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WiGig, Wi-Fi alliances join forces

January 3, 2013 2:54 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance announced that they will merge the two entities into one organization that will operate under the Wi-Fi Alliance. The two have been collaborating for more than two years on the WiGig Alliance's work to develop an interoperability certification for 60 GHz products.

Alticast casts lot with ThinkAnalytics

January 3, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.

Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

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Lowe’s expands home networking line

January 3, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There’s a widespread expectation that the business of broadband-based SMA will grow rapidly this year, and it will be hard to find a company that can help spread SMA wider than Lowe’s. The company launched its Iris cloud-based smart home product line last year.

Report: 2012 global telecom revenues hit $2T

January 3, 2013 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Not surprisingly, mobile broadband presents the single largest opportunity for telcos to claw back revenue. Ovum forecasts mobile broadband will grow 19.2 percent annually and generate $123 billion in incremental revenue between 2013 and 2016.

Upfront - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:55 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

LRG: The 13 largest MVPDs lost about 53,500 net additional video subscribers in Q3 2012; TDG Research: 13 percent of broadband subscribers do not subscribe to cable-like pay-TV services; Ericsson: Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones; and IIA: Broadband-enabled savings increased nearly $1,200 per American household from last year.

New Products - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:14 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ZyXel announced a turnkey commercial Wi-Fi hotspot upgrade to its CloudEnabled Business Access Point, Cycle30 developed commercial business billing software designed for cable ops and Concurrent modified its video system to deliver content directly to Smart TVs.

Charter, Disney renew distribution agreement, add TV Everywhere services

January 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.

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CTIA announces 2014 'super’ show

January 2, 2013 2:55 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA announced plans to merge its spring and fall shows, creating what the association is referring to as a “super” mobile industry trade show. It overlaps with the Annual Convention of the Competitive Cellular Association (CCA), formerly the Rural Cellular Assocation (RCA).

Synchronoss acquires NewBay for $55.5M

January 2, 2013 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile services company Synchronoss Technologies recently bought NewBay from Research In Motion for $55.5 million to expand its cloud-based services. NewBay's cloud-based services allow customers to store, share and deliver content through smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.

FCC eases airlines’ path to in-flight broadband

January 2, 2013 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that will serve to help airlines more expeditiously roll out in-flight broadband. The rules streamline the process for airlines applying for a license to offer Internet service onboard during flights.

Engineering-Wise - Some lessons from Sandy

January 2, 2013 12:28 pm | by Derek DiGiacomo, senior director of the information systems and energy management program at the SCTE | Articles | Comments

In the weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Mid-Atlantic region, cable was a whirlwind of activity. Engineering crews worked tirelessly to ensure that critical facilities were up and running and that key telecommunications services would be quickly restored.

Mediacom nails down content rights

December 21, 2012 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One set secures wider distribution rights, expanding the amount of programming Mediacom can make available through its TV Everywhere service. Another set of agreements expands the amount of Spanish-language content the MSO can offer, and a third set consisted of retransmission consent renewals.

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An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

Cisco still top dog in STB marketplace

December 21, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.

Cablevision bows ESPN, Showtime multi-screen apps

December 20, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has rolled out TV Everywhere apps from Showtime and ESPN that allow its authenticated subscribers to view video content via the WatchESPN and Showtime Anytime services. Optimum TV subscribers now have live access to ESPN networks on computers, on mobile devices or on the Xbox.

Suddenlink hits high note with launch of SWRV music network

December 20, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced that it has launched Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel, which is a 24/7 music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. SWRV has launched with Cox, AT&T, Verizon and RCN.

Videotron offers Mobile Usage app

December 20, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron subscribers can now keep a close eye on their data plan usage thanks to the company’s new Mobile Usage app, which lets business and residential customers monitor their Internet data usage on Android smartphone or tablet devices at all times.

Verizon launches LTE in 29 new markets, expands service in 36

December 20, 2012 2:38 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in 29 new markets, as well as the expansion of service in 36 of its existing markets. Verizon's LTE deployment has been consistently ahead of schedule. The carrier says it plans to have its rollout completed by the middle of 2013.

FCC approves AT&T's bid to buy Comcast spectrum

December 19, 2012 3:13 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC approved AT&T's bid to soak up spectrum from Comcast, stating the "proposed transactions would serve the public interest." The deal gives AT&T licenses to AWS-1 and WCS spectrum in 608 markets, covering 82 percent of the U.S. population in 48 states.

FCC limits Dish spectrum, sets 4-year timetable for rollout

December 19, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In its order, the FCC said it declined a proposal presented by Dish Network that would have included shifting the AWS-4 uplink spectrum up five MHz to protect the adjacent H-block, a piece of spectrum in which Sprint has expressed an interest.

Report: Global LTE smartphone shipments to hit 275M in 2013

December 19, 2012 3:06 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LTE has arrived. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, global LTE smartphone shipments will grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013. Companies leading the growth spurt will include Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics and others.

Suddenlink’s TiVo Stream service drops into southern states

December 18, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since Suddenlink Communications became the first cable operator to offer the TiVo Stream service in Lubbock, Texas, in October, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has deployed it in more than 60 communities across its footprint.

ThePlatform integrates smart workflow with transcoding vendors

December 18, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The sheer volume of multi-screen videos, along with the proliferation of the devices used to watch the content on, can be overwhelming at times, but Comcast-owned thePlatform has added “smart workflow” features to its mpx offering to help solve those issues.

Cisco agrees to acquire BroadHop

December 18, 2012 3:07 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco announced plans to acquire Colorado-based policy control and service management provider BroadHop. Specifics of the deal were not immediately available. BroadHop’s policy control solutions for mobile and fixed networks will be integrated into Cisco’s mobility group.

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