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Time Warner Cable opens Learning Lab in Manhattan

September 12, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

Zuckerberg: HTML5 apps a big mistake

September 12, 2012 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mark Zuckerberg explained that in the process of trying to perfect Facebook's mobile offerings, he put too much stock in the hype around HTML5, which he’d hoped would allow the company to experiment and make changes to the product easier to deploy. Instead, it resulted in a poor user experience.

Cablevision hires Ip as VP of wireless technology, operations

September 11, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his new job, Andrew Ip is responsible for leading the Wireless Technology Group, including the continued development of Cablevision’s wireless technology: including developing, designing, maintaining and optimizing the Optimum WiFi network.

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Former Insight execs resurface at software firm

September 11, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Michael Willner and Sidney Knafel, who co-founded and ran Insight Communications prior to its sale earlier this year to Time Warner Cable, have transitioned into new leadership positions at software firm Penthera Partners. Willner is now CEO of Penthera, while Knafel will serve as the company’s vice chairman.

Sprint ramps LTE with 100-city rollout

September 11, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE network in more than 100 new cities as it moves aggressively to catch up with Verizon Wireless and AT&T. The operator said construction was underway in markets including Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Kaltura expands reach to Google TV, Xbox

September 11, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kaltura has introduced software development kits (SDKs) and reference applications for Google TV, integration with the Xbox gaming console, and native reference applications for iOS and Android devices. Kaltura will also work with service providers.

Conexant, Diotek partner on speech recognition

September 11, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conexant is partnering with Diotek to integrate speech recognition with its digital audio processor. OEMs integrating Conexant’s CX20805 dual-core, 32-bit digital audio processor will be able to add voice control technology to any number of products, including home appliances, consumer electronics and educational toys.

Janney Capital starts Comcast at 'Buy'

September 11, 2012 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast should benefit from the move toward usage-based billing for broadband. Charging by the gigabyte could encourage more households to sign up for cheap, basic tiers and start to bring in more money if wealthier households start adopting data-hungry "4K" or "Ultra HD" TV sets.

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Nielsen shows how people use TV differently

September 11, 2012 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of U.S. homes that don't get traditional television service continues to increase, but that doesn't mean they don't have TVs. The Nielsen company said in a report that three-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway.

Tata Elxsi licenses Comcast RDK

September 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Integration and testing vendor Tata Elxsi announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit in order to speed up the development of next-generation TV products. Previously announced licensees for the RDK include itaas, Entropic, Broadcom, Motorola and S3 Group.

Time Warner Cable, Viacom strengthen TV Everywhere ties

September 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers already had access to Viacom programming via its TWC TV app, which serves up live show to computers, iOS and Android devices within a home, but now they have access to an expanded lineup of full-length episodes from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike and VH1.

FCC advances TV spectrum selloff plans

September 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency would vote on a "detailed proposal" for implementing the auctions at the meeting, "an important step toward pioneering the world’s first incentive auctions and freeing up significant spectrum for mobile broadband."

Broadcom offering D3 chip with 5G Wi-Fi

September 10, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom has introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi. Broadcom’s new chip integrates a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with the emerging IEEE 802.11ac version of Wi-Fi, which is designed to provide throughputs up to 1 Gbps.

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Sigma Designs’ chips pull in HPNA

September 10, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Sigma Designs has introduced a pair of media processors that integrate HPNA connectivity for IPTV and hybrid STBs. Both media processors feature 3-D video, integrated graphics processing, video scaling, DDR3 memory support, a customizable UI and a power-efficient CPU that can deliver OTT content.

EarthLink to sell Clearwire 4G service

September 10, 2012 2:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire announced a wholesale agreement that will enable EarthLink to offer its customers high-speed fixed and mobile broadband service using Clearwire’s WiMAX network. EarthLink’s wireless service will initially target consumers for in-home use and is expected to launch in early 2013.

C Spire lights up LTE in Mississippi

September 10, 2012 2:19 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Regional provider C Spire Wireless has switched on its LTE network in Mississippi after problems getting equipment compatible with its 700 MHz A-block spectrum caused a nine-month delay in the service's launch. The network went live in Greenville, Miss.

Cable doubles down on Wi-Fi

September 7, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.

Liberty Global out of the starting blocks with Horizon TV service

September 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.

Harmonic, Nagra join forces on MPEG-DASH multi-screen service

September 7, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.

Rovi updates DivX for streaming

September 7, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi has been very, very busy. It has revised its DivX codec, which was written for file-based transfer, to support streaming, and it has arranged for Broadcom to support the upgraded DivX Plus Streaming in one of its major set-top box chips, the BCM7241.

EchoStar to use Entropic chip in another set-top

September 7, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EchoStar is now shipping three set-top models that incorporate Entropic Communications’ set-top silicon and demodulator technology. The boxes are currently being deployed at Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus, one model per company: the EchoStar 6400FG (Bell Canada), the EchoStar M211HDR (Dish Mexico) and the EchoStar 6400T (Telus).

SeaWell adds support for MPEG-DASH

September 7, 2012 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

With new support for DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), along with previous support for Smooth Streaming, HLS and HDS, network operators are now able to use SeaWell’s Spectrum software to convert all major streaming formats dynamically and deliver IP video content to any connected device.

HBO Europe picks RGB for TV Everywhere service

September 7, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Europe is using RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) and TransAct Packager for transcoding and packaging video for its HBO Go live streaming service. The transcoded and packaged video content is delivered via Microsoft Smooth Streaming.

SCTE picks Comcast Business Services for scalable Ethernet bandwidth

September 6, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SCTE makes its headquarters in Exton, Pa., which is part of Comcast’s Freedom Region. The SCTE is using Comcast Business Class Ethernet and Business Class Trunks to provision advanced data and voice capabilities across multiple offices in its headquarters.

AT&T boasts 7 new LTE markets

September 6, 2012 3:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The carrier lit up LTE in Anchorage, Ala.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Modesto, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; and Syracuse, N.Y. The company expanded markets in northern New Jersey and the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.

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