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Samsung tips record-high profit for Q2

July 6, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones powered Samsung Electronics to record quarterly earnings, but its shares fell as lower-than-expected overall sales underlined the threat from Europe's economic malaise.

Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

July 5, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices is changing people's viewing habits.

Study: Telcos face dilemma on when to cut over from DSL to FTTH

July 5, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to competing against cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0-based data services, telcos are hamstrung by the limitations of their DSL offerings.

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Installation and repair go commercial

July 5, 2012 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The exact same trends roiling the consumer market are having a profound effect on the way communications service providers (CSPs) conduct their business.

Built for speed: Comcast RDK

July 5, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In today’s competitive market, cable operators need to be both nimble and thrifty when it comes to developing new products and services.

An evolutionary approach to Gigabit-class DOCSIS

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

That cable companies would evolve their networks from HFC tech to FTTH, with its attendant gigabit transmission rates, was never in doubt. The questions have always been about the timeframe and what the intermediary steps would be.

Scaling OTT architectures for a multi-device world

July 3, 2012 4:25 pm | by Harish Reddy, principal, and Andrew Lynch, consultant, of IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

OTT video is now mainstream. The challenge lurking behind this phenomenon is that consumption is moving toward a highly fragmented set of devices, and no single solution exists to solve the operational and technical complexities of delivering video to a diverse landscape of devices.

Verizon fires shot in net neutrality challenge

July 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon and MetroPCS have laid out their argument against the FCC's net neutrality regulations in a brief.

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Report: Cable will have 25% of fixed broadband subs by 2017

July 3, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators’ rollout of DOCSIS 3.0-based data services and digitization efforts in developing economies were cited as key drivers.

Sony to buy game streaming company

July 3, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony will pay about $380 million for Gaikai, a company that specializes in cloud-based games that can be played on a variety of mobile devices, not just Sony products.

In Perspective - Game on

July 3, 2012 12:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Game consoles have been serving double duty as over-the-top boxes for years, but what about a game console as an official cable set-top?

Memory Lane - Rooms with views

July 3, 2012 12:04 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Sioux Falls, S.D., seems an unlikely spawning ground for a highly disruptive television technology. But much of what the world now knows about VOD viewing habits, buy rates and economics germinated there.

Open Mic - Make HFC network improvements a reality

July 3, 2012 11:40 am | by Kellie Chong, director of product line at RFMD | Articles | Comments

High-data-rate and dense content-delivery-capable wireline networks are faced with insurmountable requirements as demands for higher data rates and more digital content increase.

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Capital Currents - Digital Television 3.0

July 2, 2012 8:39 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The television service we have might be called Digital Television 1.0, but the ATSC is in the final stage of designing the features of Digital Television 2.0. What about 3.0?

Upfront - July 2012

July 2, 2012 8:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Europe’s big cable show, Anga, saw 440 exhibitors, 16,000 trade visitors and 1,600 congress delegates, and the show increased its foreign visitors from 43 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

New Products - July 2012

July 2, 2012 7:41 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Haivision’s new CoolSign 5.0 digital signage system; Miranda Technologies' expanded Kaleido-IP advanced IP-based multi-viewer platform; and TriQuint's new DOCSIS 3.0 amplifier, the TAT2814A.

Swiss wholesaler using Edgeware IPTV platform

July 2, 2012 5:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netstream will use the Edgeware system to resell IPTV services to other service providers in Switzerland.

AT&T reaches agreement with AMC Networks

July 2, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T has reached an agreement with AMC Networks and will keep showing its AMC, IFC Sundance and WE channels.

Eastern U.S. storm hobbles Netflix

July 2, 2012 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest used Twitter and Facebook to update subscribers after violent storms across the eastern U.S. caused server outages for hours.

Incognito offers CPE management server

June 29, 2012 12:12 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The software-based system uses the TR-069 protocol to manage customer equipment, regardless of the type of network.

Comporium pulls in local advertisers with widget

June 29, 2012 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new Yellow Pages app that provides EBIF-based targeted advertising proves popular with advertisers new to TV.

Comcast has Mexico presidential election covered

June 29, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast will serve up extensive coverage of the presidential election in Mexico to its Xfinity MultiLatino subscribers.

Dish vows to replace AMC channels in fee dispute

June 29, 2012 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network said it would replace AMC Networks' channels with HDNet channels, ratcheting up a fee dispute.

Southwest will try out live TV on 5 planes

June 29, 2012 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines plans to sell live television service on five planes and expand it to more aircraft.

Comcast dinged with $800K fine

June 28, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The MSO agrees to pay a fine levied by the FCC for failing to fully comply with a condition of its merger with NBCUniversal.

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