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Aereo: Fox exec threatens to pull signal

April 9, 2013 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network on Monday threatened to convert the network to a pay-TV-only channel if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to "steal" Fox's over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.


Clearleap, BlackArrow team up on advanced ads

April 9, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clearleap and BlackArrow have integrated their respective platforms in order to streamline the monetization of on-demand and multi-screen video advertisements. Through the Clearleap-BlackArrow offering, programmers and pay-TV service providers can increase the amount of ad inventory by reducing the complexities of mid-roll advertising. 


Shaw buys Enmax, field trials 400 Gbps

April 9, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Alcatel-Lucent have laid claim on the first successful field trial in North America for 400 Gbps data transmissions over a live network. Using Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 PSS with the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), the trial ran over a 400 kilometer route between Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.


Cox’s Wilson to retire at yearend

April 9, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications chief content negotiator Bob Wilson will retire at the end of this year after a 34-year career with the company. Wilson joined Cox in 1979 in its Atlanta headquarters. At the time he was one of 45 employees that helped support Cox’s 500,000 customers


Tek testers handle HDMI

April 9, 2013 12:01 pm | by Brian Santo CED Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix has introduced a new waveform monitor with HDMI/HDCP inputs, enabling video distributors to directly monitor the quality of the video and audio output of set-top boxes (STB) and Blu-ray players. According to Tek, previously there was no way for broadcasters and video service providers to monitor the video signal quality output from STBs, Blu-ray players and other consumer devices with HDMI outputs. 


Deluxe Digital teams up on OTT storefronts

April 9, 2013 11:57 am | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Deluxe Digital Distribution has joined with two different IPTV platform partners – NeuLion and Accedo – to create interactive digital movie stores, complete with a library of content, that any service provider could adopt to rapidly offer their customers over-the-top (OTT) content.


Number of Cable Pioneers swells by 19

April 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Cable TV Pioneers Organization will induct the new Class of 2013 at its 47th Annual Banquet in Washington, D.C.  The members of the new class hail from coast-to-coast and are involved in the many different areas of the cable television industry for over 20 years.


Envivio bows multi-screen server

April 8, 2013 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The Halo Experience Server facilitates time-shifted TV and network DVR, targeted advertisement insertion, social and personalized TV. Operators deploying the system will be able to let viewers to pause and rewind live streams, record programs and watch them on any other device, or receive personalized ads based on their profile.


Ericsson to acquire Microsoft Mediaroom

April 8, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft will invest its full attention on the  Xbox as a vehicle for its consumer TV strategy. Ericsson, meanwhile, further solidifies its position in the IPTV market, picking up ongoing support for Mediaroom customers, including AT&T (U-verse), Deutsche Telekom (Entertain), Telefonica, Telus (Optik TV), and Swisscom.


Cablevision up to 75,000 hotspots for Wi-Fi service

April 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced this morning that its Wi-Fi service, Optimum WiFi, was now enabled across more than 75,000 hotspots in its New York Metropolitan footprint. Cablevision also said its Wi-Fi service has been used more than one million times by its subscribers since it was first launched in Long Island back in 2008.


Research: STBs bounce back in 2012; Cisco leads the way

April 8, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Infonetics Research’s recent study said that the set-top box market, which includes IP, cable, satellite, hybrid boxes, bounced back last year. According to Infonetics, the global set-top box (STB) market, totaled $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, which was up 3 percent sequentially


Facebook barges into Google turf

April 5, 2013 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook Home, the new application that takes over the front screen of a smartphone, is a bit of a corporate home invasion. Facebook is essentially moving into Google's turf, taking advantage of software the search giant and competitor created.


Digital Rapids adds Netflix preset

April 5, 2013 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Rapids is making available presets for its media transformation and workflow solutions designed specifically to make it easier for suppliers to prepare their content for streaming on Netflix. The Netflix presets will be available for the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0.


Harmonic adopts Aspera’s fast transfer tech

April 5, 2013 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has integrated Aspera’s fasp technology in its Media Applications Server (MAS). The combined solution allows complex workflows to be orchestrated and enforced, allowing quick and efficient routing of content to the intended destination, the two companies explained.


Internet from lamps one step closer

April 5, 2013 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Transmitting data using simple LEDs is still a research technology, but it took another step closer to practical implementation when the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute used off-the-shelf LED room lights for data transmission with data rates up to 800 Mbps in one laboratory experiment.



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