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JDSU adds PMD test for fiber nets

July 19, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company believes its tester is the first available that allows network operators to take those measurements without having to shut down links or re-route live traffic.

Clearleap adds authentication service

July 19, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The ability to authenticate will help Tier 2s and Tier 3s also start offering TV Everywhere-type services to their subscribers.

You bought it: Suddenlink sold for $6.6B

July 19, 2012 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, BC Partners and Suddenlink President and CEO Jerry Kent – along with members of his management team – have bought the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator.

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Viacom decides not to block 'Daily Show' online

July 18, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom has decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed in a fee dispute with DirecTV.

FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

Report: North American cable modem sales up 50%, thanks to D3

July 18, 2012 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts pushed cable modem sales to increase by more than 50 percent when compared with the same timeframe a year ago.

AT&T unveils shared data as option, not mandate

July 18, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T followed Verizon Wireless’ lead and unveiled new shared data plans. But unlike its competitor, moving to the plans will be optional.

Ericsson looks to LTE, services amid profit slump

July 18, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson's profits slid 63 percent in the second quarter as it took a hit from the European debt crisis and a slowdown in spending on legacy networks.

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Intel’s Q2 earnings fall; company sees economic headwinds

July 18, 2012 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, said the weak global economy is slowing its growth, and revenue for the current quarter is likely to come in below Wall Street forecasts.

Polish media unite to charge for online content

July 18, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several major Polish media companies are joining forces to put some of their best online content behind a combined paywall. The Piano pay model emulates cable television.

@ The Independent Show: SeaChange to demo multi-screen capabilities

July 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International will be at the Independent Show demonstrating software solutions that can enable small and mid-size cable operators to extend their services to tablets, smartphones, PCs and other devices.

@ The Independent Show: Adara’s hosted SDV system to be on display

July 18, 2012 9:02 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adara Technologies said Darien Communications in Georgia is using its hosted and managed switched digital video (SDV) service to enable the addition of hundreds of HD channels, as well as other services long the province of larger operators.

@ The Independent Show: Entone to show off hybrid TV system

July 18, 2012 8:54 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone will be touting an integrated product suite that one small operator said has put his company on equal footing with the big guys when it comes to advanced TV services.

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@ The Independent Show: RGB enables multi-screen for all

July 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RGB Networks will be at The Independent Show highlighting how its digital and IP-based video products can be tailored for use by small- and medium-size operators.

From fantasy to reality

July 18, 2012 8:21 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The delivery of video content to multiple screens by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators has long come under the heading of sheer fantasy. Not anymore. Now it’s real.

Comcast, Scripps strike carriage agreement that includes TV Everywhere

July 17, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Scripps Networks Interactive have forged a multi-year distribution agreement that will provide Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with Scripps video content across a range of devices and platforms.

Optimum Lightpath powers iSpeech’s text-to-speech cloud service

July 17, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optimum Lightpath said iSpeech is using its fiber network to support its international text-to-speech and speech recognition cloud service.

AT&T, regionals face off on 700 MHz mandate

July 17, 2012 3:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is facing off against a number of regional providers over proposals to establish interoperability in the lower 700 MHz band.

U.S. Cellular snaps up Actel 700 MHz licenses

July 17, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is buying seven lower 700 MHz A-block licenses from CenturyLink subsidiary Actel for an undisclosed sum.

Amino gets 'substantial' order

July 17, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intracom Telecom will use Amino’s IPTV boxes to roll out HD services in two markets in Eastern Europe.

CSG picks up Ascade for $19M

July 16, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CSG acquires a competitor, strengthening its global reach in the market for wholesale routing and billing for telecom companies.

Pace powers Sky New Zealand’s new Igloo TV service

July 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace is providing hardware and software elements for Sky New Zealand and TVNZ’s new Igloo TV service, which has soft-launched with some customers.

Behind the blackouts: Power plays for profits

July 16, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Programmers are profiting at the expense of distributors, and in the middle of it all, consumers are the ones paying the price.

Sprint expands LTE launch to 15 cities

July 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint has turned its five-market LTE launch into a 15-market debut as it works to catch up with its larger competitors.

Comcast buys out Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC

July 16, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has bought out Microsoft’s 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com and rebranded the site as NBCNews.com.

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