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Roku announces partners for Roku Stick

August 1, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.

Cisco wraps up purchase of NDS

July 31, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco has closed its $5 billion purchase of digital TV software and security vendor NDS Group.

Survey: Cisco edges Motorola for IP set-top box satisfaction

July 31, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.

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Report: TV Everywhere on the cusp of breakout year

July 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.

Allot grabs Oversi for $16M

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.

Oracle to buy Xsigo Systems

July 31, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Oracle has agreed to buy networking technology company Xsigo Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

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BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.

Comcast goes platinum with new 305/65 data tier

July 24, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s reign for having the fastest downstream data speed in the United States proved to be short-lived now that Comcast is set to launch its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier.

Cisco plans 1,300 layoffs in new cost-cutting round

July 24, 2012 3:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco is cutting more employees from its payroll as part of a restructuring effort aimed at refocusing the company on its core strengths.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable add wireless markets

July 23, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two MSOs continue their ongoing rollouts of their bundles with Verizon Wireless.

BendBroadband adopts Evolution’s DTAs

July 23, 2012 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Evolution DTAs are “universal” inasmuch as they work on both Motorola and Cisco systems.

Buckeye CableSystem tunes up TV Everywhere with Azuki

July 23, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Azuki Media Platform includes adaptive streaming, entitlement and digital rights management (DRM).

Survey: 50% of operators to deploy caching, CDNs by 2014

July 23, 2012 1:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Service providers rated Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and Juniper as the top service provider edge router and/or carrier Ethernet switch vendors.

Marvell, Wilocity partner on tri-band Wi-Fi

July 23, 2012 1:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Marvell and Wilocity announced a new partnership to bring tri-band Wi-Fi solutions enabled with 802.11ad to market.

Dish’s Q2 subscriber loss smaller than expected

July 20, 2012 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network lost 10,000 net subscribers in the quarter, which was smaller than analysts predicted in a typically weak quarter for pay-TV operators.

FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

Report: North American cable modem sales up 50%, thanks to D3

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

DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts pushed cable modem sales to increase by more than 50 percent when compared with the same timeframe a year ago.

@ The Independent Show: SeaChange to demo multi-screen capabilities

July 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International will be at the Independent Show demonstrating software solutions that can enable small and mid-size cable operators to extend their services to tablets, smartphones, PCs and other devices.

@ The Independent Show: Adara’s hosted SDV system to be on display

July 18, 2012 9:02 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adara Technologies said Darien Communications in Georgia is using its hosted and managed switched digital video (SDV) service to enable the addition of hundreds of HD channels, as well as other services long the province of larger operators.

@ The Independent Show: Entone to show off hybrid TV system

July 18, 2012 8:54 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone will be touting an integrated product suite that one small operator said has put his company on equal footing with the big guys when it comes to advanced TV services.

@ The Independent Show: RGB enables multi-screen for all

July 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RGB Networks will be at The Independent Show highlighting how its digital and IP-based video products can be tailored for use by small- and medium-size operators.

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