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FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

July 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Leaders at the FX network are trying something new: They're no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don't accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they're waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting.

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Rogers Communications posts lower Q2 net earnings on flat revenues

July 24, 2014 11:58 am | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Rogers Communications Inc. has reported a lower second-quarter net income of $405 million, or 76 cents per diluted share, while the telecom company struggled to add more wireless customers. Net profit was down 24 per cent from $532 million, or 93 cents, in the same quarter of 2013.

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UPC Hungary establishes cloud-based app store

July 23, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

UPC Hungary has followed its rollout of TV apps a few weeks ago by creating its own app store. The key for UPC Hungary is that by relying on a cloud-based delivery mechanism, it has been able to accomplish all of this without having to swap out any of its non-IP set-top boxes.

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Service Electric slings live, recorded content with Arris

July 23, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cable pioneer Service Electric TV and Communications picked Arris to enable its whole home DVR platform that streams live and recorded content throughout the home and on the go. Service Electric is using Arris’ Whole Home Media platform, and its subscribers also have the option to buy the Sling-media based Arris MS400 Media Streamer in order to stream live and DVR content to their mobile devices. 

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Charter Business offers to pay early termination fees

July 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Business is going after small businesses in its footprint by offering to buy out the early termination fees that are associated with switching to the cable operator. The buyout allows businesses that are locked into contracts to make the switch to Charter Business without bearing the brunt of the termination fees.

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Javaid boards Rovi as SVP of discovery

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rovi has tabbed Omar Javaid as its senior vice president of discovery. As head of the newly created discovery business group, Javaid is responsible for Rovi’s discovery product offerings from concept to customer delivery and oversees multiple areas across the group – from engineering, architecture and user experience to product lifecycle management (PLM), program management and product marketing. 

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Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

July 23, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report.

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Microsoft CEO sees 'bold' plan as 4Q tops Street

July 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella painted an upbeat vision of the future Tuesday, saying that the next version of Windows will be unified across screens of all sizes and that two money-losing units — Nokia phones and Bing search — would become profitable in 2016. The agenda, announced Tuesday as Microsoft reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped boost the company's closing shares. 

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Dan Borislow, magicJack inventor, dies at 52

July 23, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dan Borislow, the inventor of magicJack and a pioneer in developing phone calls over the Internet, died Monday, officials at the company he founded said. He was 52. A spokeswoman for MagicJack Vocaltec Ltd., said he died of a heart attack. In a statement, MagicJack CEO Gerald Vento praised Borislow as a visionary.

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Comcast, TWC, Verizon, AT&T pushing IPv6 transition in U.S.

July 23, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Comcast has hit the 30 percent mark for IPv6 deployment, AT&T is now past the 20 percent mark and Time Warner Cable crossed over 10 percent threshold. Last month, Verizon Wireless was the first operator in North America to reach 50 percent. Plus: Vint Cerf talking address space on The Colbert Report.

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NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

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Digital ad insertion coming into reach for all

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Comments

DAI allows network operators to deliver targeted, addressable ads. It is becoming more common, will become more affordable and easier to implement, and should be showing up on the radar screens of Tier 2s and Tier 3s soon. WOW, for example, is heading into a trial of the technology soon.

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R.L. Drake to debut new encoder at Independent Show

July 22, 2014 4:11 pm | Comments

R.L. Drake will take the wraps of off its new digital video encoder at the Independent Show. Drake said its new HD MPEG digital video encoder, which is called the “PEG-NE24-IP HD,” was a stand-alone, single HD-SDI input MPEG-2 and H.264 digital encoder designed to support PEG channels carrying local public access, school event, and municipal government programming.

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Comcast scores bonus ‘Divergent’ movie content for its digital store

July 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast has expanded its partnership with Lionsgate to include bonus features and interactive content from Lionsgate’s “Divergent” motion picture that is based on the popular series by Veronica Roth. The Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available to Xfinity customers with the purchase of the film through Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand digital store.

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Comcast lets users kick tires on beta test features

July 22, 2014 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast is allowing its X1 subscribers to take some new features out for a test drive with a new subsection. The new section on the X1 user interface is called “Comcast Labs" in homage to the cable operators’ advanced technology arm. Comcast subscribers can use the Comcast Labs sandbox to beta test four new apps before the cable operator decides which ones will get the final stamp of approval.

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