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SCTE hires Comcast's Davidson as new VP of engineering, network operations

January 3, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has beefed up its engineering team with the news that former Comcast exec Marty Davidson was hired as its vice president of engineering and network operations.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world...

IEEE all-in-one home networking standard progresses

December 21, 2011 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IEEE 1905.1, which bridges Wi-Fi, MoCA, Ethernet and HomePlug, takes an important step toward ratification.

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Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

Report: Global STB shipments down slightly from 2010

December 21, 2011 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Due to the declining number of cable TV subscriber households and tighter capital expenditure budgets by cable operators, the global digital set-top box shipments for this year are on track for a 1 percent decrease from last year.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Suddenlink offers any-room DVR with TiVo Premiere

December 15, 2011 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications subscribers that currently enjoy TiVo Premiere in their homes can now pause a recorded program in one room and resume watching it in another.

Alcatel-Lucent provisions 100 Gbps network in S. Amer.

December 15, 2011 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to gear from Alcatel-Lucent, Cablevision Argentina is laying claim to being the first cable operator in South America to deliver 100 Gbps speeds over an optical network.

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Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

Pace, Amino both name new CEOs

December 14, 2011 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There was an odd coincidence in the set-top box market, with both Amino Technologies and Pace announcing they are replacing their respective chief executives, effective immediately.

Cisco spends $850,000 to lobby in Q3

December 14, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, spent $850,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on corporate taxes and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

Using Pseudowire to Keep Up in Cell Backhaul

December 12, 2011 5:06 pm | by Chris York, product marketing manager at DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Cable operators have been in a strong position to address the demand for mobile backhaul and business services. The biggest impediment to satisfying that demand is that cable networks built to support primarily residential video and data services do not meet the SLA requirements of large enterprise customers.

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MPLS spec introduced for cell backhaul

December 12, 2011 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For anyone performing cell backhaul, there’s a new specification for handling wireless data traffic from a combination of traditional TDM networks and packet-based transport technologies as wireless operators migrate from 2G/3G to 4G and LTE services.

Time Warner Cable boosts data speeds, adds HD nets in Carolinas

December 9, 2011 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has ramped up the upstream and downstream speeds of several of its data tiers in its Carolinas system, as well as added more HD channels.

Charter goes commercial with TiVo multi-room

December 9, 2011 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications is going commercial with a whole-home solution using the TiVo Premiere box that it announced last January.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

SCTE, Georgia Tech partner on management development program

December 8, 2011 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its ongoing effort to provide professional development opportunities in the cable industry, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has teamed up with Georgia Tech on a new management development program.

Cisco names former Juniper exec mobility CTO

December 8, 2011 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco has named a former executive with rival Juniper Networks as the new chief technology officer for its mobile business.

Qualcomm paints HomePlug green

December 7, 2011 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qualcomm Atheros is sampling a green version of its HomePlug PHY circuitry aimed at supporting applications such as plug-in electrical vehicles, smart energy, Smart Grid and remote monitoring applications.

Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

Microsoft rolls out Xbox TV platform

December 5, 2011 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

Cisco tops in IP edge market; Huawei posts biggest loss

November 23, 2011 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco increased its carrier router and switch revenue, while Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Juniper Networks and ZTE all posted declines, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Boxee Box adds support for SlingPlayer

November 22, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee users will be able to take their content with them on the road now that the Boxee Box supports SlingPlayer.

Linksys sets up retail sales site in Europe

November 22, 2011 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Linksys operation is adding consumer retail to its website for European markets. The online store will help consumers to research and compare Linksys products and purchase directly for home delivery.

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