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Italian channel broadens reach in Time Warner Cable systems

November 13, 2011 4:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

International Media Distribution announced that Rai Italia is available across a wider range of Time Warner Cable systems.

Senate rejects GOP bid to overturn Internet rules

November 11, 2011 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate Democrats turned back a Republican attempt to repeal federal rules designed to prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against those that send content and other services over their networks.

Logitech bails on Google TV

November 11, 2011 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Logitech calculates that mistake cost it more than $100 million in operating profit in the year since the product was introduced.

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Robertson promoted at Monroe Electronics

November 11, 2011 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Monroe Electronics and its Digital Alert Systems (DAS) subsidiary promoted Bill Robertson to vice president of business development for both companies.

SureWest climbs aboard BigBand's SDV bandwagon

November 10, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SureWest has dropped BigBand's switched digital video platform into its Kansas City system in order to free up bandwidth for more HD channels and pave the way for IPTV services.

Rovi Ad Network refines ad targeting

November 10, 2011 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi is promising refinements to its user interface-based advertising system with upgrades aimed at making targeted advertising easier and more effective for members of its Advertising Network.

Arris extends Moxi label to entire whole-home solution

November 10, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It seems to be old brand week. While Motorola was reviving the Razr name, Arris has decided to affix the Moxi name to its entire whole-home product suite.

Comcast Media Center shoots, scores deal with NHL Network

November 10, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Media Center is now handling channel origination and transmission services for the NHL Network, the two organizations announced.

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Lack of cellular in tablets begs use case question

November 10, 2011 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are shaping up to be potential big sellers over the holidays, but their lack of a cellular connection points to an interesting contradiction.

Shaw lights up Canada's 1st 100 Gbps network

November 9, 2011 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has laid claim to the fastest data service in Canada with the launch of the nation's first 100 Gbps fiber-optic network.

Former Cox CTO Hatfield lands new job with Syniverse

November 9, 2011 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hatfield will be based in Syniverse's global headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will lead a global organization with operations in more than 25 countries.

Cass Cable TV picks Adara for SDV upgrade

November 9, 2011 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cass Cable TV, a triple-play service provider that serves central Illinois, has opted to use Adara Technologies' hosted switched digital video platform for its network upgrade.

Report: Telecom capex up nearly 6%

November 9, 2011 2:28 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The nearly 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex Infonetics expects in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to AT&T's ramping LTE deployments, HSPA+ upgrades and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload.

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Knology adds video subs in Q3, mulls usage-based data billing

November 8, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology's aggressive approach for adding revenue-generating units paid off in the third quarter, as the cable operator bucked the trend of its bigger cable brethren by actually adding video customers in the quarter.

Comcast wraps digital migration in Sacramento

November 8, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's California Region said it has completed a migration, begun last summer, to a full digital delivery system in a region anchored by Sacramento.

Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs' death

November 8, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator despite allegations from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the Internet search giant stole ideas from Apple's iPhone.

Dish Network's Q3 earnings climb 30%

November 7, 2011 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network posted another loss of subscribers from its slowly dwindling satellite TV business, even as larger competitor DirecTV adds to its base.

Tek offers monitor for ad loudness

November 7, 2011 3:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix expanded its Sentry digital monitoring line with a new product that MVPDs can use to evaluate compliance with legal requirements to prevent ads from getting louder than surrounding programs.

Time Warner Cable offers free preview of TV Japan in Ohio

November 7, 2011 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Japan is a Japanese language channel from Japan-based NHK. TV Japan broadcasts many of its live news programs with English translation as a secondary audio service or with English crawl.

Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

Time Warner Cable beefs up iPad lineup with 37 Spanish channels

November 4, 2011 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Upfront – LRG: Nearly half of all U.S. households have a DVR

November 4, 2011 2:26 am | by Traci Patterson | Articles | Comments

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 44 percent of TV households in the United States have at least one DVR, and one-third of DVR households have more than one DVR.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

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