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Survey: Cisco edges Motorola for IP set-top box satisfaction

July 31, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.

Report: TV Everywhere on the cusp of breakout year

July 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.

Allot grabs Oversi for $16M

July 31, 2012 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.

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Survey: One-third of cable cord cutters won’t come back

July 30, 2012 1:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.

Olympic viewing: NBC critics loud on social media

July 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast’s broadcast unit was all geared up to stream much of the Olympics. Did it set expectations too high, or is it just screwing up?

In the media: Comcast to pay $170M to explain Xfinity brand

July 27, 2012 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast seeks to better define Xfinity branding during Olympic spots.

Consumer Reports: Vudu’s streaming service tops Netflix for customer satisfaction

July 27, 2012 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix rules the roost when it comes to the overall number of streaming subscribers, but Vudu’s service came out ahead in a recent survey by Consumer Reports.

Galaxy phones drive Samsung to record profit again

July 27, 2012 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung reported another record-high quarterly profit as customers flocked to Galaxy smartphones, helping it outdo rivals at a challenging time for the global tech industry.

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BendBroadband buys Chambers Cable, plans all-digital upgrade

July 26, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.

News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

Alcatel-Lucent to cut 5,000 jobs after loss in Q2

July 26, 2012 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Telecoms equipment group Alcatel-Lucent is to cut 5,000 jobs in a multi-million-euro cost drive after it reported a second-quarter net loss of €254 million, or $308 million.

Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.

Net Insight signs up reseller

July 26, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TI Broadcast Solutions Group is a consultancy that helps design broadcast facilities for a range of clients.

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Comcast Ventures leads Series C round of funding for WhoSay

July 25, 2012 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures was the lead investor in a Series C round of funding for WhoSay that totaled $12 million

LG Electronics’ profit falls as mobile loses money

July 25, 2012 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics reported a lower quarterly profit as its mobile phone division sank to a loss and forecast its earnings to deteriorate further.

Comcast cues up free Wi-Fi hotspots in Philly area during Olympic Games

July 25, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has opened up access to indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi hotspots for non-subscribers in Philadelphia and  parts of New Jersey and Delaware for the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Comcast goes platinum with new 305/65 data tier

July 24, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s reign for having the fastest downstream data speed in the United States proved to be short-lived now that Comcast is set to launch its Xfinity Platinum Internet tier.

U-verse drives AT&T’s Q2 wireline operations

July 24, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues to bleed DSL customers, and some of those are lost completely.

Cisco plans 1,300 layoffs in new cost-cutting round

July 24, 2012 3:15 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco is cutting more employees from its payroll as part of a restructuring effort aimed at refocusing the company on its core strengths.

Time Warner Cable’s Gillman joins SeaWell Networks’ board

July 24, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor SeaWell Networks announced that Time Warner Cable executive Joan Gillman has joined its board of directors as an independent member.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable add wireless markets

July 23, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two MSOs continue their ongoing rollouts of their bundles with Verizon Wireless.

GLDS debuts TV Everywhere authorization

July 23, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system links to the company’s Web-based self-care portal, so subscribers can manage all of their services with a single account.

Hood Canal adopts RGB infrastructure

July 23, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service provider is initially using the set-up to reclaim analog bandwidth and introduce more high-definition channels.

TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

Buckeye CableSystem tunes up TV Everywhere with Azuki

July 23, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Azuki Media Platform includes adaptive streaming, entitlement and digital rights management (DRM).

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