Tagged With cable

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The rollout of Australia's NBN will abandon almost all of Optus's HFC cable network that it paid $800 million for back in 2011, with up to 700,000 homes around the country instead being connected to the NBN through fibre to the distribution point — a new technology that brings many of the advantages of fibre to the premises to a fibre to the node-style construction method.

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As the NBN develops every year, the technology underpinning it improves. That's the main hope we have for Australia's copper infrastructure, which is being used for fibre to the node — and, potentially, fibre to the distribution point. The NBN is trialing a variety of technologies that promise to massively improve the speed of existing copper already in the ground, including by using the already-installed HFC cable networks previously operated by Telstra and Optus.

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With Australians aged 18 to 32 spending an average of 12.8 hours a week streaming their favourite shows, Optus has decided to extend its range of unlimited data plans to include ADSL 2+, cable and NBN.

From today, if you are a new Optus customer (or are recontracting) you can choose from a new range of plans with unlimited data, and score $20 a month off if you bundle it with your postpaid mobile.

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Telstra and nbn have signed a contract to build out and speed up the telco's existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) cable internet network, bringing it up to current standards to "deliver nbn™ broadband capability" to customers that will be moved onto it as part of the current government's multi-technology mix National Broadband Network. The deal is worth a massive $1.6 billion for Telstra, and will run until the NBN build is complete in 2020.

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Video: Cable broadband has been around for a long time, and with its adoption as a significant part of the multi-technology mix National Broadband Network, it'll be around for a longer time still. The technology behind cable has long given us download speeds of roughly 100Mbps, but a new technology could increase that by up to 20 times.

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I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches pay TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer — or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I'm on the wrong side of history, but I also know I'm not the only one.

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As far as watching TV goes, the experience provided by a traditional cable provider is crap. Slow hardware, clunky interfaces, unwanted bundled channels. Streaming services are slowly replacing all of this and thanks goodness for them. But there's an aspect of the old way that I will sorely miss — the DVR and its magical commercial skipping powers.

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Normally, if you tried to sell me a 3m micro-USB cable for $39, I'd laugh in your face before storming off to Amazon and paying $7 for the privilege (with GOLD CONNECTORS no less). But, honestly, Native Union's fancy-arse cable might just be worth it.

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In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won't understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that's what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner.

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Time Warner Cable is getting swallowed by the only monster bigger than itself: Comcast. That means the biggest cable provider, Comcast, is buying the second biggest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to form a ridiculously ginormous cable company that'll deliver unsatisfying service under one iron fist. We should all hold each other as big cable just gets bigger and badder.

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Network neutrality — the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally — is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the internet can easily become the power to control the internet in less beneficent ways.