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Report: CDN spending up, VOD servers down last year

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

The OTT broadcast and video streaming equipment market grew 5.6 percent worldwide last year thanks to increased spending on content delivery networks (CDNs.) On the flip side, spending on contribution encoders and VOD playout servers declined last year, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

Comcast Business debuts dual band gateway for SMBs

June 3, 2014 10:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Taking a page out of its residential playbook, Comcast Business is offering a dual band Wi-Fi gateway for small businesses. As part of its neighborhood Wi-Fi initiative, last year Comcast started deploying gateways with dual SSIDs, which is the same tack its taking with the new business wireless gateway. 

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New Apple Mac, home automation features coming this fall

June 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, even though the Mac and mobile systems are separate. 

AT&T re-enlists with Navy for VoIP service

June 2, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T Government Solutions, a division of AT&T that serves federal agencies, announced it had landed a $10.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide VoIP services to Navy facilities across the nation. The renewed contract provides AT&T’s cloud-based VoIP enterprise 911 routing and call handling offerings to the Navy via four geographically diverse AT&T data centers. 

Motorola to close Texas smartphone factory

June 2, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Motorola Mobility handset unit announced Friday it will shutter its North Texas factory by the end of this year, barely a year after it opened with much fanfare as the first smartphone assembly plant in the U.S. At the time, Google had explained its surprising decision by saying the location would enable it to fulfill customized, built-to-order devices and deliver them anywhere in the U.S. within five days. 

AT&T signs up to provide GigaPower near UT campus

May 30, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting Aug. 1, AT&T will be delivering its GigaPower service to a new student housing complex near the University of Texas in Austin. AT&T will provision its GigaPower service over a fiber-to-the-premise network to the housing complex, which is called “The Villas on 26th.”

Apple's Beats buy is two-sided for music streaming

May 30, 2014 12:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music-streaming industry: It's hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services. 

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Report: Deutsche Telekom accepts SoftBank’s offer for T-Mobile

May 29, 2014 1:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son has been loudly making a case for further consolidation in the U.S. wireless industry. Son’s arguments have suggested that a combined Sprint and T-Mobile would be better equipped to take on the “duopoly” of Verizon and AT&T as well as improve service and pricing for U.S. wireless consumers.

Apple seeks to get its groove on with $3B Beats buy 


May 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and recording impresario Jimmy Iovine. Wednesday's announcement comes nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media. 

Dish to become largest company to accept bitcoin

May 29, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network Corp. says it will become the largest company yet to accept payment in bitcoin. The satellite TV company says it will begin accepting the digital coins through payment processor Coinbase by September. Coinbase will instantly convert the bitcoins into cash, eliminating the risk of price fluctuations to Dish.

Amdocs offers MVPDs big data as a service

May 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs is now combining its TeraScale, Proactive Care and BI and Data Warehousing Services, and adding network optimization expertise it picked up with two recent acquisitions,  Actix and Celcite. The combination positions Amdocs to collect and process the flow of data that service providers generate to help them improve the customer experience.

Adtran powering Rock Hill's gigabit strategy

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

The town of Rock Hill, S.C., is working with Comporium to upgrade the area’s communications network to support data rates up to 1 Gbps. Comporium will deploy networking equipment from Adtran to create the service. The parties involved hope to attract businesses spur economic growth by becoming one of the only Gigabit communities in the region.

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Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

May 28, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study. Compensation experts say a variety of factors are at play, including the gain in media stocks, the intangible value of talent in a hit-or-miss business, the control of shareholder power in very few hands, and the decline of the financial sector.

This Technology expands management ranks

May 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This Technology has hired Rick Hamilton as vice president of global sales and Peter Faubert joined as chief financial officer, both based in Denver. Hamilton joins the company from SeaChange International, where he was senior vice president and general manager of that company's Americas sales operations.

Comcast’s Roberts ranks 10th among nation’s highest-paid CEOs

May 27, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was among the nation’s highest-paid CEOs last year, according to recent research by the Associated Press and executive pay research firm Equilar. Ranked 10th overall, Roberts pulled down $31.4 million last year, which was up 8 percent from the previous year. 

WDM market grows 12 percent

May 27, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The total wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) equipment market grew 12 percent in the trailing four quarter period that ended with the most recent first quarter, according to a new report by Dell’Oro Group. Huawei, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent and ZTE were ranked first through fourth in total WDM equipment market sales.

Workers in tech case likely to get average of $4K 


May 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers. The estimate is based upon an analysis of court documents in the case, including the terms of a $324.5 million settlement.

Indiana phone co-op buys local cable operator

May 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (PWRTC) is in the process of acquiring TV Cable of Winamac, aka Zing. The purchase price was not disclosed. Together, the operation will be able to provide a triple play bundle that combines the most advanced services of each.

Cable operators can cash in on international calls

May 22, 2014 5:35 pm | by Pete Pattullo, CEO, NetworkIP | Articles | Comments

An ILD platform solution offers cable TV operators the opportunity to increase their ILD revenues dramatically within months and to sustain that revenue growth over the long term. Further, the migration/integration process from the previous solution to the cloud-based platform requires only a few weeks to complete.

TWC sets a date for 300 Mbps tier in Austin

May 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting June 3, Time Warner Cable will debut its 300 Mbps tier to more than 100,000 customers in Austin, Texas. Back in February Time Warner Cable announced it would increase the speeds across six of its residential data plans at no additional cost. 

TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

By the numbers: good news/bad news with Q1 video subs

May 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The pay-TV universe expanded by about 260,000 subscribers in the first quarter. On the broadband side, that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. acquired nearly 1.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers.

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