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Comcast, Liberty Global connect on Wi-Fi roaming

September 11, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Comcast and Liberty Global, the world’s two largest cable operators, have forged a Wi-Fi  agreement that lets their respective subscribers use each other’s Wi-Fi access points both here and abroad. The landmark international roaming partnership between the two companies will go to trial later this year before launching across millions of Wi-Fi access points next year.

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Reach for the cloud: ActiveVideo joins RDK

September 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Cloud vendor ActiveVideo has joined the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative, which would provide a virtual bridge between devices and cloud-based user interfaces, applications and services. ActiveVideo will integrate its Nano Client software into the RDK common framework for testing. 

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Comcast provisions Xfinity On Campus with CSG

September 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

CSG announced this morning that it was providing the content monetization and management platform for Comcast’s Xfinity On Campus service. After several years of trials, Comcast officially launched the IP-based Xfinity on Campus service last month. The service allows college students to watch live TV and VOD content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.

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JDSU plans to split into two companies

September 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

An optical components and commercial lasers company will be based on JDSU’s current Communications and Commercial Optical Productss segment. JDSU's optical security business (OSP) will focus on network and service enablement, taking advantage of the  transition to software-defined networks.

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Aspera, EVS, Elemental combine on almost-live sports streaming

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

EVS integrated Aspera FASP high-speed transfer and Elemental video processing technologies to create what the three are positioning as an end-to-end production system capable of near-live distribution of live action sporting events to streaming networks.

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SmarDTV adds CI+ modules, extends support for Conax

September 10, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

SmarDTV will introduce a CI+ 1.3 module that is compliant with the latest generation of the Conax Contego and Conax Conformity testing. In addition to content protection coverage, the combination will enable features such as Operator profile supporting channel list customization, SmarDTV said.

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AT&T, Verizon top list of big corporate spenders

September 10, 2014 11:57 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

AT&T and Verizon were the top-two corporate capital spenders for non-financial corporations last year, according to a recent report. The Progressive Policy Institute’s study found that AT&T shelled out $20.9 billion last year in domestic capital spending while Verizon was second at $15.4 billion. 

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CableLabs, SCTE further align on energy initiatives

September 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and CableLabs announced today that they would collaborate more closely on improving energy management issues for the cable industry, including strategies and innovations designed to reduce energy consumption and costs in facilities, plants, and fleet, as well as in the home. 

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NY judge: TV clip service not violating copyright

September 10, 2014 11:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A media monitoring company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to customers hasn't violated broadcasters' copyrights by letting its customers search its database, but it's unclear whether all facets of its business will get a judicial stamp of approval. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled in a copyright case filed by Fox News Network against TVEyes Inc.

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Vendors unite against broadband reclassification threat

September 9, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

A set of technology vendors have come out firmly against reclassification of broadband as a Title II service. The suppliers delivered a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker insisting that classifying the Internet as a public utility would have harmful implications for the Internet and the economy.

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Broadcom debuts family of satellite STB chips with 4K support

September 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Broadcom announced a family of eight hybrid satellite and terrestrial SoC devices for STBs, all with HEVC encoding. The chips are fully capable of supporting ultra HD content, but are more likely to be used by direct broadcasters to double the number of HD channels they are able to offer.

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Com Hem deploying Incognito suite

September 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

In addition to helping prepare Com Hem networks for an IPv6 migration, the Incognito Software products will also assist the cable operator as it rolls out “TV everywhere” services that will allow subscribers to view and control their television services on multiple devices.

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Armstrong signs up with TiVo, Pace, for multi-screen delivery

September 9, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Armstrong has signed up for TiVo's cloud-based service, using the Pace MG1 whole-home gateway DVR and Pace MI3 IP STB client and TiVo Stream, as well as TiVo's iOS and Android mobile applications. Armstrong plans on an early 2015 launch of the co-branded products as part of Armstrong's bundled services offered primarily to residential and businesses subscribers across Pennsylvania.

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ActiveVideo running on Intel QSV, slashing capex costs

September 9, 2014 12:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

ActiveVideo’s CloudTV is now running on servers based on Intel QSV, which quadruples session density, which in turn helps reduce the capex cost of virtualizing set-top functionality in the cloud to as little as $1 per instance. In other words, the moment individual subscribers make a single $1 VOD purchase, those subscribers would be paid for.

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Adobe extends reach of Primetime DRM

September 8, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Adobe announced its Primetime DRM is now available across apps on connected devices, including set top boxes, and via HTML5 on major web browsers. The company said it has collaborated with Intel, Broadcom and AMD to enable hardware-based DRM that protects HD and Ultra HD content.

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