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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Cox snaps up Tulsa-based CLEC

September 5, 2013 11:54 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy EasyTEL, which is a Tulsa, Okla.-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC.) The deal will give Cox Business better access to a metropolitan fiber network in order to provide voice, video and data services to area businesses.

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Charter hits refresh on website

September 5, 2013 11:51 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.

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HiSense licenses FreeSpace motion control

September 4, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense will deploy Hillcrest’s FreeSpace motion control software in its next-generation of Smart TVs and set-top boxes. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TV devices through in-air movements of a handheld remote control.

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Cablevision reaches 100K milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots have been seemingly cropping up like mushrooms after a hard rain. To wit: the New York City area cable operator has reached the 100,000 milestone for hotspots deployed in its tri-state footprint. Cablevision started its Wi-Fi network build out in Long Island back in 2008 at estimated cost of $300 million

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Comcast Hometown Network tees up high school football coverage

September 4, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Hometown Network (CHN), which is Comcast's regional cable network covering Northern and Central California, announced this morning that it would televise 23 high school football games this season starting on Saturday. CHN, which is separate from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California, is entering its fifth season of area high school football coverage. 

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