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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.

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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.

CableLabs opens doors on San Fran facility

November 21, 2011 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs employees will be better able to rub elbows with software developers, venture capitalists and other high-tech entities with the opening of its new office in San Francisco.

Comcast goes full-footprint with Dory gateway

November 21, 2011 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is preparing wider commercialization of its home gateway that combines an embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTA), a cable modem and a Wi-Fi router.

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Comporium Group's Brakefield top dog at Cable-Tec Games

November 18, 2011 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

From a field of 28 contestants, Comporium Group's Greg Brakefield emerged as the overall winner of the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games earlier this week.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Arris, Cisco ally on common C-band wavelength plan

November 15, 2011 6:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris and Cisco are pursuing a common wavelength management plan in the C-band (1550 nm), hoping that together they can head off potential problems as operators start migrating to multi-wavelength delivery using that band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.

Motorola multiplies edge QAM density

November 15, 2011 5:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Only six months after introducing its APEX1500 edge QAM, Motorola has delivered a new version with even greater port density.

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Bright House deploys Arcom's Hunter in Fla.

November 14, 2011 4:06 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

This follows a 2008 installation of Hunter in the Tampa market of the nation's sixth-largest operator.

CED's Cable-Tec Expo 2011 Show Dailies

November 14, 2011 10:56 am | by CED Magazine | Events

CED's complete coverage of Cable-Tec Expo - the industry's engineering show of the year. Expo provides vital access to the latest in cable technology, products and services, and 40-plus technical sessions.

Logitech bails on Google TV

November 11, 2011 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Logitech calculates that mistake cost it more than $100 million in operating profit in the year since the product was introduced.

SureWest climbs aboard BigBand's SDV bandwagon

November 10, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SureWest has dropped BigBand's switched digital video platform into its Kansas City system in order to free up bandwidth for more HD channels and pave the way for IPTV services.

Cisco's latest results show signs of turnaround

November 10, 2011 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems is showing signs of pulling a turnaround, exceeding analyst sales expectations for the second quarter in a row.

Arris extends Moxi label to entire whole-home solution

November 10, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It seems to be old brand week. While Motorola was reviving the Razr name, Arris has decided to affix the Moxi name to its entire whole-home product suite.

Charter signs on for Dallas data center

November 9, 2011 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Business will be offering its business customers in the Dallas/Forth Worth area more interconnection choices, thanks to a deal to use Cologix's Dallas-based data center.

Comcast debuts 100 Mbps, voice trunking service in Mich.

November 4, 2011 3:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Business wideband tier features up to 100 Mbps on the downstream and 10 Mbps on the upstream, which is up to 60 times faster than download speeds for a T1 line.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Wi-Fi Networks: A New Frontier for Cable Operators

November 4, 2011 1:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Wi-Fi is the new black when it comes to data services for cable operators. Not only does Wi-Fi reduce customer churn in the face of increased competition from telcos, it does so by leveraging the existing DOCSIS plant while laying the groundwork for new revenue services in the future.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

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