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Cable Show: MSOs vs. Programmers spat erupts anew

April 29, 2014 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

During the “Faster, Better, More Entertaining Future" panel during the Cable Show's opening day general session, the conflict between cable operators and programmers over escalating programming costs that normally seethes beneath the surface was brought into daylight.

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Cable Show: Liberty’s Fries says cooperation key to closing functionality gap

April 29, 2014 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global CEO and president Mike Fries didn’t pull any punches in regards to questions on a general session panel about why TV Everywhere services haven’t entirely blossomed for cable operators and their content partners. Fries also said the entire net neutrality debate was about video.

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Cable Show: Powell keynote; Cable builds communities

April 29, 2014 4:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NCTA president and CEO Michael Powell kicked off The Cable Show Tuesday morning by saying that the cable industry helps build communities through its broadband pipes, but needs to stay free of policymakers in order to continue that success story going forward. Powell contrasted the open Internet with public utilities, highway systems and water supplies that are foundering under the weight of regulatory control.

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Deluxe prepping video for Samsung's Video Pack

April 29, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Deluxe is the company providing mastering and encoding services for a number of Hollywood movies available on Samsung’s UHD Video Pack, a hard drive loaded with UHD content that Samsung is giving away with some of its 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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Net Servicos picks Humax for HD boxes, gateway

April 29, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Brazilian service provider Net Servicos has selected South Korea-based Humax as the primary manufacturer for two new set-top boxes and a residential gateway that it will use for its next gen TV services. The HD, two-way interactive set-top boxes are MoCA 2.0 enabled while the residential gateway features DOCSSIS 3.0, eMTA, and 3x3 dual-concurrent 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities.

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CableWiFi alliance now boasts of 250,000 Wi-Fi hotspots

April 29, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the two years since five of the top six cable operators announced their CableWiFi Alliance, the Wi-Fi hot spots now total more than 250,000 access points across the nation. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Cablevision, and Bright House Networks first announced the roaming agreement two years ago at The Cable Show in Boston. 

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Comcast adding even more features, apps to X1

April 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 triple-play customers will eventually be able to live stream personal video from their mobile devices, over the Internet, directly to the television. The feature tops a list of forthcoming enhancements that include changes in the guide, and new apps.

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Mediacom increases speeds for flagship data services

April 29, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks in part to its conversion to all-digital, Mediacom Communications has increased some of the downstream speeds for its residential data tiers at no additional cost. The latest speed upgrades marked the eighth time in the past decade that Mediacom has increased data speeds without bumping up the prices.

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Cisco puts the puzzle pieces together

April 29, 2014 11:56 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company continues evolving its Service Provider architecture, riding a combination of DOCSIS, CCAP, and optical networking technologies to secure for cable operators more bandwidth and give them the abilities to provide higher service tiers and achieve greater agility in deploying new applications, even while lowering operational expenses.

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SeaChange, Invidi, ally on universal ad insertion system

April 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two companies have developed a joint software solution enabling video service providers to coordinate multi-screen television ad campaigns across traditional linear, linear addressable, video-on-demand, catch-up, network DVR, and over-the-top streams.

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Verizon's mobile ad program to add in PC web data

April 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon alerted customers it’s “enhancing” it Relevant Mobile Advertising program to incorporate information gathered from desktop and laptop Internet habits. The company will assign registered users an “anonymous, unique identifier” that will gather information about what websites the user visits on their desktop or laptop.

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Entone, Evolution Digital to adopt Rovi guides

April 28, 2014 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two vendors plan to develop versions of Rovi Guides for use in their products. Rovi, meanwhile, is also developing "connected guides," and has integrated its guide technology with new subsidiary Veveo’s recommendations engine and natural speech input capability.

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Charter, Comcast strike a multi-pronged deal

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable triangle has come full circle with today’s news that Comcast and Charter have reached an agreement that included selling off 1.4 million Time Warner Cable subscribers to Charter, swapping 1.6 million subscribers between Comcast and Charter and spinning off 2.5 subs to form a new company.

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Fleetmatics, GLDS team up on workforce management

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Fleetmatics, Group and Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS) have teamed-up to provide workforce management integration capabilities for independent cable operators. Fleetmatics has paired its mobile workforce platform for fleet management with GLDS’ subscriber management and provisioning solutions.

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Xbox moves ahead with original programming plan

April 28, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to original programming, Microsoft is going to throw it at the Xbox and see what sticks. After nearly two years since launching a studio to create new shows to be streamed on Xbox consoles, Microsoft is finally ready to serve an assorted helping of original programming this summer for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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