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Phones gain ability to learn by touching

June 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a form of extrasensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them.

In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.

Disney rolls out more live TV apps with Comcast

June 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney rolled out three more apps that enable pay-TV subscribers of Comcast to watch live TV on the go.

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Anga Cable Show a bigger draw for foreign attendees

June 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Anga Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, increased its number of foreign attendees from 43 percent to 50 percent.

NBC to stream events, but only to subscribers

June 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Given that NBC pays a premium to air the Olympics, it will allow only authenticated cable and satellite subscribers to view streamed coverage on NBCOlympics.com.

Cablevision offers self-provision tool to business customers

June 14, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The online tool will enable small business customers to manage many aspects of their own services, including provisioning services and features.

Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

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Sprint hikes fiber backbone to 100G, plans 400G trials

June 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The operator said it hired Ciena to upgrade its optical backbone network to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps and that it plans to conduct trials of 400 Gbps links next year.

WD expands connected home offerings with My Net routers

June 14, 2012 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Western Digital has released a new line of in-home routers aimed at mitigating performance problems related to the increasing number of wireless devices connecting to home networks.

Elemental, CTCSP partner in Japan

June 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies and Japan’s CTCSP have formed a strategic partnership to provide video encoding and transcoding solutions to streaming service providers in Japan.

Yahoo ties up with CNBC on financial news

June 13, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will be able to use search data to help determine the content they'll produce for visitors.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

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TWC launches 1st cloud-based VOD search application in Syracuse

June 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is out of the starting blocks with the first launch of its cloud-based video-on-demand application in Syracuse.

TiVo, PayPal unite to offer e-commerce buying with cable ops

June 12, 2012 3:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo’s cable operator customers, which include Comcast, Suddenlink and RCN, will be able to purchase products through interactive ads on TiVo’s user interface.

Comcast taps ActiveVideo to enable VOD trial

June 12, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO will test ActiveVideo’s cloud-based system to provide a VOD user interface in Chattanooga.

FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Harmonic carries Olympic torch for Virgin Media on 24 HD channels

June 12, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic scored a deal with Virgin Media to enable HD channel delivery across the United Kingdom to Virgin Media’s TV viewers.

VZW unveils new shared data plans

June 12, 2012 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless promised shared data plans this summer, and now it’s delivered with today’s announcement of its new "Share Everything Plans."

Cable tests HTML5, new CableLabs tru2way tool

June 8, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

HTML5 is shaping up to be the point where cable companies, which have long prospered using standards common amongst themselves, begin to employ standards commonly used by the electronics industry at large.

Xfinity Home settles in Santa Barbara, Pittsburgh

June 8, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast now has Xfinity Home available in all of its California markets.

Comcast’s Xfinity Home App now available on Android devices

June 7, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast customers that use its Xfinity Home service can now control their systems remotely via selected Android devices with the company’s Xfinity Home app.

Citrix aims at mobile ops with Bytemobile buy

June 7, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal is designed to give Citrix access to Bytemobile’s potentially lucrative customer base of 130 mobile operators in 60 countries.

SmarDTV, Wiztivi intro solution for VOD on connected TVs

June 7, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, designed for the European HbbTV approach, relies on a set of open standards.

News From The Cable Show - Edgeware

June 6, 2012 4:16 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Edgeware CMO Duncan Potter discusses Edgeware's evolution from the server market to the market for distributed delivery networks. Potter also explains Edgeware’s partnership with SeaChange International that the company announced at The Cable Show.

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