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Cisco snags NDS in $5B deal

March 15, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued video-based evolution of Cisco took a major leap forward with the news that it will buy digital TV software and security vendor NDS for $5 billion.

Dish Network’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform available

March 15, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network said that its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which it first introduced at CES earlier this year, is now available to its customers.

Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

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VZW closes purchase of spectrum in Poconos

March 15, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless closed its purchase of a regional wireless provider in northeast Pennsylvania from U.S. Cellular

Swisscom taps Net Insight for contribution system

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom Broadcast will use Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to transport live HD video, voice and data content.

TD-LTE: Ready for liftoff

March 15, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With its most high-profile backer sent back to the bench, does that mean TD-LTE is out of the running? Not by a long shot.

Buckeye gears up with Arris for home networking

March 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is gearing up for its long-term IP migration while attempting to win back customers in the short term with Arris’ hybrid QAM/IP video gateways.

Cablevision senior execs Blackley, Mayo resign

March 14, 2012 2:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The executive exodus continued at Cablevision with executive vice president of corporate engineering and technology James Blackley and executive vice president of consumer operations Kathleen “Kip” Mayo handing in their resignations.

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Cricket, Clearwire sign 5-year LTE deal

March 14, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications has signed a five-year agreement with Clearwire for wholesale access to its not-yet-built TD-LTE network.

Twin Lakes Telephone selects Entone’s managed TV system

March 14, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone announced that Twin Lakes Telephone will use the vendor’s FusionTV system to provide a unified set of video services for its customers.

Gerry wins 2012 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award

March 14, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced that Alan Gerry was named as the 2012 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient.

Ericsson snaps up Technicolor broadcast operation

March 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A relatively modest $25 million investment buys Ericsson a dominant position in the European broadcast market.

Kanouff joins Cablevision as an EVP

March 13, 2012 3:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The former SeaChange executive will be responsible for consumer-facing technologies.

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Optimum Lightpath offers dark fiber alternative for large businesses

March 13, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Lightpath is now offering a dark fiber solution that was designed to cut down on upfront operational costs.

In the media: Intel mulls ‘virtual cable operator’ play

March 13, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to break free of its computer-based roots, Intel is said to be soliciting programmers on a plan to create a “virtual cable operator” service that would stream video over the Internet.

Clearwire LTE plans intact as partner China Mobile hits snag

March 13, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire said its TD-LTE plans remain unchanged despite a major setback at key technology partner China Mobile.

Barnes & Noble hires former Cablevision exec as CFO

March 13, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble has named former Cablevision chief financial officer Michael Huseby as its new CFO.

T-Mobile USA joins RCA

March 13, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has joined the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), which bills itself as standing up for "competitive wireless providers" and is in frequent conflict with Verizon Wireless and AT&T

Charter all in with new customer guarantee program

March 12, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter said its Customer Guarantee program is backing up its dedication to customer service with financial commitments.

TWCBC completes Hudson Valley fiber project

March 12, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has wrapped up a fiber-optics project for TechCity Properties in the Hudson Valley that included installing fiber access points.

Dish closes DBSD, TerreStar buyouts

March 12, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has closed its acquisitions of satellite companies DBSD North America and TerreStar Networks, but its plans to use the companies' spectrum for an LTE network are a long way from being realized.

San Jose doubles down on free public Wi-Fi

March 12, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city will install equipment from Ruckus Wireless, covering its business district.

Ubee picks up femtocell start-up

March 12, 2012 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee expects to integrate its cable modems with AirWalk’s femtocells.

FCC demands more info on Verizon, cable marketing deal

March 9, 2012 4:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and four cable companies are being asked to provide more information to the FCC about a marketing and cross-selling agreement they signed at the same time they forged a multi-billion-dollar spectrum deal.

Mediacom’s Q4 revenues up; video subscribers down

March 9, 2012 4:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for last year and the fourth quarter, which included an increase in revenues and a loss of 67,000 basic video subscribers.

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