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Sochi golden for Comcast’s 1Q; X1 reducing churn

April 22, 2014 1:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The numbers are in: Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts said the company’s X1 platform reduced “voluntary” churn by 20 percent to 30 percent relative to its broader base in the first quarter. Overall, Comcast is dropping 15,000 to 20,000 X1 boxes, which are being provided by Pace and Humax, a day into customers’ homes, which doubled its deployment rate from six months ago.

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The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

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AT&T signals intent to become OTT power

April 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group (which owns Crunchyroll) have formed a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based VOD as well as streaming.

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AT&T lines up 21 potential markets for 1 Gbps U-verse

April 21, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new candidate metropolitan areas include: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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TiVo report: Networks lose out with C3 ratings

April 21, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the advertising upfront season looming, TiVo released a report this morning that said the top-10 “season pass” programs lost $88 million in ad revenue due to the current C3 ratings system. By switching to C7, which would provide commercial ratings for live viewing plus an additional seven days instead of three, ratings and revenue would increase by 5 percent to 17 percent, according to TiVo.

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Alticast to get up close and personal at Cable Show

April 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast will be showing a range of technologies at The Cable Show next week that address the increased demand for personalized video services. Demonstrations include the company’s “set-top box on a stick” HDMI Media Express as well as several boxes that were built using the Reference Design Kit and Alticast’s integrated HTML5-based application framework technology.

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Will Aereo fly? Broadcasters' copyright challenge to TV over Internet reaches Supreme Court

April 21, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices. The source of the companies' worry is Aereo Inc.

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Birch Communications buying Cbeyond for $323M

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Birch Communications Inc. is buying technology and communications equipment provider Cbeyond for about $323 million. Cbeyond announced in November that it was considering its strategic options. Its shares surged on word of the deal.

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Review: Tablo a nifty little over-the-air HDTV system

April 19, 2014 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The Tablo is a nifty little item that lets you play over-the-air signals on your tablet. You can watch live, or record in advance and watch later. You can choose to record specific episodes, new episodes of a series, or an entire series. You can take your device anywhere, connect to the Internet, and you have access to your Tablo, including everything you’ve got stored on your disk drive. 

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Arris snaps up SeaWell Networks

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the first deal since it completed the Motorola Home acquisition a year ago, Arris announced Friday that it had bought SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed sum. Arris said it would be integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology and “talent” into its Network & Cloud business.

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T-Mobile wants clarity on spectrum auction

April 18, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC plans to auction several bands of AWS-3 spectrum, which will be used on a shared basis for commercial wireless and incumbent government operations for a transition period following the auction. T-Mobile said more work needed to be done to ensure potential bidders understand the possible impact of federal incumbency, relocation timelines, and the potential for temporary or indefinite sharing of the spectrum.

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Aereo CEO speaks on future of company, industry

April 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The future of Aereo hinges on a case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia discusses how the Internet and IP networking are affecting the fundamentals of the TV business, and how the Supreme Court decision is important because for Aereo there is no "Plan B." 

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Viewers binge on Comcast’s latest Watchathon Week

April 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast said this year’s edition of its Xfinity Watchathon Week set records for VOD consumption with 61 million views and 50 million hours of spend binging. This year’s binge viewing fest ran from March 31 through April 6 and included a record setting day on April 5 with nearly 11 million hours of viewing for the biggest day ever for Comcast’s VOD service. 

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TWC partners with Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

April 18, 2014 11:58 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions have teamed up to help promote better environmental awareness among the cable operator’s employees. The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will work with Time Warner Cable to form “Green Teams” to help deliver on the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. 

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Cable Show 2014 show dailies

April 17, 2014 7:40 pm | by CED | News | Comments

CED's editors will be at the Cable Show in Los Angeles providing on-site coverage of the cable industry's biggest bash of the year. Visit here each day on April 29, April 30, and May 1 for the most in-depth reporting on cable's technology and business news.

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The Evolving Multi-Screen Network

April 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by CED | Wallcharts | Comments

Multi-screen delivery has always been an element of the TV-Everywhere strategy. Over the top content and on demand content can all be prepped ahead of time; linear, live video is a tougher nut to crack. All that video processing has be able to be done in real-time, or close to it. The equipment necessary to prep video – encoders, transcoders, video management platforms – can be almost anywhere in the network, usually depending on where the content is stored, but all capabilities need to be in the headend to distribute over the top, on demand, and linear video.

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