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TiVo fires back at Motorola in patent spat

March 26, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TiVo ups the stakes in a patent dispute with Verizon’s supplier of DVRs by dragging Time Warner Cable into the fray

All aboard the Buckeye Express: Buckeye bows 110 Mbps wideband tier

March 23, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched a DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband tier with download speeds of up to 110 Mbps.

CPE brought into IPv6 test process

March 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory will be testing gateways for IPv6 conformance during a mid-April testing event.

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Home network penetration tops 75%

March 23, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report by The Diffusion Group, eight out of 10 broadband-enabled households across the nation have home networks in place.

Broadcom buying BroadLight for about $195M

March 21, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Semiconductor company Broadcom is buying privately held BroadLight for about $195 million in order to expand its broadband access portfolio and help deliver next-generation technologies.

New set-tops could save millions of kilowatts a year

March 20, 2012 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The inclusion of a “light sleep” mode can help set-tops consume more than 20 percent less energy than boxes lacking the option.

Motorola Mobility, EdgeCast partner up on CDN offering

March 20, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has added a content delivery network option into its roster through a partnership with EdgeCast Networks that will also extend its reach globally.

BT picks IneoQuest system for service quality

March 20, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BT Wholesale will use IneoQuest’s Video Service Assurance solution to ensure the reliability and quality of its new TV Connect service

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Presto chango: IP&TV World Forum rebrands as TV Connect

March 20, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The IP&TV World Forum kicks off in London with the new name of TV Connect.

RVU protocol incorporated in DLNA

March 19, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move makes it easier for members, such as DirecTV, to keep a consistent interface across DLNA products in a home network.

Application performance management for enterprise WANs

March 16, 2012 5:06 pm | by Alcatel-Lucent | White Papers

Exponential-e is the first U.K. provider to offer its business customers an application performance management capability delivered from within its own network. This technical paper details the benefits available to Exponential-e's customers, as well as how the capability is deployed.

Comcast ready to jolt electronics industry on energy awareness

March 16, 2012 3:28 pm | by Special to CED | News | Comments

Cognizant of its new size and expanded influence, Comcast intends to push for better management of energy consumption in both network infrastructure and in the home.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Newtec demos 372 Mbps satellite broadband

March 9, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New modem technology from the vendor helps achieve faster throughputs on Ku-band systems.

Panasonic’s Viera Connect goes live with debut of HDTVs

March 9, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Viera Connect also includes a first foray into home broadband networking – with a fitness application.

Vevo launches redesign with Facebook in mind

March 9, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vevo is also planning to do "a lot" to migrate to TV screens and will soon be connected to game consoles.

Apple lets movies into iCloud, upgrades Apple TV

March 8, 2012 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movies from Sony and Disney will work on iCloud, but films from Comcast's Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox won't, at least initially.

In the media: Netflix cozying up to cable?

March 7, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is reportedly in discussions with some of the largest cable operators in the nation in regard to adding Netflix's streaming service to the MSOs' on-demand services.

Cox's tech support goes nationwide

March 7, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to alleviate customers' computer-related frustrations and cut down on truck rolls to their homes, Cox Communications' Cox Tech Solutions is now available across the cable operator's entire footprint.

Sprint said to nix LightSquared network deal

March 7, 2012 2:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is reportedly planning to end its network-sharing agreement with LightSquared, another setback for the struggling company.

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