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Cox Business connects Navy sites in San Diego

October 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of a new five-year contract, Cox Business recently completed the build-out of 40 miles of its broadband network to 165 Navy sites in San Diego County. Cox’s network now reaches into barracks, hotels, fire stations, residential housing, recreation centers, and ships in the harbor in order to offer its triple play services to approximately 50,000 sailors stationed in San Diego.

Rogers’ GamePlus app puts NHL fans up close and personal

October 7, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Reaping the fruits of its $5.2 billion deal with the NHL that was signed in November of last year, Rogers Communications is about to drop the puck on its new GamePlus app when the season starts on Wednesday. GamePlus, which is part of Rogers NHL GameCentre Live service, lets mobile and tablet users watch games from several unique point-of-view camera angles as well as the ability to replay key plays. 

Sprint cutting jobs this month to trim costs

October 6, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint Corp., the nation's third-biggest cellphone carrier, said it is cutting an unspecified number of jobs this month to reduce costs as it tries to better compete with AT&T and Verizon, and hinted that more layoffs are possible. Sprint said Friday in a regulatory filing that it will book a $160 million charge in its fiscal second quarter to cover this round of layoffs, which will largely be completed this month.

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Shaw beefs up TVE sports lineups with new apps

October 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This week Shaw Communications added apps from Sportsnet Now and TSN Go to its roster of TV Everywhere programming. TSN Go is now available on iOS and Android devices to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct video subscribers. TSN Go gives authenticated subscribers the ability to access TSN's recently expanded suite of feeds to watch live and on-demand sports content for free with their subscription to TSN.

Comcast ups Herrin to focus on customer experience

September 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cable industry’s dismal customer satisfaction ratings have become a stereotype for the industry, but Comcast is vowing, again, to improve customer service with the promotion of Charlie Herrin to senior vice president, customer experience. On Friday Comcast Cable CEO and president Neil Smit took to company’s blog page to tout Herrin’s new role. 

BlackBerry posts $207 million loss

September 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry posted a loss of $207 million in the second quarter on Friday just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. The Canadian company said it lost two cents per share on an adjusted basis on revenue of $916 million.

DirecTV shareholders approve $48.5B sale to AT&T

September 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval. Public-interest groups say the deal would lead to less competition, since AT&T and DirecTV provide pay-TV services to about 25 percent of the country.

SCTE’s Energy 2020 program unveiled at Expo

September 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE got down to the brass tacks of its ambitious, all encompassing Energy 2020 program Wednesday afternoon at Cable-Tec Expo. The new Energy 2020 program was first announced in June, but Wednesday’s workshop provided new details on its goals and key areas of focus.

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Bright House Networks’ Babinski Cable-Tec champ

September 25, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Propelled by victories in two events, Bright House Networks’ Greg Babinski took home the top honors at the SCTE International Cable-Tec Games in Denver earlier this week. Babinski, representing SCTE Region 9 and the SCTE Central Florida Chapter, beat out 29 other competitors in the 24th annual Cable-Tec Games.

Liberty Global’s Fries: ‘Thanks Netflix’

September 24, 2014 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When Netflix dropped into Liberty Global’s European footprint, Liberty CEO and president Mike Fries said it prodded his company to innovate and grow. Fries, who spoke with Comcast executive vice president and CTO during a keynote Expo session Wednesday morning, said the cable industry across the globe needed to collaborate and continue to scale in order to compete with hyper-giants such as Google and Netflix.

TWC’s LaJoie offers up cable career advice

September 24, 2014 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After 21 years in the cable industry, Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie has plenty of career advice for anyone in the cable industry. LaJoie, who is retiring at the end of the year, shared his thoughts during the opening general session “Tips from the top—from to cube to corner office” at Expo with long-time friend Yvette Kanouff.

Acheson wins SCTE Member of the Year

September 23, 2014 6:04 pm | by Craig Kuhl | News | Comments

A stunned Bob Acheson of San Bruno Cable TV in Sunnyvale, Calif. humbly accepted SCTE’s prestigious Member of the Year Award during the organization’s annual awards luncheon Tuesday. The sales and marketing exec, who began his cable career more than 20 years ago, has volunteered his time to advance many causes, both in and out of the cable industry during his work with SCTE and San Bruno Cable.

Cable’s cloud forecast: hybrid model

September 23, 2014 5:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to cloud environments, cable operators would do well to go with a hybrid model for a variety of reasons, according to a keynote panel Tuesday morning at Expo. Comcast executive vice president and chief technology officer Tony Werner moderated the panel “Cable’s cloud forecast: More apps and infrastructure,” which included a discussion on the role that dev ops and agile developments played in the cloud setting. 

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Alaska’s GCI connects with T-Mobile on roaming

September 19, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, which is the largest triple play provider in Alaska, has inked an LTE roaming agreement with T-Mobile that provides its wireless customers access to an LTE network from Fairbanks, Alaska to Miami, Florida. While roaming agreements across the country are nothing new, GCI said the deal with T-Mobile was the nation’s first LTE roaming partnership. Financial terms of the deal weren’t released.

Cox names Wolfe SVP, Southwest region manager

September 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced that it has named John Wolfe as senior vice president and Southwest region manager, which is Cox’s largest region in the nation and includes Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Wolfe, who has logged nearly 30 years in the cable industry, came over to the Southwest from Cox's Northeast region, where he served as the senior vice president and region manager.

NCTA kills off Cable Show, rebrands as INTX

September 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with dwindling attendance over the past few years and the continued evolution of Internet technologies, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has pulled the plug on The Cable Show in favor of rebranding it as INTX. INTX, which stands for the Internet and Television Expo, will still be held on The Cable Show’s original schedule of May 5-7 next year in Chicago, but with more of an Internet focus.

Virgin Media tunes up 1-Gig test with ‘narrow trenching’

September 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media, which is the largest cable operator in the UK, will fire up a small 1-Gigabit trial in the Cambridgeshire village of Papworth that will feature a new trenching technique for laying fiber. Virgin Media said it would lay fiber in Papworth by using “narrow-trenching,” which it claims could reduce the cost of the network roll out by 33 percent. 

CableLabs, SCTE further align on energy initiatives

September 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs announced today that they would collaborate more closely on improving energy management issues for the cable industry, including strategies and innovations designed to reduce energy consumption and costs in facilities, plants, and fleet, as well as in the home. 

SCTE bolsters international presence

September 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has broadened its reach abroad with the recent addition of Liberty Global to SCTE’s Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) as well as the formation of an international-based training program. The training and certfication program is called the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), which will serve as an international gateway to the SCTE’s library of resources. 

Casa reels in another deal from TVCable

September 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TVCable Ecuador picked CMTS and CCAP vendor Casa Systems to provision its platform for a six-city expansion project. TVCable had previously teamed up with Casa on a first phase expansion across eight cities within its footprint. Miami-based Cable Network Associates helped Casa land the deal with TVCable.

SpinCo recast as GreatLand Connections

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Comcast announced they were ditching the name SpinCo for the emerging cable company that will be spun off once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and Charter/Comcast transactions are completed. The new name is GreatLand Connections Inc.,which drew upon the company’s Midwest and Southeast footprint that was formely operated by Comcast.

Charter inks data warehouse deal with Sense Corp

September 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced it has signed a deal with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to create its next-generation enterprise data warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, St. Louis-based Sense Corp will serve as Charter’s exclusive vendor for its business intelligence initiative, which Charter said would include integrating new subscribers by early next year. 

AT&T files suit against Cox for patent infringement

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday AT&T filed a patent lawsuit against Cox Communications alleging that the cable operator and over 30 of its regional systems had infringed on eight of its patents. The patents were related to DVRs and set-top boxes as well as managing VoIP and data services.

Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

Cox, Verizon shine in J.D. Power business voice study

August 27, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Verizon stood out for their wireline services in the recently released J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Business Study. Cox Communications was first in the large enterprise business category for overall customer satisfaction index scores while Verizon placed second.

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