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TiVo strikes deal with GCI

August 21, 2012 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan telecommunications company GCI announced that it is going with TiVo for its next-generation whole-home TV platform. It will start deploying TiVo’s platform this year before offering it across its entire footprint next year. GCI will rely on TiVo to enable its whole-home platform.

The power equation: No factor too small or too big

August 20, 2012 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry as a whole has been working on ways to save energy for years, but there are plenty of ways to save much, much more. Ongoing efforts are now involving everything from increasing the efficiency of products as basic as power supplies, to improving chip design for telecom equipment, to a nascent effort to define a means to manage the energy consumption of every element of entire communications networks.

Options abound for boosting cable upstream speeds

August 20, 2012 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In a shot across the cable industry’s bow, Verizon rolled out a revamped data lineup that included significant speed upgrades on the return path earlier this summer. To go with its 300 Mbps downstream speed, Verizon is now offering an upstream speed of 65 Mbps in addition to 150/65, 75/35 and 50/25 tiers. Comcast’s highest return path speed can burst up to 20 Mbps, while Cablevision clocks in with 15 Mbps on the upstream.

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Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

SeaChange, TiVo extend Cardio to Cisco networks

August 16, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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