After making its debut last year, Bright House Networks Business Solutions’ “Set Back Box”—based HD video service is gaining traction throughout hospitality markets in Orlando and Tampa Bay, Fla. The set back boxes, which are provided by ADB, are unobtrusive devices that are mounted to the back of TVs in the hotels.
Cox Communications announced that Kristine Faulkner, who has played a key role in the company’s’ commercial services efforts, will lead the cable operator’s home security and home automation division. As the new vice president and general manager of Home Security and Smart Home, Faulkner will oversee all related operational strategies, including marketing, sales and customer experience.
Cisco has split its Service Provider Video Technology Group into two, with one operation handling largely software and the other mostly hardware. The company hired Joe Cozzolino, until recently the SVP and general manager of Network Infrastructure at Arris, to head the hardware portion of its business.
Ericsson wrapped up its acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. The operation will be integrated into the Ericsson group under the business unit support solutions, and will be called Ericsson Mediaroom as of today. The operation will continue to be managed from Silicon Valley.
Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy EasyTEL, which is a Tulsa, Okla.-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC.) The deal will give Cox Business better access to a metropolitan fiber network in order to provide voice, video and data services to area businesses.
After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.
Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense will deploy Hillcrest’s FreeSpace motion control software in its next-generation of Smart TVs and set-top boxes. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TV devices through in-air movements of a handheld remote control.
Amdocs said it plans to acquire Actix for approximately $120 million in cash. The privately-held Actix is a software company that specializes in mobile network optimization. The company said the acquisition will expand its customer experience portfolio further into the network domain to manage customer experience across both networks and IT.
Intel is testing its new set-top box designed for an over the top (OTT) service, with about 1,000 of its employees who work at its Oregon campus, in anticipation of a product launch later this year. The chip maker, which is testing a user interface and is trying to line up content, is about to widen its test with more employees.
The companies were in dispute over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.
The global enterprise router market saw a surge revenue in the most recent second quarter, but it’s too early to say whether the turnaround was complete. According to a report by Infonetics Research, the global enterprise router market totaled $945 million in the second quarter, up 12 percent from the first quarter, and up 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
The court-appointed receiver responsible for Alvarion is recommending a sale of the company for about $5.8 million in total, to Valley Telecom, which provides telecommunications services to an international clientele. The deal would be contingent upon approval of a plan to compensate Alvarion’s creditors.
Beijing Gehua CATV Network has deployed the company's equipment. Beijing Gehua is a Tier 1 operator that builds, manages, and maintains cable TV networks. Its network consists of the city's 16 districts and counties. It has approximately 4.98 million registered users.
Fandango is buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions Inc. to ramp up its promotional movie ticket and gift card business. Quantum owns Hollywood Movie Money, which offers a type of currency that can be used at the movie theaters that recognize it.
Amazon could be going full-service soon, using spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. The move would bridge the gap between Amazon’s hardware and web services. Much like Google’s own advances in connectivity, if Amazon’s network ambitions came to fruition, it would mean greater control for the company.
Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) has reorganized its management structure, essentially revising the job descriptions of several of its top executives so that they have specific responsibility for the company’s three lines of business.
Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.
The Oscar-winning actor says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn't recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when. "We no longer live in a world of appointment viewing," he said.
Somebody at Time Warner Cable noticed something about CBS that CBS apparently forgot – CBS broadcasts free over the air. TWC is going to offer free TV antennas to customers who’ve been blacked out from viewing CBS delivered on its cable plant.
Suddenlink Communications has signed a deal with Telarus that allows the latter to resell its portfolio of small, medium and enterprise broadband and voice services. The deal marked Suddenlink’s entry into the outside sales channel sector, which will help the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator reach higher-end business clientele.
Based on second quarter numbers for the carrier router and switch market, service providers started opening up their wallets in the second quarter of this year. Globally, service provider router and switch revenue was up 27 percent, to $4 billion, in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research.
Verizon’s announcement that it negotiated a retransmission consent agreement with CBS Corp. to distribute CBS on its FiOS network was a masterwork of veiled digs at Time Warner Cable, which is engaged in an epic battle of wills with the broadcaster over retrans fees.
This morning Cox Business announced a strategic partnership with ViaWest that will enable it to offer commercial customers secure fiber network connectivity along with compliant colocation and cloud infrastructure services. Cox Business will start offering ViaWest’s services to customers initially in its Las Vegas, Phoenix and Southern California markets.
AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement with Delta Air Lines to enable better in-flight mobile point-of-sale transactions by flight attendants. AT&T will equip Delta’s 19,000 flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 820 devices powered by Microsoft Dynamics mobile point-of-sale platform on Windows Phone 8.
Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television, and adding yet another data point pointing toward the weakening of the long relationship between content owners and traditional MVPDs.