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RGB networks realigns, with new focus on software

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will deemphasize hardware development in favor of software products. RGB execs declined to comment on reports of a layoff of nearly one-third of its employees, other than to say that any reduction in workforce will not impact the company’s strategy. 

C7 Data Centers serves up Comcast Business services at new data center

July 31, 2014 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

C7 Data Centers is offering Comcast Business Ethernet services as a connectivity option for customers at C7’s new colocation data center. The new Granite Point II colocation data center is located in Bluffdale, Utah, which is one of four data centers in the metro Salt Lake City area that are connected to Comcast’s network. 

Comcast re-ups with CSG

July 31, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has signed a new contract with CSG International that provides the cable operator with CSG’s residential billing services through June 30, 2019. While CSG has worked with Comcast for the past 20 years, the new contract provides the framework for Comcast to consolidate all of its residential business onto CSG’s billing platform.

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Report: Ethernet switch market to close in on $25 billion by 2018

July 31, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

According to a recent report, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is projected to approach $25 billon by 2018. The report by Dell’Oro Group said a 10 Gigabit Ethernet peak is anticipated before 2018 and then 100 Gigabit Ethernet was expected to become mainstream.

New video products pump up Charter's Q2

July 31, 2014 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost almost half as many video subscribers in its second quarter of 2014 as it did in Q2 2013. Charter has about 60 percent of its footprint converted to all-digital, and is introducing its new Charter Spectrum triple play with more HD channels and a new cloud-based interface it is beginning test.

Austin next for TWC Maxx upgrade; 7 cities on tap next year

July 31, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus outlined several of the company’s top priorities during this morning’s second quarter earnings call, which included the announcement that seven cities are slated to receive TWC Maxx network upgrades next year. TWC Maxx, which features 300 Mbps on the downstream, will touch down in Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.

Cha-ching! CoinTerra picks CenturyLink for Bitcoin mining

July 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink has signed a multi-megawatt data center deal with CoinTerra to host CoinTerra's rapidly growing Bitcoin-mining operations in CenturyLink’s data centers. Austin-based CoinTerra designs, produces and operates hardware and software that power the Bitcoin blockchain ecosystem. 

Windstream jumps on new REIT plan

July 30, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Windstream jumped Tuesday after the broadband and communications company said it will move some of its assets into a real estate investment trust, reducing its debts. The Little Rock, Arkansas, company said it hopes to complete a tax-free spinoff of the REIT during the first quarter of 2015. The plan is subject to regulatory approval but Windstream said it has received some guidance from the IRS about the move.

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CSG, Grande Communications extend agreement

July 29, 2014 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Texas-based Grande Communications has extended its nearly 15-year relationship with CSG International by signing a new multi-year deal. Under the new extension, Grande will work with CSG to implement additional solutions to provide “a holistic IT landscape to support subscribers in Texas.”

T-Mobile deal helps Rhapsody hit 2M paying subs

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhapsody International Inc. said Tuesday its partnership with T-Mobile US Inc. has helped boost its number of paying subscribers to more than 2 million, up from 1.7 million in April. Last month, Rhapsody teamed up with the nation's fourth-largest carrier on a new service called unRadio. It allows users to stream randomly generated songs along a genre, artist or song name without ads.

BrightHouse business unit adds unified communications

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has introduced Unified Communications (UC) as a feature for its Hosted Voice services. The enhancements include video calling, instant messaging and presence, desktop sharing, and web collaboration.

CenturyLink extends agreement with Viamedia

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CenturyLink has extended its agreement with Viamedia to include its three most recent IPTV markets: Phoenix; Omaha, Neb.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. CenturyLink had been offering its Prism IPTV service, based on Ericsson’s MediaRoom technology, in seven other markets.

RCN Business serves up services to Citi Open

July 28, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business is continuing its partnership with the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington D.C. by provisioning video, Internet and wireless services for the matches. RCN Business is providing connectivity for live-streaming of all matches during the tournament, a service available to viewers via the Citi Open web site. RCN Business is also supporting the work of the tourney’s staff.

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Comcast cancels event at senator’s home

July 28, 2014 11:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast has canceled a promotional event at the home of a Kansas state senator. The cable company announced the open house in a recent news release that paired Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe and promotional language about its home security service.

March / April 2014

July 25, 2014 6:19 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

Uncoiling Viper: the future of converged IP platformsIt's InGeNeOs! Every cable modem a probe!Video encoding: HEVC is actually hereWallchart: The Evolution of Multi-screen Networks

SEC Network adds TWC, BHN to carriage roster

July 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have scored a deal with ESPN to carry the SEC Network just ahead of the network’s launch Aug. 14. With the latest deal in hand—Time Warner Cable has typically forged carriage agreements for both itself and Bright House Networks— the SEC Network will be available to approximately 60 million homes nationwide.

BSkyB to create multinational European TV network

July 25, 2014 11:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

London-based pay TV network BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a multinational European broadcaster. The deal could have a wider impact on the media industry, giving Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a cash boost to potentially revive its attempt to buy Time Warner.

U-verse chugs along in Q2

July 24, 2014 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T said it added 488,000 high speed Internet subscribers, including 55,000 business customers. The company said it also added 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers, for a new total of 5.9 million. That’s roughly on par with the number of adds in the last few quarters.

FourthWall Media scores another patent

July 24, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media, which provides cable set-top box viewing data to service providers, announced that the U.S. Patent office had approved a patent for its Ad Widgets interactive advertising platform. FourthWall said the technology allows cable operators, or any distributor of interactive television commercials, to deploy new interactive ad units without the need for testing each individual interactive spot.

Rogers Communications posts lower Q2 net earnings on flat revenues

July 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. has reported a lower second-quarter net income of $405 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, while the telecom company struggled to add more wireless customers. Net profit was down 24 per cent from $532 million, or 93 cents, in the same quarter of 2013.

House authorizes death of CableCard

July 23, 2014 4:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives has reauthorized STELA. The cable industry had hoped to tack on provisions to reform retransmission consent rules, but the House declined. But the House did include language to end separable security requirements. In other words, the House has agreed to let the loathed CableCard die.

Charter Business offers to pay early termination fees

July 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Business is going after small businesses in its footprint by offering to buy out the early termination fees that are associated with switching to the cable operator. The buyout allows businesses that are locked into contracts to make the switch to Charter Business without bearing the brunt of the termination fees.

Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

July 23, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report.

Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

July 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's closing shares. 

NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

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