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Verizon argues against PCS fix for LTE traffic

June 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said re-farming its PCS spectrum won't give it the capacity it needs to handle rising traffic on its LTE network

Comcast Media Center, In Demand provision new Pac-12 Networks

June 6, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The CMC and In Demand have been picked by Pac-12 Enterprises to work together to provision a broad range of technical distribution services for the Pac-12 Networks.

Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

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Under construction: The multi-screen video business model

June 6, 2012 12:57 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The evolution of a working business model for multi-screen and content is accelerating. Different companies coming from different angles have got many of the moving parts together, but those parts aren’t yet perfectly aligned.

Leveraging Big Data to improve subscriber service management

June 6, 2012 12:06 am | by Stephen Collins, vice president of product marketing and business development at Active Broadband Networks | Articles | Comments

Broadband companies are already working with enormous volumes of data. Moving forward, those volumes are only going to increase, and to deal with it all, service providers are going to need to gain a more thorough understanding of how to handle “Big Data.”

In Perspective - Interior decorators

June 5, 2012 5:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Cable operators may soon end up doing double duty for their subscribers, acting not only as their service providers, but also as their perpetual interior decorators – sort of like Elgin from the old "Murphy Brown" show.

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part II

June 5, 2012 5:32 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The book “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci is an excellent book on the fascinating history of HDTV.

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Open Mic - Network DVR vs. TV Everywhere

June 5, 2012 5:22 pm | by Bob Scheffler, senior director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of home entertainment technology – from the phonograph to radio to TV – the living room has long been the gathering place for the family. But in today’s world, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has created an insatiable consumer appetite for anytime, anyplace content.

Engineering-Wise - Getting smart(er)

June 5, 2012 5:02 pm | by Tom Russell, senior director of standards at the SCTE | Articles | Comments

The Digital Revolution has enabled and promulgated advances in systems management, reliability and delivery of services undreamed of, or relatively primitive in implementation, only a few short decades ago.

Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

Upfront - June 2012

June 5, 2012 4:33 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

A new study, commissioned by Broadcom, of nearly 900 Americans highlights the country’s growing dependence on Wi-Fi connectivity.

Knology drops 12 new HD channels into Montgomery, Ala., lineup

June 5, 2012 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology is continuing to add HD channels to its systems while it waits for its $1.5 billion acquisition by Wide Open West to close.

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Last lawsuit dropped against FCC white space order

June 5, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The last remaining court challenge to the FCC's white space order was withdrawn when the wireless microphone industry formally dismissed its petition for review of the regulations.

Akamai drops on Netflix plan

June 5, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has chosen Intequus to lead the development of its content delivery network (CDN).

New Products - June 2012

June 5, 2012 12:35 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Zhone introduces a green, GPON-based FiberLAN suite; Vytran adds new splicers to its CAS-4000 Series; and DragonWave ups spectral efficiency.

Execs, equity firms buy out Wave Broadband

June 4, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates cable operator Wave Broadband and data provider Astound Broadband, is being sold to two private equity firms and members of its management team.

Comcast beefs up TV Everywhere stable

June 4, 2012 2:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added in live streaming from Turner Broadcasting System’s CNN and HLN news networks, as well as Cinemax’s Max Go app.

Boxee makes move to the cloud

June 4, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is beta testing an iPhone app aimed at making it easier to store and share personal video.

AT&T, rivals square off on interoperability

June 4, 2012 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and its smaller competitors faced off on whether the lower 700 MHz band should be made interoperable in statements filed with the FCC.

C Spire sues AT&T over alleged collusion

June 4, 2012 11:56 am | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

C Spire is suing AT&T and two of its vendors for allegedly colluding to manipulate the LTE standards process so it and other regional operators would be prevented from building out their networks.

T-Mobile report slams VZW’s use of spectrum

June 1, 2012 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A new study conducted by Roberson and Associates and commissioned by T-Mobile USA refutes Verizon Wireless' claim that it is the most efficient of the major U.S. carriers in its use of spectrum.

Bright House TV App up and running on iPhone, Android devices

June 1, 2012 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching on iPads last year, Bright House Networks’ app for live streaming in customers’ homes is now available on iPhones and Android devices that use the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

Need for speed: Kabel Deutschland uses Arris gear to hit 4.7 Gbps

May 31, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris and Kabel Deutschland proved there’s plenty of mileage left in DOCSIS 3.0 by reaching a downstream speed of 4.7 Gbps in a field trial that used existing standards, technology and hardware.

CMC’s Hits signs deal to distribute In Demand’s VOD movies

May 31, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators will now be able to tap into video-on-demand movies from In Demand Networks.

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