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EchoStar’s Aria platform fades to black

April 24, 2012 1:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

EchoStar is abandoning its efforts to serve Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators in the United States with its Aria platform, which included its own brand of set-top boxes.

Bright House locks up home automation deployments in Fla.

April 23, 2012 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has hit the ground running in Florida with a feature-rich home automation and security system.

Cable Europe Labs certifies Cisco, Samsung, Technicolor products

April 20, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Europe Labs Certification Board also announced that a CMTS from Motorola has been granted a “verified for base feature set” label.

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Hiawatha Broadband experiments with Amino hybrid box

April 19, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Minnesota service provider is trying out the integration of OTT content.

Study: Set-top box shipments up, revenue largely flat

April 19, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Worldwide set-top box shipments spiked upwards by 13.7 percent compared with the previous year, but revenue was nearly flat, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research.

WOW buys Knology for $1.5B

April 18, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With Knology’s 275,000 subscribers, WOW becomes the country’s 13th-largest multichannel video programming distributor.

Dyyno blows down cost barrier for TV Everywhere

April 17, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Using low-cost servers, Android-based set-tops and a cloud-based partner, Dyyno puts TV Everywhere within the reach of small operators.

Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotional bundles

April 12, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Wireless are now offering cross-promotional bundles in Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City; and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Wal-Mart debuts $60 OTT box from D-Link

April 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

You do that Vudu that you do so well – Wal-Mart gets an exclusive on a box that will support its video service.

NCTC announces new hires, expanded agenda

April 11, 2012 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization makes a series of moves that will help its members better deal with IPTV, OTT and other recent networking issues.

Entone fuels hybrid TV deployment in Oklahoma

April 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Entone has hooked up with BTC Broadband to help provision a new hybrid TV service in Bixby, Okla.

Home automation: Comcast to add Technicolor touchscreen

April 9, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast has opened the floodgates on its Xfinity Home service, with plans to have it launched in virtually every system by year’s end, it will also start using a second touchscreen from Technicolor.

Amazon Prime Instant Video appears on the PlayStation 3

April 4, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sony is stealthily making its game console one of the more versatile OTT boxes.

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RGB’s just-in-time packaging streamlines multi-screen delivery

April 3, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The approach has the potential to dramatically cut storage costs.

WOW provisions Ultra TV with Sigma Systems

April 2, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator uses Sigma products to manage services on its new multi-room entertainment system.

TiVo Premiere available across 70% of Suddenlink’s footprint

March 30, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Also, Virgin Media announced it is adding TiVo boxes to some new bundles.

Shaw Business checks in with Wi-Fi service for medical centers

March 29, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Business, the commercial services arm of Shaw Communications, has inked an agreement to provide Wi-Fi, Internet and networking services to BC Biomedical Laboratories.

Cisco to buy ClearAccess’ software operation

March 28, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The acquisition would give Cisco direct title to critical software for home network visibility and management based on TR-069 standards.

Cable vet Carlucci onboard as Alticast’s CTO of Americas

March 27, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Interactive TV and middleware vendor Alticast has tapped cable industry veteran John Carlucci as its new chief technology officer for the Americas.

Carlson, Neul intro white space system for WISPs

March 27, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The wireless system is designed to get service providers up and running with minimal investment.

Lantiq’s new ADSL chips add onboard Ethernet support

March 27, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) are headed for gateways that can support Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Comcast opens doors on Xfinity Customer Center in Colo.

March 26, 2012 2:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is taking steps to improve its customers’ experience on several fronts, one of which includes the transformation of many of its customer service centers across its footprint.

TiVo fires back at Motorola in patent spat

March 26, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TiVo ups the stakes in a patent dispute with Verizon’s supplier of DVRs by dragging Time Warner Cable into the fray

All aboard the Buckeye Express: Buckeye bows 110 Mbps wideband tier

March 23, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched a DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband tier with download speeds of up to 110 Mbps.

CPE brought into IPv6 test process

March 23, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory will be testing gateways for IPv6 conformance during a mid-April testing event.

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