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FCC: Communications slowly improving after Sandy

November 1, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell towers knocked out by Superstorm Sandy were slowly coming back to life, federal regulators said, but about 1 in 5 were still out of service in a storm-hit area stretching from Virginia to Massachusetts. That compares with 1 in 4 cell towers that were out of service the day after the storm made landfall.

Report: MoCA STB sales increase 33% in Q1

November 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard is the driving force behind the growth in home networking devices, and in the third quarter of this year, MoCA set-top box sales increased 33 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Report: Netflix still king of U.S. OTT market

November 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite reeling around like a drunken sailor on shore leave when it split up its streaming and mail DVD order services, Netflix is still the reigning champion of the over-the-top market in the United States, according a recent report by ABI Research.

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Icahn buys 10 percent stake in Netflix

November 1, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's slumping stock price and weakening financial performance has finally attracted an opportunistic and sometimes nettlesome investor in Carl Icahn. In a regulatory filing, Icahn revealed he had used some of his $14 billion fortune to accumulate a 10 percent stake in Netflix.

MetroPCS 1st op with RCS service on LTE

October 31, 2012 2:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS became the world's first operator to go live with commercially available Rich Communications Services on an LTE network. The service is based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard and is being marketed under the GSMA joyn brand. Joyn sports IM-like features.

Shaw to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in Winnipeg

October 31, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has signed an agreement with the city of Winnipeg to offer its Wi-Fi service in more locations across the city, including libraries, arenas, recreation facilities and community centers. The Wi-Fi hotspots can be accessed by Shaw subscribers.

Avail-TVN provisions VOD service for Cablevision Argentina

October 31, 2012 2:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision Argentina has picked Avail-TVN to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service to its subscriber base of more than 3 million cable TV customers. Cablevision On Demand includes a range of both transaction VOD (TVOD) and subscription VOD (SVOD) services.

Elemental eases YouTube Live production

October 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies said it has integrated its Elemental Live system with YouTube Live, the video site’s feature that enables the streaming of live events. The integration makes it easier for professional content producers to create and synchronize YouTube Live events.

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DLNA doubles up on certification of audio, video systems

October 29, 2012 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Digital Living Network Alliance announced that it has seen a surge in the number of DLNA-certified audio/video (AV) products, along with more than 500 certifications of systems to date. The certifications for products have doubled since 2010.

Roku search cuts across OTT universe

October 29, 2012 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku has updated its guide in the U.S. so that customers can search for content across several of the leading over-the-top sources. The issue is whether their customers – all of the various service providers – want to implement it in the way Roku has.

Time Warner Cable cuts first major Lakers deal

October 29, 2012 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable said it had signed up Charter Communications, which has around 290,000 subscribers in the Los Angeles area. Time Warner Cable also said it had agreed to terms with Verizon Communications, whose subscriber numbers in the region were not immediately clear.

Report: IP edge routers help carriers with video, mobility, cloud

October 29, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Carriers can overcome the triple threat of video, mobility and cloud-based services by making the transition to a more distributed, converged IP edge architecture that utilizes advanced IP edge routers, according to a recent white paper by Infonetics Research.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

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Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

@ TelcoTV: IPTV is about engaging consumers

October 26, 2012 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For AT&T, the IPTV game right now is about engagement. Customers who interact with their TVs churn at a much lower rate. And 65 percent to 70 percent of AT&T's viewers use a mobile device while they are watching TV several times a week.

Time Warner Cable names 3 AVPs for NYC service area

October 26, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has firmed up its leadership team in the company’s New York City service area with the recent appointments of three area vice presidents. As new area vice presidents, Brien Kelley, Gregg Cory and Anthony Ontiveros report to John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for New York City.

@ TelcoTV: Verizon to get chummier with cable

October 25, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon’s Robert Mudge signaled the potential for closer collaboration with the cable industry in his keynote speech at TelcoTV. He said Verizon was clearly benefiting from the arrangements with various MSOs to include Verizon Wireless in their bundles, but that only sets the stage for more work together.

RCN drops in 4 new channels for Philly viewers

October 25, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has added four new SD channels into its RCN Premiere package in Philadelphia, where it competes with Comcast. In addition, some HD channels - Fox Business Network, Outdoor Channel and Golf Channel - were moved from RCN Premiere to RCN Signature.

Kudelski sells chip operation

October 25, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Kudelski Group has sold off its Abilis fabless IC company to ALi Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan. Abilis designs RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions. Abilis was founded on the proposition of making what it referred to as mobile TVs on a chip.

Time Warner Cable to spend $5M for broadband build-out in Maine

October 24, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is planning on spending more than $5 million this year to expand its broadband network in dozens of communities across Maine. The Maine build-out is one element of a larger $100 million investment by TWC in its markets throughout New England, New York and the Carolinas.

Comcast scores VOD deal with The CW Network

October 24, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Xfinity On Demand users will be able to access shows from The CW Television Network at no additional charge. The deal marks the first time that a multi-system operator has gained access to The CW’s content on video-on-demand (VOD).

Arris targets ads at TelcoTV

October 24, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Specifically, Arris is introducing a bundled multicast IPTV advertising platform for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The end-to-end offering integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in only one device, the Arris Media Services Platform (MSP).

LG Electronics posts profit on smartphone sales

October 24, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics reported a third straight quarterly profit, as sales of smartphones designed for faster wireless networks helped end losses at its mobile phone business. LG forecast higher smartphone sales for the current quarter but warned of lower seasonal demand for home appliances and air conditioners.

Comcast, Rogers back video conferencing with investment in Tely Labs

October 23, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Tely Labs started out two years ago with a video conferencing platform that was designed to work on TVs. Small- and medium-size business (SMB) owners started using the company’s Tely Lab HD camera with Skype as a way of enabling a cheap video conferencing service.

Study: Worldwide pay-TV market to notch $236B by year’s end

October 23, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Across the video platforms of cable, IPTV and satellite, the worldwide pay-TV market is expected to reach $236 billion in revenue by the end of the year, which would be up from the $223 billion mark from last year. Overall, ABI Research projected that the pay-TV market would continue to grow 19 percent over the next five years.

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