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SeaChange, Avail-TVN to demo VOD ad insertion

May 18, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have integrated their products to create a system that can place ads at any place within a VOD stream.

Contestants gear up for round 2 of SCTE IP Challenge

May 18, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Prospective combatants in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ IP Challenge can start gearing up for the challenge with online practice.

Comcast trades bandwidth cap for a threshold

May 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The MSO suspends its 250-GB-a-month usage allocation for all, effective immediately. On the way is a 300 GB allowance, plus the option to buy additional bandwidth.

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Comcast connects with Skype in 10 markets

May 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s HD video Skype service will be available to its subscribers in 10 markets, and it’s using an adapter box from Technicolor to provision the service.

Genova returns to Cablevision as EVP

May 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent spate of executives exiting the company, Jerry Genova has rejoined Cablevision as its executive vice president of network management and field operations.

Arris supports HTML5 in whole-home solution

May 17, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The Moxi box is getting an HTML5 browser, and the company is releasing a software development kit with the relevant APIs.

Incognito to demo IPDR system at Cable Show

May 17, 2012 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated system is designed to make sense of IPDR data so that MSOs can efficiently provide better, more efficient service.

Affinegy, Sigma Systems bring TR-069 to DOCSIS

May 17, 2012 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The two companies have combined their products to create a means of upgrading deployed DOCSIS 2.0 and DOCSIS 3.0 devices for management control.

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Sprint: Mergers on back burner, not off table

May 17, 2012 1:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to wait until it finishes upgrading its network before seriously considering merging with another company, but it is not altogether dismissing the possibility of a near-term deal.

De la Vega talks shared data, subsidies

May 17, 2012 1:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility President and CEO Ralph de la Vega hinted that his company is eyeing shared data plans, similar to those Verizon Wireless has said it will offer.

Time Warner Cable blends Vutopia into TV Everywhere mix

May 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable MoviePass subscribers now have access to Vutopia’s movie service on their PC and Mac computers and laptops across the cable operator’s entire footprint.

Cox, AT&T, T-Mobile among new spectrum swaps

May 16, 2012 2:39 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is buying eight 700 MHz lower B-block licenses off of Cox in areas of Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Virginia.

SeaChange, Tellabs cue up OTT ad targeting demo at Cable Show

May 16, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange and Tellabs will jointly demonstrate a new ad-targeting technology for over-the-top video that is based on Web browser activity.

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Unity Telecom preparing another OTT challenger

May 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based on Entone’s FusionTV platform, Unity TV will unite Web-based content with free-to-air channels using a scheme designed to avoid retrans agreements.

Verizon: Data sharing will end ARPU metric

May 16, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo revealed more than had previously been released about the company's plans to launch data sharing plans

Olympics coverage to air on MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo

May 16, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All three networks are owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal, which will use NBC and NBC Sports Network as the central platforms for the London Games.

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

ACA to FCC: Over-the-top companies are not MVPDs

May 15, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The legal distinction would give companies like Hulu and Netflix rights to programming they have not earned, the ACA argues.

Mediacom ups Commisso Weinand to EVP

May 15, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications recently promoted Italia Commisso Weinand to executive vice president of programming and human resources.

Shaw Business inks deal with city of Winnipeg

May 15, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw business has signed a multi-year deal to provide the city of Winnipeg with data networking, Internet and Wi-Fi services.

Adobe adds Comcast’s Banse, Cisco’s Calderoni to board

May 15, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Adobe Systems has added three new members to its board of directors, including executives from Comcast and Cisco.

Zayo to upgrade Chicago-Seattle backbone

May 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers are demanding lower latencies to and from huge data centers that have been built in the Northwest by the likes of Google and Facebook.

Survey: Phone company customer satisfaction evens out

May 15, 2012 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Customer Satisfaction Index puts Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless within two points of each other on a 100-point scale of customer satisfaction.

LightSquared files for Chapter 11

May 15, 2012 2:29 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Boeing Satellite Systems is its biggest unsecured creditor, with a disputed $7.5 million claim, followed by Alcatel-Lucent with a $7.3 million disputed claim.

Voyager Mobile launch stymied by malicious attack

May 15, 2012 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Voyager Mobile, the latest prepaid MVNO to resell Sprint’s 3G and WiMAX service, has delayed today’s launch because of an attack on its website.

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