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Werner to chair 2014 Cable-Tec Expo program

October 22, 2013 7:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next year. Cable-Tec 2014 will be September 23-26, in Denver. Werner will drive the development of educational content that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation products and services for Cable-Tec Expo 2014.

Tellabs agrees to be sold for $891 million

October 21, 2013 12:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be acquired for $891 million by investment firm Marlin Equity Partners. The deal calls for Marlin to buy all of Tellabs shares for $2.45 each. The deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter.

SCTE, CableLabs cozy up on technology initiatives

October 21, 2013 8:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that they would work in tandem to accelerate the worldwide development and deployment of new cable network technologies. The cable industry’s support organizations, which also include the NCTA, have become more aligned over the past few years at the behest of the cable operators that they serve.

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Review: Finding football online can be tough

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One fan's fixation on finding football online shows the lengths people will go to figure out a way around the byzantine network of content rights that programmers and distributors have adopted. One solution juggles a bunch of apps, plus both Apple and Roku boxes.

Huawei: No government has asked for customer data

October 18, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While American technology companies are trying to minimize the damage from revelations that the U.S. government spies on everyone including its own citizens, Chinese tech giant Huawei said it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government.

Peak 10 serves up Comcast Business’ Ethernet services

October 18, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Peak 10, a national IT infrastrcutre and cloud-services provider, announced that it’s now offering Comcast Business’ Ethernet services in its Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. data center. With Comcast Busienss, Peak 10 can provide its customers in South Florida and throughout the southeast access to high-bandwidth Ethernet connectivity, and  off-site data center back-up and cloud services for disaster recovery preparedness.

Time Warner Cable hires former CenturyLink exec as SVP, chief sales officer

October 17, 2013 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired former CenturyLink executive Jeffery Painting as senior vice president and chief sales officer. Painting will report to Phil Meeks, executive vice president and chief operating officer of business services for Time Warner Cable.

Arris nails down rights to sell Sling technology

October 16, 2013 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Integrating Sling technology into one of its boxes apparently wasn’t enough. Arris has arranged with Sling Media to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of gateways and standalone devices that integrate Sling technology.  Arris will also eventually take control of worldwide licensing of the technology.

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Ziggo rejects Liberty Global takeover bid

October 16, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dutch cable company Ziggo has rejected a takeover bid from Liberty Global as inadequate. Liberty Global began investing in Ziggo earlier this year, buying 28.5 percent of the Dutch company’s stock. Liberty Global and Liberty Media, both chaired by John Malone, have been aggressively investing in cable companies around the world. 

TWC’s Marcus to join Equifax’s board

October 16, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Rob Marcus, who was named as the cable operator’s CEO and chairman this past summer, will join the board of directors at Equifax. Marcus, who will take over the top executive positions from Glenn Britt at the start of next year, will start serving as a director on Equifax’s board on Nov. 1.

Person of theYear: Glenn Britt

October 16, 2013 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In his 41-year career, Britt has worked in finance, programming, venture investments, and programming positions. He has spearheaded services such as data and voice, which are now cornerstones of not only Time Warner Cable but of the cable industry as whole, as well as driven the development of multi-screen apps and services, Start Over, Look Back, and cloud-based user interfaces, to name a few.

Open Mic: Customer experience drives future innovation

October 16, 2013 12:42 am | by Kevin Hart Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Cox Communications | Articles | Comments

In the last two years, we’ve spent a significant amount of time to break down traditional organization silos and to create an environment where a steady cadence of infrastructure and product enhancements and innovative, collaborate thinking are prevalent. 

CommScope helps power CableLabs’ headend, CMTS

October 15, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs is using hydrogen fuel cells from CommScope to provide backup power for its headend and cable modem termination system (CMTS) in its Louisville, Colo. headquarters. CommScope said its fuel cell could provide up to 16 hours of reliable, environmentally friendly backup power. 

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Canada may impose a la carte on pay TV providers

October 14, 2013 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Canadian government plans to introduce legislation that will force the country’s multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) to offer television channels on an a la carte basis. The country's Industry Minister promises to introduce a plan next week.

Vodafone completes buyout of German cable operator

October 14, 2013 1:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecoms firm Vodafone says it has completed its 7.7 billion-euro ($10 billion) takeover of Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland. Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, said in a statement Monday that it now holds just over 76 percent of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG.

CenturyLink hooks Colorado firm up with 100 Gbps service

October 14, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink has signed up its first dedicated 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) data networking circuit for a business customer through a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide network. Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe is using the service to launch a new product that allows its customers direct access to satellite mapping data. 

Comcast Business to build out network in Washington

October 11, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast Business is expanding availability of its high-speed broadband to underserved commercial areas in nearly 100 cities throughout Washington state. The company's expansion includes building to businesses that have specifically requested Comcast’s services as well as to expand fiber optic lines to areas to encourage future growth.

Aereo on its way to Android

October 11, 2013 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, a service that delivers broadcast television stations over the Internet, will come to Android devices on Oct. 22. Earlier this week, a court in Boston denied a request by an ABC station owned by Hearst, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction to stop Aereo's service.

Survey: OTT home automation services emerge

October 10, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Providing home automation services over someone else’s broadband pipe is a growing trend according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research. Infonetics also found that more than 70 percent of the operators in the survey planned on offering home automation services by the end of this year.

Venech signs on with Charter as vice president, communications

October 10, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.

Liberty Media buys back stock from Comcast

October 10, 2013 12:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberty Media Corp. announced this morning that it bought back 5.2 percent of its outstanding common stock from Comcast Corp. In addition, Sirius XM Radio Inc. will repurchase $500 million of its shares from Liberty Media. Also today, Liberty Interactive Corp. said planned to spin off its stake in travel website TripAdvisor and its BuySeasons business into a new publically traded company. 

GE pulls AT&T, Cisco, Intel into its M2M schemes

October 9, 2013 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.

Cable-Tec skeds session on RDK

October 8, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A slate of executives from Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, and RDK Management who are helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.

Time Warner Cable forks out $600 million for regional fiber network

October 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has expanded its fiber footprint in the Southeast by reaching an agreement to buy DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash. Time Warner Cable reached the agreement, which included the repayment of debt, with Duke Energy Corporation and investment funds managed by Alinda Capital Partners, both of which had 50 percent stakes in DukeNet.

AT&T CEO: Federal default the “height of irresponsibility”

October 4, 2013 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The federal government shutdown continues, the possibility of the U.S. going into default is getting closer. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson issued a strongly worded statement for any elected official who’s considering letting that happen.

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