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Cisco puts the puzzle pieces together

April 29, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues evolving its Service Provider architecture, riding a combination of DOCSIS, CCAP, and optical networking technologies to secure for cable operators more bandwidth and give them the abilities to provide higher service tiers and achieve greater agility in deploying new applications, even while lowering operational expenses.

Verizon's mobile ad program to add in PC web data

April 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon alerted customers it’s “enhancing” it Relevant Mobile Advertising program to incorporate information gathered from desktop and laptop Internet habits. The company will assign registered users an “anonymous, unique identifier” that will gather information about what websites the user visits on their desktop or laptop.

Entone, Evolution Digital to adopt Rovi guides

April 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two vendors plan to develop versions of Rovi Guides for use in their products. Rovi, meanwhile, is also developing "connected guides," and has integrated its guide technology with new subsidiary Veveo’s recommendations engine and natural speech input capability.

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Charter, Comcast strike a multi-pronged deal

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable triangle has come full circle with today’s news that Comcast and Charter have reached an agreement that included selling off 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers to Charter, swapping 1.6 million subscribers between Comcast and Charter and spinning off 2.5 subs to form a new company.

Fleetmatics, GLDS team up on workforce management

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fleetmatics, Group and Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) have teamed-up to provide workforce management integration capabilities for independent cable operators. Fleetmatics has paired its mobile workforce platform for fleet management with GLDS’ subscriber management and provisioning solutions.

Verizon: Stormy weather in Q1

April 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Verizon's FiOS TV penetration strategy seems to be running out of steam at the 35 percent mark, but subscriber adds were down in Q1 mostly because people don't want installers in their homes when it's snowing. Meanwhile, FiOS broadband is growing okay. The FiOS footprint is what it is, but what about Verizon over the top?

AT&T’s Digital Life to sound the alarm in 7 new markets

April 25, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” is available in seven new markets. The latest launches coincided with the first roll out of Digital Life a year ago after some initial hiccups.

Shaw tunes in Rdio streaming music service

April 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has struck an accord with digital music streaming service Rdio. As part of the deal, Shaw Ventures made a financial investment in Rdio's holding company, Pulser Media, Inc. The agreement included marketing, content and promotional elements. 

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Cable One picks TOA Technologies for workforce management

April 25, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After taking a hard look at its core IT and operational systems—including billing, CRM, and mobile workforce management—Cable One selected TOA Technologies for its new platform. Cable One is using TOA Technologies’ cloud-based ETAdirect offering to transform its field operations and improve the customer experience.

FCC proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards 


April 25, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's top telecoms regulator is proposing to allow a pay-for-priority fast lane on the Internet for movies, music and other services to get to people's homes. The proposed rules come after a federal appeals court struck down previous "net neutrality" rules designed to prevent Internet access providers such as Comcast from discriminating against certain traffic flowing to their customers. 

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial that threatened to expose the tactics deployed by billionaire executives to corral less affluent employees. 

Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.

NewWave extends agreement with NetCracker Technology

April 24, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NewWave Communications has inked a long-term extension with OSS/BSS vendor NetCracker Technology. The five-year agreement renewed NewWave and NetCracker’s ongoing partnership for advanced, converged revenue management and customer experience capabilities.

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Verizon Wireless churn ticks up in competitive 1Q

April 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Verizon's first-quarter earnings remained steady, Big Red's wireless division may finally be feeling the effects of an increasingly competitive market. Verizon Wireless added a lackluster 539,000 postpaid connections, a 20 percent drop when compared to the same quarter last year. 

TWC reports operations improvements in Q1

April 24, 2014 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subscribers for high-speed Internet connections rose 269,000 during the quarter, the biggest increase in six years, since the first quarter of 2008. The company lost 34,000 cable TV subscribers during the quarter, which it said was its smallest loss in at least five years.

Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'

April 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests.

Liberty Puerto Rico rolling out unusual social-based guide

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the cloud-based platform from ActiveVideo, Liberty Global’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based service that features a discovery and navigation capability that is uncommon if not unique, inasmuch as recommendations are based on what other viewers are watching at that moment.

U-verse expands in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In AT&T’s first quarter, its landline business revenue fell 0.4 percent to $14.6 billion. But its newer U-verse phone, TV and Internet service saw growth. AT&T had 634,000 additional high-speed Internet subscribers and 201,000 new TV subscribers.

Suddenlink launches mobile app for iOS devices

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has launched its Suddenlink2GO mobile app.  Using technology from Synacor, a long-time vendor for the MSO, the app allows customers to watch live TV networks and on-demand TV shows on an iOS tablet anywhere at home or on the go.

Charter opens new customer care center in St. Louis area

April 23, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications recently cut the ribbon on its new state-of-the-art customer care center in the St. Louis area. The new facility, which is located in Bridgeton, Mo., is the home base for more than 800 Internet and phone service repair specialists. 

TWC hits 300 Mbps in some areas of footprint

April 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following through on its vow to increase data speeds via network upgrades and conversions to all-digital, Time Warner Cable is now offering a downstream of 300 Mbps in some areas of New York City and Los Angeles. Time Warner Cable also increased the data speeds for all its residential Internet plans in Costa Mesa and West Hollywood in California and in areas of Woodside (in Queens) and Staten Island in New York City.

The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

AT&T signals intent to become OTT power

April 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group (which owns Crunchyroll) have formed a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based VOD as well as streaming.

Sochi golden for Comcast’s 1Q; X1 reducing churn

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The numbers are in: Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts said the company’s X1 platform reduced “voluntary” churn by 20 percent to 30 percent relative to its broader base in the first quarter. Overall, Comcast is dropping 15,000 to 20,000 X1 boxes, which are being provided by Pace and Humax, a day into customers’ homes, which doubled its deployment rate from six months ago.

Many companies still haven't migrated to IPv6

April 22, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Though many of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world spent much of the last two years doggedly preparing for the transition to IPv6, few service providers are IPv6 ready, according to Incognito Software, even as the number of IPv4 addresses left unassigned is small and rapidly dwindling toward none.

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