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Charter shows new hybrid "Worldbox"

January 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Steven Hawley, special to CED | Comments

Cisco was directly involved in the design and software integration of the Broadcom-based hybrid set-top box. Charter is using ActiveVideo’s Cloud TV platform, which renders the entire user experience server-side, including the EPG video thumbnails, and delivers it as an MPEG stream.

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Samsung will Connect Everything It Makes Within Five Years

January 6, 2015 2:02 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

SmartThings, a connected home startup that Samsung bought in 2014, at CES Monday pushed out the next generation of its products and deepened third-party product integration. The company also introduced a new premium subscription service.

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MoCA 2.0 hits 400 Mbps in field tests

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) announced at CES this morning that it had reached 400 Mbps net throughputs during its ongoing MoCA 2.0 field tests. The 400 Mbps net throughputs (MAC rate) were reached in 90 percent of all coaxial cabling outlets or paths, while net throughputs were greater than 350 Mbps for 95 percent of the paths.

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Microsoft adds Harmonic's ProMedia to Playready DRM

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The combination of ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, can enable video content and service providers to distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. That can significantly reduce the time to market for while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure.

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Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

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Ericsson to resell UXP's customer profile suite

January 6, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ericsson has cut a deal to resell UXP Systems’ Mint Unified Services Platform.  Mint is used to create profiles of customers, supporting a common user experience across all screens. The capabilities of the system then extend to personalizing the user experience for each customer.

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Echo resonates across BHN’s footprint

January 6, 2015 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

After first deploying the service in Tampa Bay and Central Florida last summer, Bright House Networks has rolled out its “Echo” Wi-Fi offering, which was designed to fill-in Wi-Fi dead spots within a home, across its footprint. The Echo access points are supplied by Actiontec Electronics while Entropic provides the MoCA silicon for both the Arris modems and hotspots.

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Close to 90 million D3 CPE units ship over last 12 quarters

January 6, 2015 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

With DOCSIS 3.1 gear on the cusp of rollouts, the demand for DOCSOS 3.0 CPE units continues unabated. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, close to 90 million DOCSIS 3.0 CPE units shipped from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the third quarter of last year. In the most recent third quarter, DOCSIS 3.0 gateway revenue increased 14 percent sequentially.

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CES roundup: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN, the cable TV sports network. 

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CES: TV makers take aim at streaming video

January 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today's high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.

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AT&T Digital Life Partners with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

AT&T today announced new partnerships with Samsung, LG, Qualcomm and Lutron Electronics for its Digital Life smart home platform. New services and third-party product integrations will allow Digital Life subscribers to control connected home features with their smartwatches. 

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Roku sets plans for 4K streaming

January 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Roku said it has produced a reference design it is licensing to TV manufacturers, who can begin development of Roku TV 4K models of their own. TCL is the first to announce it has licensed the design. Meanwhile Netflix will be the company's  initial 4K content partner.

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NeuLion buying DivX for $62.5M

January 5, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

With the combination, NeuLion aims to give customers additional options for managing content, giving customers the choice of either building and managing digital video platforms internally or licensing an integrated managed services solution.

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TWC Sports kicks tires on 4K tests

January 5, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Time Warner Cable Sports partnered with IMS Productions on two proof-of-concept 4K tests last month. The first test of ultra-high-definition (UHDTV) broadcasting in 4K was a high school football game on Dec. 19 in California while the second took place during a Dec. 23 broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. 

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TiVo to debut OnePass, partners with iHeartRadio

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

TiVo announced this morning that it had partnered with iHeartRadio to bring the streaming music service to its Roamio, Mini and Premiere devices. The DVR pioneer also announced it would roll out its “OnePass” feature next month. OnePass was designed to gather and track every episode of a TV series instantly across live or recorded TV, VOD and streaming apps.

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