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Dish 2013: flat, as far as the eye can see

February 21, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company ended 2013 with approximately 14.057 million TV subscribers, compared with approximately 14.056 million at the end of 2012. Dish also added approximately 253,000 net broadband subscribers, bringing its total broadband subscriber base to approximately 436,000.

Set-top box sales fuels strong Q4 for Arris

February 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris reported its fourth-quarter earnings last night and announced that its set-top box shipments increased by a whopping 43 percent when compared to the previous quarter. That growth was spurred by increased shipments of its hybrid XG1 HD DVR for Comcast’s X1 platform, shipments to Latin America and increased shipments of its QIP box to Verizon.

Comcast makes a move onto Ethernet Leaderboard

February 19, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast made its debut on Vertical Systems Group’s 2013 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Comcast, which branched out into Ethernet services three years ago, moved up from Vertical Systems Group’s “Challenge” tier to rank eighth overall among the top providers. 

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Comcast Business hires Folkersen

February 19, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hired former XO Communications employee Lynn Folkersen as its director of enterprise sales in Colorado. In his new job, Folkersen will lead the growth of Comcast’s portfolio of business services, which includes its Ethernet offerings and cloud-based Business VoiceEdge service.

NY's Schumer recuses from review of Comcast/TWC deal

February 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Tuesday he is recusing himself from any role Congress plays in Comcast Corp.'s planned acquisition of rival Time Warner Cable Inc. after learning his brother was one of the lead lawyers behind the $45 billion deal. 

AT&T, IBM ally on enabling Internet of Things

February 18, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two companies said they will combine their analytic platforms, cloud, and security technologies to create services initially for city governments and midsize utilities. They intend to develop services that can integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters, and video cameras.

2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

Comcast/TWC Cliffsnotes

February 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Comcast’s $45 billion takeover attempt of Time Warner Cable. While it’s going to take some time to let the proverbial dust settle, and for the various regulatory bodies to make their decisions, here are a few more points to consider.

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In Comcast deal, victor isn't necessarily a winner

February 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's nothing like a bidding war to turn the stock of a lackluster company into a star. Shareholders of Time Warner Cable, which has been losing video customers, are big winners after rival Comcast agreed to buy the company for a nice premium. Whether Comcast owners will see any benefit is less certain.

Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

February 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable regularly rank at the bottom of the pay TV industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. So it didn't take long for customers to vent frustrations online over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Articles | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Articles | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

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Comcast-TWC: It's personal

February 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Malone is a tremendously astute executive, who knows full well that Wall Street loves a deal. Furthermore, TWC had been turning in some disappointing quarterly results, and Wall Streeters fervently despise disappointment. All that combined with the retirement of Glenn Britt, and TWC looked like a pretty good opportunity.

Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

Former Cox exec Nagin convicted of taking bribes

February 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him.

SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

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

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

Fearless Predictions for 2014

February 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

"The Internet of Everything"? Some of the greatest marketers of the age got together and came up with a phrase only slightly less awkward than twerking. They’re amazing in that sort of so not-amazing-at-all way that you have to sort of admire them.

Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

Ciciora’s Corner: Failure

February 11, 2014 7:17 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Failure stings engineers and technologists a lot less than other folks. That’s because we experience it as part of our work and we expect it in at least small measures. Non-technical folks are devastated by failure; they don’t know how to handle it. Technical folks aren’t happy about failure, but see it as a learning opportunity.

Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

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