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Bain-owned cable STB company files for bankruptcy

August 31, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable box repair company owned by the private equity firm Bain Capital is filing for bankruptcy protection, citing weakened demand for its services in recent years. Contec Holdings said it will continue to operate as usual during its Chapter 11 reorganization.

Pace’s software provides quick gateway updates to French provider

August 30, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

France’s Bouygues Telecom is installing Pace’s Helium Unified Gateway Software to enable faster rollouts of new services and apps across a range of gateway devices. Bouygues Telecom will sell Pace’s new Helium software across all of its new BBOX Sensation gateways, as well as legacy devices, in 1.3 million subscriber homes.

TiVo's Q2 loss narrows on DVR subscriber gains

August 30, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo whittled its losses as more subscribers signed up for the digital video recorders that turned the company into a household name. The results were highlighted by a gain of 230,000 subscribers. That left TiVo with 2.7 million subscribers.

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TiVo set to market multi-screen streamer

August 29, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

TiVo is preparing to hit the market with its retail transcoder/router that enables TiVo Premiere DVR users to distribute up to four simultaneous streams to Apple iOS devices. The TiVo Stream, announced earlier this year, will sell for $130 and will be available from TiVo on Sept. 6 and at Best Buy shortly thereafter.

Indian cable company goes with Envivio

August 27, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AJK is the first cable operator in India to use a single headend to serve the full range of display devices – TV set-top boxes, connected TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones – according to Envivio. AJK’s service, called Reena TV, is targeting more than 200,000 customers for their digital service.

Tek upgrades Sentry with RF monitoring

August 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix expands its family of solutions for network-wide video quality monitoring to complement monitoring in the digital domain. Tektronix introduced a new version of its video quality monitors that adds the ability to monitor video post-QAM RF video, complementing the ability to evaluate video quality in the digital domain.

Carlson antenna a big gain for white spaces

August 24, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Carlson announced a new antenna specifically designed to support the use of white-space spectrum. The company’s new omnidirectional base station antenna provides high gain across the entire UHF spectrum, which will help improve overall performance of white space transmissions.

Report: Cisco still No. 1 in router market; Huawei 2nd

August 23, 2012 3:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to worldwide router revenues, Cisco is still the top dog, but in a recent report, Huawei came in second overall. Overall, a report by Infonetics Research found that the global service provider router and switch market, including carrier Ethernet switches and IP edge and core routers, grew 4 percent, to $3.5 billion, in the second quarter of this year when compared to the previous quarter.

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MoCA ups Gelphman to VP of marketing, member relations

August 23, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) recently promoted Rob Gelphman to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and member relations. Prior to his promotion, Gelphman was chair of the marketing work group, a position he held for the last seven years. He continues to report to MoCA president Charles Cerino and the entire board of directors.

Lantiq prepares for VoLTE home gateway

August 22, 2012 3:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The chip designer is working with two software companies, D2 Technologies and Ecrio, to create a gateway reference design that will support voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in consumers’ homes. VoLTE, a software stack built around the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), provides native voice and other rich media services on LTE networks.

Harney takes helm at broadband start-up

August 21, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

INovo Broadband has hired former Cisco Systems executive Michael Harney as CEO. He’ll be reunited with a large handful of other veterans of the old Scientific Atlanta (acquired by Cisco) at the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) start-up.

TiVo strikes deal with GCI

August 21, 2012 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan telecommunications company GCI announced that it is going with TiVo for its next-generation whole-home TV platform. It will start deploying TiVo’s platform this year before offering it across its entire footprint next year. GCI will rely on TiVo to enable its whole-home platform.

The power equation: No factor too small or too big

August 20, 2012 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry as a whole has been working on ways to save energy for years, but there are plenty of ways to save much, much more. Ongoing efforts are now involving everything from increasing the efficiency of products as basic as power supplies, to improving chip design for telecom equipment, to a nascent effort to define a means to manage the energy consumption of every element of entire communications networks.

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Options abound for boosting cable upstream speeds

August 20, 2012 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In a shot across the cable industry’s bow, Verizon rolled out a revamped data lineup that included significant speed upgrades on the return path earlier this summer. To go with its 300 Mbps downstream speed, Verizon is now offering an upstream speed of 65 Mbps in addition to 150/65, 75/35 and 50/25 tiers. Comcast’s highest return path speed can burst up to 20 Mbps, while Cablevision clocks in with 15 Mbps on the upstream.

Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

SeaChange, TiVo extend Cardio to Cisco networks

August 16, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.

Memory Lane - Switching signals

August 16, 2012 2:07 am | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”

Capital Currents - Skipping commercials

August 16, 2012 12:59 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.

S3 Group joins Comcast RDK party

August 15, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.

Google axes 4,000 Motorola jobs

August 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The bloodletting has begun at Motorola Mobility, as Google said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs in an attempt to reenergize Motorola’s bottom line.

GreenPeak hooks up ZigBee connectivity for home automation

August 9, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services. 

IMJ naps top honors in CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase

August 7, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

IMJ Corp. emerged as the winner of an informal poll during CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase event that was part of the Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Broadcom takes wraps off of full-band diagnostic tools

August 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom will be showing its full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

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