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Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

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Hulu selling Japan business to Nippon TV

February 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Video streaming company Hulu says it's selling its business in Japan to Nippon TV. A price wasn't disclosed. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says Hulu had grown to a point where it believed the best path forward was to sell its Japan business to a strategic buyer.

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TWCBC earns another MEF certificate

February 27, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class  has now earned MEF CE 2.0 certifications for all eight service configurations, after receiving Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for its Wholesale E-Access (Access EPL/Access EVPL) services.  

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Sumitomo, Omnitron take another step toward DPoE

February 27, 2014 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems said they have verified their respective products for DOCSIS provisioning over Ethernet networks are interoperable. DPoE should end up being an important tool for cable operators offering business services, and interoperability demonstrations of this sort shows that the technology is that much closer to commercialization. 

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Cox culls some call centers

February 27, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications will close the doors on some of the smaller call centers across its footprint in order to centralize operations into seven large call centers. Streamlining its call center operations could lead to a 3 percent cut, or roughly 436 employees, in Cox’s overall work force, but some of those laid off employees could migrate to the larger call centers.

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Dish blends in volume, power, and recommendation features on app

February 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has added some bells and whistles to its Dish Explorer app that works with its whole-home Hopper DVR platform. Dish subscribers with the app can now use their iPads for volume and power control on their TVs, and now there are also personalized program recommendations based on viewing habits.

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Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions scores Cisco certification

February 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is laying claim to being the first cable operator in the nation to achieve the CiscoMaster Service Provider Certification, which is under the auspices of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program.  

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Alticast enables KT's satellite-based on-demand

February 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

At the heart of SkyLife's SOD service is the Alticast Media Cloud Platform, which is comprised of four major components:  a Cloud content ingest/delivery system, a Cloud service system, a Cloud media storage system and a Cloud streaming system. 

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Cablevision's financial focus: happy customers

February 26, 2014 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO lost 18,000 video subs in its fourth quarter, with a net gain of only 6,000 Internet subscribers. With minimal opportunity to grow subscriber numbers, the company is trying to make everything more efficient for the customer. “Most of what we did was make the customer happier, and that’s what we’re pursuing," CEO James Dolan said. 

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Disney launches digital movies app with Apple

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney is launching a digital movies app that allows fans to store movie purchases online and play them back over Apple devices and computers. The app is built on The Walt Disney Co.'s KeyChest technology, which stores and records consumers' purchases of digital movies on distant servers.

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MWC: Incentives coming for payments by phones

February 26, 2014 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A variety of mobile wallet systems store credit or debit card information on phones in encrypted form, offering more security than standard plastic cards with magnetic stripes. To make a purchase, simply tap the phone on a card reader or wave a bar code over a scanner. Yet most people still prefer plastic.

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Twitch is coming to the Xbox One

February 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The video game broadcasting service Twitch is bringing a slew of fresh features to Microsoft's newest console, including an update next month will lead to more broadband traffic: the ability to live stream video games, join in on games with broadcasters, initiate game broadcasts with voice commands, archive game clips and watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device, including the PS4.

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Rovi picks up Veveo for $62M

February 25, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Veveo’s recommendation engine continually learns and adapts to the requests of each individual viewer. That will be combined with Rovi’s search and recommendation capabilities, which are based on its extensive metadata, which includes detailed information and professional editorial on millions of movies, TV shows, sports programming, music, games, and books.

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Vyve Broadband picks TiVo, Evolution Digital for DTAs

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband, which recently changed its name from BCI Broadband, will make its move from analog to digital by working with TiVo and Evolution Digital. The deal marks the first time that DVR pioneer TiVo has used digital transport adapters to provision its service with a cable operator. 

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TiVo founders try to reprogram Internet video with Qplay

February 25, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Qplay is controlled through an application that can be installed on an iPad or iPhone to select video separated into categories, or "Qs." All the video is stored in remote data centers so the line-up remains in sync even when a user switches from watching on a TV screen to viewing on an iPad or another device.

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