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AT&T reveals Austin areas to get gigabit broadband

November 5, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 The company has not yet announced pricing for the service. AT&T did say that the initial maximum speed for the network would be 300 Mbps, and that subscribers to the 300 Mbps tier would automatically get a free boost to 1 Gbps when AT&T accelerates the network to those speeds, sometime in 2014.

AT&T’s Digital Life service drops into six more markets

November 4, 2013 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” will soon be available in six new markets. Starting Friday, Digital Life, which made its debut earlier this year, will launch in Bridgeport, Conn., Colorado Springs, Colo., Memphis, Mobile, Ala., New Haven, Conn., and Pensacola, Fla.

Former Moto execs to exit Arris’ executive team

November 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris announced Friday afternoon that former Motorola Home executives Rob McLaughlin and John Burke were leaving the company at the end of the month to “pursue other opportunities.” McLaughlin is the leader of Arris’ North America sales and global marketing and communications team while  Burke is in charge of the company’s cloud solutions team and its corporate strategy and development team.

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Cable One begins whole-home service

November 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With this new Whole Home DVR service, Cable One customers can start watching a recorded show in one room, hit pause, and finish in another; record four HD shows at once with up to 650 hours of recording time; and search for content by title, actor, category or keyword using the Advanced TiVo Guide.

TWC, BHN extend carriage deal with Sprout

November 1, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have extended their carriage agreement with children’s network Sprout. The deal brought Sprout into new cable operator markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla.; Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, N.Y.; Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Kansas City, Miss. and more.

Live From the Show: SeaChange International

October 31, 2013 8:56 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

SeaChange VP of Strategic Marketing Alan Hoff explains how the new Cloud Adrenalin product is particularly appropriate for smaller companies looking to fend off over-the-top competition with a multi-screen product they can deploy quickly and economically.

Live From the Show: RGB Networks

October 31, 2013 8:21 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

RGB Networks introduced a new service that enables its customers to develop and implement their own cloud-based services, relying on RGB expertise gained from providing products that include cloud-based nDVR and cloud-based multi-screen digital ad insertion.

CableLabs publishes DOCSIS spec

October 31, 2013 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization just posted its DOCSIS 3.1 PHY (physical layer) and MULPI (MAC and upper layer protocol) specifications. DOCSIS 3.1 is the technological underpinning of the cable industry’s roadmap for providing competitive IP-based services for the next 10 to 20 years. It provides for an expansion of capabilities and features in the IP portion of cable operators’ networks.

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CBS dustup puts black eye on TWC’s Q3

October 31, 2013 1:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The month-long blackout of CBS programming put a damper on Time Warner Cable’s third quarter results, which included the loss of 306,000 residential TV subscribers in the quarter. While the amount of video subscribers lost in the third quarter exceeded analysts’ expectations of 183,000, Time Warner Cable also bled 24,000 data subscribers and 128,000 voice customers on the residential side.

Last call for Britt

October 31, 2013 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

After 41 years in the cable industry, Time Warner Cable CEO and Chairman Glenn Britt took part in his last quarterly earnings conference call this morning. Britt spent about the first 20 minutes of the call with analysts speaking about the state of the cable industry in general while providing his own views and experiences.

Cable-Tec Expo Show Daily: Day 1

October 30, 2013 8:58 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

In this issue: Imagine |  Elemental Technologies  |  Aurora Networks |  Envivio |  RGB Networks |  Electroline |  Effigis |  Concurrent |  Volicon |  CommScope |  Triveni Digital |  RFMD |  InnoTrans |  Evolution |  Tektronix |  Active Broadband |  Netcracker |  ATX |  Witbe |  Arris

In the media: Intel to bag OTT dreams

October 30, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intel was known to be interested in developing a web-based television service, but the move put the company in an awkward position. One division sells semiconductors used in to make cable modems and set-tops for the cable industry, while another division, Intel Media, was trying to become a direct competitor to MSOs.

Senate confirms Wheeler, O’Rielly to FCC

October 30, 2013 1:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wheeler, appointed by President Obama in May, comes to the Commission from his work with venture capital firm Core Capital. Wheeler was also president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and was CEO of CTIA until 2004, when Steve Largent took over the post.

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Comcast cable revenue up; X1 a big success

October 30, 2013 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company reported that the accelerated rollout of the X1 interface has led to a significant increase in VOD viewing, and a meaningful reduction in churn. The company was mum on Netflix, but CEO Brian Roberts said the first fruits of its deal with Twitter should arrive sometime within the next few weeks.

Time Warner Cable’s Britt undergoing cancer treatment

October 30, 2013 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt is undergoing treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Britt acknowledged in a company-wide memo yesterday that a few weeks ago he had been diagnosed with cancer after having issues with his voice since this summer.

Atlantic Broadband first MSO to deploy TiVo’s Roamio

October 30, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Atlantic Broadband laid claim to being the first cable operator to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR platform. The six-tuner Roamio boxes launched today in Cumberland, M.D. with additional deployments slated this year in Miami and Aiken S.C.

Redbox Instant debuts on PlayStation3

October 29, 2013 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Redbox Instant will come with a new recommendation feature that Verizon and Sony built specifically for the PlayStation. Called The Playlist, it will be featured on the PS3’s main dashboard. The two companies describe it as a curated, rotating collection of movies that highlights titles from the service’s library.

Comcast bows new disability support offerings

October 28, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has thrown its support behind viewers with disabilities by creating a dedicated accessibility customer team support as well as opening an accessibility product and development lab. As part of October’s National Disability Awareness Month, Comcast is also offering a special collection of disability-themed programming on its VOD platform.

Synacor debuts white-label auto authentication for TVE

October 28, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Synacor laid claim to being the first vendor in the industry to launch an in-home white label auto authentication platform for TV Everywhere services. Auto authentication would reduce one of the chokepoints of deploying multi-screen services, and Synacor’s offering recognizes a user’s broadband network-based pay-TV account for at-home mobile access or connects via a user’s social media login.

Arista, Fox demo transfer of uncompressed HD

October 25, 2013 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arista Networks has demonstrated the ability to deliver uncompressed HD-SDI video over an IP network at wire rate. Fox and Arista said they expect all video production and distribution companies will eventually choose to not compress video during file transfers. The capability could be useful for sharing HD files with cable networks and other MVPDs.

SCTE says Expo attendance up 6 percent

October 25, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendance at this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta was somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,8000, which was a 6 percent increase over last year’s event that was held in Orlando. Attendance at the flagship event by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers was boosted by the “DOCSIS 3.1 engineering” and “Creating the cable generalist” pre-conference symposiums.

TWC, BHN to carry Al Jazeera America

October 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America say they've reached a deal for the cable company to start carrying the channel. Al Jazeera America will be launched over the next six months on digital basic cable services in Time Warner Cable as well as Bright House Networks markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

TiVo enables viewing of recordings outside home

October 25, 2013 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they're away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo's Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn't working when the devices launched in August.

Chip growth leads Samsung to another record profit

October 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

amsung Electronics Co. reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to 8 trillion won ($7.5 billion).

AT&T posts higher 3Q profit as revenue grows

October 24, 2013 10:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported its U-verse TV and Internet service reached 10 million subscribers during the third quarter, with one of the biggest gains in TV viewers in the history of the service. AT&T's third-quarter profit and revenue increased as the nation's largest telecommunications company added more smartphone and broadband subscribers.

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