The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) recently announced the selection of members for its SCTE Board of Directors for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. For the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 terms, Tony Werner, executive vice president and CTO of Comcast, was newly appointed as a director while Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO of Suddenlink, was reappointed.
A new gadget lets you watch TV on your phone or tablet without a blocky attachment. Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically
The Virtual Receptionist from Optimum is a cloud-based call routing and answering service that automatically answers incoming calls with a custom recorded message and presents the caller with a variety of call routing options. Subscribers can manage the service through a web portal.
The service is scheduled to go live in Brazil during the first quarter of 2014. The new service will use a hybrid digital set-top box enabling the delivery of IP, satellite and digital terrestrial services with content secured by Nagra’s content protection technology.
Providing home automation services over someone else’s broadband pipe is a growing trend according to a recent survey by Infonetics Research. Infonetics also found that more than 70 percent of the operators in the survey planned on offering home automation services by the end of this year.
Charter Communications announced this morning that Justin Venech was hired for the position of vice president, communications. Venech joined Charter from Time Warner Cable where he was vice president, public relations. In his new job, Venech reports to Alex Dudley, senior vice president, communications and public affairs.
CTAM announced that former Scripps Networks executive John Lansing was selected as its new president and CEO. Lansing will take over the leadership roles from Char Beales, the current president and CEO, when she retires at the end of the year.
Twitter and Comcast have signed a partnership that will let viewers access TV shows and buy movie tickets directly from a tweet, deepening the short messaging service's ties to television programming. Twitter Inc. and Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that a new feature that's part of the deal will let customers of Comcast's Xfinify TV service tune in to programs by clicking a "see it" button in a tweet.
Liberty Media Corp. announced this morning that it bought back 5.2 percent of its outstanding common stock from Comcast Corp. In addition, Sirius XM Radio Inc. will repurchase $500 million of its shares from Liberty Media. Also today, Liberty Interactive Corp. said planned to spin off its stake in travel website TripAdvisor and its BuySeasons business into a new publically traded company.
AT&T has agreed to provide connectivity for GE’s ambitious “Industrial Internet” strategy. GE already has an ongoing relationship with Cisco Systems, which has its own Internet of Everything plan. Meanwhile, GE will also be working with Intel on sensors and connectivity chips.
Mediacom Communications has put nearly 30,000 digital terminal adapters (DTAs) into the hands of subscribers in a seven-county area of southwest Georgia ahead of an all-digital project that will kick off Tuesday. Mediacom started converting its analog channels to digital several years ago, but the Georgia project will mark the first time that all of the channels have been converted to digital in a large system.
GCI (General Communications Inc.) has rolled TiVo’s next generation, whole-home TV platform into the Alaskan towns of Kenai and Soldotna. The partnership was first announced last year and this past summer GCI became the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform.
CTI Towers, which is backed by Comcast Ventures, announced this morning that it had received $30 million in debt financing to build its war chest for future acquisitions. CTI Towers also said that it had completed its first third-party acquisition with the purchase of five towers from a major wireless carrier.
As of this month, all pre-recorded programming edited for internet distribution must now be close captioned. That's on top of video description content and the requirements of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act designed to eliminate huge volume spikes in video ads.
Nest Protect has designed a monitor to detect not just smoke but also unsafe levels of carbon monoxide. That could broaden the square-shaped device's appeal, especially in the growing number of states that require homeowners to install carbon monoxide detectors.