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Dyer to take over as CEO of Cox Enterprises

December 13, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Cox Communications executive John Dyer will take the helm of Cox Enterprises as its new president and CEO on Jan. 1. Dyer will assume leadership of the company following the retirement of outgoing CEO Jimmy W. Hayes. Dyer is currently Cox Enterprises’ chief operating officer.


Bright House Networks lights up TV Explorer portal, app

December 13, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is helping its customers cut through the clutter of finding video content with the launch of its TV Explorer website. In addition to the website, TV Explorer is also available for free as an app on iPads and Android tablets with operating systems of 4.0 or higher.


Ciena narrows 4Q loss on improved revenue 

December 13, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ciena, a developer of high-speed networking technology, reported Thursday that it narrowed its fiscal fourth-quarter loss on improved revenue. The quarter's revenue exceeded market expectations, but expenses weighed on its profitability


Born free

December 13, 2013 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Two bills were introduced to fix the video market, one from Rep. Steve Scalise, one from Rep. Anna Eshoo. You have to wonder if Scalise was even trying. Just look at that acronym: NGTMA. What are we supposed to do with that? Pronouncing it is a nightmare: N-n-ngitma? Ingateema? Nagtama?


Two bills to reform video market introduced

December 13, 2013 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two competing bills were introduced in the House Thursday designed to reform retransmission consent and other FCC rules. The one that has greater support thus far would obligate MSOs to create a tier of channels provided through retransmission consent agreements, and would give the FCC authority to block blackouts when retransmission consent negotiations break down.


House Committee passes Spectrum Incentive and FCC Reform Acts

December 12, 2013 1:23 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Resolution 3675, authored by Chairman Greg Walden and Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA), passed with an amendment representing “a bipartisan compromise that presents the commission with a framework to bring additional transparency and predictability to the FCC.”


Two more studios using Dolby for UltraViolet encoding

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dolby Laboratories announced that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment now encode movies and TV programs in the UltraVioletCommon File Format (CFF) using Dolby Digital Plus. With UltraViolet, consumers can download and stream their favorite movies and television programs anytime and anywhere to their TV screens, personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones.


Liberty Global revives bid for Ziggo

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global has returned to Ziggo with another offer to buy out the rest of the Dutch cable company. Ziggo rejected a bid from Liberty Global in October for being too low. Liberty Global already owns 28.5 percent of Ziggo. It also owns the country second largest cable company, UPC Nederland.


Comcast adds more partners to SEEiT platform

December 12, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in the first quarter of next year, Comcast announced that more distribution and network partners would take part in its SEEiT platform that uses Twitter to click through tweets to programs. Comcast said the new partners would extend the SEEiT experience to millions more viewers by adding additional video distributors, television networks and an expanded roster of popular shows.


Evans boards Comcast as EVP, global corporate development and strategy

December 12, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Corporation announced this morning that Alexander D. Evans would join the company this month as executive vice president, global corporate development and strategy. Evans will report to Michael Angelakis, who is vice chairman and chief financial Officer for Comcast.


RCN bumps up VOD offerings with upgrade

December 12, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a major upgrade to its on demand platform, RCN now has the capacity to offer five times more VOD programs than it could a year ago. Another benefit of the upgrade included RCN being able to add 40 new networks including Fox, NBC, A&E and Disney Jr.


Shaw, Intel invest in automotive apps company

December 11, 2013 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Ventures has joined with Intel Capital in an $8 million investment in a UIEvolution, a company that specializes in connecting markets that have so far been of mostly peripheral interest to service providers. These markets include vehicles, wearable devices, augmented reality, and specific business categories, including retail, restaurant, hospitality and cruise.


AT&T’s GigaPower goes live in Austin

December 11, 2013 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today AT&T officially launched its U-Verse GigaPower service in Austin, which came out of the starter’s blocks with symmetrical 300 Mbps speeds before ramping up to 1 Gbps next year. Customers who sign up for the 300 Mbps service will be upgraded to the 1 Gig speeds when they become available at no extra cost.


Samsung signs on for RDK

December 11, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics America has signed up to license the Reference Design Kit from RDK Management in order to accelerate the development of its next generation set-top boxes and gateways. With Samsung on board, more than 100 silicon vendors, hardware OEMs, integrators, application developers, and service providers have licensed the RDK.


Ensequence signs two for interactive ad service

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AMC Networks, and ReelzChannel have both signed up to use the interactive advertising platform developed by Ensequence. Ensequence’s AdConneqt+ enables national advertisers to include interactive features in 30-second ads. The first interactive capability to be offered early next year will be RFIs.



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