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Charter gears up for interactive ads with FourthWall’s widgets

April 12, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is setting the stage for interactive advertising by deploying FourthWall Media’s Ad Widgets in 800,000 digital homes across five markets.

Comcast gives Fenway Park a Metro E makeover

April 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

One of the nation’s most hallowed baseball parks has stepped into the future with the installation of Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet service.

Wal-Mart debuts $60 OTT box from D-Link

April 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

You do that Vudu that you do so well – Wal-Mart gets an exclusive on a box that will support its video service.


VTel to expand IPTV reach

April 12, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier will use equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to bring fiber-based broadband to rural Vermont customers.

Analyst: Verizon upgrade fee to bring in $1B

April 12, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk said the charge could add about $1 billion to the company's annual earnings before taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Sony to ax 10,000 workers in restructuring

April 12, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As expected, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai plans to slash 10,000 jobs from the company’s workforce as Sony works to turn around its business amid worst-ever projected losses.

Review: Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

April 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart is testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker – it will provide free streaming rights to movies that customers can prove they own.

Shaw continues to climb Wi-Fi learning curve

April 11, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw’s Wi-Fi trial is still ongoing with its customers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, and the lessons learned from the trial are creating the framework for broader rollouts of the service.


Dell creates CDN server system

April 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Dell servers running software from EdgeCast and Elemental will help service providers target the enterprise market.

Lightpath carrying uncompressed HD

April 11, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new capability supports media companies used to sharing and working with unprocessed video.

Elemental Tech busy with collaborations

April 11, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The video processing specialist adds support for MPEG DASH and CALM Act compliance.

Elevate expands Sprint MVNO deal, adds WiMAX

April 11, 2012 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Elevate said it will use Clearwire's WiMAX network for fixed and mobile broadband services through an expanded MVNO deal with Sprint.

NCTC announces new hires, expanded agenda

April 11, 2012 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization makes a series of moves that will help its members better deal with IPTV, OTT and other recent networking issues.


NAMIC announces 2012 Next Generation Leader Awards

April 11, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications recently announced the winners of its 2012 Next Generation Leaders Awards.

Best Buy CEO resigns amid investigation

April 11, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn resigned amid an ongoing investigation into what the company called his "personal conduct."

Entone fuels hybrid TV deployment in Oklahoma

April 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Entone has hooked up with BTC Broadband to help provision a new hybrid TV service in Bixby, Okla.

Tribune Broadcasting, DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 10, 2012 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal restores broadcast signals in 19 DirecTV markets.

Boston regains power to regulate basic cable

April 10, 2012 5:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

And do we think the atmosphere at The Cable Show in Boston next month might be a little tense?

TiVo users in Bay Area tap into Comcast’s VOD streams

April 10, 2012 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo and Comcast’s long-term relationship has been somewhat consummated with the news that Comcast is letting subscribers in its San Francisco system access its Xfinity on-demand content through TiVo Premiere boxes.

Home automation: Comcast to add Technicolor touchscreen

April 9, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast has opened the floodgates on its Xfinity Home service, with plans to have it launched in virtually every system by year’s end, it will also start using a second touchscreen from Technicolor.

Hargray to acquire Charter system in South Carolina

April 9, 2012 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hargray Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Charter Communications’ Beaufort County cable system in South Carolina that serves about 7,000 subscribers.

Key to Netflix's future: Better recommendations

April 9, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix executives John Ciancutti and Todd Yellin are trying to create a video recommendation system that knows you better than an old friend. It's a critical mission as Netflix faces pressure.

Research: Digital return tech will outstrip analog by 2014

April 9, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study by optical transport vendor Aurora Networks, digital return path technologies will surpass analog by 2014 as cable operators’ preferred choice to meet the increase in upstream demands.

Leap, T-Mobile swap AWS spectrum

April 9, 2012 2:07 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile and Leap Wireless plan to swap spectrum in a number of markets as they work to find additional bandwidth for their respective LTE networks.

Reports: Sony to cut 10,000 jobs over next year

April 9, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony will cut about 10,000 jobs worldwide as it tries to return to profit.

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