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Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

Office Space: The Benefits of Fiber-to-the-Desktop for the Mobile Enterprise

March 14, 2014 6:43 pm | by Brian Caskey, Chief Marketing Officer, Zhone Technologies | Articles | Comments

Passive optical LAN is a solution that supports the changing corporate landscape by providing the simplicity, scale and bandwidth to address current and future demand, offering a distinct advantage over traditional copper solutions. Fiber technologies benefit stakeholders including employees, businesses and service providers.

Video industry racks up first annual overall loss of subscribers

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

How much cord-cutting was there in 2013? Not a lot, apparently. The bottom line for the year was the first industry-wide net loss of video subscribers, though the loss was incredibly modest –only about 105,000 in total. The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers.

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Liberty Media drops bid to buy rest of Sirius

March 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In January, Liberty announced a complex proposal that would have allowed it to obtain full ownership of Sirius. The deal would've valued Sirius at nearly $23 billion. Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement that the company may hold further discussions with Sirius depending on market conditions.

Rovi hires ex-Arris exec as EVP

March 14, 2014 12:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

John Burke will join Rovi as executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of product management, engineering, office of the CTO, and professional services.

Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

Smit, McCaskill lead 2014 Vanguard class

March 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Neil Smit, president & CEO, Comcast Cable and Patty McCaskill, senior vice president & chief programming officer, Suddenlink Communications, were announced as this year’s recipients of the cable industry’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Other Vanguard honorees include Cablevision's Yvette Kanouff, TWCBC's Phil Meeks, and Mediacom's John Pascarelli.

Report: There's money in them thar small cell networks

March 12, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MNO adoption of small cell technology will create a substantial new revenue opportunity available to cable MSOs and satellite providers to provide even more cellular backhaul support.  According to a survey sponsored by Amdocs, 70 percent of MNOs globally are prepared to also use small cell networks rolled out by or owned by a third-party.

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Wave buys fiber optic provider CPI

March 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, the parent company of Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it had bought fiber optics provider Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI) for an undisclosed sum. The deal provided Wave with a business services unit to compliment the residential services that it has been providing to consumers in CPI’s footprint for more than a decade.

In the media: Comcast might take on YouTube

March 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.

Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

Comcast challenging Disney's hold on tourism trade

March 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California and Florida theme parks, stepping outside its core business of telecommunications in an effort to boost revenue and profits.Recent moves by Comcast represent a challenge to the Walt Disney Co.'s tourism business in Orlando.

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Antitrust official recused from Comcast-TWC review

March 7, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department says its top antitrust official, Bill Baer, is recusing himself from the department's review of Comcast's $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. Spokeswoman Gina Talamona says that Baer, an assistant attorney general, was not heading the review due to some work he did while in private practice.

Cable One serves up Wi-Fi to small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has launched an on-site Wi-Fi service for small businesses in its footprint. The Wi-Fi service cost an additional $9.95 a month for small businesses that are subscribers to Cable One’s data service. On the gear side, Cable One is using SMC Networks to provision the service.

Cox Business simplifies cloud services for small businesses

March 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Businesses has streamlined cloud services for small businesses with the national launch of a new service. The service, which is called Essential Cloud, features tailor-made cloud offerings for businesses in four primary verticals; real estate, restaurant, professional services and personal services.

Verizon CEO: ObamaCare might be a boon for broadband providers

March 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Lowell McAdam thinks the Affordable Care Act could be a big growth opportunity for broadband service providers, given the “disruptive” potential Obamacare could have for the M2M market. Specifically, he saw health care providers needing to reduce costs and how that could drive growth in M2M connections.

TWCBC tunes in HD video for healthcare facilities

March 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering healthcare facilities an HD video service that mimics the in-home viewing experience for patients. The service, which is called “HD Video for Healthcare,” provides HD video, free VOD programming, an interactive program guide and the ability to pause live TV to hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities.

In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

TWCBC earns another MEF certificate

February 27, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class  has now earned MEF CE 2.0 certifications for all eight service configurations, after receiving Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for its Wholesale E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) services.  

Sumitomo, Omnitron take another step toward DPoE

February 27, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems said they have verified their respective products for DOCSIS provisioning over Ethernet networks are interoperable. DPoE should end up being an important tool for cable operators offering business services, and interoperability demonstrations of this sort shows that the technology is that much closer to commercialization. 

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions scores Cisco certification

February 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is laying claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to achieve the CiscoMaster Service Provider Certification, which is under the auspices of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program.  

Cablevision's financial focus: happy customers

February 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost 18,000 video subs in its fourth quarter, with a net gain of only 6,000 Internet subscribers. With minimal opportunity to grow subscriber numbers, the company is trying to make everything more efficient for the customer. “Most of what we did was make the customer happier, and that’s what we’re pursuing," CEO James Dolan said. 

MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

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