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Time Warner Cable cuts first major Lakers deal

October 29, 2012 1:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable said it had signed up Charter Communications, which has around 290,000 subscribers in the Los Angeles area. Time Warner Cable also said it had agreed to terms with Verizon Communications, whose subscriber numbers in the region were not immediately clear.

Report: IP edge routers help carriers with video, mobility, cloud

October 29, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Carriers can overcome the triple threat of video, mobility and cloud-based services by making the transition to a more distributed, converged IP edge architecture that utilizes advanced IP edge routers, according to a recent white paper by Infonetics Research.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

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Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

@ TelcoTV: IPTV is about engaging consumers

October 26, 2012 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

For AT&T, the IPTV game right now is about engagement. Customers who interact with their TVs churn at a much lower rate. And 65 percent to 70 percent of AT&T's viewers use a mobile device while they are watching TV several times a week.

Time Warner Cable names 3 AVPs for NYC service area

October 26, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has firmed up its leadership team in the company’s New York City service area with the recent appointments of three area vice presidents. As new area vice presidents, Brien Kelley, Gregg Cory and Anthony Ontiveros report to John Quigley, regional vice president of operations for New York City.

@ TelcoTV: Verizon to get chummier with cable

October 25, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon’s Robert Mudge signaled the potential for closer collaboration with the cable industry in his keynote speech at TelcoTV. He said Verizon was clearly benefiting from the arrangements with various MSOs to include Verizon Wireless in their bundles, but that only sets the stage for more work together.

RCN drops in 4 new channels for Philly viewers

October 25, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has added four new SD channels into its RCN Premiere package in Philadelphia, where it competes with Comcast. In addition, some HD channels - Fox Business Network, Outdoor Channel and Golf Channel - were moved from RCN Premiere to RCN Signature.

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Kudelski sells chip operation

October 25, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Kudelski Group has sold off its Abilis fabless IC company to ALi Corp., a semiconductor manufacturer in Taiwan. Abilis designs RF modulators, secure media processors and broadcast-to-IP solutions. Abilis was founded on the proposition of making what it referred to as mobile TVs on a chip.

Time Warner Cable to spend $5M for broadband build-out in Maine

October 24, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is planning on spending more than $5 million this year to expand its broadband network in dozens of communities across Maine. The Maine build-out is one element of a larger $100 million investment by TWC in its markets throughout New England, New York and the Carolinas.

Comcast scores VOD deal with The CW Network

October 24, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Xfinity On Demand users will be able to access shows from The CW Television Network at no additional charge. The deal marks the first time that a multi-system operator has gained access to The CW’s content on video-on-demand (VOD).

Arris targets ads at TelcoTV

October 24, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Specifically, Arris is introducing a bundled multicast IPTV advertising platform for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The end-to-end offering integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in only one device, the Arris Media Services Platform (MSP).

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.

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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.

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.

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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