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IBC: BSkyB upgrades HD testing platform with S3 Group

September 17, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BSkyB has expanded and upgraded its digital TV testing platform by using a product from S3 Group. BSkyB is now using S3 Group’s StormTest Product Development Center to include HD image handling on its Sky+HD platform. Sky has deployed the product to streamline quality assurance processes by validating each generation of digital receiver and associated software releases.

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IBC: RGB Networks tunes in Dolby for TVE

September 17, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has added Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus codecs into its TransAct Packager to improve audio on TV Everywhere services. With the partnership, video service providers (VSPs) using adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming will be able to offer improved sound across tablets, smartphones, PCs, connected TVs and other IP-enabled devices.

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Ciciora’s Corner: Oshkosh

September 16, 2013 8:35 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, Expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

As I write this, I have just returned from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and the big air industry show called AirVenture. Two things impressed me about this experience that have relevance to the cable industry: the age of the population and what that industry is doing about insuring a future for itself.

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Memory Lane: Power play

September 16, 2013 8:29 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

In Chicago, the great fire of 1871 wiped out much of the business district, and the capitalists came running. The fire’s fury had produced an attractive, greenfield opportunity for building infrastructure in what was the world’s fastest growing city. Nearly two dozen electricity entrepreneurs competed to carve out operations in small delivery sectors.

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Upfront: OTT takes a nip out of video subscriber numbers

September 16, 2013 8:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Over the top services (OTT) are affecting the pay TV business. Maybe only a little, but measurably. In the second quarter AT&T and Verizon added video customers (233,000 and 140,000 respectively), but their gains do not even come close to offsetting the subscriber losses experienced by most of the top cable operators and both satellite providers.

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Capital Currents: The Dish “Hopper” Case

September 16, 2013 3:30 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

To create the AutoHop functionality, Dish technicians in Cheyenne, Wyoming manually view Fox’s primetime programming each night and technologically mark the beginning and end of each commercial. The program content is not altered in any way. The electronically marked files are then uplinked in Wyo., and eventually transmitted to subscribers.

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In Perspective: Snarter

September 16, 2013 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

“Reverse retrans” might merit some consideration. The Time Warner Cable / CBS dispute merely underlines what everyone knows: the retransmission consent process is utterly out of control. Some policy wonks are suggesting the solution is to eliminate retrans rules altogether.

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Open Mic: Invest in employees, not new software

September 16, 2013 3:21 pm | by Tom Gorman president, opXL | Articles | Comments

I’ve seen an interesting phenomenon related to the continual changes in the industry, the constant need to reduce cost and the desire to be more efficient. That is, that whatever we have now isn’t good enough, so we must buy something new to replace it.

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ZON intros catch-up for multi-screen service

September 16, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZON Multimedia is set to launch a networked DVR capability for its multi-screen delivery service. Viewers will be able to record content from a range of devices to be viewed up to 7 days later. The capability, essentially a catch-up service, is being enabled by Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX unified content delivery solution.

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Akamai improves data delivery with FastTCP

September 16, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Akamai Technologies said it has deployed FastTCP broadly across its network, the Akamai Intelligent Platform. FastTCP algorithms are deployed within Akamai edge servers and do not require any software installation on user devices or any action on the part of Akamai’s customers or their site visitors.

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Belgacom delivers multi-screen with Edgeware gear

September 16, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Belgacom has selected Edgeware’s Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) system for multiscreen delivery of both live and on-demand video. Belgacom previously deployed Edgeware IPTV technology to enable a networked PVR (nPVR) service. Belgacom installed Edgeware’s D-VDN alongside its nPVR system this past summer.

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Report: Cisco extends lead in enterprise SBC sector

September 16, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, Cisco stretched its lead for enterprise session border control (eSBC) revenue in the recent second quarter. Looking ahead, Infonetics Research forecast the global enterprise SBC market to grow at a 17 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2012 and 2017.

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Air China signs on with AT&T to develop mobility strategy

September 16, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced this morning that it had signed a five-year deal with Air China to help the airline develop a roadmap for mobile communications and technology. The airline is China's flagship carrier and one of the world's largest airlines, carrying almost 50 million passengers to 284 destinations, including 72 international cities, last year.

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Aussie provider picks Celeno’s 802.11ac chip

September 16, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno Communications scored its first 802.11ac-based chip win with iiNet, which is Australia’s second largest DSL broadband provider. Celeno’s chip will be used to provision wireless data and HD streaming services at some point as iiNet Labs develops the company’s next generation hardware.

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Arris announces spate of international orders

September 13, 2013 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced deals with several international customers, including orders from Portugal’s ZON, Stofa in Denmark, and Telenor’s operation in Sweden. The first two have installed Arris' Apex3000, while Telenor has placed an order for IPTV set-tops the Swedish company will begin distributing next year.

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