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Invidi secures another addressable ad patent

February 8, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The patent supports the company’s own addressable advertising system, which enables ad decisions to be made at individual set-top boxes based on information provided to the network by the devices.

In-Building Enterprise Connectivity – The Last 100 Yards

February 8, 2012 1:18 pm | by Matt Squire, former CTO of Overture Networks, and Andy Paff, managing director of Headwaters | Articles | Comments

When connecting a business customer with carrier Ethernet, the last 100 yards is critical.

In the media: Rogers, BCE take Apple’s iTV for a trial spin

February 7, 2012 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Apple’s TV sets have been the subject of rumor and conjecture for quite some time, especially since a biography on Steve Jobs said he had found a way to come up with an Apple-based TV user interface.

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Industry Canada clears Dish Network, TerreStar deal

February 7, 2012 1:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Industry Canada cleared Dish Network's acquisition of TerreStar's satellite spectrum across the United States' northern border.

Flingo raises $7M to expand device footprint, improve ACR

February 7, 2012 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of Flingo’s most recent clients is A+E Networks, which said it will introduce some social networking functions based on Flingo’s social TV capabilities on the A&E and History channels.

Report: Apple snags big chunk of Q4 smartphone sales

February 7, 2012 1:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android stood out as the top smartphone pick for those new to the market. Among the first-time smartphone buyers in the quarter, 57 percent purchased Android phones compared with just 34 percent who purchased iPhones.

Cable demos ad insertion in VOD stream

February 6, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The achievements of the latest interop at CableLabs move cable’s common ad platform a few steps closer to commercialization.

Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox

February 6, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

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Consolidated to buy SureWest Communications for $340.9M

February 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a move that merges two Tier 2 service providers, Consolidated Communications Holdings announced that it was buying SureWest Communications for roughly $340.9 million in cash and stock.

Dish protests AT&T’s rapid LTE build-out, affirms retail plans

February 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network wants the FCC to ignore a proposal from AT&T that it be forced to construct its LTE network faster than it had originally planned.

Google installing fast Internet service in Kansas City

February 6, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to begin construction on its long-awaited, super-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Kan.

SCTE announces committee chairs

February 6, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced the committee chairs that will lead its eight core groups.

Calix rolls with 12 more broadband stimulus projects

February 6, 2012 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The dozen service providers together have a total of about $153 million in stimulus money for projects across the United States.

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Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

Comcast hires former Cisco exec as SVP of finance and strategic planning

February 3, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inder Singh is responsible for Comcast Cable's forecasting, strategy, business trends, and long-range plan preparation.

ATX Networks buys Arcos Technologies

February 3, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The purchase price could total over $26 million; just less than half that amount is to be paid upfront, with much of the balance to be paid as royalties contingent on future sales.

MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Towns push back as Georgia tries to crush municipal broadband

February 3, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state government is set to consider legislation that backers claim will make public broadband networks play by the same rules as private service providers.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Evolution on evolution

February 3, 2012 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

February 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

Time Warner Cable's bid to buy Insight passes FCC muster

February 2, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission issued a memorandum order and opinion that gave its stamp of approval for Time Warner Cable to wrap up its purchase of Insight Communications.

Comcast extends contract with Amdocs

February 2, 2012 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amdocs said it is talking to Comcast about adopting additional products in its customer experience portfolio.

Kanouff leaves SeaChange

February 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said she will not be replaced and that the title of president will be eliminated as part of ongoing cost reduction measures.

Comcast's Coblitz to keynote SCTE's SEMI Forum

February 2, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has lined up a heavy-hitter for the keynote address at its upcoming SEMI Forum with Comcast's Mark Coblitz.

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