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Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

Engineering-Wise - Standardizing Cable Installation

January 1, 2012 12:46 am | by By Mark Dzuban President and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers | Articles | Comments

One of the persistent themes at Expo was the need to listen to the customer. There was repeated talk of understanding, anticipating and responding...

Capital Currents - Enhancing Energy Conservation

January 1, 2012 12:38 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of effort underway in the cable and consumer electronics industries to develop methods for conserving energy. Some of this is driven by the Energy Star 3.0 requirements for TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.

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New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

Miranda expects to fend off dissident shareholders

December 22, 2011 12:33 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Despite securing a huge new contract from NBC/Universal and driving a steady increase in share price, some shareholders insist Miranda management has diluted the value of the stock.

How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

SCTE taking nominations for Canadian engineering award

December 22, 2011 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is seeking nominations for its SCTE Canadian Engineering Professional of the Year Award that will be presented at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

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Sprint sues 4 cable giants over voice patents

December 21, 2011 1:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With Sprint's legal battle against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile effectively at an end, the operator is turning its attention to cable operators.

FCC rules for Tennis Channel in Comcast dispute

December 21, 2011 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has ruled in favor of the Tennis Channel in its dispute with Comcast.

Report: Worldwide pay-TV revenue to hit $236B at end of 2012

December 21, 2011 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide pay-TV market will generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, but cable’s share of the revenue pie will be down slightly, according to a study by ABI Research.

Report: Global STB shipments down slightly from 2010

December 21, 2011 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Due to the declining number of cable TV subscriber households and tighter capital expenditure budgets by cable operators, the global digital set-top box shipments for this year are on track for a 1 percent decrease from last year.

Judge sides with Microsoft in Moto patent dispute

December 21, 2011 1:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An administrative law judge issued an initial determination that Motorola Mobility is in violation of one of six Microsoft patents listed in a patent infringement suit filed by Microsoft against Motorola Mobility.

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Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Sidera Networks hires Heiden as president

December 20, 2011 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fiber-optics network service provider Sidera Networks announced that Clint Heiden was hired as its new president.

Report: Apple App Store best in revenue for 2011

December 20, 2011 2:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Android may be gaining market share hand over fist, Apple's iOS remains the top revenue-generating operating system for developers in 2011, according to Distimo's year-end report.

AT&T drops $39B T-Mobile bid; 'duopoly' averted

December 19, 2011 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices.

Charter names Rutledge president, CEO

December 19, 2011 10:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After it was announced that he was leaving Cablevision, Charter Communications announced that Tom Rutledge was its new president and CEO.

Bill aims to eliminate retrans rules

December 19, 2011 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act is highly unlikely for a number of reasons, however.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

Comcast sends heavy-hitters to speak at SCTE-Tuck program

December 19, 2011 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The second edition of the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth College will feature Comcast’s top three cable executives.

Optimum Lightpath lights up 5K NYC metro-area buildings

December 19, 2011 2:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath announced that its fiber-based service has connected more than 5,000 buildings in the New York metropolitan area that it serves.

Mediacom hires SVP for field ops/fulfillment

December 19, 2011 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has hired Vin Zachariah as senior vice president of field operations and fulfillment.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

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