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Envivio takes multi-screen to the cloud

September 2, 2014 | by Brian Santo | Comments

Envivio is calling its virtualized cloud-based SaaS video solution Nuage, French for cloud. It operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. The system will handle video from content acquisition to delivery to the consumer, on any screen.

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Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. 

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Cleveland rocks server farms

September 2, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

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Envivio sets up cloud multi-screen service for Chinese company

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Beijing Gehua CATV Network is preparing a cloud-based multi-screen delivery service that will rely on transcoding technology from Envivio. BGCTV will use Envivio Muse encoders to help transmit 150 SD channels and 50 HD video channels to connected TVs, PCs, smartphones, iPads, and other devices.

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GCI locks up 7-year agreement with Disney

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

GCI, Alaska’s largest cable operator, has inked a seven-year agreement with Disney networks, a lineup that includes ESPN and ABC Family channels. The deal, which was negotiated by the National Cable Television Cooperative, allows GCI to continue broadcasting 16 sports, news and entertainment channels into 2021 without interruption and adds products like the SEC Network and on-demand programming.

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Suddenlink launches WatchESPN

August 28, 2014 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering its subscribers the WatchESPN app and access to ESPN’s web portal to view live sports coverage anytime. Earlier this month, Suddenlink and ESPN parent The Walt Disney Company announced a multi-year distribution agreement, which included access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.

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CenturyLink opens doors on 2nd Toronto area data center

August 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CenturyLink held a grand opening earlier this week for its second data center in the Toronto area and fourth overall in Canada. CenturyLink said the new data center, which is called “TR3,” was built to support up to 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space. 

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Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

August 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work. Though many companies are trying to make "visual search" a reality, this seemingly simple notion remains elusive.

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Energy-efficient set-tops have saved $168M in electric bills

August 28, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The movement to make cable CPE more energy-efficient has paid off, saving U.S. cable customers as much as $168 million in total on their energy bills. New set-top boxes use approximately 14 percent less energy than those previously used by service providers.

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Exfo unveils monitoring platform designed for virtual networking

August 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Network trends have expanded the scale and complexity of the network beyond what legacy monitoring solutions can handle. Exfo's new platform is based on a distributed polling system the company said is able to monitor millions of network elements in real time.

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Time Warner Cable offers mea culpa on outage

August 28, 2014 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable took to its blog page to offer more information on its footprint-wide broadband outage yesterday, and also apologized for the incident. The outage, which lasted about an hour and knocked out service to Time Warner Cable’s 11.4 million data subscribers, occurred after the cable operator conducted overnight network maintenance. 

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Comcast subscribers gain more TVE access to Pac-12 Networks

August 28, 2014 11:31 am | Comments

Thanks to an expanded agreement, Comcast’s subscribers now have more TV Everywhere access to the Pac-12 Networks’ programming. With the college season about to kick off, Comcast customers now have access to all seven Pac-12 Networks on their computers and mobile devices through the Pac-12 Now app and web portal.

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Telefonica ups bid to create Brazil's top operator

August 28, 2014 10:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Spain's telecommunications company Telefonica has raised its offer to buy Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, from French media conglomerate Vivendi to 7.45 billion euros ($9.82 billion) from 6.7 billion euros previously. Telefonica S.A. said in a statement Thursday the offer includes 4.66 billion in cash and 12 percent of the share capital in the new company.  

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Former CEO Frankel resigns from Synacor’s board

August 27, 2014 5:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Former CEO Ron Frankel resigned from Synacor’s board of directors effective Aug. 25. Frankel had served on the board since 2001, which was also the same year he was named CEO. Frankel said in March that would be leaving his position as CEO, but would remain on the board and as an advisor. 

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Active Broadband introduces gateway to enable SDN

August 27, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Active Broadband Networks announced Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG). The platform consists of a software-based switching element optimized for broadband service orchestration and delivery, combined with an edge service controller.

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Chunghwa plans trial of 4K VOD

August 27, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The Taiwanese operator will be using Broadpeak's server and CDN manager solutions, and HwaCom set-top boxes. Chunghwa Telecom is looking to deliver 4K VOD and NVOD content, to a range of devices. VOD content will be unicast, while NVOD will be multicast.

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