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How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Articles | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Articles | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

Comcast-TWC: It's personal

February 13, 2014 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Malone is a tremendously astute executive, who knows full well that Wall Street loves a deal. Furthermore, TWC had been turning in some disappointing quarterly results, and Wall Streeters fervently despise disappointment. All that combined with the retirement of Glenn Britt, and TWC looked like a pretty good opportunity.

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Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

Former Cox exec Nagin convicted of taking bribes

February 12, 2014 5:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former News Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm. The federal jury found Nagin guilty of 20 of 21 counts against him.

SCTE Foundation names board for coming year

February 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s Tony Werner, Bright House Networks’ Nomi Bergman, opXL’s Tom Gorman and Time Warner Cable’s Christine Whitaker will serve as officers of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) Foundation for the 2013-’14 term, the SCTE Foundation Board.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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Fearless Predictions for 2014

February 11, 2014 8:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

"The Internet of Everything"? Some of the greatest marketers of the age got together and came up with a phrase only slightly less awkward than twerking. They’re amazing in that sort of so not-amazing-at-all way that you have to sort of admire them.

Memory Lane: A broadband alternative heats up

February 11, 2014 7:35 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

In the fall of 1948, when the FCC took a breather to think carefully about how to orchestrate the development of TV broadcasting, the commission couldn’t have dreamed it would be influencing the development of broadband Internet access. But the decisions it made have done just that.

Engineering-wise: Prepping tomorrow's workforce today

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm | by Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

Whether workers are customer-facing or in behind-the-scenes operational capacities, our programs are intended to provide the education that will make them well-versed in technology and savvy about the industry in which they work. Operators are seeing the value.

Ciciora’s Corner: Failure

February 11, 2014 7:17 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Failure stings engineers and technologists a lot less than other folks. That’s because we experience it as part of our work and we expect it in at least small measures. Non-technical folks are devastated by failure; they don’t know how to handle it. Technical folks aren’t happy about failure, but see it as a learning opportunity.

Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

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Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

AT&T aims to buy Cable One spectrum licenses

February 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s potential deal with Cable One marks the second significant spectrum transaction already this year for the carrier. In January, AT&T announced it was buying from Aloha Partners 49 AWS licenses covering approximately 50 million people in 14 states including California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Ericsson doubles down on multiscreen with Azuki purchase

February 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson said it “will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies.” The Azuki Media Platform manages both live and on-demand content for multi-screen delivery, complete with ad insertion.

CSG has got your back in cyber attacks

February 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International announced this morning the worldwide launch of its new cyber security platform, which was designed for the enterprise security sector. CSG applied its 30-years of experience in telecommunications technology to its new enterprise security business, which is known as “CSG Invotas.”

Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. 

Cisco and Samsung strike patent agreement

February 6, 2014 12:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Wednesday that they have struck a patent cross-license agreement aimed at reducing the risk of potential legal disputes. Under the arrangement, both companies gain access to the other's patent portfolios. This includes existing patents and those filed over the next 10 years.

Alcatel-Lucent inks deal with China Huaxin

February 6, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter.

Negotiating with subs now part of Canadian SOP

February 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Where in the U.S. customers consider cutting the cord, the competitive landscape in Canada is such that it is now standard operating procedure (SOP) for subscribers to negotiate with their service providers on bundle prices. Canada's big telecom companies are prepared to deal on price if it means keeping their customers away from the competition.

Taqua offers MSOs an easy wireless play

February 4, 2014 8:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor is shopping a way for cable operators to get into the mobile phone business far cheaper, quicker, and easier than any scheme that MSOs have come up with to date. The basic idea is to flip the dual-mode phone model on its head. MSOs would own, operate, and manage the service.

NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

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