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Suddenlink attracts subscribers; sets telephony project

May 7, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink’s Q1 2013 revenue was up 6.4 percent compared to the company’s earnings in its first quarter last year. The company noted that its capex spending would increase with the adoption of its own telephony platform, a process that began in March and is planned to be implemented largely in 2014.

thePlatform cues up live events console for broadcasters

May 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Today video publishing vendor thePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, released a Web-based console that was designed to help programmers and broadcasters manage live events across multi-screen devices. The console, which is an add-on to thePlatform’s mpx video publishing system, allows thePlatform’s customers to schedule and manage live events, such as sports, news or award shows.

Former Insight, Mediacom execs clock in at BCI

May 6, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has hired Vin Zachariah as its senior vice president of residential services while Diane Quennoz has joined the executive team as senior vice president of marketing. Starting today, both Zachariah and Quennoz report to BCI Broadband CEO and President Jeffrey DeMond.

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Comcast Business carries the load for PBS Coals

May 3, 2013 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Comcast Business’ Ethernet services are doing the heavy lifting for PBS Coals, which is the fourth-largest coal producer in Pennsylvania. In order to serve PBS Coals, Comcast Business extended its fiber network to the company’s 10 mining and processing facilities located across Somerset County. 

Shawnee approves Google Fiber

May 3, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb. The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal with Google.

Avgiris promoted to CFO of Comcast Cable

May 2, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a promotion last year, Comcast’s Cathy Avgiris continues to climb the corporate ladder with today’s news that she was promoted to chief financial officer for Comcast Cable Avgiris will start her new job July 1 and report to Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit.

Liberty Media wraps up $2.6 billion investment in Charter

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Liberty Media said on Wednesday that they had wrapped up Liberty Media’s $2.6 billion investment in the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator. The investment was first announced in March and now that its completed John Malone’s Liberty Media has a 27.3 percent stake in Charter. 

Cox Business launches cloud-based voice service for SBs

May 2, 2013 11:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to better serve small business customers, Cox Business announced this morning the launch of its VoiceManager IP Centrex service. The cloud-based service is fully managed by Cox Business, which lets small business owners focus on running their day-to-day operations while reducing the demand on their IT staff and other employees.

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Mediaroom VP joins SeaWell board

May 1, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pete Thompson, vice president of Microsoft Mediaroom, has joined the board of directors of SeaWell Networks. Before joining Microsoft, Thompson developed new products and services at T-Mobile, Graviton, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Levi Strauss & Co.

Comcast's Q1 fueled by price hikes

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

Price increases on video service and customers upgrading to HD packages and digital video recorders (DVRs) helped boost Comcast’s first quarter profit by 17 percent. It lost 60K basic video subs, but  increased its broadband subscriber count by 433,000 in the quarter. It also added 211,000 new voice customers.

Report: Ethernet switch market evolving

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Ethernet switch market is undergoing a transformation as end users start to favor products purpose-built and optimized according to deployment location, in the data center, enterprise, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and carrier Ethernet services.

Cablevision sells off theatre chain

April 30, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision continued divesting non-core businesses with the sale of the vast majority of its Clearview Cinema chain of movie theatres to Bow Tie Cinemas, though the company will retain ownership of the Ziegfeld in New York City. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Former AOL exec replaces Esteves as TWC’s CFO

April 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced yesterday afternoon that former AOL executive Arthur Minson will replace Irene Esteves as the company’s chief financial officer. Minson, who formerly worked at Time Warner Cable, will start his new job on Thursday while Esteves’ last day is tomorrow.

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Comcast Business extends network to N.H. business park

April 30, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced today that it had made a major investment to serve up its entire suite of Ethernet, data, voice and video services to 250 businesses in Portsmouth, N.H. The businesses are located in Pease International Tradeport, which was an Air Force base that has been turned into a business park.

AT&T locks up home automation deployments

April 26, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today, AT&T’s home automation and security service, which it calls Digital Life, is available in 15 cities across the nation. AT&T said in January that it planned on launching Digital Life in March to eight cities, but delayed the launch until this month in order to offer the service in more markets.

Time Warner Cable’s 1Q profit driven by business services

April 25, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

An increase in Time Warner Cable’s business services revenue helped the cable operator’s bottom line in the first quarter, but the nation’s second-largest cable operator continued to bleed out basic video subscribers. For the quarter, Time Warner Cable lost 119,000 basic video subscribers, which were more than the 91,000 that analysts had projected.

TWC boots up free Wi-Fi in Austin

April 25, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started to deploy its Wi-Fi service, which is called TWC WiFi,  to its subscribers in Austin, Texas. There are currently several dozen access points deployed in Austin to date, but the cable operator plans on having up to 1,000 go live this year.

Comcast, EcoFactor win home automation award

April 25, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home automation vendor EcoFactor recently won an award from GTM Research for working with Comcast on the cable operator’s Xfinity Home service. Last year EcoFactor integrated its SaaS infrastructure with Comcast to provide Xfinity Home subscribers monthly HVAC savings on their energy bills.

ActiveVideo taps Brockman as CTO

April 24, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO. The position has been open since Rogers Communications hired away ActiveVideo’s previous CTO, John Callahan, almost a year ago. Brockmann was working for Avinity Systems when ActiveVideo acquired it three years ago.

RCN partners up to enable free Wi-Fi service in Boston

April 24, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business Services has forged a partnership with two other companies that will enable free Wi-Fi access in the Boston area. RCN’s piece of the puzzle is providing the backhaul necessary to connect the small cells to the core network. 

TWC taps Meeks to run Business Services

April 23, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has hired Phil Meeks, who had been running Cox Business for the last few years, to run its Business Services unit. Meeks will get the new title of executive vice president and chief operating officer for Business Services.

Rogers prospers in first quarter

April 23, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers lost 25,000 TV customers, leaving it with 2.18 million at the end of the quarter. Those losses were measured against a gain of 26,000 broadband subscribers, bringing the total of wireline Internet customers to 1.89 million. Toss in 17,000 new phone subscribers, and Rogers increased its overall number of revenue generation units by 35,000, to 5.1 million.

TWC’s security service launches in Dallas

April 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dallas is the latest city to launch Time Warner  Cable’s home automation service, which is called IntelligentHome. Time Warner Cable has previously said it planned on having IntelligentHome rolled out across its entire footprint by year’s end.

ATX hires EMEA business development director

April 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ATX Networks has hired Ofer Kachan as director of business development, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Asia). He will be responsible for promoting and executing sales for the company’s digital video products and solutions. Ofer joins ATX from Rotal Networks where he was the regional sales director.

Charter announces $1B debt offer

April 19, 2013 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced a series of financial moves, most designed to manage corporate debt. One action is designed to help finance the acquisition of Bresnan Communications from Cablevision. Some of the proceeds from some of the other maneuvers, notably an offer of $1 billion in notes, will also go to fund general corporate purposes.

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