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Upfront: OTT takes a nip out of video subscriber numbers

September 16, 2013 8:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Over the top services (OTT) are affecting the pay TV business. Maybe only a little, but measurably. In the second quarter AT&T and Verizon added video customers (233,000 and 140,000 respectively), but their gains do not even come close to offsetting the subscriber losses experienced by most of the top cable operators and both satellite providers.

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Capital Currents: The Dish “Hopper” Case

September 16, 2013 3:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

To create the AutoHop functionality, Dish technicians in Cheyenne, Wyoming manually view Fox’s primetime programming each night and technologically mark the beginning and end of each commercial. The program content is not altered in any way. The electronically marked files are then uplinked in Wyo., and eventually transmitted to subscribers.

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In Perspective: Snarter

September 16, 2013 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

“Reverse retrans” might merit some consideration. The Time Warner Cable / CBS dispute merely underlines what everyone knows: the retransmission consent process is utterly out of control. Some policy wonks are suggesting the solution is to eliminate retrans rules altogether.

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Open Mic: Invest in employees, not new software

September 16, 2013 3:21 pm | by Tom Gorman president, opXL | Articles | Comments

I’ve seen an interesting phenomenon related to the continual changes in the industry, the constant need to reduce cost and the desire to be more efficient. That is, that whatever we have now isn’t good enough, so we must buy something new to replace it.

ZON intros catch-up for multi-screen service

September 16, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZON Multimedia is set to launch a networked DVR capability for its multi-screen delivery service. Viewers will be able to record content from a range of devices to be viewed up to 7 days later. The capability, essentially a catch-up service, is being enabled by Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX unified content delivery solution.

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Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP

September 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Akamai Technologies said it has deployed FastTCP broadly across its network, the Akamai Intelligent Platform. FastTCP algorithms are deployed within Akamai edge servers and do not require any software installation on user devices or any action on the part of Akamai’s customers or their site visitors.

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Belgacom delivers multi-screen with Edgeware gear

September 16, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Belgacom has selected Edgeware’s Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) system for multiscreen delivery of both live and on-demand video. Belgacom previously deployed Edgeware IPTV technology to enable a networked PVR (nPVR) service. Belgacom installed Edgeware’s D-VDN alongside its nPVR system this past summer.

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Report: Cisco extends lead in enterprise SBC sector

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, Cisco stretched its lead for enterprise session border control (eSBC) revenue in the recent second quarter. Looking ahead, Infonetics Research forecast the global enterprise SBC market to grow at a 17 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2012 and 2017.

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Air China signs on with AT&T to develop mobility strategy

September 16, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that it had signed a five-year deal with Air China to help the airline develop a roadmap for mobile communications and technology. The airline is China's flagship carrier and one of the world's largest airlines, carrying almost 50 million passengers to 284 destinations, including 72 international cities, last year.

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Aussie provider picks Celeno’s 802.11ac chip

September 16, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno Communications scored its first 802.11ac-based chip win with iiNet, which is Australia’s second largest DSL broadband provider. Celeno’s chip will be used to provision wireless data and HD streaming services at some point as iiNet Labs develops the company’s next generation hardware.

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Arris announces spate of international orders

September 13, 2013 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced deals with several international customers, including orders from Portugal’s ZON, Stofa in Denmark, and Telenor’s operation in Sweden. The first two have installed Arris' Apex3000, while Telenor has placed an order for IPTV set-tops the Swedish company will begin distributing next year.

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Edgeware accelerator speeds up origin servers

September 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.

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Ericsson builds CDN for Rostelcom

September 13, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.

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Tata's cloud-based service offers HEVC encoding

September 13, 2013 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tata Communications’ cloud-based video service is now offering the option to encode video using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), relying on Harmonic Inc.'s ProMedia file-based transcoding technology. The company's Cloud Transform service enables broadcasters to transcode large libraries of video assets without investing in new hardware or their own onsite private cloud.

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Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service goes live in Hawaii

September 13, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Oceanic Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it has started to deploy Wi-Fi hotspots in Hawaii. Starting today, Time Warner Cable subscribers with Standard Internet or above data tiers that live in Oahu can access more than 400 hotspots across the island. 

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