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Memory Lane - Switching signals

August 16, 2012 2:07 am | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”

Capital Currents - Skipping commercials

August 16, 2012 12:59 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.

S3 Group joins Comcast RDK party

August 15, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.

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Google axes 4,000 Motorola jobs

August 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The bloodletting has begun at Motorola Mobility, as Google said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs in an attempt to reenergize Motorola’s bottom line.

GreenPeak hooks up ZigBee connectivity for home automation

August 9, 2012 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services. 

IMJ naps top honors in CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase

August 7, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

IMJ Corp. emerged as the winner of an informal poll during CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase event that was part of the Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Broadcom takes wraps off of full-band diagnostic tools

August 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom will be showing its full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

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AT&T Mobile Share plans coming Aug. 23

August 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Customers will be able to sign up for a Mobile Share plan at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T.

New Products - August 2012

August 3, 2012 12:02 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 marked by seasonal disconnects

August 2, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.

Evolution, Rovi join forces on adding feature-rich guide to DTAs

August 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Digital transport adapter vendor Evolution Digital is working in tandem with Rovi on adding the latter’s electronic programming guide into its SD and HD DTAs.

Google licenses Rovi patents for fiber TV

August 2, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google and Rovi have signed a patent license agreement spanning several years for use in Google's long-awaited fiber pay-TV service.

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Sony's loss grows; it cuts earnings forecast

August 2, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's red ink worsened in the April-June quarter and it lowered its full-year earnings forecast as it battles a strong yen and declining sales of liquid-crystal display TVs and video game machines.

BlackArrow targets addressable ads with SIS offering

August 1, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow has fleshed out its advanced advertising arsenal with the addition of its Subscriber Information Service product.

Roku announces partners for Roku Stick

August 1, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.

Cisco wraps up purchase of NDS

July 31, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco has closed its $5 billion purchase of digital TV software and security vendor NDS Group.

Survey: Cisco edges Motorola for IP set-top box satisfaction

July 31, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.

Report: TV Everywhere on the cusp of breakout year

July 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.

Allot grabs Oversi for $16M

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.

Oracle to buy Xsigo Systems

July 31, 2012 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Business software maker Oracle has agreed to buy networking technology company Xsigo Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

Tales from decrypt

July 26, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.

BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

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