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Report: Youth being served by smart energy products

July 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, young consumers are more readily embracing the Internet of Things through smart home devices. Parks Associates’ Internet of Things (IoT) research found that young consumers, those with children, and those in a home for three to four years were leading the adoption of Internet-connected energy devices.

Comcast red faced by customer service rep

July 16, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast is apologizing after a tech-savvy California customer posted eight minutes of telephone conversation online in which he tried repeatedly to get a customer service representative to disconnect his service. The customer, Ryan Block, succeeds in getting the unidentified Comcast rep to agree to disconnect his service, but only after the rep repeatedly asks Block for a reason. 

Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

July 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Though rejected, a surprise bid by Rupert Murdoch's Fox for entertainment rival Time Warner underscores that large media companies are in the mood for major consolidation. Time Warner Inc., which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and TV channels such as TNT, TBS and HBO, said Wednesday that it rejected the deal and had no interest in further discussions. 

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Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

July 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

Buckeye, Sinclair break 7-month retrans impasse

July 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a seven-month long standoff, Buckeye CableSystem viewers can now watch NBC again after a new agreement was reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group. According to The Toledo Blade, which, like Buckeye, is owned by Block Communications, the new two-year agreement was reached yesterday.

Incognito updates Bandwidth Activity Reporter

July 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help cable operators unlock “big data” in their broadband networks, Incognito Software has updated its Bandwidth Activity Reporter. The latest version of the platform extracts and analyzes data from multiple network, billing, and customer relationship management sources to provide network intelligence, usage reports, and service metrics. 

Hewlett-Packard Interim Chairman Whitworth resigns

July 15, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's Interim Chairman Ralph Whitworth has resigned from the company's board to concentrate on personal health issues. Whitworth's resignation is effective on Wednesday. Personal computer maker HP said that its board will discuss appointing a new chairman at its next meeting.

Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

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Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

FCC picks review teams for megamergers

July 8, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the members of the panel that will review two proposed mega-mergers: Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter, and AT&T / DirecTV. Those who watch such things infer from the choice of panelists that the FCC is not going to simply rubber-stamp either deal.

Buckeye Telesystem expands with purchase of Line Systems

July 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Buckeye Telesystem does business in the Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan area, but will expand its reach into the Mid-Atlantic region with its parent company’s acquisition of Line Systems, a full-service, integrated business communications provider.

NaviSite locks down BYOD for businesses

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has launched its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to help businesses securely manage employees’ devices in the workplace. NaviSite said EMM was designed to enable enhanced data security while simplifying the management of devices and resources across an organization.

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Samsung earnings hit by slowing China sales

July 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China. The result highlights how dependent the company has become on smartphones for its earnings. Sales growth in high-end Android devices has waned after several years of rapid expansion. 

Shentel offers students reduced rate broadband

July 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Following a major upgrade in its network in McDowell County, West Virginia, Shentel said it is supporting a program that is distributing laptops to local students with discounted broadband access. The company is providing an Internet package for $10 per month to 3,400 qualifying students in the county. 

Hilda Donofrio, cable pioneer, passes away

July 1, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Hilda Viveiros Donofrio, chairwoman of Full Channel, died early Saturday at the age of 87. Donofrio and her husband John Donofrio, Jr., incorporated Full Channel in 1965.  Full Channel has remained the only independent broadband provider in Rhode Island.

Roberts, a best-dressed billionaire, signs 1-year deal with Comcast

July 1, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts landed himself on Vanity Fair's list of best-dressed billionaires, cited for his use of color "inside a pretty limited set of sartorial lines." Separately, Comcast has agreed to extend Roberts' employment contract by another year.

CommScope scores two UK-based wireless businesses

July 1, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CommScope increased its already large portfolio of telecommunications products and services by completing a deal with United Kingdom-based Alifabs Group. Without disclosing any of the financial details other than it paid cash, CommScope bought the Alifabs cabinets and ancillaries unit in Yorkshire, England and the Alifabs design and construction business in Guildford, England. 

VeEX nabs Agizer, Optixsoft

July 1, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Test and measurement vendor VeEX announced this morning that it had completed a deal to buy Optixsoft and Agizer, which are respectively based in Belarus and Lithuania. Optixsoft is a software company that focuses on system and mobile software for OTDR analysis and cloud-based solutions for the management of fiber optic testing activities. Agizer is a developer and manufacturer of fiber optic test and measurement solutions.

Lightpath adds managed videoconferencing service

June 30, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cloud-based service provides virtual meeting rooms and managed video services that enable mid-market and large businesses to conference and connect with up to 25 attendees worldwide from nearly any device. Lightpath will design and install videoconferencing systems for their customers.

LG names Coopmans as new Ziggo CEO

June 27, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced this morning that it had made its formal bid on Ziggo and that Baptiest Coopmans will be Ziggo’s new CEO once the deal is done. Liberty also said that Bert Groenewegen would continue as Ziggo’s CFO. Coopmans won’t assume his new position until after the deal closes, which could take place later this year.

Suddenlink’s Sonne new SVP of operation in N.C.

June 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has named Jared Sonne as its senior vice president of operations for its North Carolina region, which is based in Greenville. Sonne will replace Phil Ahlschlager, who is retiring on July 1. Sonne most recently served as vice president of operations for Suddenlink in East Texas and Oklahoma, based in Tyler, Texas.

Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Articles | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

SCTE announces new, wide-ranging energy program

June 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning a new power and energy program that was designed to insure that cable operators remain competitive over the coming years. The new program is called “Energy 2020” and it’s under the auspice of the SCTE Energy Management program. Energy 2020 replaces the SCTE’s SEMI with a much more inclusive energy management program.

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