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Yahoo tunes into mobile video with new application

September 9, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. The app, called Yahoo Screen, is set up to make the experience of sifting through video on smartphones and tablet computers more like channel surfing on a television.


AT&T reaches Pac-12, BeIN Sport agreements

September 9, 2013 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has added three Pac-12 television agreements and BeIN Sport programming to its channel lineup. This morning AT&T announced that its U-verse subscribers could now view more than 700 live Pac-12 events, including 32 football games, on Pac-12 Networks.


ThinkAnalytics tees up sports recommendations

September 9, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has kicked off a new sports metadata library, which is called ThinkSports, that enables personalized recommendations for viewers’ favorite teams, athletes and sporting events. ThinkSports integrated Thuuz Sports’ service to offer personalized sports recommendations with support for more than 50 sports across 20 countries, and in 17 languages.


RGB, Conax partner up on TV Everywhere platform

September 9, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has struck a deal with Conax to help service providers deliver secure adaptive bit rate (ABR) TV Everywhere services to their authenticated subscribers. With the partnership, the companies are integrating RGB’s TransAct Packager with Conax’s conditional access/digital rights (DRM) platform to ensure multi-screen services are delivered to the correct viewers.  


TWC’s Britt ‘It’s not a free market’

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With today marking the one-week anniversary of CBS and Time Warner Cable ending their month-long stare down over retransmission fees, and with another dustup looming between Disney/ESPN and Dish Network, Time Warner Cable CEO and Chairman Glenn Britt has some advice for pundits covering programming fee dustups: Go read the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992.

Arris announces whole-home box with Sling streaming

September 9, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced its own version of a Sling Box, built in conjunction with Sling Media. The Arris MS4000 can offer up to 4 simultaneous HD channels, of both live and on-demand content to mobile devices. It will be commercially available starting in the first quarter of 2014.


Microsoft adopts Jinni's discovery tool for Xbox

September 6, 2013 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft has signed a multi-year contract to use Jinni’s discovery software on its Xbox. Jinni’s Entertainment Genome uses knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system connect Xbox users to content they might favor watching.


Bright House Networks’ HD hospitality service blossoms in Fla.

September 6, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After making its debut last year, Bright House Networks Business Solutions’ “Set Back Box”—based HD video service is gaining traction throughout hospitality markets in Orlando and Tampa Bay, Fla. The set back boxes, which are provided by ADB, are unobtrusive devices that are mounted to the back of TVs in the hotels.


Cox tabs Faulkner to head up home security, home automation division

September 6, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced that Kristine Faulkner, who has played a key role in the company’s’ commercial services efforts, will lead the cable operator’s home security and home automation division. As the new vice president and general manager of Home Security and Smart Home, Faulkner will oversee all related operational strategies, including marketing, sales and customer experience.


Cisco splits service provider group; hires Cozzolino

September 6, 2013 12:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco has split its Service Provider Video Technology Group into two, with one operation handling largely software and the other mostly hardware. The company hired Joe Cozzolino, until recently the SVP and general manager of Network Infrastructure at Arris, to head the hardware portion of its business.


TWC adds AMC to out-of-home VOD roster

September 6, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is now serving up episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” and other shows out-of-home on its TWC TV app. The AMC video content is the latest addition to Time Warner Cable’s out-of-home VOD offering, which was first announced on iOS devices in April. 


SeaChange interim CFO is permanent

September 6, 2013 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Video software company SeaChange International said Thursday that its interim chief financial officer was appointed to the job on a permanent basis. The appointment of Anthony Dias took effect Wednesday. He had been interim CFO since May


Ericsson wraps acquisition of Mediaroom

September 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson wrapped up its acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. The operation will be integrated into the Ericsson group under the business unit support solutions, and will be called Ericsson Mediaroom as of today. The operation will continue to be managed from Silicon Valley.


Deutsche Telekom prepares a move to the cloud

September 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom is in field trials of cloud-based technology to update the user interfaces and capabilities of set-tops and other CPE. Using cloud technology from ActiveVideo, the company is delivering video-on-demand stores, localized EPGs, and portals for TV apps.


HDMI 2.0 spec released to support Ultra HD

September 5, 2013 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The HDMI Forum has released the HDMI Version 2.0 specification, which will provide a way to get Ultra HD (4K) signals from a set-top box or gateway to a television. HDMI 2.0 is fully backward compatible with earlier versions of the standard, and uses the same cables and connectors as earlier versions.



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