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Cablevision, YouTube pick up tech Emmys

August 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems has won an Emmy for Technology and Engineering for its network DVR. YouTube will also be getting an Emmy for its recommendation engine. These are the first two announcements about the technical Emmy’s, which are given out during the CES show. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences itself has yet to announce the full line-up of technical Emmy winners.

Time Warner's Q2 defined by ARPU strategy

August 1, 2013 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 earnings rose 6 percent, helped by higher revenue from business services and residential broadband. The company had a net loss of both basic video and phone customers, a result of the company has been deliberately targeting customers who provide “higher ARPU, higher profit and lower churn, even if that means fewer connects.”

CBS 2Q beats Street as TWC beef goes on

August 1, 2013 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. said Wednesday that net income rose 11 percent in the latest quarter, beating the expectations of analysts as the company continues to benefit from the types of fees that are at the center of a dispute with Time Warner Cable.  CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told investors on a conference call that the company remained resolute in its negotiations with Time Warner Cable.

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OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

NBCUniversal, data increase Comcast’s Q2 bottom line

July 31, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.

BCI, Antietam, Shentel all ally with OpenVault

July 30, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All three will use OpenVault’s solutions to collect and analyze network data to understand how subscribers are using broadband services and better forecast network requirements. These tools can also be used to provide subscribers with up to date usage information and automatically optimize available bandwidth across the network, helping to ensure a higher level of service for all subscribers.

Transparent caching startup Qwilt embroidered with $16M

July 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qwilt, a startup with a solution for relieving streaming traffic congestion on cable and other networks, has closed a third round of funding, hauling in another $16 million, bringing its capital tally to $40 million. The new funds will be used to expand international sales and engineering teams to service a potential client base of cable, broadband, and mobile service providers.

Comcast Business hooks up health network with Ethernet

July 30, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner. 

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NCTC’s members elect four directors to board

July 30, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced that its members had elected four directors to its board. The voting took place at the NCTC’s annual members meeting during The Independent Show in San Diego. Three of the elected board members are new to the NCTC’s board while one is a current director.

CBS chief exec says cable fee dispute unresolved

July 29, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dispute with Time Warner Cable was unresolved as a deadline loomed involving the availability of stations in three major markets, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves said Monday. If it's not settled, six CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Britt to retire from TWC at year’s end; Marcus to take the helm

July 25, 2013 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt will retire at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable’s board announced Thursday afternoon that Robert Marcus was elected to succeed Britt as the company’s new chairman and CEO. Britt, 64, will stay on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role after he retires. 

BCI taps former Cablevision/Bresnan exec Gibbs for commercial services post

July 25, 2013 8:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has brought a familiar face back into the fold with the recent hiring of John Gibbs as its senior vice president of business services. Gibbs previously served as regional vice present of commercial sales at Cablevision’s Optimum West division, and was at Bresnan Communications prior to Cablevision’s purchase of those systems.

Time Warner Cable, CBS agree on new extension

July 25, 2013 8:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the clock ticking last night on a new retransmission contract between Time Warner Cable and CBS, the two companies announced an extension that runs through 5 p.m. Monday. The second extension was announced at 11 p.m. EDT last night ahead of the  9 a.m. deadline on Thursday.

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Time Warner Cable launches new web portal

July 24, 2013 11:25 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Time Warner Cable’s former Road Runner website now that the nation’s second-largest cable operator has launched a new web portal. The new web portal, TWC Central, collects news, product and services information, social networking and entertainment on to one site under Time Warner Cable’s brand.

Cisco inks deal to buy Sourcefire for $2.37B

July 23, 2013 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Tuesday that it reached a deal to buy computer network security company Sourcefire for about $2.37 billion in cash. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $76 cash for each of the Columbia, Md.-based company's shares.

iControl leverages Android app developers for new products

July 23, 2013 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Control is putting its spurs to faster development cycles for its home automation apps by launching its FastTrack App Partner Program. The program will leverage the Android app development community in order to come up with new touch-screen applications for iControl’s home automation partners.

Verizon tops 5M FiOS video subs in Q2

July 18, 2013 4:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon reported that for its second quarter, it netted gains of 161,000 FiOS Internet and 140,000 FiOS video subscribers. Those video adds push Verizon’s video subscriber total up above 5 million. Net income at Verizon Communications was $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share, up 23 percent from a year ago.

Britain to review Huawei's UK-based cyber center

July 18, 2013 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Britain's most senior security officials has been assigned to review a cybersecurity center operated by Chinese company Huawei following concerns that the telecommunications firm — which is playing an increasingly large role in Britain's Internet infrastructure — can't be relied on to police its own systems.

GCI launches new business website

July 18, 2013 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. (GCI) took the wraps off a new business services website this week to help its customers learn more about its technologies and services. On the new site, GCI’s business customers can reference case studies from businesses such as Jack White Real Estate, CIRI Alaska Tourism and Associated General Contractors, among others.

Netflix poised to score Emmy nominations

July 17, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video universe that once meant simply broadcast television, then added cable and satellite, has splintered again to encompass websites including YouTube and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon. If Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" on Thursday become the first online contenders to nab top Emmy nominations, it will be a breakthrough moment for shows making a splash without the aid of a TV set.

Bright House Networks dials up hosted voice for SMBs

July 17, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Business Solutions is now offering small and medium-sized businesses a cloud-based VoIP service. The turnkey Hosted Voice service provides businesses with all of the necessary hardware, technology and tech support for one monthly price. Hosted voice gives SMBs a feature rich service without the need for using their own IT resources, or buying the equipment.

TOA Technologies gets huge $66M infusion

July 16, 2013 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Workforce management specialist TOA Technologies just raised a whopping $66 million from a venture capital company, money the company plans to use to for global expansion. The latest investment was from Technology Crossover Ventures. TCV's Tim McAdam will be joining TOA Technologies' board of directors.

MegaPath bows new business class Ethernet serivces

July 16, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the hopes of wooing commercial customers from cable operators, MegaPath has launched new business-class Ethernet services. MegaPath said its new, assymetrical Ethernet services were available in 517 central offices (COs) featuring speeds up to 50 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up, with the goal of availability in 700 COs and speeds up to 150/10 by the end of  the year.

FreedomPop raises another $5M for free wireless service

July 12, 2013 1:44 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FreedomPop is gearing up to make the jump from WiMax and hotspots to LTE and smartphones and it will have an extra $5 million in funding at its disposal for the transition. The freemium-model MVNO announced funding came in from existing investors in an A.1 series, bringing its total funding up to $16 million.

Softbank's acquisition of Sprint a done deal

July 11, 2013 1:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Following nine long months of bids, revised bids, public beefs and lawsuits, Sprint late yesterday announced the completion of its merger with Japanese carrier SoftBank. With Sprint absorbing Internet wholesaler Clearwire in a deal finalized Monday, both Sprint and Clearwire are now effectively under the control of SoftBank.

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