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Time Warner drops CBS, then reverses course

July 30, 2013 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning off the broadcaster in three major cities, then quickly reversed the decision. The two sides negotiated through the day Monday to avoid a programming blackout. 

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Comcast Business hooks up health network with Ethernet

July 30, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner. 

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NCTC’s members elect four directors to board

July 30, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced that its members had elected four directors to its board. The voting took place at the NCTC’s annual members meeting during The Independent Show in San Diego. Three of the elected board members are new to the NCTC’s board while one is a current director.

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GCI adds former NBCU exec Baker to board

July 30, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

General Communication, Inc. (GCI) announced that former NBCUniversal executive Bridget Baker was appointed to its board of directors. With Baker’s appointment, GCI said it had expanded its board to nine members. Baker was a founder of CNBC and NBCUniversal's first president of TV Networks Distribution.

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Product Video Showcase: The Cycle30 Difference

July 29, 2013 2:47 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 offers a hosted order-to-cash billing solution serving global cable and M2M customers. Our cloud-based billing platform is built on the most open and flexible architecture in the marketplace today.         

CBS chief exec says cable fee dispute unresolved

July 29, 2013 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dispute with Time Warner Cable was unresolved as a deadline loomed involving the availability of stations in three major markets, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves said Monday. If it's not settled, six CBS TV stations could go dark for around 3 million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

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Elemental transcodes for German public broadcaster

July 29, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has deployed Elemental Technologies’ Elemental Live video processing systems to encode live content. Elemental systems allow NDR to create video streams of program broadcasts, news and special events for publicly and freely accessible web portals and mobile apps.

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Viamedia crafts local sales product for smaller ops

July 29, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

From the Independent Show: Viamedia has developed a service that enables MVPDs that have as few as 1,500 television households to deliver local advertising. The company provides small to medium-sized operators with sales, traffic, cross channel marketing, encoding, billing and other services associated with selling local advertising.

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TiVo research says Netflix not cannibalizing linear TV viewing

July 29, 2013 12:04 pm | News | Comments

In the ongoing debate over cord cutters, TiVo Research and Analytics’ recent study found that Netflix wasn’t eating into the amount of linear TV being consumed in TiVo households. Out of the 9,956  survey respondents, 57 percent said they subscribed to Netflix , 50 percent to Amazon Prime and 18 percent to Hulu Plus.

Comcast’s HITS squeezes more HD out of MPEG-2

July 29, 2013 11:59 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HITS, a division of Comcast Wholesale, is utilizing advanced video compression technology to further expand its HITS Q2 MPEG-2 satellite-based content distribution platform. The improved technology allowed HITS to bolster its HITS Quantum SD/HD platform with the addition of 10 HD channels and three new SD channels. 

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NCTC strikes a deal with Outside Television

July 29, 2013 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new multi-year distribution agreement, Outside Television is now available to the National Cable Television Cooperative’s (NCTC) 950 plus members. The addition of NCTC’s members to Outside Television’s other core distribution partners, which includes Comcast, makes the two-year old independent network available to more than 40 million homes across the nation.

Charter clears deck for all digital in Southern Calif.

July 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is gearing for its next all-digital conversion project. Next month Charter will start clearing out analog signals in Long Beach, Glendale and Burbank in order to offer its subscribers 185 HD channels by the time the conversion is finished in October.

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Report: OTT, multi-screen push surge in ABR, transcoders

July 26, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with increased competition, pay-TV operators are investing in more adaptive bit rate gear and transcoders, according to a recent report. More transcoders are needed to prepare linear broadcast and file-based content for multi-screen distribution to subscribers, according to the report by Infonetics Research. 

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Industry, advocates finalize mobile app guidelines

July 26, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of industry lobbyists and privacy rights advocates voiced support Thursday for new voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for American consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers. The plan will likely provide a brief, easy-to-read snapshot of an app's privacy policies, similar to nutrition labels on food packages.

Apple's smartphone on slippery slope

July 26, 2013 11:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell during the second quarter to its lowest level in four years, according to data released Friday. Apple took 13.1 percent of the worldwide market, according to ABI Research, down from 16.6 percent a year ago.

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