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IBM buying big-data transfer specialist Aspera

December 19, 2013 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Companies that deal in content in one way or another rely on the technology to shorten production cycles, or to upload TV shows and movies to popular consumer services. The company’s technology, called fasp, is used by cable operators and other service providers for backbone transmission of video and other data.

Centerbridge drops LightSquared offer, clearing way for Dish

December 18, 2013 1:46 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the Centerbridge bid out of the way, the path is again open for Dish Network and the $2.2 billion stalking-horse bid it entered in LightSquared’s bankruptcy proceedings. Dish is pursuing LightSquared for access to its 35 MHz of spectrum licenses in the 1500 L band.

SCTE announces committee chairs

December 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SCTE board of directors chairman Terry Cordova recently confirmed his slate of individuals who will serve as chairs of the various board committees for the 2013-’14 board term, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced today.

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Comcast hires former Goldman Sachs exec as SVP, investor relations

December 17, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that former Goldman Sachs executive Jason Armstrong has joined the company as senior vice president, investor relations. Armstrong took over the position that was vacated by Marlene Dooner, who was recently appointed to the newly created role of executive vice president, Hispanic enterprises and content for NBCUniversal.

Comcast Business adds Swiftpage into Upware mix

December 17, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has expanded its Upware roster to include marketing and CRM vendor Swiftpage. Upware is divided into various “aisles” among cloud-based vendors that Comcast Business has picked to serve the small and medium-sized business sector, and Swiftpage was the first addition to the marketing and CRM aisle.

Charter to bid below $135 a share for Time Warner Cable

December 16, 2013 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc. is preparing to send a letter offering to buy the much larger Time Warner Cable Inc. for below $135 per share as early as Monday. That's according to a person familiar with the matter, who was unauthorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dyer to take over as CEO of Cox Enterprises

December 13, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Cox Communications executive John Dyer will take the helm of Cox Enterprises as its new president and CEO on Jan. 1. Dyer will assume leadership of the company following the retirement of outgoing CEO Jimmy W. Hayes. Dyer is currently Cox Enterprises’ chief operating officer.

Liberty Global revives bid for Ziggo

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global has returned to Ziggo with another offer to buy out the rest of the Dutch cable company. Ziggo rejected a bid from Liberty Global in October for being too low. Liberty Global already owns 28.5 percent of Ziggo. It also owns the country second largest cable company, UPC Nederland.

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Evans boards Comcast as EVP, global corporate development and strategy

December 12, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Corporation announced this morning that Alexander D. Evans would join the company this month as executive vice president, global corporate development and strategy. Evans will report to Michael Angelakis, who is vice chairman and chief financial Officer for Comcast.

TWC’s Marcus balks at debt-fueled deals

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

Incoming Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Rob Marcus said Monday that the company's current debt level is "prudent," even as other cable TV companies are reportedly examining adding debt to acquire it. Marcus, the chief operating officer who will replace Glenn Britt as chief executive on Jan. 1, told an investor conference in New York that the company's target of having debt that is 3.25 times its cash flow is appropriate.

US tech firms fight spying, protect interests

December 10, 2013 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Silicon Valley's technology companies speak out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, they are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits. The industry's profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency digs deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers.

In the media: Comcast lines up JPMorgan to advise on possible TWC bid

December 9, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The plot has thickened once again in the ongoing story of Time Warner Cable being bought out by another cable operator. Reuters reported that Comcast has turned to JPMorgan Chase & Co. for its expertise in case it decides to throw a bid on Time Warner Cable

Victor named SVP, finance and business operations for Comcast Business

December 9, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable announced this morning that effective immediately, Robert S. Victor was named senior vice president, finance and business operations, for Comcast Business. Victor reports to Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business, and Stephen Perez will join his team as vice president, financial planning and operations.

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Time Warner Cable promotes Lee to SVP, mergers and acquisitions

December 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that Christian Lee had been promoted to senior vice president, mergers and acquisitions effective Dec. 31. Separately, Rob Marcus, who will take over the reins of the company on Jan. 1, said in a Bloomberg story that he was “the perfect guy to manage the M&A component out there.”

Apple guides shoppers inside stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

GPS will tell you how to get to the nearest Apple store. With iBeacon, Apple hopes to guide you around once you're inside. On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using the technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Comcast Business names Merritt director of Mountain Region

December 5, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has hired Paul Merritt as the director for the company’s Mountain Region. In his new job, Merritt will be responsible for leading Comcast’s growth in the region as well as its expanding portfolio of business solutions and services, including Ethernet-based offerings.

Comcast Wholesale tabs Porch as VP & GM of AdDelivery

December 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Todd Porch, who has overseen digital advertising efforts at Yahoo, Nexstar and Broadcast.com, has been named vice president and general manager of Comcast Wholesale’s AdDelivery service. Prior to his appointment to the Comcast Wholesale senior leadership team, Porch spent four years as executive director of the 250-member advertising operations and account management unit at Yahoo.

Blue Ridge hooks up with Comporium for home management service

December 5, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Blue Ridge Communications has joined the Comporium Security, Monitoring and Automation (SMA) Dealer Program to deliver a home management service to its subscribers. Comporium’s service combines a security alarm system, communications gateway and home automation platform into one device.

Memory Lane: Highway star

December 3, 2013 7:07 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

There are grand and vocal disagreements flying about today as governments and private parties square off over the supposed usefulness of next-generation networks capable of hurtling digital data to everyday consumers at speeds of 1 gigabit per second or faster. Skeptics argue investing in super-fast networks is folly.

Ciciora’s Corner: Walt’s Laws on Ideas

December 3, 2013 7:00 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

I once heard a boss referred to as “leaves”. He went beyond “not being able to see the forest for the trees.” He couldn’t even see the trees for the leaves! But as the boss, his ideas had to be explored and even implemented. Most failed, but that was expected. He was involved in the early days of the organization and, as such, gained a position from which no one was able to dislodge him.

Engineering-wise: General principles

December 3, 2013 6:58 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Who better to turn to for advice on that than General Colin Powell? The Leadership Primer from the former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff is “must” reading: not just for those in the position of building teams and driving change, but for the broader workforce as well.

FCC declares more markets "competitive"

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission recently just designated as competitive dozens of markets in which Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks operate networks.  Once a market is certified as competitive, municipal and/or state rights to regulate basic cable service rates are revoked. Last week, the FCC exempted Cablevision from the same regulations in nearly two dozen markets.

Rutledge / Maffei: TWC not the only acquisition target out there

December 3, 2013 12:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Consolidation Waltz continues. Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge recently opined on CNBC that Charter does not need any more acquisitions to grow its business. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei, sitting in on the same interview session, said that for Charter, TWC is not the only possible acquisition target that might be “an attractive fit.”

Report: Service provider router/switch market to hit $20 billion by 2017

November 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The router and switch market for service providers continued to claw its way back in the most recent third quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research. Over the long haul, Infonetics forecasts the service provider router and switch market would grow at a 7 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, when it will reach $20.2 billion.

Rockefeller takes up cause of broadcaster collusion

November 27, 2013 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to not approve any merger deals among broadcasters while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates shared service agreements (SSA), in which broadcasters negotiate agreements on behalf of others in the same market, raising costs for local cable operators and their subscribers.

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