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Rogers’ expands home automation service footprint

September 20, 2013 11:27 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications is now offering its home automation and security platform in 28 additional cities across Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Rogers, which uses an IP-based dual network connection to enable the platform, is offering Rogers Smart Home Monitoring in both English and French in the new service areas.

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Universal Sports Network inks distribution deal with Cox

September 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Universal Sports Network announced it has a distribution deal in place with Cox Communications. Cox is offering Universal Sports Network’s Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming to its Cox Advanced TV subscribers. The multi-year deal also granted Cox TV Everywhere rights.

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Liberty Global envisions pan-Europe Wi-Fi network

September 19, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr raised the possibility of creating a pan-European Wi-Fi network that would be free to cable subscribers. Dorr also spoke about the ease with which Liberty Global was able to update its Horizon multi-screen service, which is based on ActiveVideo’s cloud-based technology.

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Boingo plans to buy AWS

September 19, 2013 12:51 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless today announced that the company will acquire Advanced Wireless Group, the second largest airport Wi-Fi provider in the United States.  Boingo said the expanded reach allowed by the acquistion will accelerate the process of bringing new products to market.

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Comcast Business adds mobility to Business VoiceEdge

September 19, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has added a mobile app for Android and iOS devices to its Business VoiceEdge service. The free mobile app extends unified communications and video calling features into VoiceEdge, which is a cloud-based PBX offering for small and medium-sized business.

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MRV Communications bulks up Pasadena’s communications network

September 19, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The city of Pasadena picked MRV Communications’ optical transport offering for its new communications network. Pasadena is using MRV’s FiberDriver to provide high-capacity optical services for its municipal network. The city’s new network will be used to link its facilities using future-proof, high bandwidth services over a fully-owned fiber infrastructure.

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Dish says Hopper DVR wins 3rd federal ruling

September 19, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV company Dish Network says it has won a third federal court decision upholding the use of its Hopper digital video recorder, which allows viewers to watch recordings of hours of prime-time broadcasts with the commercials automatically stripped out. Dish Network Corp.'s general counsel, R. Stanton Dodge, called the decision by Judge Laura Swain of New York "yet another victory for American consumers." 

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Divergent paths to TV everywhere

September 19, 2013 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

That service providers will have to deliver TV everywhere is a foregone conclusion, but a couple of recent announcements – one from Sling and another from TiVo – provided an interesting juxtaposition of alternatives of how to accomplish the feat.

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ST Micro adds Rovi HEVC to set-top chips

September 18, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics and Rovi are working together to commercialize HEVC compression in set-top boxes, with the former integrating the latter’s DivX HEVC technology into its set-top box system-on-chip (SoC) families. HEVC roughly doubles the compression rate of the previous generation of compression technologies, MPEG-4 / H.264.

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Ensequence plans interactive ad service across customer base

September 18, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ensequence said it is launching a new national platform for interactive TV advertising that will debut in the first quarter of 2014. With the new platform,  the company is moving to a service model for the first time, attempting to connect advertisers with its customers, which include cable operators, satellite providers, telco distributors and Smart TV manufacturers.

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Bright House Networks serves up hosted voice to syrup company

September 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Business Solutions has cut a deal to provide Monin Gourmet Flavorings, which makes premium syrups and flavoring products, with its hosted voice service. The voice service is being used by three of Monin’s corporate offices in Clearwater and Largo, Fla., and Grapevine, Texas. 

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BlackArrow forms advisory board

September 18, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BlackArrow has assembled a roster of industry experts for its new advisory board. The board’s goals include helping the TV and advertising industries gain a better understanding of the benefits, challenges and opportunities of new advertising technologies.

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Arduous trek to living room for glasses-free 3D may be getting smoother

September 17, 2013 8:13 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

For years, 3D’s arduous trek from the friendly confines of theaters to the traditional environs of mainstream living rooms has been stalled by unfilled promises of advancing technologies, by exorbitant costs, and by lack of content. But mostly it’s been about the clunky glasses required to experience 3D.

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Is HEVC ready for prime time?

September 17, 2013 8:03 pm | by Sophie Percheron, Product marketing manager for live distribution, Ateme | Articles | Comments

Ten years after the transition from MPEG-2 to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, history is about to repeat itself with the arrival of HEVC, also known as H.265, the successor of H.264/MPEG AVC. The standard was approved in January, and just a few months later a live end-toend HEVC content delivery chain was demonstrated for the French Tennis Open event in early June 2013, providing tangible proof that HEVC is on a path toward commercial deployment.

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RDK is moving at lightning speed

September 17, 2013 7:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

One year after the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) made its public debut at The Cable Show, the platform has more than lived up to its “service velocity” goal. In short, the RDK went from being a PowerPoint presentation at last year’s Cable Show, to a viable platform that is cutting down on development cycle for not only set-top boxes and gateways, but also applications.

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