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Imagine unveils single system for live and on-demand content delivery

March 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.


Comcast to help build Braves' new ballpark

March 18, 2015 11:48 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast has partnered with the Atlanta Braves on a development that will include a new stadium and a nine-story office tower for Comcast that will include two datacenters.


GOP says Obama aides meddled in 'net neutrality'

March 18, 2015 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday accused the Federal Communications Commission of bowing to White House pressure on its "net neutrality" decision, which has angered the nation's cable and . . .


McKinney, Nair to speak at Tuck

March 17, 2015 3:20 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablelabs' Phil McKinney and Liberty Global's Balan Nair will be this year’s featured presenters at the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program.


Sling TV arrives on Xbox

March 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

At the same time the OTT service said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime, all A+E Networks. The core package will remain at $20.


Cisco enhances core/edge routing

March 17, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The new technologies include application engineered routing; the IOS XRv 9000 Virtual Router; and 100GE line cards for the Cisco ASR 9000 Series. The new capabilities, Cisco said, will help service providers with service agility.


Cablevision to offer HBO Now

March 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Cablevision is the first cable operator to sign up with HBO to provide the latter’s new HBO Now streaming service. It will be distributed through Cablevision’s digital cable service Optimum.

DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.


FCC proposal would virtually eliminate cable rate regulation

March 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The Commission today issued an NPRM that asks if the availability of DirecTV and Dish Network in a market automatically qualifies as “effective competition.” If yes (the FCC argues "yes"), rate regulation would automatically be dropped.


SeaChange hires VP of sales for Latin America

March 16, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Rafael Castillo as vice president of Latin America sales. Prior to joining SeaChange, Castillo was senior vice president Latin America and the Caribbean for Grass Valley.


FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.


Four out of five households choose HD

March 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV. This showed a steep increase since 2011 as 46 percent of households possessed at least one during that time.


Live-streaming apps dominate buzz at South by Southwest

March 16, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a "Game of Thrones" Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend as . . .

Alcatel-Lucent adds switches for metro networks

March 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The new photonic switches were designed specifically for service providers who need to cater to enterprise customers, supporting increasing video, cloud and data center traffic.


MSOs making headway with search, discovery improvements

March 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Last year MSOs tested and implemented content discovery solutions with apps, smart TVs, and more, achieving incremental progress in allaying the frustration many of their subscribers have trying to find relevant content.  



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