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Demystifying Technology: Packaging & Repackaging in Multi-screen Delivery

November 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses a means of alleviating the pressure on storage resources and on network capacity when it comes to delivering multi-screen video. Operators can package video into a limited number of mezzanine files, which can then be repackaged in a manner appropriate for the particular viewing device and the network conditions at the time the video is requested.

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Electricity network broadband standard approved

November 27, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The IEEE has approved its 1901.2 Standard for Low-Frequency Narrow-Band Powerline Communications. The standard covers transmission through transformers in the electricity distribution network using frequencies below 500 kHz, while supporting data rates of up to 500 kbps.

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In the media: Cox also sets its sights on TWC

November 27, 2013 12:29 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The landscape for the sell-off of Time Warner Cable continues to shift with Cox Communications reportedly joining Comcast and Charter/Liberty Media as a potential suitor. Citing un-named sources, The Wall Street Journal reported that privately held Cox was considering whether it wanted to join in on the bidding for Time Warner Cable.

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Minn. names top broadband officer for new division

November 27, 2013 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton's administration announced Danna MacKenzie is the first executive director for the Office of Broadband Development, a division created last spring. The new office has a central role as Minnesota stretches toward a goal of ultra-fast broadband in every corner of the state. Minnesota's goal is 2015, but most people involved say that will be tough.

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Report: Service provider router/switch market to hit $20 billion by 2017

November 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The router and switch market for service providers continued to claw its way back in the most recent third quarter, according to a report by Infonetics Research. Over the long haul, Infonetics forecasts the service provider router and switch market would grow at a 7 percent CAGR from 2012 to 2017, when it will reach $20.2 billion.

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Rockefeller takes up cause of broadcaster collusion

November 27, 2013 12:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The chair of the Senate Commerce Committee has asked the FCC to not approve any merger deals among broadcasters while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigates shared service agreements (SSA), in which broadcasters negotiate agreements on behalf of others in the same market, raising costs for local cable operators and their subscribers.

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TiVo 3Q net income falls, but revenue rises

November 27, 2013 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo Inc. said Tuesday that its third-quarter net income fell 79 percent from a year when its results were boosted by $78.4 million in litigation proceeds from an intellectual property settlement with Verizon. But revenue rose as more people signed up for its digital video recording services. 

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Upfront: Bill would lift OTT companies to MVPD status

November 27, 2013 11:49 am | by CED | Articles | Comments

Sen. Jay Rockefeller is planning a bill that aims to give upstart online video services the chance to compete on an equal footing with classic MVPDs by guaranteeing their rights to content.  Furthermore, online video distributors would gain standing to compete directly with established pay TV companies as MVPDs.

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Comcast activates IPv6 on Arris gateways

November 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has implemented a software upgrade in Arris wireless gateways that enable IPv6 support. Separately, Arris announced it was the system integrator for the IPTV headend that BT has been using to distribute BT TV and BT Sport. Arris integrated its own encoders and platform with products from Screen, Miranda, and Brocade.

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Rogers scores landmark deal with NHL

November 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.

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It’s Showtime for TWC, BHN’s authenticated subs

November 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are serving up Showtime Network’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, to their subscribers for free. The cable operator customers need to be subscribers of Showtime in order to gain access to the multi-screen content, which is available across computers, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets or Kindle Fire devices anywhere across the nation. 

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Does anyone have a real reason to buy TWC?

November 25, 2013 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Late Friday, those agitating for consolidation in the cable industry floated the notion of Charter Communications and Comcast bidding on Time Warner Cable together, then breaking it up into pieces, with each claiming chunks. The news was well received by Wall Street merger-and-acquisition (M&A) experts and investors, who bid up the values of the stock of any MSO rumored to be party to any such deal. 

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Cablevision wins exemption from some cable regulations

November 25, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC has determined that Cablevision will not be subject to community regulation of basic cable rates in about two dozen towns that the MSO serves. The FCC determined that the market is competitive in the communities specified by the MSO, making the company exempt from those specific regulations.

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Cox extends Contour app to Android devices

November 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics. 

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Time Warner Cable updates WiFi Finder app

November 25, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi request line is now open at Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it had updated its WiFi Finder app, which included a “request a hotspot” feature that allows subscribers to ask for new Wi-Fi access points in specific locations.

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