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@ The Cable Show: Hey, do you remember the future?

May 23, 2012 10:10 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Is anyone ready for expanding the spectrum on their HFC networks to 1.7 GHz? DOCSIS transport at 1 Gbps? QAM modulation at 4,096 channels?

FourthWall signs licensing agreement with Microsoft for STB data

May 22, 2012 10:23 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media has inked a licensing agreement with Microsoft Advertising for set-top box data collection and a report processing system from Microsoft.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

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@ The Cable Show: Cable ecosystem turbo-charges speed-to-market cycles

May 21, 2012 4:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There’s definitely a need for speed when it comes to the innovation cycles for new products and services.

@ The Cable Show: Boston will soon get Xcalibur, renamed X1

May 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is set to commercialize the app, which turns the second screen into a remote control and a host for interactive applications complementing what’s on TV.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Itaas licenses Comcast’s tru2way RDK

May 21, 2012 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Itaas has signed a license agreement for Comcast’s Reference Development Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes, along with other open source components.

Azuki, D-Link partner on OTT sidecar

May 18, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The partners have devised a means to enable MSOs to provide multi-screen services without major upgrades to their existing QAM and set-top environment.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

This Technology adds former Broadbus CEO to its board

May 14, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dynamic ad insertion vendor This Technology has added former Motorola and Broadbus Technologies executive Jeffery Binder to its board of directors.

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Cable gets the lead out

May 11, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

CableLabs’ booth at the upcoming Cable Show will demonstrate how cable is moving at a gallop to innovate, with everything from augmented reality to a new way to tag and ID video content.

Verizon network upgrades target key business segments

May 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has deployed Ciena’s reconfigurable switching systems and plans to extend 100G networking to its Metro networks in 2013.

SeaChange sticks a fork in broadcast and storage unit sale

May 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After passing regulatory muster, SeaChange announced that it had completed the sale of its broadcast server and storage unit to a private investment group that has named the newly formed company XOR Media.

SeaChange’s Nitro Now breathes new life into older set-tops

May 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International has extended the shelf life of older, QAM-based set-top boxes with the release of its Nitro Now software.

AT&T announces IP-based remote home monitoring

May 7, 2012 2:35 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T said it plans to begin trials in Atlanta and Dallas this summer.

Verizon Wireless home broadband service goes national

May 2, 2012 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless’ HomeFusion LTE-based broadband service is targeted at markets that are unserved or underserved.

Dish enters into TV Everywhere deal with regional carrier

May 1, 2012 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Being “restricted” to satellite distribution is merely encouragement for Dish to pursue novel strategies for providing advanced services.

Home automation: The new frontier for service providers

April 30, 2012 7:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Home automation services have a long way to go before they reach the level of comfort portrayed in “The Jetsons,” but service providers are ramping up their efforts to provide their subscribers with home automation creature comforts that go beyond simple security cams.

Memory Lane - Getting game

April 30, 2012 6:14 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Sega Channel broke new ground in several ways: Not only did it suggest a networked future for the delivery of entertainment content, it forced cable companies to recognize the need to fine-tune their networks to accommodate new types of digital content.

LG beta program takes to the clouds

April 30, 2012 2:48 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Electronics is setting up shop on the cloud, with the beta opening of the LG Cloud service.

CED’s 2012 CTO Roundtable

April 29, 2012 11:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In this year’s Roundtable, our participants talk about how the ongoing evolution of the HFC network is nowhere near complete, with years of technological innovations yet to come that will support any number of new services and features.

CCAP: More than just box replacement

April 29, 2012 9:22 pm | by Jorge Salinger, vice president of access architecture, and Ty Pearman, director of access engineering, of Comcast | Articles | Comments

Many people have by now heard of the CCAP, so here is a quick summary of what CCAP is and does.

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