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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.

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@ 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Articles | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

New Products - Nov/Dec 2011

November 3, 2011 9:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix Upgrades Sentry for Improved QoE ... Integra Telecom Bows Cloud Security Services ... Irdeto intros TV Services ... IBBS Helps Operators with Capacity Planning ... Anritsu Bows New Software for MP2100A BERTWave Series.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

Calix expands VDSL2 portfolio

November 2, 2011 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Calix has expanded its portfolio of VDSL2 products complementing its Ethernet Unified Access Platform (ESAP), aimed at covering some of the few remaining density options that clients might require.

ABI: Cable video gateway deployments to reach 10M by 2016

October 31, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable video gateway deployments will grow from less than 700,000 units in North America and Europe to more than 10 million by 2016.

Convergys consolidates Virgin Media inventory control

October 31, 2011 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media has consolidated 20 different equipment inventories onto a single inventory control system provided by Convergys.

MobiTV offers cloud-based TV Everywhere service

October 28, 2011 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

MobiTV is banking on its cloud-based video platform to provision TV Everywhere-type services for cable, satellite and IPTV video providers.

Swiss MSO will wholesale iControl in Europe

October 28, 2011 2:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom will begin offering iControl's broadband-based home monitoring and control systems to its customers in Switzerland.

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