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Making the second screen work

February 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Years after Netflix, smartphones and tablets all hit the scene, even those service providers capable of multi-screen delivery continue to struggle with the multi-screen phenomenon. That’s because even as service providers respond to viewers’ increasing appetite for video on screens other than the TV, consumers’ multi-screen behavior continues to evolve.

A kaleidoscope of moving parts

February 7, 2013 11:34 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The once heavily tech-driven business model of small Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable and broadband service providers is morphing into a kaleidoscope of moving, interchangeable parts. Smaller operators whose subscriber counts number in the four- and five-figure range are fiddling with and tweaking their business models like never before.

Managing the multi-screen video transformation

February 7, 2013 10:56 am | by Paul Casinelli, product manager at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

The multi-screen transformation has taken the video world by storm. Customers now expect the same video services they receive on their set-top box on their video-capable devices. Adoption of multi-screen services is occurring across the spectrum, running the gamut of service providers, content providers and enterprises.

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Malone’s Liberty Global to fork out $23B for Virgin Media

February 6, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The acquisition, which needs to pass regulatory approvals and is slated to close in the second quarter, would not only pit mega moguls John Malone and Rupert Murdoch against each other in the United Kingdom, but it would also give Malone’s Liberty Global the crown as the world’s largest cable operator.

Report: Mobile data traffic to increase 13-fold by 2017

February 6, 2013 3:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Global mobile data traffic is expected to increase 13-fold by 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast. The company says the growth in mobile data usage will be driven by the increase in mobile Internet connection, including M2M modules.

FCC Sandy field hearings emphasize modernizing infrastructure

February 6, 2013 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

At the Superstorm Sandy field hearings, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski made it clear the wireless communication outages experienced during the storm couldn't happen again. When Sandy hit the U.S. East Coast, approximately 25 percent of cell sites across 10 states were rendered inoperational.

AT&T rebrands U-verse Live TV as Mobile TV, levels pricing

February 5, 2013 3:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has renamed its U-verse Live TV app, now calling it Mobile TV. The carrier announced the change that will go along with improved video quality on LTE, direct billing to subscriber accounts and an even $9.99 charge for the service across the board.

Amdocs offers major rev of back office suite

February 5, 2013 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amdocs claims its updated product suite is the only back office system able to deliver real-time integration across network control, business and operational support systems to give end customers a new level of control over their experiences.

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Skype launches direct carrier billing; it’s coming soon to U.S.

February 5, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Skype has launched carrier billing in Russia through technology from Mach and payvia. The company expects the service that allows users of the VoIP service to charge Skype credits directly to their carrier's monthly bill. Mach said the new feature will soon be available to Skype users in the United States and Canada.

TWC tips off multi-screen access to TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes

February 4, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated subscribers of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can now catch all of the Los Angeles Lakers games on their iOS devices, home computers, and Android tablets and phones. Time Warner Cable has made its TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes video content available for Internet and mobile viewing.

Bridgevine hires Jeltuhin as CTO

February 4, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Digital marketing vendor Bridgevine has hired Sasha Jeltuhin as its new chief technology officer and executive vice president of technology. Jeltuhin is responsible for leading Bridgevine’s technology team and driving enhancements for Bridgevine’s Acquisition and Merchandising Platform (AMP).

FTC issues mobile privacy guidelines

February 4, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same day as regulators announced a settlement with social networking provider Path.

In Perspective - Stick a 4K in 3-D: It's done

February 4, 2013 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The big thing in TV land at CES, in terms of both hype and actual size, was 4K TVs, aka ultra-high-def, or Ultra HDTVs. The great thing about shows like CES is that they show you exciting possible futures. Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that 4K TVs are pretty darn nifty.

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Memory Lane - Broadband’s latest wrinkle

February 4, 2013 12:54 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

There is a movement toward usage-based pricing that borrows from an electrical utility model of the early 1900s. Today’s megabits are yesterday’s kilowatts, and like power companies before them, service providers appreciate the symbiotic relationship that device makers can deliver.

New Products - February 2013

February 4, 2013 11:00 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Greenlee introduced its new 910FS Optical Fusion Splicer and 910CL Optical Fiber Cleaver; Actiontec launched ScreenBeam, a wireless display kit that lets users mirror their PC, tablet and smartphone displays on an HDTV; and Celeno and Atmel are developing integrated solutions for high-performance Wi-Fi Direct remote controls.

Clearwire keeps deal talks open with Sprint, Dish

February 1, 2013 2:54 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire said it is still considering acquisition offers from both Sprint Nextel and Dish Network. The WiMAX provider said the special committee reviewing the deal has not made any determination to change its current recommendation of the Sprint transaction.

Cisco debuts stadium Wi-Fi system

February 1, 2013 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco has introduced a stadium Wi-Fi system that incorporates a multicast capability. Cisco StadiumVision Mobile gives stadium operators the option of creating channels of additional content, such as a replay channel, a broadcast channel for out-of-town games and feeds from stadium cameras, all accessible through a mobile app.

Torbeck assumes CEO role at Cincinnati Bell

February 1, 2013 2:33 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell has appointed Ted Torbeck as the company's new CEO and member of the board of directors. He succeeds Jack Cassidy, who has been elected vice chairman of the board. The move is part of Cincinnati Bell’s established succession plan.

Time Warner Cable gears up for launch of cloud-based UI on IP boxes

January 31, 2013 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call, Time Warner Cable President and COO Rob Marcus outlined some of the cable operator’s key initiatives for this year, which included the rollout of a cloud-based user interface on IP set-top boxes and gateways.

Cox lights up Wi-Fi hotspots in northern Virginia

January 31, 2013 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has launched a network of hotspots in northern Virginia for its Cox WiFi service. Cox Preferred, Premier and Ultimate tier subscribers in the area can access the Wi-Fi service for free. Cox WiFi features download speeds of up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds of 4 Mbps, but the speeds can vary.

Ericsson improves in Q4, takes loss on JV charge

January 31, 2013 1:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Network equipment maker Ericsson posted a $986 million net loss on a $1.2 billion charge related to the company’s struggling semiconductor business - its joint venture, ST-Ericsson. Revenue was up 5 percent from the same quarter last year, and 23 percent sequentially.

Qualcomm reports 36% jump in profits for Q1

January 31, 2013 1:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Qualcomm announced its 2013 first-quarter numbers, boasting $6 billion in revenue, a 29 percent increase year-over-year, and a net income of $1.9 billion, a 36 percent jump year-over-year. The numbers included $1.09 earnings per share, representing a 35 percent increase year-over-year.

Broadcom snags BroadLogic

January 30, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom has purchased BroadLogic, Broadcom confirmed. The acquisition was made months ago, during the summer of 2012, but was not announced. The only previous public mention of the action was a status update attesting to the fact on the website of one of BroadLogic’s investors.

Time Warner Cable hits refresh on new Web portal

January 30, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has completed its makeover of the company’s Web portal, which included the addition of geolocation technology. Time Warner Cable’s in-house e-commerce team, along with the help of creatives and developers across the country, came together to design, build and launch the new TWC.com.

Dish lays off Sprint-Softbank deal

January 30, 2013 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network told the FCC that it would not file to block Softbank's proposed $20 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Dish had asked that the shot clock in the Sprint-Softbank proceeding be paused until Sprint's bid for Clearwire had been settled.

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