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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.

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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.

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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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Britt to retire from TWC at year’s end; Marcus to take the helm

July 25, 2013 4:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt will retire at the end of the year. Time Warner Cable’s board announced Thursday afternoon that Robert Marcus was elected to succeed Britt as the company’s new chairman and CEO. Britt, 64, will stay on Time Warner Cable’s board in a non-executive role after he retires. 

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Striking twice

July 25, 2013 3:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

In 2002, the two satellite companies started touting HD, and only when it became clear that their having more HD channels was gaining traction with consumers did cable companies add some alacrity in their drive to expand their HD packages. 

Say what?

July 25, 2013 3:42 pm | by Stewart Schley | Articles | Comments

In the early 1950s a trio of researchers at Bell Laboratories took great pains to hear and understand the varying acoustical patterns associated with the human expression of vowels. They paid attention to subtle differences in the phonetics associated with a soft “o” versus those of an elongated “e.” 

The Next Generation

July 25, 2013 3:13 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora | Articles | Comments

Since you are reading this publication, you are most likely a cable telecommunications technologist. If you are like most of the technologists I have known, you enjoy your career and are enthusiastic about all things technical and scientific.

HTML5 and cloud-based UIs – a reality check

July 25, 2013 3:04 pm | by Robin Wilson | Articles | Comments

There’s hardly a discussion held today on user interfaces (UI) that does not expound on the wonders of HTML5 as their core building block. And similarly, no future TV delivery platform is fashionable unless it has a cloud-based component.

Staying energized

July 25, 2013 2:56 pm | by Mark Dzuban | Articles | Comments

I’ve never been a fan of the “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” line of thinking. I’ve always felt that it diminishes the importance of education and overweights the value of networking and connections. 

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