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Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

TWCBC tunes in HD video for healthcare facilities

March 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering healthcare facilities an HD video service that mimics the in-home viewing experience for patients. The service, which is called “HD Video for Healthcare,” provides HD video, free VOD programming, an interactive program guide and the ability to pause live TV to hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities.

In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

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Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

TWCBC earns another MEF certificate

February 27, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class  has now earned MEF CE 2.0 certifications for all eight service configurations, after receiving Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for its Wholesale E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) services.  

Sumitomo, Omnitron take another step toward DPoE

February 27, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems said they have verified their respective products for DOCSIS provisioning over Ethernet networks are interoperable. DPoE should end up being an important tool for cable operators offering business services, and interoperability demonstrations of this sort shows that the technology is that much closer to commercialization. 

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions scores Cisco certification

February 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is laying claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to achieve the CiscoMaster Service Provider Certification, which is under the auspices of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program.  

Cablevision's financial focus: happy customers

February 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost 18,000 video subs in its fourth quarter, with a net gain of only 6,000 Internet subscribers. With minimal opportunity to grow subscriber numbers, the company is trying to make everything more efficient for the customer. “Most of what we did was make the customer happier, and that’s what we’re pursuing," CEO James Dolan said. 

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MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

Rovi picks up Veveo for $62M

February 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Veveo’s recommendation engine continually learns and adapts to the requests of each individual viewer. That will be combined with Rovi’s search and recommendation capabilities, which are based on its extensive metadata, which includes detailed information and professional editorial on millions of movies, TV shows, sports programming, music, games, and books.

Cable pitches business services for health care industry

February 24, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The top strategic priorities for healthcare IT departments relate to digitizing medical records, and enabling more effective information exchange and collaboration. Yet many respondents also suggested that they don't have the necessary resources to meet their technology goals.

Comcast, Netflix ink interconnection agreement

February 24, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After rumors started boiling to the surface on Friday, yesterday Comcast and Netflix announced that they had signed an interconnection agreement that will give Netflix subscribers on Comcast’s network improved streaming video experiences. While the agreement does put Netflix closer to Comcast subscribers via regional interconnection points, it doesn’t allow Netflix to have its own servers on site.

Charter's FY 2013 marked by growth

February 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company put Time Warner Cable in to play, and walked away with nothing as erstwhile takeover partner Comcast decided to bid on its own, but Charter president and CEO Tom Rutledge said in the company’s conference call that Charter is still interested in growth through acquisition.

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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. 

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.

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.

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