Broadband Briefs for 12/04/09

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 7:00am

 TV Genius launches 3 screen search/recommendation engine
By Brian Santo

TV Genius introduced a recommendation engine that searches for content across the web, mobile and TV for converged three-screen services.

The company’s Content Discovery Platform (CDP) and Relevance Engine was built from the ground up specifically to meet the needs of TV discovery, providing richer content aggregation. It allows viewers to discover programming from a variety of sources, including broadcast TV and catch-up/VOD on television or online.

Tom Weiss, CEO, TV Genius, said, “Viewers are not getting the most from multichannel services and sticking to familiar channels only. TV Genius’ Content Discovery Platform helps them find the relevant programming that will engage them for longer. Operators and content owners can therefore benefit from reduced churn and increased revenue through the monetization of VOD or premium content.”

 Cox Receives Henry Pace Award 
By Brian Santo

For the fourth year in a row, Cox Communications has received the "Employer of the Year Award" from Chesapeake Service Systems. Cox received this award for creating work opportunities for people with severe developmental disabilities.

"We are so proud to have received this award again. The individuals we work with through Chesapeake Service Systems are top-notch folks and they do a great job for us," said Cox senior vice president and general manager Gary McCollum.

Providing work to those with disabilities in the local community has been an important initiative at Cox for several years, the company said. Cox provides opportunities for people with disabilities to work on a variety of tasks including assembly and packaging work. Duties are performed at a Cox warehouse facility as well as at the Chesapeake Service Systems headquarters.

"We began this partnership with CSS in 1997 as a result of a need to have certain devices disassembled. That first project put 10 people with disabilities to work and saved Cox $150,000," added McCollum.

Today, Cox provides work opportunities to more than 130 people from the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

• Softbank Mobile subscribers look beyond 3G  
By Brian Santo

Softbank Mobile said it will deploy Nokia Siemens Networks’ HSPA+ to improve mobile data services delivery over its existing network in the 1.5 GHz band.

“Japan is the world’s most advanced market in terms of data consumption,” states Mr. Junichi Miyakawa, chief technology officer, Softbank Mobile. “We realize that mobile broadband is now a lifestyle preference and are constantly thinking of ways to improve our delivery to subscribers. The Nokia Siemens Networks solution enables affordable, cost competitive prices, allowing us to provide the best value to our subscribers.

More Broadband Direct 12/04/09:
•  ACA wants regulatory scrutiny of Comcast-NBCU
•  Comcast, NBC deal will face tough antitrust review
•  Qwest, Verizon closing call centers
•  PUCs claim Verizon neglects DSL subs
•  Senators Propose Limits on ETFs
•  FCC to Verizon: Explain ETFs, Web Charges
•  Broadband Briefs for 12/04/09



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