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LG Electronics posts profit on smartphone sales

October 24, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics reported a third straight quarterly profit, as sales of smartphones designed for faster wireless networks helped end losses at its mobile phone business. LG forecast higher smartphone sales for the current quarter but warned of lower seasonal demand for home appliances and air conditioners.

Comcast, Rogers back video conferencing with investment in Tely Labs

October 23, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Tely Labs started out two years ago with a video conferencing platform that was designed to work on TVs. Small- and medium-size business (SMB) owners started using the company’s Tely Lab HD camera with Skype as a way of enabling a cheap video conferencing service.

Study: Worldwide pay-TV market to notch $236B by year’s end

October 23, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Across the video platforms of cable, IPTV and satellite, the worldwide pay-TV market is expected to reach $236 billion in revenue by the end of the year, which would be up from the $223 billion mark from last year. Overall, ABI Research projected that the pay-TV market would continue to grow 19 percent over the next five years.

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Aspera, Vidispine team up on content management

October 23, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Aspera and Vidispine have integrated their respective products to create a system to rapidly create, transfer, manage, store and process audio-visual content. There are bottlenecks inherent in legacy systems used to create, transfer, manage, store and process audio-visual content, the two companies explained.

CMC’s Catterson to also oversee West Works Studios

October 23, 2012 2:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Comcast Media Center has added to Paul Catterson’s portfolio. For eight years, he has been the senior director of broadcast engineering for CMC, and he has been given additional responsibility for managing the operation’s HD video studio.

Active Broadband’s OSS now covers DSL networks

October 22, 2012 6:12 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Active Broadband Networks has extended the capabilities of its operational support systems (OSSs), originally aimed at the cable industry, to also support DSL networks. The company’s Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM) is now supporting DSL networks.

Dish Network settles with Cablevision, AMC

October 22, 2012 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV company Dish Network said that it has settled a lawsuit with AMC Networks and its sister company Cablevision Systems over a now defunct programming service. Dish will pay $700 million in cash to Cablevision and AMC Networks.

CED’s Pacesetters honor technology innovators

October 19, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There’s always a bit of risk associated with being among the first to implement a new technology. The CED Pacesetter Awards honor those engineers who do the research and commit to a technological path that few, if any, have traveled before.

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Time Warner Cable reaches for the cloud with SaaS for businesses

October 19, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The service, which is called Cloud Hosted Exchange, connects businesses with hosted communication and collaboration tools, without the cost of owning and managing the equipment. The new cloud-based offering was unveiled at the New York Business Expo and Conference earlier this week in New York City.

Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cable gears up for CCAP

October 18, 2012 4:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The payoffs for combining cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) and edge QAMs on the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) are obvious to the most casual observer, but there are some operational procedures and training that need to be in place in order to reap the benefits of the new CCAP platform.

Time Warner Cable, Bright House join EIDR coalition

October 18, 2012 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), which is a coalition promoting the use of a unique, global identifier of entertainment assets, including films and television episodes.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cablevision’s user interface marches into STBs

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Innovation top of mind for small cable operators

October 17, 2012 4:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Planning for capacity constraints

October 17, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The “Bandwidth Hunger Games” session was down to three last contestants: Cisco’s Ron Hranac, Motorola’s John Ulm and InnoTrans’ Mani Ramachandran, who covertly stalked each other, each waiting for the others to make the fatal mistakes that would leave a single survivor.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Points to ponder on the IP migration pathway

October 17, 2012 3:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to IP video migration, there’s no one size fits all for cable operators, but there are plenty of options to consider. The session “Great ways to migrate: Making the move to all-IP video” laid out some of those options for cable operators.

Arris picks Celeno’s Wi-Fi tech for its new D3 gateways

October 17, 2012 3:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno's dual-band CLR260 3 x 3 802.11n chip, powered by its OptimizAir and digital beamforming technology, maximizes range, throughput and signal consistency. It delivers whole-home coverage, reliable throughput and high quality of service (QoS).

Aereo’s service expands to PCs

October 17, 2012 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed company Aereo is broadening the availability of its service, even as broadcasters challenge the legality of the start-up's live television transmissions over the Internet. Aereo is still limited to residents of New York City.

SeaChange hires chief architect, VP of strategic marketing

October 17, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International has appointed two new members to its executive team. Sam Ganesan joined SeaChange as chief architect, and Alan Hoff joined as vice president of strategic marketing. Ganesan came to SeaChange from Motorola, and Hoff rejoined SeaChange.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Home networking – Power to the people

October 16, 2012 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The complexities of digital home networks can overwhelm end users and prove costly to cable operators with truck rolls and calls to customer service reps, but the cable industry can counter those issues by harnessing the power of in-home applications.

FCC relents, lifts basic tier encryption ban

October 16, 2012 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, the FCC implemented the ban, with the intent of assuring that the many cable subscribers who were getting cable without a set-top box could continue to do so.

Motorola unleashes megapixel transcoder

October 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility is introducing what it claims is the first 3 gigapixel adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoder. The Motorola GT-3’s ability to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second is equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs, the company said.

Numéricable picks Calix, Arcadiz for broadband business service

October 16, 2012 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Brussels cable operator Numéricable has picked Calix’s GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg. Numéricable is also using Calix’s Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and will work with optical specialist Acradiz Telecom to launch the new business services across the region.

EU regulators ask Google to change privacy policy

October 16, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have asked Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Web giant may be collecting too much data and holding it for too long. France's data protection agency led a European investigation into Google's new unified privacy policy.

In the media: Cablevision ponders selling Bresnan subsidiary

October 15, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision is exploring its options in regard to selling its Bresnan Broadband Holdings division after purchasing the systems just two years ago. Cablevision is in preliminary discussions to sell off the Bresnan systems out West, but to date, no investment banks have been engaged to advise on a potential deal.

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