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Time for Set-Top Makers to Merge – Study
News Analysis  | 
5/30/2014  |  4 comments
A new study by ABI Research concludes that the set-top market is ripe for consolidation now that two sets of large US pay-TV providers are planning to merge.
Beyond RDK: A New TV Turf War
News Analysis  | 
5/30/2014  |  8 comments
Now that the cable industry has blessed the Reference Design Kit, companies are working overtime to sell their own software solutions to sit on top of the RDK stack.
Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Company of the Year (Private) – Part 1
News Analysis  | 
5/30/2014  |  1 comment
Finalists for Light Reading's Leading Lights award in the category Company of the Year (Private) include cloud vendors, mobile vendors, and a mobile cloud vendor.
Dish Says Yes to Bitcoin
News Analysis  | 
5/29/2014  |  10 comments
Dish Network says will start accepting Bitcoin digital currency for payment later this year.
Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Best Telecom Product (Part 1)
DOS Attack  | 
5/29/2014  |  1 comment
Presenting the first six of 12 finalists for the Leading Lights Best Telecom Product award.
Gigabit Speeds Come to Rock Hill
News Analysis  | 
5/28/2014  |  7 comments
Like other small telcos, Comporium is bolstering local redevelopment efforts by bringing fiber-based Gigabit Internet access to downtown.
Rovi Makes Play for World Cup
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5/28/2014  |  3 comments
Rovi has introduced its 2014 World Cup metadata set and in-guide advertising solution around the global soccer tournament.
Telecable Picks Nagra for TV Everywhere
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5/28/2014  |  Post a comment
Large Mexican MSO selects Nagra's MediaLive solution to deliver multiscreen video services to its subscribers.
Envivio Swings at 4K Video
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5/27/2014  |  1 comment
French broadcaster TDF picks Envivio's 4K compression technology for live streaming of the French Open tennis tournament to Ultra HD TV sets.
Redbox Falls Flat in Streaming Space
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2014  |  7 comments
Redbox is removing its DVD rental kiosks, and its streaming service is struggling for subscribers.
Poll: Comcast First Choice for OTT Plunge
News Analysis  | 
5/27/2014  |  3 comments
In our latest community poll, readers selected Comcast as the most likely pay-TV provider to go over-the-top first, despite recent OTT moves by AT&T, Verizon, and Dish Network.
TiVo Cable Partnership Pays Off
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2014  |  6 comments
DVR pioneer breaks its own record again by adding 341,000 cable subscribers in Q1, as it climbs above 4.5 million total subs for the first time.
Cox Lays Out Gigabit Roadmap
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2014  |  21 comments
Cox will target Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Omaha for its next 1-Gig broadband rollouts as it aims to upgrade all its regions by the end of 2016.
Eurobites: Welcome to IoT City!
News Analysis  | 
5/23/2014  |  6 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone makes case for better wholesale backhaul access; Com Hem considers IPO; AlcaLu looks to sell cyber-security business to Thales.
Com Hem Preps $829M IPO
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5/23/2014  |  1 comment
Swedish cable operator aims to raise 5.5 billion Swedish kronor from Stockholm listing.
Liberty Global Opens Polish Horizons
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5/22/2014  |  1 comment
Leading European MSO extends its Horizon TV multiscreen video service to Poland, expanding Horizon's reach to Central and Eastern Europe.
TWC Joins Austin Speed Sweepstakes
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5/22/2014  |  4 comments
With Austin, Texas the nerve center of 1-Gig broadband rollouts in the US, Time Warner Cable is now boosting its Internet speeds to 300 Mbit/s.
CDNs & Net Neutrality: It's Complicated
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5/21/2014  |  3 comments
Comcast is selling a CDN service, and Apple is signing paid interconnection deals with ISPs. Networks aren't neutral.
Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative SMB Service
News Analysis  | 
5/21/2014  |  Post a comment
Wireless and cloud are the hot topics in this year's competition.
Cable Leaves Telcos in Broadband Dust
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5/21/2014  |  7 comments
Despite the continued growth of the AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS Internet services, cable operators are still boosting their lead in the US broadband market.
Leading Lights Finalists 2014: Most Innovative Video Service
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5/21/2014  |  Post a comment
Three finalists stand out in a year when video showed why it's still most popular medium on the planet.
Eurobites: Netflix Spreads Its Wings
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5/21/2014  |  6 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson does VoLTE for Bouygues; LTE in North Africa; UK mobile coverage in the slow lane.
Distributed CCAP Debuts in Europe
News Analysis  | 
5/20/2014  |  1 comment
Taking a leap into cable's future, Casa Systems and Teleste join forces to develop a distributed CCAP/RemotePHY system for boosting broadband speeds.
Despite Efforts, Cable Service Still Sucks
News Analysis  | 
5/20/2014  |  26 comments
Cable companies rank lowest in customer satisfaction for both video and Internet service, so vendors are now trying to help out, and cash in, with new data-driven support solutions.
Ruckus Virtualizes WLAN Management
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5/20/2014  |  5 comments
The WiFi vendor uses NFV to virtualize its control plane and support multi-tenant enterprises.
Cable Cuts Video Losses in Q1
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5/19/2014  |  7 comments
US cable companies lost fewer video subscribers in Q1 than in past quarters, while satellite TV and telecom companies gained fewer subs than before, according to a new LRG report.
Who’s Afraid of OTT?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/19/2014  |  19 comments
OTT services are giving service providers sleepless nights, according to the early results of a poll.
Eurobites: Ericsson Appoints Heads of New Units
News Analysis  | 
5/19/2014  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BT recruits more engineers; Orange sells Ugandan unit; Ofcom boss cool on net neutrality.
AT&T to Acquire DirecTV for $48.5B
News Analysis  | 
5/18/2014  |  12 comments
Boards of both companies approved AT&T's offer to buy DirecTV for about $95 a share Sunday, a deal that would make AT&T the largest pay TV provider on the planet.
EarthLink Finds Multi-Site Niche
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5/16/2014  |  5 comments
Managed services provider builds national strategy around serving companies with widely distributed small sites, starting with retailers.
Eurobites: Orange in French M&A Talks
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5/16/2014  |  8 comments
Also in today's EMEA roundup: Numericable may buy Virgin Mobile France; another upgrade for Nokia; EU antitrust chief strikes back; BT's here for the beer.
Live Sports Push Boundaries of Online Delivery
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5/16/2014  |  4 comments
Delivering live sports events online can be a nightmare, but help may be on its way for cable operators and other broadband providers.
FCC Split on Net Neutrality Plans
News Analysis  | 
5/15/2014  |  12 comments
Amid heated debate, the FCC passes a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" that could allow ISPs to charge more for priority service.
Charter/Comcast Tap Willner for Spinoff
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5/15/2014  |  2 comments
Charter and Comcast announce that Michael Willner will serve as President and CEO of "SpinCo," a proposed new spinoff cable company.
Security Tops Smart Home Wish List
News Analysis  | 
5/15/2014  |  5 comments
A new report by software specialist iControl finds that security is still consumers' number-one smart home priority.
Eurobites: IoT Drives UK Merger
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5/15/2014  |  3 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TalkTalk TV takes off; SFR numbers heading south; Nokia pays off 5,000 at troublesome Indian plant.
Harmonic Pushes CCAP Into the Network
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5/14/2014  |  Post a comment
Harmonic pursues new "Distributed CCAP" course with debut of NSG Exo product that pushes CMTS and edgeQAM functions out of the cable headend and into the access network.
Comcast's Cohen: Define Internet Fast Lanes
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5/14/2014  |  5 comments
Comcast EVP David Cohen argues that the MSO is following open Internet principles and that Internet 'fast lanes' still need to be defined.
Telenet Chooses Casa for CCAP
News Analysis  | 
5/13/2014  |  Post a comment
In another big CCAP win, Casa Systems sells its next-gen CMTS solution to the largest cable operator in Belgium.
Wanted: Wisdom of the Crowd (That’s YOU)
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/13/2014  |  8 comments
We've got the questions, you've got the answers...
Comcast Tunes in Turner VoD
News Analysis  | 
5/13/2014  |  1 comment
A sweeping deal between Comcast and Turner Broadcasting will bring new Turner TV shows to Xfinity On Demand customers and open up new dynamically inserted ads for advertisers.
Eurobites: MTS, NSN Take VoLTE Into the Cloud
News Analysis  | 
5/13/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei trials small cells with Vodafone; Google must implement 'right to be forgotten'; Moody's upgrades Nokia.
AT&T Closing on DirecTV?
News Analysis  | 
5/13/2014  |  5 comments
Bloomberg reports that AT&T is now in advanced talks to buy DirecTV for about $50 billion as media merger fever picks up.
Comcast Offers WiFi to KDDI, Taiwan Mobile Subs
News Analysis  | 
5/12/2014  |  4 comments
Comcast is selling wireless hotspot access to subscribers of KDDI and Taiwan Mobile, but WiFi is no substitute for mobile broadband.
Big Changes in Store for CDNs
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
5/12/2014  |  1 comment
Verizon's acquisition of CDN provider EdgeCast is just one of several developments that will shake up the CDN sector.
Cable's All-IP Shift Will Drag On
News Analysis  | 
5/12/2014  |  2 comments
In our recent community poll, most readers don't think cable operators will upgrade to all-IP service delivery until at least 2018, if they do so at all.
Eurobites: Qualcomm Eyes WiFi Chip Specialist
News Analysis  | 
5/12/2014  |  2 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei enables 400G for Broadnet; Ericsson swallows Red Bee; 5G latest; BSkyB's M&A ambitions.
Comcast Cloud DVR Storms Down East Coast
News Analysis  | 
5/9/2014  |  4 comments
Comcast cloud DVR services now reach one-third of the MSO's footprint with the launches of the new service in southern Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Eurobites: Telefónica's Q1 Blues
News Analysis  | 
5/9/2014  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: AlcaLu's IP boost; ZTE wins German patents case; Merkel backs easier M&A; BICS drags Belgacom down.
IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1
News Analysis  | 
5/9/2014  |  7 comments
The vendor cuts its losses and shows strength in key networking equipment sectors in the first quarter, but revenues are static.
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