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Lawmakers want probe of Huawei sales to Iran

January 4, 2012 1:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Six lawmakers have asked the State Department to investigate whether Huawei and other infrastructure vendors violated U.S. sanctions against Iran by selling telecommunications equipment to the Middle East nation.

SCTE hires Comcast's Davidson as new VP of engineering, network operations

January 3, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has beefed up its engineering team with the news that former Comcast exec Marty Davidson was hired as its vice president of engineering and network operations.

'Tis the season to be jerked around

January 3, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable once again has found itself in a nasty retransmission rights battle, this time with the MSG Network, which pulled its programming from the MSO's lineup.

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Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

January 3, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards.

FCC approves AT&T purchase of Qualcomm spectrum

January 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission approved wireless carrier AT&T's $1.93 billion purchase of unused wireless spectrum from Qualcomm.

LG to sell 55-inch TV using new ultra-thin tech

January 3, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For flat-panel TVs, the choice for years has been between plasma and LCD. Now there'll be another choice, at least for those prepared to spend big.

Another name change: Versus to NBC Sports Network

January 3, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cable channel with three names in five and a half years is getting its new identity from one of the most recognizable brands in sports broadcasting.

LightSquared taps former Sprint exec as CFO

January 3, 2012 1:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared added some muscle to its top brass when it appointed an executive who oversaw the $70 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel as its new CFO.

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Jungo hires Spear to lead North American sales

January 3, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home gateway middleware provider Jungo has hired former IPgallery and Cedar Point Communications executive David Spear.

CED Video & Product Showcase - December 2011

January 1, 2012 3:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Televation; Lindsay Broadband LBR-ONU Series; Textronic award-winning Sentry; Corning Cable Systems OptiSheath MF2; APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM; AMT's Whole Home DVR; RFMD's RFCM2680...

THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

CED Person of the Year: Jorge Salinger

January 1, 2012 2:34 am | by Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

While it may take a village to drive the development and implementation of something as far-reaching as the cable industry’s CCAP specifications, Comcast’s Jorge Salinger has beat the drum louder than anyone else.

Cable’s SMB Forecast: Cloudy and Bright

January 1, 2012 2:13 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The latest forecast for running a small to mid-size business (SMB) in the cloud calls for greater cost efficiencies and productivity with increasing revenue showers...

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CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world...

In Perspective - Six degrees of … no, wait …

January 1, 2012 1:30 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it isn’t directly connected, odds are that it would take only a few steps to get to the technology. Call it Six Degrees of Multi-Screen.

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

Engineering-Wise - Standardizing Cable Installation

January 1, 2012 12:46 am | by By Mark Dzuban President and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Articles | Comments

One of the persistent themes at Expo was the need to listen to the customer. There was repeated talk of understanding, anticipating and responding...

Capital Currents - Enhancing Energy Conservation

January 1, 2012 12:38 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of effort underway in the cable and consumer electronics industries to develop methods for conserving energy. Some of this is driven by the Energy Star 3.0 requirements for TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.

New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

Miranda expects to fend off dissident shareholders

December 22, 2011 12:33 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Despite securing a huge new contract from NBC/Universal and driving a steady increase in share price, some shareholders insist Miranda management has diluted the value of the stock.

How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

SCTE taking nominations for Canadian engineering award

December 22, 2011 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is seeking nominations for its SCTE Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year Award that will be presented at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

Sprint sues 4 cable giants over voice patents

December 21, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With Sprint's legal battle against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile effectively at an end, the operator is turning its attention to cable operators.

FCC rules for Tennis Channel in Comcast dispute

December 21, 2011 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled in favor of the Tennis Channel in its dispute with Comcast.

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