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Report: Roku still rules the roost for streaming media devices

December 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to streaming media players, Roku still reigns supreme followed by Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. According to a report by Parks Associates, Roku was the leading brand with 29 percent of sales in the United States while Chromecast took over second place from Apple TV with a market share of 20 percent compared to Apple’s 17 percent.

Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that...

Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, sort of

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was...

TWC: We’ll try harder

May 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With their $45 billion merger making the regulatory rounds, the last thing Comcast and Time...

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RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

Dish Network sweeps H Block spectrum auction

March 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish, as many expected, bought all the licenses available. It has not stated its intentions for the spectrum, but using it for broadband connectivity is a possibility. The company is currently working with Sprint to deploy fixed mobile broadband on a trial basis in Corpus Christi. The trial is scheduled for later this year.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

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UPC offering separate neighborhood SSID Wi-Fi access

July 2, 2013 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast announced last month that it would open up a separate, public Wi-Fi network on customers’ home gateways, Liberty Global’s UPC Netherlands also has second SSIDs enabled. Since most of UPC’s  cable plant is underground, it needed to find another way to turn on more Wi-Fi hotspots. 

Comcast’s Wi-Fi wish list: Hotspot 2.0, 160 MHZ spectrum

June 10, 2013 10:41 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Wi-Fi has cemented itself as the go-to strategy for enabling mobile broadband, there’s bigger and better technology on the horizon. Tom Nagel, Comcast’s senior vice president of business development, would like to add a couple of things to his Wi-Fi playlist.

Aereo: Cable’s retrans friend

April 12, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

It was a busy week for Aereo, including comments that emerged from broadcasters at the NAB conference in Las Vegas. Aereo’s business model is a direct threat to broadcasters, but if it emerges victorious in court it could be beneficial to some cable operators. One cable operator executive said that Aereo’s use case was “more of an opportunity than a threat for the MSOs.”

TWC will continue to cull network herd; Britt defends sports deals

January 31, 2013 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said on a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call that the nation’s second-largest cable operator would continue to take a hard look at channels that don’t add value to its video packages. TWC cut the arts and entertainment channel Ovation from its lineup last month.

SCTE cancels Canadian Summit

January 17, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Citing the cost of travel and the goal of maximizing members’ time and the organization’s efficiency, the STCE board of directors is currently evaluating a virtual version of the Canadian Summit for this year while looking at the timing, location and format for 2014 and beyond.

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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.

Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

December 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable host RDK conference

December 4, 2012 3:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

There’s no doubt that Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative has picked up a lot of steam this year, and that should continue with the RDK Developers Community Conference, which is hosted by Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The conference is an important next step for the RDK.

TWC’s Britt: Hurricane Sandy damages ‘not significant’

November 5, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt started out the operator’s third-quarter earnings call by thanking his employees for their work before and after Hurricane Sandy, along with a brief update on the storm damages. Britt said Time Warner Cable was still evaluating Hurricane Sandy’s impact.

Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

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Survey: TV Everywhere strikes gold during Olympic coverage

August 13, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.

TWC pumps $850,000 into new state-of-the-art hub in S.C.

July 23, 2012 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable engineers took an innovative approach to a new hub in Summerville, S.C., by grouping services together into pods.

ThinkAnalytics serves up recommendation engine to 70M customers

June 28, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine serves 70 million subscribers in eight languages.

Google’s got your back for safe browsing

June 22, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Whether you view Google as a burgeoning, Borg-like Evil Empire or not, it has been proactive on the safe browsing front.

TWC engineers IP workaround for Fleet Week in NYC

May 30, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable posted a blog and video yesterday about how the cable operator overcomes the frequency noise that is associated with Fleet Week in New York City.

Cox CTO Hart shares thoughts on Cable Show, big picture at MSO

May 25, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Cox Communications CTO Kevin Hart outlines the company’s key projects and initiatives.

Cablevision’s Wi-Fi network an industry beacon

May 21, 2012 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Cablevision has been in the news for the steady stream of executives that have left the company, its decision to build a Wi-Fi network in 2008 has turned out to be visionary.

TWC, Verizon Wireless could have joint products this year

April 27, 2012 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The current marketing effort between the two includes a $200 prepaid debit card for customers that choose to add Verizon Wireless’ service and upgrade at least one of their Time Warner Cable services.

EchoStar’s Aria platform fades to black

April 24, 2012 1:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

EchoStar is abandoning its efforts to serve Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators in the United States with its Aria platform, which included its own brand of set-top boxes.

Home automation: Comcast to add Technicolor touchscreen

April 9, 2012 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast has opened the floodgates on its Xfinity Home service, with plans to have it launched in virtually every system by year’s end, it will also start using a second touchscreen from Technicolor.

Rutledge settles in at Charter

February 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With two weeks under his belt as Charter's new CEO and president, Tom Rutledge faced the inevitable questions from analysts that sought to compare and contrast his current job with his former position at Cablevision.

More on Shaw’s network upgrades for Exo branding

February 10, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Shaw Communications CTO Dennis Steiger provides a few more details on the company’s engineering efforts that are behind its Exo brand.

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