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Broadband Briefs for 01/07/09

Wed, 01/07/2009 - 7:00am

Univision, Comcast reach carriage agreement
By Mike Robuck

Univision Communications Inc., which is among the largest Spanish-language media companies in the United States, and Comcast announced yesterday a multi-year agreement for carriage of Univision’s owned-and-operated broadcast stations and affiliated stations owned and operated by Entravision Communications Corp., Fisher Communications Inc. and Equity Media Holdings Corp.

The retransmission agreement includes distribution of the cable network, Galavisión, and, outside of station markets, the network feeds for Univision and TeleFutura.

Terms of the agreement, including whether Comcast was paying Univision to carry its stations, were not disclosed.

Yesterday, Time Warner Cable announced it had extended its retransmission agreement with CBS Corp. (story here).

TiVo updates TiVo Search for HD
By Traci Patterson

TiVo Inc. has unveiled a redesigned TiVo Search feature, which offers improved search results with a new high-definition design. The feature is available to TiVo users at no additional charge.

"What Google did for the Internet, TiVo is now doing for the TV, bringing people a combination of excellent search results and innovative discovery that can't be found anywhere else," said Tom Rogers, CEO and president of TiVo. "TiVo has always been known as the best way to watch what you want, when you want it. Now we're taking that to a new level, using TiVo technology to find just the right program from hundreds of channels and thousands of broadband options, all in seconds. It is clear TiVo is leading the way in providing more choice, and also leading the way in finding content quickly. TiVo Search is a new way to find what you've been missing."

TiVo Search uses the extra screen size of HDTVs to show more details about a highlighted program. And the new interface not only displays in HD, it has a focus on finding HDTV content. TiVo Search will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas.

Volicon names Sachs senior director of marketing
By Traci Patterson

Volicon has appointed Andrew B. Sachs as senior director of marketing for the cable, IPTV and mobile video operator industry.

In his new role, Sachs will be responsible for developing the market for Volicon's Observer and Observer RPM solutions, which enable video operators to evaluate the quality of their broadcasts, VOD and interactive services, and advertising offerings at headends and remote locations.

Sachs has more than 18 years of experience in test and measurement solutions. Since 2005, he has served as service assurance solution owner in JDSU, where he was responsible for development and go-to-market strategies for the company's IPTV/digital video monitoring solutions for IPTV and cable operators in APAC, EMEA and the Americas. Other previous positions include director of workflow solutions and marketing for Acterna/JDSU, where he led the commercial launch of a hybrid portable OSS solution for field operations, and director of engineering in the network services division of Telecommunication Techniques Corporation (TTC).

ViewCast releases Niagara 2100
By Traci Patterson

ViewCast Corp. has released its Niagara 2100, a video-streaming appliance for video over IP and mobile networks.

"In light of the economic challenges facing many organizations today, the Niagara 2100 is well-timed and represents an exceptional value in enabling Web-based video communications for a variety of applications," said ViewCast President and CEO Dave Stoner. "The Niagara 2100 captures, encodes and streams video with plug-and-play simplicity via an easy-to-use Web interface.”

The Niagara 2100 is a handy solution for the encoder requirements of many other streaming industry software and network providers and integrators to bundle with their products. The compact, self-contained unit fits into fixed installations and provides the portability and stability necessary for on-location streaming.

More Broadband Direct:

• Dzuban is SCTE's new president, CEO

• Portland second to get Clear

• Videotron rolls DOCSIS 3.0 speeds into Montreal

• AT&T launches U-verse services in parts of 5 states

• Time Warner Cable to book $15B charge in 4Q

• Motorola powers up its first Latin American DOCSIS 3.0 deployment

• Netgear debuts gateways for converged services

• Entropic aims to make a splash at CES with demos

• Celeno, Cavium Networks team up on whole-home HDMI

• Starz selects TandbergTV's enhanced MediaPath system

• Broadband Briefs for 01/07/09

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