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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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Gainspeed hires former Harmonic exec as CEO

September 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Gainspeed has brought onKrish Padmanabhan as its CEO. Prior to Gainspeed, Padmanabhan was senior vice president of products and solutions at Harmonic, where he oversaw overall strategy for its video playout and compression portfolio. He replaces Drew Perkins,  a co-founder of the company.

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Verimatrix updates VCAS for the virtualized future

September 8, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Verimatrix introduced a new iteration of its Video Content Authority System (VCAS) architecture that supports embedded security, Ultra HD (UHD / 4K) television, and the migration to virtualized, cloud-based video delivery techniques. VCAS Ultra will also feature extended support for new distribution models and integration options.

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SCTE bolsters international presence

September 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers has broadened its reach abroad with the recent addition of Liberty Global to SCTE’s Corporate Alliance Program (CAP) as well as the formation of an international-based training program. The training and certfication program is called the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), which will serve as an international gateway to the SCTE’s library of resources. 

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TiVo uncorks ginormous DVR

September 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

If bigger is truly better then TiVo has the consumer DVR market cornered with its new “Mega” model. The six-tuner TiVo Mega has a mind-boggling 24 terabytes of storage, which is the equivalent of over 26,000 hours of SD storage space and 4,000 hours of HD space.

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Microsoft revamps MSN to flow across devices

September 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices. The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline.

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Apple's larger iPhone poised to drive phablet market

September 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Carriers may be giving more shelf space to devices with larger screens, but many consumers could be waiting for a larger iPhone before they snatch up a phablet. "If Apple releases a bigger iPhone it will be the final catalyst for explosive growth in the 4.7”+ market.”

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