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Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

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DirecTV adds ‘local weather now’ from WeatherNation

February 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DirecTV has added more features, including “Local Weather Now,” to its WeatherNation channel. DirecTV turned to Denver-based WeatherNation last month after it couldn’t reach a retransmission agreement with The Weather Channel. 

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Nielsen connects local ratings with consumers’ purchases

February 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Nielsen announced the launch of its Local Buyer Reach service, which links local TV stations’ viewing information with actual consumer transactions. The service works across more than 40 buyer categories, including automotive, retail shopping, quick-service restaurants, and grocery stores.

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Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

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CenturyLink boots up 1 gig service for MTUs in Salt Lake City

February 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CenturyLink took the wraps off of a symmetrical, 1 gigabit-per-second tier for multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in the Salt Lake City area. While CenturyLink launched a 1gig service for business and residential customers in Las Vegas last year, as well as a pilot in Omaha, Neb., the Salt Lake City deployment marked the first time it has gone directly to MTUs with its 1 gigabit service.

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AT&T aims to buy Cable One spectrum licenses

February 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T’s potential deal with Cable One marks the second significant spectrum transaction already this year for the carrier. In January, AT&T announced it was buying from Aloha Partners 49 AWS licenses covering approximately 50 million people in 14 states including California, Illinois and Massachusetts.

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RDK takes center stage at Denver conference

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly 200 attendees are expected to be on hand at next week’s second RDK User’s Conference in Denver. The private conference, which is slated for Tuesday, will mark the public debut of sorts for RDK Management, the joint venture between Time Warner Cable and Comcast that was formed last year to help manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative.

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Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

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Google unveils box for business videoconferences

February 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.

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Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

February 7, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia. Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years, things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds. 

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Canoe certifies This Technology's MetaMore

February 6, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canoe’s certification assures programmers that they can use This Technology’s cloud-based metadata asset management system to efficiently create and distribute information about video assets for VOD and advanced advertising. The result is streamlined metadata authoring, automated input for multiple system types and efficient delivery of dynamic ads on VOD.

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Ericsson doubles down on multiscreen with Azuki purchase

February 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson said it “will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies.” The Azuki Media Platform manages both live and on-demand content for multi-screen delivery, complete with ad insertion.

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Cochran to take over as CEO at WOW

February 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Cochran will take over the tiller at WOW when he succeeds current CEO Colleen Abdoulah on April 1. Abdoulah, who has led WOW since 2002, will continue in her role as chair of the company’s board of directors. Cochran is currently president of WOW. Marketing officer Cathy Kuo will take over Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as chief operating officer.

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CSG has got your back in cyber attacks

February 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International announced this morning the worldwide launch of its new cyber security platform, which was designed for the enterprise security sector. CSG applied its 30-years of experience in telecommunications technology to its new enterprise security business, which is known as “CSG Invotas.”

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Sony lowers forecast to loss, trying to sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million). The company also said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. 

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