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Entropic nabs Trident for $65M

February 27, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The acquisition gets the MoCA chip specialist into general set-top silicon.

Arris demos converged video on universal QAM

February 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kabel Deutschland is using Arris' D5 Universal Edge QAM to deliver DVB-C2 video to a Sony TV equipped with a DVB-C2 tuner.

Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

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TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

February 22, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will integrate chips from Quantenna to support the multi-room distribution of HD video.

CMC offers CDN-based VOD service to cable ops

February 21, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Via its Comcast Media Center subsidiary, Comcast is letting other cable operators tap into its content delivery network in order to provision video-on-demand services.

Evolution Digital's DTAs available through NCTC

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

NCTC members will be able to get Evolution's DTAs and TiVo DVRs at lower prices through NCTC volume purchasing.

Research: IP-based home security services on the rise

February 17, 2012 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to Parks Associates, more than 20 percent of households across the nation will have installed IP-based multi-service home networks by 2015.

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Study: Optical network equipment up 8% in Q4

February 17, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by a surge from large vendors, spending on optical equipment grew 8 percent globally during the fourth quarter.

NewNet sees opportunity in WiMAX

February 16, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NewNet's announcement that it has officially closed an acquisition of Nokia Siemens' WiMAX business (originally Motorola's WiMAX business) is a reminder that the technology might still afford a healthy business opportunity, although not perhaps as a strictly consumer-facing mobility solution.

Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

TWC reaches out to PCs, Macs with live streaming app

February 15, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has queued up live streaming on PCs and Macs via its TWC TV app.

Start-up that streams broadcast TV picks up $20M in venture funds

February 14, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IAC Chairman Barry Diller takes a seat on the board of Aereo, which has devised a new over-the-top scheme based on antenna farms and network DVRs.

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LaJoie keynote speaker at SCTE Canadian Summit

February 14, 2012 3:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable executive vice president and CTO Mike LaJoie will be the keynote speaker at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

Research: OTN transport, switching to hit $10.6B by 2015

February 14, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Global manufacturer revenue from optical transport network (OTN) transport equipment and switching equipment will reach $10.6 billion by 2015, according to a new research report.

Suddenlink has TiVo’s Premiere in 40+ communities

February 10, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the addition of four more communities in Texas, Suddenlink Communications has the TiVo Premiere DVR available in more than 40 communities across its footprint.

More on Shaw’s network upgrades for Exo branding

February 10, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Shaw Communications CTO Dennis Steiger provides a few more details on the company’s engineering efforts that are behind its Exo brand.

Shaw’s engineering efforts pay off with launch of Exo

February 9, 2012 4:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Exo features HD signals in a higher, less compressed bit rate for improved quality and a larger selection of on-demand titles in full 1080p HD, along with fiber-based Internet speeds of up to 250 Mbps.

Cisco beats estimates with Q2 earnings, sales

February 9, 2012 4:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, said that its net income jumped 44 percent in the latest quarter as it continues to put last year's slump behind it.

Stoke ups ante on Wi-Fi offload

February 9, 2012 4:30 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Mobile broadband start-up Stoke has come out with a new network gateway designed to make it easier for operators to dump network-clogging data traffic onto Wi-Fi connections.

Cable’s not-Romney

February 9, 2012 4:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

And now it’s Boxee versus the cable industry, which should be making cable nervous. We’ve seen this David vs. Goliath thing before, with TiVo in the Boxee role, and it didn’t end well for cable.

Cox opens new distribution center in Virginia

February 8, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications partnered with Communications Test Design Inc. (CTDI) on a new 72,000-square-foot distribution center in Chesapeake, Va.

Invidi secures another addressable ad patent

February 8, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The patent supports the company’s own addressable advertising system, which enables ad decisions to be made at individual set-top boxes based on information provided to the network by the devices.

In-Building Enterprise Connectivity – The Last 100 Yards

February 8, 2012 1:18 pm | by Matt Squire, former CTO of Overture Networks, and Andy Paff, managing director of Headwaters | Articles | Comments

When connecting a business customer with carrier Ethernet, the last 100 yards is critical.

In the media: Rogers, BCE take Apple’s iTV for a trial spin

February 7, 2012 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Apple’s TV sets have been the subject of rumor and conjecture for quite some time, especially since a biography on Steve Jobs said he had found a way to come up with an Apple-based TV user interface.

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