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T-Mobile goes live with unlimited data plan

September 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans. The plan differs from T-Mobile's other data plans by not "throttling."

XO picks Ciena for 100G metro, regional network upgrades

September 5, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Once the upgrade is completed, XO Communications’ enterprise and wholesale service provider customers will be able to offer high-speed, high-capacity, next-generation optical transport and business Ethernet services across XO’s metro and regional networks.

Fast and furious: Building a network in 60 days

September 5, 2012 12:55 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Assembling a network from scratch in 60 days isn’t for the faint of heart. Rarely, if ever, has it been done before on the scale of the Pac-12 Enterprises networks that will begin this month, delivering more than 850 events annually to seven linear channels, and eventually beyond.


FPGAs: The “G” doesn’t stand for “Green” – but it could

September 5, 2012 11:40 am | by Aaron Behman, senior marketing manager, and Joe Palermo, systems architect for the broadcast and consumer segment, of Xilinx | Articles | Comments

In the last couple of years, service providers have developed a greater awareness of how they can take better control of their energy use and energy costs. For every piece of cable equipment produced, there is an associated, additional cost to cool that equipment.

Memory Lane - Wi-Fi’s long road

September 4, 2012 10:45 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the lore of the wireless broadband technology known as Wi-Fi, the recognized “father” of the category is Victor Hayes, a former NCR Corp. engineer from the Netherlands who first chaired the famous 802.11 Working Group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Open Mic - Next-gen campaign management systems

September 4, 2012 10:36 pm | by Jeffrey Sherwin, CEO of This Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable has steadily pursued dynamic ad insertion (DAI) to achieve better ad targeting and monetization. There have been learning moments along the way as vendors and operators have worked to make DAI a reality in different ways. One key learning that has come from this initial work is that the next phase of DAI needs to be built on campaign management systems (CMSs).

New Products - September 2012

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform has been enhanced with new features, SeaChange demonstrated the latest innovations of its Nucleus soft box gateway, and Volicon’s loudness monitoring and logging solution is now available on its Observer Scout platform.

Time Warner Cable tabs Ruckus for Wi-Fi connectivity at DNC

September 4, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is hooking up attendees at the Democratic National Convention with Wi-Fi gear from Ruckus Wireless. TWC has installed Ruckus’ ZoneFlex family of Smart Wireless LAN (WLAN) systems to deliver high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the 19,000-seat Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.


Alcatel-Lucent, Concurrent combine forces on expanding VOD catalogs

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The expanded VOD offerings can be delivered to traditional set-top boxes, as well as tablets, PCs and smartphones, using Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Unified Origin and TV-VOD edge servers. The new TV Everywhere architecture has been put through its paces via a trial with a large cable MSO.

GreenPeak, Bosch partner on home security

September 4, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

GreenPeak has introduced a set of integrated circuits to enable wireless RF connectivity based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standards, long known as ZigBee and more recently as RF4CE, intended for use in home network products, including but not limited to home security systems.

RGB beefs up TV Everywhere stable with live SDI video encoding

September 4, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, which is integrated with RGB’s existing TransAct Transcoder product line, offers the ability to ingest uncompressed SDI-sourced live content, as well as IP and file input, for live or on-demand IP video delivery to smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs, as well as traditional set-top boxes.

IBM gets into the IPTV delivery business

August 31, 2012 12:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The development of content delivery networks (CDNs) made it almost inevitable that IP content delivery would become a service, which in turn made it a near certainty that a business services company like IBM would enter the market. IBM has introduced a cloud platform for delivering content on behalf of CE firms.

Elemental sets up video cloud service

August 31, 2012 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company plans to introduce Elemental Cloud at IBC in Amsterdam. At the same time, it will begin making available Elemental Server Cloud Edition (CE), a file-based solution for high speed, multi-format video conversion in the cloud.


Samsung to rely on Verimatrix security

August 31, 2012 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Samsung will use Verimatrix’s security suite, including its VCAS security system and ViewRight client software, to protect content delivered to its Smart TVs. Video service apps that pay-TV operators build for Samsung Smart TVs will now be able to take advantage of ViewRight client security.

Tokyo court: Samsung didn't infringe Apple patent

August 31, 2012 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Tokyo court dismissed Apple's claim that Samsung had infringed on its patent. The Japanese court case addressed only the synchronizing technology that allows media players to share data with personal computers and was not comparable in scope to the much larger victory that Apple won in the U.S. last week.

Pace’s software provides quick gateway updates to French provider

August 30, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

France’s Bouygues Telecom is installing Pace’s Helium Unified Gateway Software to enable faster rollouts of new services and apps across a range of gateway devices. Bouygues Telecom will sell Pace’s new Helium software across all of its new BBOX Sensation gateways, as well as legacy devices, in 1.3 million subscriber homes.

After golden run at Olympics, Adobe unveils TV Everywhere enhancements

August 30, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Coming on the heels of a successful trial run at the Olympics, Adobe Systems announced it has upgraded its Adobe Pass platform to its second version. Adobe put Adobe Pass 2.0 through its paces during the recent 2012 London Olympic Games, which served as a milestone for TV Everywhere services.

MasterCard strikes mobile payment deal in U.K.

August 30, 2012 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MasterCard and Everything Everywhere have entered into a five-year partnership in order to accelerate the development of the systems that enable consumers to pay for goods and services using their mobile devices in lieu of a credit card.

Oppenheimer: Best Buy deal feasible, unlikely

August 30, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An attempt by Best Buy's founder and one-time chairman to take the company private is unlikely to succeed, according to Oppenheimer & Co., which sees no change in the toxic retail environment that has eaten away at the company's profits.

AT&T adds Facebook app to TV screens

August 29, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s Facebook on TV interactive app lets U-verse subscribers view their news feeds, friends list and photos on their TV screens while they’re watching shows. They can also post updates while viewing and share information about the shows they’re watching with their Facebook friends.

Midcontinent tees up WatchESPN

August 29, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent is serving its authenticated customers live streaming sports content from WatchESPN across various devices, and it plans on offering more Disney-related video content. Using the free WatchESPN app, Midcontinent subscribers can view live streaming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU on their Apple iOS and Android devices.

Comcast Business Services wins award for Ethernet services

August 29, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services’ Ethernet portfolio has been a boon to Comcast’s bottom line ever since its launch, and it was recently recognized with an award from Frost & Sullivan. Comcast Business Services recently won the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for MSO Ethernet Services.

TiVo set to market multi-screen streamer

August 29, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

TiVo is preparing to hit the market with its retail transcoder/router that enables TiVo Premiere DVR users to distribute up to four simultaneous streams to Apple iOS devices. The TiVo Stream, announced earlier this year, will sell for $130 and will be available from TiVo on Sept. 6 and at Best Buy shortly thereafter.

Sprint lights up new LTE markets

August 29, 2012 2:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint announced four new LTE markets, including Baltimore; Gainesville, Ga.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; and Sedalia, Mo. The new LTE markets bring Sprint's total to 19, including the 15 cities that went live earlier. Sprint said it plans to introduce more markets to the network, with a goal of completing its LTE build-out by 2013.

Country Cablevision going all-fiber

August 29, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Armed with a broadband stimulus award, the rural N.C. provider is installing equipment from Clearfield to pursue its FTTH build-out. Country Cablevision has begun deploying Clearfield’s FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) as part of its fiber-optic broadband network build.

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