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Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

Active Broadband enables prepaid broadband option

January 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Once the PPSS system is installed, subscribers can then be allowed to buy a cable modem at retail. When they plug it in, Active Broadband’s PPSS system provides the portal that pops up, activates and provisions the modem, authorizes the standard credit or debit cards customers use to pay with, and manages the service.

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Cablevision turns on Wi-Fi access at 11 NJ Transit stations

January 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum WiFi service is now live at 11 NJ Transit stations. The 11stations, which include the major hubs of NJ Transit, were the first to be outfitted with Optimum WiFi as part of the 20-year partnership between NJ Transit and Cablevision that was announced in June.

Former Moto exec Moloney joins Lantiq’s board

January 29, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.

Google Glass now includes prescription frames

January 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The gadget itself is not changing with this announcement. Rather, Google plans to make various attachments available for people who wear glasses or sunglasses. The company will offer four styles of prescription frames and two new types of shades available to its "explorers" — the people who are trying out Glass.

ZCorum debuts DOCSIS upstream tester

January 28, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company’s Pre-Equalization Analyzer uses technology from Nimble This to analyze the pre-equalization data from cable modems. The new ZCorum tester can not only identify upstream impairments, but also determine the location of the impairment and the severity of the impairment.

Envivio bows new rev of network management system

January 28, 2014 12:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Once known as 4Manager, it will now be referred to as Guru, though it gets to keep its revision number. Guru 4.0 includes a new and improved user interface, as well as tools such as enhanced monitoring, connectivity enhancements, device auto-discovery and scheduled service control.

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Comcast adds video subs in Q4; Cox kicks tires on X1

January 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.

Suddenlink promotes Pflantz, Sonne

January 28, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced it has promoted Mike Pflantz to senior vice president of corporate finance and accounting at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis. Suddenlink also announced that Jared Sonne was promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the company’s Texoma Region.

Liberty Global snaps up rest of Ziggo for $13.7 billion

January 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone can scratch Ziggo off of his “to do” list now that his Liberty Global has picked up the rest of Ziggo that it didn’t already own in a $13.7 billion cash and stock deal. After purchasing a 28.5 percent stake in Ziggo in March of last year, Malone and Liberty Global had been in hot pursuit of the rest of Netherlands-based Ziggo since August. 

Time Warner, Bright House expand TV-E rosters

January 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MSOs continue to gradually accrete more networks for their TV Everywhere line-ups. Time Warner Cable and ally Bright House Networks said they have just signed A&E, History and Lifetime.  TWC is already hosting the apps for those networks as part of its TV Everywhere offerings. Bright House Networks will follow next week.

Netflix adds 2.3M more US subscribers in banner 4Q

January 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix ended December with 33.4 million U.S. subscribers who stream video over high-speed Internet connections, up from 31.1 million in September. The company picked up another 1.74 million subscribers outside the U.S. to end last year with 10.9 million international customers.

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NBCU/Comcast tee up deal with 49ers, Levi’s Stadium

January 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well. 

Adva trial tests practicality of WDM-PON in rural markets

January 22, 2014 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adva Optical Networking is engaged in a WDM-PON trial in Austria to test the practicality of delivering uncontended gigabit connectivity to rural residential subscribers. WDM-PON enables individual subscribers to be independently connected to a remote central office that can be tens of kilometers away.

AT&T’s GigaPower services resonates with users in Austin

January 22, 2014 11:32 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With robust signups exceeding expectations, AT&T announced this morning that its GigaPower tier, which will hit speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second later this year, has been expanded to reach twice the number of households in Austin this year. The all-fiber network is currently provisioning a symmetrical 300 Mbps service in Austin prior to the 1 Gigabit deployment.

Verizon: we'll nab share by revving FiOS data speeds

January 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon posted fourth-quarter net income of $5 billion, attributed largely to the number of wireless subscribers connecting not only with smartphones but also with tablets. The numbers were also boosted to a lesser extent by modest growth in the company’s other two strategic businesses: FiOS and enterprise services.

Verizon picks up Intel's cloud video operation

January 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Communications confirmed that it will buy Intel Media, Intel’s IP video operation. The company expects to use the technology to improve multi-screen delivery on both its wireline FiOS network and on its wireless LTE network.  Intel Media was driving to become a competitive commercial video company, similar to Netflix, Amazon Instant, or the forthcoming service from Sony.

Charter fires back at Time Warner Cable

January 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to win the hearts, minds and votes of Time Warner Cable shareholders, it’s become a war of online presentations between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Today Charter Communications posted a follow up presentation on its website that came on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s rejection of its $132.50 per share bid for Time Warner Cable early last week.

SK Telecom to Show Off 450 Mbps LTE-Advanced

January 20, 2014 12:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Korean wireless provider said it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps. The company expects to commercially launch the service by the end of 2014 when it estimates compatible chipsets will come to market.

Report: Sprint / T-Mobile merger in the works

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom (DT) have moved to direct talks on a deal for the German carrier’s 67-percent stake in T-Mobile. The two companies are said to be ironing out obstacles to the deal and said the process could take months. The deal could have a profound effect on wireless broadband and broadband pricing trends.

NFL Network to stream live on Xbox One

January 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft is working with NeuLion to enable the delivery of the channel at 60 fps. Doubling the typical frame rate of live video is especially pertinent with sports broadcasts. Sports networks, including ESPN, consistently say that if forced to choose between one or the other, a faster frame rate is preferable to higher resolution.

Former Cox exec Schultz joins Charter

January 17, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has hired Richard Schultz for the position of senior vice president of inbound sales and retention, customer operations. Schultz has more than 25 years of experience leading sales in the telecommunications industry, most recently at Cox Communications.

Comcast’s new research center reaches for the skies

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Not content with already having the tallest skyscraper in its hometown of Philadelphia, Comcast announced yesterday that its new research center will be even taller when its finished in 2017. The glass and stainless steel Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will over shadow the neighboring Comcast Center, which is the cable operator’s headquarters that opened in 2008.

Charging Netflix at issue in open-Internet case

January 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Will broadband providers start charging Internet services such as Netflix to deliver the massive amounts of data that streaming video and other content require? A court ruling this week gives providers such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon more flexibility to do that, even though immediate changes are unlikely.

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