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@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

Comcast's AnyPlay to debut in Denver, Nashville

January 10, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator is ready to commercialize the ability to deliver live TV to mobile devices within the home, first announced at The Cable Show in 2011.

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Humax gateway leverages new SeaChange software

January 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.

FCC plans Lifeline overhaul, broadband subsidies

January 10, 2012 2:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A federal program that provides discounts on landline and wireless phone service for low-income households is slated for a major overhaul under a plan announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

AT&T boasts LTE; Sprint, Verizon debut LTE devices

January 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's annual developer conference kicked off in Las Vegas with a series of executive keynotes that focused on its budding LTE network.

@ CES: Ballmer, Microsoft keynote a farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Motorola Mobility: Patent spats hit Q4 profits

January 9, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility says the cost of defending itself against patent lawsuits and steep competition in the high-end smartphone market has had an impact on its fourth-quarter financial performance, with sales flat over last year and only "modest" profits.

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SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

January 9, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

Amino debuts Intel Atom-based hybrid gateway

January 9, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amino is set to introduce a hybrid media gateway based on Intel's 32nm Atom chip for consumer electronics at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

BYOD trend prompts Sprint restructuring

January 9, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend isn't just affecting corporate IT departments – it appears to be having an impact on wireless operators, too.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

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AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Mao to take the reins at Ubee Interactive

January 6, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee Interactive said its executive chairman, Robert Y. L. Mao, will add the title of president upon the retirement of the company's CEO, Yuan-Hao Lin.

Leap mulls LTE tie-up with Sprint

January 6, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is "very willing" to consider extending its current wholesale deal with Sprint for 3G service to LTE, CEO Doug Hutcheson said.

Report: iPhone 4S tops even iPad in data consumption

January 6, 2012 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The iPhone 4S is the most data-hungry device in the land, according to a new study from Arieso, which showed that iPhone 4S users gobble up twice as much data as iPhone 4 users and three times as much as iPhone 3G users. Perhaps even more surprising was that the iPhone 4S actually uses more data than even the iPad.

The 'CES curse'?

January 6, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. It's quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

Moto gateway supports new home control services

January 5, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility will be showing a new gateway in its 4Home series at CES that is designed to integrate a wider range of broadband-based services, including home automation and energy management.

Clearwire's got capacity to share

January 5, 2012 2:41 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire's got capacity in the 2.5 GHz band, and it's here to share it – at the right price.

Celeno bows new video-grade Wi-Fi chip

January 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Celeno Communications will be showing off its new video-grade Wi-Fi chip at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Sigma Designs, Quantenna team on design for networked STB

January 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is offering a reference design for a set-top box that incorporates a Wi-Fi router based on Quantenna's 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

Verizon Wireless posts record Q4 iPhone sales; profits suffer

January 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that the company sold a record 4.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, but its success came at a cost.

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