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Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

Pace, Amino both name new CEOs

December 14, 2011 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There was an odd coincidence in the set-top box market, with both Amino Technologies and Pace announcing they are replacing their respective chief executives, effective immediately.

Report: Cable broadband gear up 14% year-over-year

December 14, 2011 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide sale of cable broadband equipment was up 14 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, according to a new report by Infonetics Research.

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Best Buy’s Q3 profit falls, shares skid

December 14, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy’s third-quarter net income fell 29 percent as it cut prices in popular categories such as tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season.

Bright House signs ad agreements with Verizon, Comcast, Knology

December 13, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Media Strategies, the advertising division of Bright House Networks, has signed up Verizon FiOS, Comcast Spotlight and Viamedia/Knology to serve up national and regional spot ads in the Tampa Bay area through its Tampa Bay Interconnect.

Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

Turner’s Heller joins Arris’ board

December 13, 2011 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris has added Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) vice chairman Andrew Heller to its board of directors.

In the media: Comcast to carry BBC World News

December 13, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BBC World News is coming to America thanks to a distribution deal with Comcast. The New York Times reported that a deal between the BBC and Comcast has been reached, with the expectation of an official announcement from the two later.

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AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

Using Pseudowire to Keep Up in Cell Backhaul

December 12, 2011 5:06 pm | by Chris York, product marketing manager at DragonWave | Articles | Comments

Cable operators have been in a strong position to address the demand for mobile backhaul and business services. The biggest impediment to satisfying that demand is that cable networks built to support primarily residential video and data services do not meet the SLA requirements of large enterprise customers.

YouTube acquires RightsFlow to help license music

December 12, 2011 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube has acquired RightsFlow, a New York-based company that will help it identify the owners of music that people use in videos they post.

Expo: Playing Out of Bounds

December 12, 2011 1:14 am | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

At Cable-Tec Expo, we ran into Comcast CTO Tony Werner, mentioned what Verizon’s Eric Bruno had announced about Home Control, and asked him if Comcast had any plans to do likewise: sell broadband-based services outside of its traditional footprint.

In Perspective – An Extra Helping

December 11, 2011 5:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Ordinarily, we include coverage of Cable-Tec Expo in our November/December print issue. This year, Expo was scheduled too late in the year for us to include it in that edition, prompting this extra online installment.

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Time Warner Cable boosts data speeds, adds HD nets in Carolinas

December 9, 2011 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has ramped up the upstream and downstream speeds of several of its data tiers in its Carolinas system, as well as added more HD channels.

Charter goes commercial with TiVo multi-room

December 9, 2011 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications is going commercial with a whole-home solution using the TiVo Premiere box that it announced last January.

Cablevision sues Verizon over accuracy of ads

December 9, 2011 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems is suing rival Verizon Communications in an effort to stop an advertising campaign deriding the speed of Cablevision's Internet service.

Suddenlink tunes in VOD, Caller ID in Ariz. communities

December 9, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink has dropped video-on-demand services and TV Caller ID features into some Arizona communities that were formerly served by NPG Cable.

SeaChange adds a half-dozen multi-screen customers

December 9, 2011 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Drama in its boardroom may have dominated recent headlines, but the big story at SeaChange International is that it is finding singular success with its evolution to a multi-screen strategy.

Maple Leafs and Raptors sold to Rogers and BCE

December 9, 2011 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest telecommunication companies have agreed to buy the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors; the fierce telecom rivals seek live content for their sports channels, digital properties and smartphones.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

On-LiVe Asia - April 27, 2012

December 8, 2011 4:35 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

On-LiVe Asia is the region's only event that brings together innovative businesses searching for ways to maximize the use of online video solutions. They come together to evaluate strategies and technologies to successfully deploy online video across a range of business activities.

SeaChange's ODG launches SVOD service with Mexico's Cablevision

December 8, 2011 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International subsidiary On Demand Group is powering a premium subscription video-on-demand service that was recently launched in Mexico by Cablevision.

Hollywood flubs movie system launch, miffs users

December 8, 2011 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warner Bros. is learning a hard lesson about launching an ill-conceived product in the age of social media.

Netflix sharing on Facebook may be coming to U.S.

December 8, 2011 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It may not be much longer before there's an easier way for Netflix's U.S. subscribers to share their taste in movies on Facebook.

Game streaming service OnLive coming to tablets

December 8, 2011 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OnLive, the start-up whose technology streams video games over an Internet connection, is expanding its service to tablets and mobile devices.

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