on some of the smaller call centers across its footprint in order to centralize operations into seven large call centers. Streamlining its call center operations could lead to a 3 percent cut, or roughly 436 employees, in Cox’s overall work force, but some of those laid off employees could migrate to the larger call centers.

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