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Cable broadband pioneer wins Marconi Prize

June 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli is recognized for his development of analog and mixed-signal circuitry that helped enable cable modem technology.

Liberty Global hits refresh on corporate identity

June 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

International cable operator Liberty Global announced that all of its corporate offices will now operate under the Liberty Global banner.

Microsoft's long and tortured history in tablets

June 19, 2012 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has been trying to introduce a successful tablet for years. Maybe this time it’s done it.

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Connections Europe - Nov. 13-14, 2012

June 18, 2012 5:48 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

Connections Europe, produced by Parks Associates, offers high-level analysis and consumer research, networking opportunities, and information on emerging connected home services and technologies.

Xfinity Home surfaces in Arizona, Virginia

June 18, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has introduced the home security, monitoring and control services in four more markets.

Q&A: Breaking down AT&T’s cloud services

June 18, 2012 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As vice president of hosting and cloud services for AT&T, Steve Caniano knows a thing or two about the cloud.

Phones gain ability to learn by touching

June 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a form of extrasensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them.

In the media: CenturyLink gears up for video service in Colorado Springs

June 15, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink is working on franchise agreements in order to offer an IPTV service to communities near Colorado Springs, Colo., which are currently being served by Comcast.

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Disney rolls out more live TV apps with Comcast

June 15, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney rolled out three more apps that enable pay-TV subscribers of Comcast to watch live TV on the go.

Anga Cable Show a bigger draw for foreign attendees

June 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Anga Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, increased its number of foreign attendees from 43 percent to 50 percent.

NBC to stream events, but only to subscribers

June 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Given that NBC pays a premium to air the Olympics, it will allow only authenticated cable and satellite subscribers to view streamed coverage on NBCOlympics.com.

Cablevision offers self-provision tool to business customers

June 14, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The online tool will enable small business customers to manage many aspects of their own services, including provisioning services and features.

Democrats push FCC, DOJ to scrutinize Verizon AWS deal

June 14, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A group of House Democrats are urging the FCC and Justice Department to closely scrutinize Verizon Wireless' purchase of a nationwide block of AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

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FCC mulls best use of 4.9 GHz band

June 14, 2012 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC has adopted rules allocating 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band for fixed and mobile wireless services.

Sprint hikes fiber backbone to 100G, plans 400G trials

June 14, 2012 1:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The operator said it hired Ciena to upgrade its optical backbone network to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps and that it plans to conduct trials of 400 Gbps links next year.

WD expands connected home offerings with My Net routers

June 14, 2012 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Western Digital has released a new line of in-home routers aimed at mitigating performance problems related to the increasing number of wireless devices connecting to home networks.

Elemental, CTCSP partner in Japan

June 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies and Japan’s CTCSP have formed a strategic partnership to provide video encoding and transcoding solutions to streaming service providers in Japan.

Yahoo ties up with CNBC on financial news

June 13, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will be able to use search data to help determine the content they'll produce for visitors.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

TWC launches 1st cloud-based VOD search application in Syracuse

June 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is out of the starting blocks with the first launch of its cloud-based video-on-demand application in Syracuse.

TiVo, PayPal unite to offer e-commerce buying with cable ops

June 12, 2012 3:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo’s cable operator customers, which include Comcast, Suddenlink and RCN, will be able to purchase products through interactive ads on TiVo’s user interface.

Comcast taps ActiveVideo to enable VOD trial

June 12, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO will test ActiveVideo’s cloud-based system to provide a VOD user interface in Chattanooga.

FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Harmonic carries Olympic torch for Virgin Media on 24 HD channels

June 12, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic scored a deal with Virgin Media to enable HD channel delivery across the United Kingdom to Virgin Media’s TV viewers.

VZW unveils new shared data plans

June 12, 2012 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless promised shared data plans this summer, and now it’s delivered with today’s announcement of its new "Share Everything Plans."

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