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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.

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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.

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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.

BigBand draws a bead on targeted ads for IPTV

October 27, 2011 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

BigBand has taken the wraps off of a targeted advertising application that lets IPTV video providers use “virtual zoning” to deliver ads to ad zones over linear TV.

Broadband, business services shine in TWC’s Q3 results

October 27, 2011 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To borrow a phrase from an infamous actor, Time Warner Cable’s high-speed Internet services were “winning” in the third quarter.

Cisco serves up wireless boxes to AT&T

October 25, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco is laying claim to an industry first with its new wireless IPTV receiver.

Fibertech Networks picks Ciena to provision backhaul network

October 24, 2011 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fibertech Networks has teamed up with Ciena for the build-out of a mobile backhaul network for an unnamed wireless service provider in Connecticut.

Sidera Networks expands colocation facility in Philly

October 21, 2011 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sidera announced this week that it has expanded its network into a corporate center in Virginia.

Cisco snags BNI Video for $99M

October 20, 2011 3:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco is forking out $99 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - Juniper Networks

October 20, 2011 10:37 am | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Juniper Networks is in the business of network innovation. From devices to data centers, from consumers to cloud providers, Juniper Networks delivers the software, silicon and systems that transform the experience and economics of networking. The company serves customers and partners worldwide, generating revenues exceeding $3 billion over the last year.

Building the iTV brand: Canoe releases guidelines for ExpandTV

October 18, 2011 4:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to promote interactive television among networks, advertisers and cable operators, Canoe Ventures has released usage guidelines for ExpandTV.

Broadcom tests DOCSIS-based EoC offering in China

October 18, 2011 3:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom said Chinese cable operators achieved strong quality of service results during a recent network test of Broadcom's DOCSIS-based Ethernet over Coax (EoC) cable architecture technology.

Harmonic to supply PRTC with transcoding

October 18, 2011 3:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

"It would have taken over a dozen devices from other vendors to provide the breadth of functionality found in the one-rack unit ProStream 1000 with ACE," said Tony Stout, CTO at PRTC. "Harmonic's ProStream with ACE technology gave us a cost-effective, highly flexible solution that delivers excellent video quality for our Mediaroom deployment, helping us gain a competitive advantage."

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