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Edgeware feature replaces load balancers

June 4, 2013 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company's Origin Selector option for its Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) Solution provides scalable load balancing and redundancy across multiple video origin servers, located in either the service provider’s own headend or in an external content provider’s network. The Origin Selector option in the Edgeware D-VDN Solution enables intelligent distribution of content collection requests over multiple origin servers, obviating the need for load balancers.

Rovi releases SDK for adding HEVC codecs

June 4, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

The SDK includes the company’s patent-pending Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET), which enables the generation of as many as ten simultaneous output streams from a single source, reducing CPU cycles by utilizing common encoding processes across all levels, Rovi explained. This facility should help lower the costs and reduce the time required for the mass transcoding of large video content libraries to HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding).

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Cox rolls out SMB payment service

June 4, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a succesfull pilot, Cox Business is launching a payment service for small and medium-sized businesses across its footprint. Cox Business, which partnered with Acculynk to provision the PayLeap service, said it was the first MSO to offer a managed payment service

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TWC: IntelligentHome rollouts nearly complete

June 4, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s home automation and security system, IntelligentHome, will make its way into the cable operator’s Ohio and Wisconsin service areas this month and then New York City in the fall. Once those launches are complete, Time Warner Cable said IntelligentHome would be deployed across all of the major markets in its footprint. 

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BHN updates app to include free text messaging

June 4, 2013 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has updated its “easy gadget” utilities app to include unlimited two-way SMS text messaging for free. With the update, Bright House Networks subscribers can send text messages to and receive text messages from any mobile phone in the United States and other easy gadget users using their Bright House Networks home or business phone numbers.

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T-Broad tunes in Alticast’s Windmill

June 4, 2013 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

T-Broad, which is Korea’s largest cable operator, has selected Alticast’s Windmill Ecosystem to provision its new user interface and next generation services. Alticast’s HTML5-based Windmill platform features a modular approach that allow cable operators to cost effectively build and deploy services.

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VeEx to purchase Sunrise Telecom

June 3, 2013 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

VeEX is buying Sunrise Telecom, a deal that will combine the former’s telecom and cable test equipment business with the latter’s expertise in test, monitoring and workflow management solutions for cable, telecom, wireless operators, and equipment manufacturers. VeEX said it will acquire substantially all of the operating assets of Sunrise Telecom.

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Idaho mapping extent of broadband deserts

June 3, 2013 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Look at a map showing broadband Internet access in Idaho and you'll see broad swaths of online nothingness. About 85 percent of Idahoans have good access to some form of high-speed Internet, but that population is concentrated in the urban areas that make up a fraction of the state's land mass. Scattered across the vast spaces that remain, rural Idahoans are often hard-pressed to communicate and do business.

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Virgin Media testing MPEG-DASH

June 3, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is trying out Harmonic's ProMedia Suite as a delivery mechanism for MPEG-DASH. Harmonic's ProMedia Live transcodes MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC H.264 content to multiple adaptive bit-rate streams optimized for the Virgin Media MPEG-DASH service. Virgin Media and Harmonic are demonstrating the MPEG-DASH workflow at the ANGA show this week in Germany.

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Mobile video consumption growing at 60 percent / year

June 3, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video consumption on mobile devices continues to increase at an extraordinary rate – 60 percent annually, and it is expected to continue to grow at that clip for at least another 5 years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. Video consumption is on average 2.6GB per subscription per month in some networks.

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Concurrent software manages VOD / CDN storage

June 3, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has developed a video archiving system that matches the popularity of any given video asset to the most cost-efficient storage option available as that asset waxes and wanes in popularity. The company said an unidentified major customer is testing the product, a software element of Concurrent’s MediaHawk video processing platform.

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AT&T goes country with new interactive app

June 3, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T, accompanied by support from the Country Music Association (CMA), has released a new interactive TV app for fans of county music. The app, which is called “Country Deep,” is currently available only on U-verse customers’ TVs, but content will soon be available on AT&T’s web portal and on the U-verse app for smartphones and tablets.

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Cable One ditches overage fees, adds two new data tiers

June 3, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting June 10, Cable One will cut out data plans that include overage fees, and will start offering two faster data tiers. Instead of the overage fees, next week Cable One will allow subscribers of its 50 Mbps plan 300 GB per month after previously giving them a threshold 100 GB before implementing the fees.

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Numericable picks Casa Systems’ CMTS

June 3, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Numericable, which is France’s largest cable operator, has selected Casa Systems C10G cable modem termination system (CMTS) to support the deployment of its 100 Mbps data tier and VoIP service. Usin the C10G puts Numericable on the evolutionary pathway to the cable industry’s CCAP architecture that combines an edge QAM and CMTS onto one dense platform. 

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Time Warner Cable offers one-hour service windows in NYC

May 31, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ime Warner Cable is polishing up its customer service by offering its subscribers in some areas of New York City one-hour appointment windows for installation of its triple play services. The nation’s second-largest cable operator is also offering expanded nighttime appointment time slots daily from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Lower and Midtown Manhattan

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