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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.

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.

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Cox names Morse director of field systems engineering

August 14, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently announced that Jim Morse was named as its director of field systems engineering for its New England/Cleveland region.

Envivio shares tumble on guidance cut

August 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company says customers in the U.S. and Europe are pulling back on spending due to the economy.

ThePlatform builds a base in Australia with 2 new hires

August 14, 2012 1:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video management and publishing vendor thePlatform is deepening its commitment in Australia and New Zealand with the addition of two new employees.

Survey: TV Everywhere strikes gold during Olympic coverage

August 13, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.

Pac-12 working to get satellite, telco deals

August 13, 2012 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pac-12 said it is unlikely it will have distribution agreements in place for its new television networks with all four of the major satellite and telco providers in time for launch.

Comcast adds Android users into WatchESPN app mix

August 10, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast sports fans can now tap into more live sports action now that the cable operator has added support for Android devices on the WatchESPN app.

Hawaiian Telcom earns $5.5M in Q2

August 10, 2012 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaiian Telcom said its profits were down nearly 18 percent in the second quarter as depreciation costs rose because of investments in its broadband network.

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