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Harney takes helm at broadband start-up

August 21, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

INovo Broadband has hired former Cisco Systems executive Michael Harney as CEO. He’ll be reunited with a large handful of other veterans of the old Scientific Atlanta (acquired by Cisco) at the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) start-up.

Harmonic media server adds solid-state memory

August 21, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has a new version of its integrated media server, this one including solid-state disk (SSD) storage. Otherwise, the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD four-channel media server is essentially the same system as the MediaDeck 7000.

Comcast promotes finance exec

August 21, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sarah Bryant will take over as senior vice president of finance for Comcast’s enormous Central Division. In her new role, Bryant will oversee budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and analysis, purchasing, capital planning and information technology, and systems throughout the 15 states that comprise the Central Division.

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TiVo strikes deal with GCI

August 21, 2012 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan telecommunications company GCI announced that it is going with TiVo for its next-generation whole-home TV platform. It will start deploying TiVo’s platform this year before offering it across its entire footprint next year. GCI will rely on TiVo to enable its whole-home platform.

Comcast Business Services connects distance learning initiatives for college

August 21, 2012 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services is fueling Community College of Baltimore County’s distance learning initiatives through its Ethernet services. CCBC is using Comcast’s Ethernet services in its “Fab Lab,” which is an interactive workshop that allows users to take advantage of digital fabrication technologies by using files of two- or three-dimensional computer drawings to replicate products onto different types of equipment.

AT&T’s FaceTime policy could violate FCC rules

August 21, 2012 12:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's recent announcement that FaceTime over cellular will be reserved exclusively for those customers who switch to the company's new Mobile Share plans is sure to ruffle a few feathers, and some say it might even be in violation of the FCC’s Open Internet rules.

Best Buy profits plunge on weak sales, restructuring costs

August 21, 2012 12:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Best Buy's profits plummeted about 90 percent during its second fiscal quarter as weak sales and restructuring costs hit its bottom line. The weak financial results come after co-founder Richard Schulze walked away from an offer to move forward with talks to take the company private.

TWC lights up Empire State Building with fiber-based services

August 20, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class, the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable, recently scored a high-profile customer win after expanding its fiber-optic network to the Empire State Building. TWCBC is providing all tenants of the skyscraper with access to a dedicated Internet network that provides high-bandwidth capabilities and speeds that can reach 1,000 Mbps.

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Study: 83% of video operators plan to offer TV Everywhere by 2013

August 20, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere services are poised to hit the mainstream, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. With the increased competition from telcos, satellite providers and over-the-top offerings, cable operators can reduce subscriber churn by offering TV Everywhere services to various devices.

Options abound for boosting cable upstream speeds

August 20, 2012 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In a shot across the cable industry’s bow, Verizon rolled out a revamped data lineup that included significant speed upgrades on the return path earlier this summer. To go with its 300 Mbps downstream speed, Verizon is now offering an upstream speed of 65 Mbps in addition to 150/65, 75/35 and 50/25 tiers. Comcast’s highest return path speed can burst up to 20 Mbps, while Cablevision clocks in with 15 Mbps on the upstream.

Digital RF modulators for CCAP

August 20, 2012 12:08 pm | by Ajay Kuckreja, principal member of technical staff at Maxim Integrated Products | Articles | Comments

The demand for cable broadband digital video and data is increasing downstream data rates at 30 percent to 40 percent per year. Meanwhile, consumers expect to keep spending on an increasing number of connected devices at home, helping to assure future growth in downstream demand.

TelcoTV - Oct. 24-26, 2012

August 17, 2012 6:39 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

At TelcoTV, the full spectrum of the broadband service provider ecosystem convenes to examine opportunities for new technologies and business models that can drive profitable revenue in new and existing markets. The flagship event for the telco industry, TelcoTV's program delivers expert insight and analysis and an unprecedented forum for business development and networking.

Comcast closes in on HD DTA deployments

August 17, 2012 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is currently in a large field trial with HD digital transport adapters (DTAs), with plans to have them more broadly deployed in customers’ homes later this year. 

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Cablevision tees up multi-year agreement to carry NFL Network, RedZone

August 16, 2012 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Football fans in Cablevision’s New York metropolitan area footprint now have access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone, thanks to a new multi-year agreement between the cable operator and the NFL.

Cisco's Q4 earnings rise 56%; company raises dividend

August 16, 2012 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking equipment, is seeing its ambitions cramped by the global economic turmoil, but results for its latest quarter were strong enough that it announced an increase to its dividend. Cisco's sales in the latest quarter rose just 4.4 percent from last year, as customers in Southern Europe were in the grips of a recession and government customers on both sides of the Atlantic held back.

SeaChange, TiVo extend Cardio to Cisco networks

August 16, 2012 3:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.

Verizon stirs in BBC America HD to FiOS lineup

August 16, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon FiOS is working on adding more HD channels, and on that note, it announced that BBC America HD is now available to its FiOS TV subscribers. BBC America HD is available in FiOS TV’s Extreme HD and Ultimate HD packages. The channel was already available in standard-definition on FiOS TV. Verizon said it also plans to add BBC America HD to its video-on-demand offerings soon.

In Perspective - Sprinkles and a cherry

August 16, 2012 2:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

I’ve got an idea on how to improve the regulatory environment for video and other communications services that no one else seems to be suggesting, though I’m sure it will work. I am equally sure it isn’t being suggested because it’s unthinkable.

Memory Lane - Switching signals

August 16, 2012 2:07 am | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”

Ciciora's Corner - Feed the screens

August 16, 2012 1:54 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The march of technology continues to accelerate, and we must respond. The response has to be: Feed the screens.

Open Mic - Usage billing essentials for success

August 16, 2012 1:42 am | by Patrick Knorr, general manager of regional accounts at Synacor | Articles | Comments

For most cable operators, usage-based billing has long been on the list of “things we ought to get around to.” You know it makes sense, but how do you begin without customers coming after you with torches and pitchforks?

Capital Currents - Skipping commercials

August 16, 2012 12:59 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.

S3 Group joins Comcast RDK party

August 15, 2012 3:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.

Telcos lose broadband subs for 1st time

August 14, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With AT&T and Verizon de-emphasizing DSL, net subscriber losses become more likely.

Cox adds Mag Rack’s fitness titles to VOD

August 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is serving up fitness and yoga programming from Mag Rack for free on its video-on-demand platform.

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