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Comcast Business hooks up health network with Ethernet

July 30, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner. 

GCI adds former NBCU exec Baker to board

July 30, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

General Communication, Inc. (GCI) announced that former NBCUniversal executive Bridget Baker was appointed to its board of directors. With Baker’s appointment, GCI said it had expanded its board to nine members. Baker was a founder of CNBC and NBCUniversal's first president of TV Networks Distribution.

Elemental transcodes for German public broadcaster

July 29, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has deployed Elemental Technologies’ Elemental Live video processing systems to encode live content. Elemental systems allow NDR to create video streams of program broadcasts, news and special events for publicly and freely accessible web portals and mobile apps.

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Comcast’s HITS squeezes more HD out of MPEG-2

July 29, 2013 11:59 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HITS, a division of Comcast Wholesale, is utilizing advanced video compression technology to further expand its HITS Q2 MPEG-2 satellite-based content distribution platform. The improved technology allowed HITS to bolster its HITS Quantum SD/HD platform with the addition of 10 HD channels and three new SD channels. 

Charter clears deck for all digital in Southern Calif.

July 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is gearing for its next all-digital conversion project. Next month Charter will start clearing out analog signals in Long Beach, Glendale and Burbank in order to offer its subscribers 185 HD channels by the time the conversion is finished in October.

Britt to retire from TWC at year’s end; Marcus to take the helm

July 25, 2013 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt will retire at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable’s board announced Thursday afternoon that Robert Marcus was elected to succeed Britt as the company’s new chairman and CEO. Britt, 64, will stay on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role after he retires. 

Google unveils new Internet TV device

July 25, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market. The fancier devices unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco will go on sale in the U.S next Tuesday in Google's online store and numerous retailers with brick-and-mortar stores. 

Time Warner Cable, CBS agree on new extension

July 25, 2013 8:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the clock ticking last night on a new retransmission contract between Time Warner Cable and CBS, the two companies announced an extension that runs through 5 p.m. Monday. The second extension was announced at 11 p.m. EDT last night ahead of the  9 a.m. deadline on Thursday.

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Time Warner Cable launches new web portal

July 24, 2013 11:25 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Stick a fork in Time Warner Cable’s former Road Runner website now that the nation’s second-largest cable operator has launched a new web portal. The new web portal, TWC Central, collects news, product and services information, social networking and entertainment on to one site under Time Warner Cable’s brand.

Exclusive: Cox digs in on first FTTH project in O.C.

July 24, 2013 11:10 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has embarked on its first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in a new housing development in south Orange County, Calif. Cox is installing fiber for the Rancho Mission Viejo development with the first phase comprised of 1,000 homes.

AT&T revenue up, profit down as costs rise in 2Q

July 24, 2013 10:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The surge in tablet usage, a trade-in promotion and a fee tacked onto bills helped boost AT&T's wireless revenue for the latest quarter, but profits declined as costs surged, the company said Tuesday. AT&T's coffers were drained by smartphone sales, which it subsidizes in the hope of making money back over the life of two-year contracts.

LG's profit falls on weak TV demand, handset costs

July 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics' latest quarterly report underlined challenges facing global electronics makers as weak TV demand and stiffer competition in smartphones undermine profit. The results Wednesday showed an 8 percent decline in April-June net profit.

RGB powers Sweetwater Cable TV’s all-digital conversion

July 23, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks announced that its products were used by Sweetwater Cable TV to upgrade its network to all-digital in order to deliver more services to subscribers. The all-digital upgrade enabled Sweetwater to reclaim bandwidth that was previously allocated to its analog video service, but is now used to deliver new digital services.

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Polka: Fight for the future; fight for your rights

July 23, 2013 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CED caught up with American Cable Association president Matt Polka at the recent Cable Show, who in a free-wheeling conversation talked about what to expect at the Independent Show including; how broadband and over-the-top might be the future for smaller operators, and whether Congress and the FCC are ever going to provide smaller ops with some relief from the pressures they’re experiencing.

Independent Show: NCTC CEO Fickle serves up a preview

July 23, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

National Cable Television Cooperative president and CEO Rich Fickle marked his second-year anniversary at the helm last month. Fickle and the NCTC’s 950 affiliate members, along with the American Cable Association, will gather in sunny San Diego next week for The Independent Show, and Fickle provided CED with a preview of hot topics.

TWC updates app with troubleshooting, other new features

July 22, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added some new bells and whistlers to its MY TWC app, which included a new feature that lets residential users troubleshoot their triple play services. With the fourth update to the app, Time Warner Cable subscribers can also get up to the minute service alerts in their area and view real-time account information directly from their phone or tablet.

Aereo heads to Beehive State

July 22, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo is taking its over-the-air talents to Utah next month with the launch of its antenna and cloud-based DVR service slated for Aug. 19. Aereo had announced  last month that the next stop on its 22-city expansion project would be Chicago.

CBS, TWC spar over fees

July 22, 2013 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are in a public spat over fees in three major TV markets. If it's not resolved, six local CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas starting Wednesday.

Verizon tops 5M FiOS video subs in Q2

July 18, 2013 4:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon reported that for its second quarter, it netted gains of 161,000 FiOS Internet and 140,000 FiOS video subscribers. Those video adds push Verizon’s video subscriber total up above 5 million. Net income at Verizon Communications was $2.25 billion, or 78 cents per share, up 23 percent from a year ago.

Verizon stirs in Watch Disney, Watch ABC to TVE mix

July 18, 2013 3:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s FiOS subscribers can now tap into the “Watch” authenticated services from Disney and ABC thanks to a new TV Everywhere agreement. The expanded agreement between Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group covers Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior, as well as the soon to be launched Watch ABC Family service. 

GCI launches new business website

July 18, 2013 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Anchorage-based General Communications Inc. (GCI) took the wraps off a new business services website this week to help its customers learn more about its technologies and services. On the new site, GCI’s business customers can reference case studies from businesses such as Jack White Real Estate, CIRI Alaska Tourism and Associated General Contractors, among others.

Comcast’s X1 suits up in parts of Delaware, Maryland

July 18, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of being fully deployed by the end of the year, Comcast has dropped its next generation X1 platform into the Salisbury, Md. market, including Maryland's Eastern Shore, as well as Kent and Sussex Counties in Delaware. Today’s rollouts followed on the heels of launches in parts of Florida and Georgia earlier this week.

Arris ramps production on new flagship CMTS

July 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said its E6000 is now generally available. The E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) was announced last Fall, and was deployed by Comcast and several other as yet unidentified customers in a trial program. The new CMTS will be the vehicle that Arris rides toward the CCAP architecture.

RCN debuts mobile app for iOS, Android devices

July 17, 2013 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has launched a mobile app that allows its subscribers to check their home voicemails remotely. The app, which is called MyRCN, also lets users update contact information, manage passwords and security questions, pay bills, set up auto payment, view current and past statements and view RCN phone call history.

NY judge blasts refusal to review online TV ruling

July 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals judge warned Tuesday that the revenue streams that finance free television were being undermined by court rulings permitting Barry Diller-backed Aereo to offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. 

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