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Vecima sells more assets

July 13, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company dumps more real estate to raise cash as it transitions to a new generation of technology.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Canadian court scraps royalty for online downloads

July 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that songwriters and music publishers are not entitled to royalties for song and video game downloads.

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Judge lets start-up relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

July 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said the case probably would have been decided in favor of the broadcasters were it not for the case challenging Cablevision's RS-DVR system.

Viacom blocks online episodes in DirecTV fight

July 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom shut off access to full-length episodes on its own websites such as MTV.com and ComedyCentral.com to all visitors, even those who have no stake in the dispute.

Hyatt begins rollout of interactive TV

July 12, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, provided by start-up Roomlinx, enables customers to access hotel services through onscreen menus.

Xfinity Home lands in South Florida

July 10, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The broadband service enables customers to remotely monitor their home and control digital thermostats and lights in real time.

House Dems again criticize Verizon AWS deal

July 10, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House Democrats are pressuring federal regulators for the second time in a month about Verizon Wireless' marketing deals with those cable operators from which it has proposed buying AWS spectrum.

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Cox expands BTN2Go to Android devices

July 10, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers who subscribe to the Big Ten Network will be able to watch games on their Android handhelds.

AT&T beefs up U-verse apps

July 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

U-verse subscribers have access to more premium content, and those with iPhones and iPod Touches get new features.

Report: Net wireless adds plunge in Q1

July 6, 2012 1:41 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The major wireless providers fell flat in the first quarter on slowing smartphone adoption, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

Samsung tips record-high profit for Q2

July 6, 2012 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones powered Samsung Electronics to record quarterly earnings, but its shares fell as lower-than-expected overall sales underlined the threat from Europe's economic malaise.

Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

July 5, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices is changing people's viewing habits.

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Study: Telcos face dilemma on when to cut over from DSL to FTTH

July 5, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to competing against cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0-based data services, telcos are hamstrung by the limitations of their DSL offerings.

Installation and repair go commercial

July 5, 2012 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The exact same trends roiling the consumer market are having a profound effect on the way communications service providers (CSPs) conduct their business.

Built for speed: Comcast RDK

July 5, 2012 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In today’s competitive market, cable operators need to be both nimble and thrifty when it comes to developing new products and services.

An evolutionary approach to Gigabit-class DOCSIS

July 5, 2012 12:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

That cable companies would evolve their networks from HFC tech to FTTH, with its attendant gigabit transmission rates, was never in doubt. The questions have always been about the timeframe and what the intermediary steps would be.

Scaling OTT architectures for a multi-device world

July 3, 2012 4:25 pm | by Harish Reddy, principal, and Andrew Lynch, consultant, of IBB Consulting | Articles | Comments

OTT video is now mainstream. The challenge lurking behind this phenomenon is that consumption is moving toward a highly fragmented set of devices, and no single solution exists to solve the operational and technical complexities of delivering video to a diverse landscape of devices.

Verizon fires shot in net neutrality challenge

July 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon and MetroPCS have laid out their argument against the FCC's net neutrality regulations in a brief.

Report: Cable will have 25% of fixed broadband subs by 2017

July 3, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators’ rollout of DOCSIS 3.0-based data services and digitization efforts in developing economies were cited as key drivers.

Sony to buy game streaming company

July 3, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony will pay about $380 million for Gaikai, a company that specializes in cloud-based games that can be played on a variety of mobile devices, not just Sony products.

In Perspective - Game on

July 3, 2012 12:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Game consoles have been serving double duty as over-the-top boxes for years, but what about a game console as an official cable set-top?

Memory Lane - Rooms with views

July 3, 2012 12:04 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Sioux Falls, S.D., seems an unlikely spawning ground for a highly disruptive television technology. But much of what the world now knows about VOD viewing habits, buy rates and economics germinated there.

Open Mic - Make HFC network improvements a reality

July 3, 2012 11:40 am | by Kellie Chong, director of product line at RFMD | Articles | Comments

High-data-rate and dense content-delivery-capable wireline networks are faced with insurmountable requirements as demands for higher data rates and more digital content increase.

Capital Currents - Digital Television 3.0

July 2, 2012 8:39 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The television service we have might be called Digital Television 1.0, but the ATSC is in the final stage of designing the features of Digital Television 2.0. What about 3.0?

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