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Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

LaJoie keynote speaker at SCTE Canadian Summit

February 14, 2012 3:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable executive vice president and CTO Mike LaJoie will be the keynote speaker at the SCTE Canadian Summit 2012 in Toronto.

Synacor debuts as a public company

February 10, 2012 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Synacor finally became a public company, opening on the Nasdaq exchange.

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Invidi secures another addressable ad patent

February 8, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The patent supports the company’s own addressable advertising system, which enables ad decisions to be made at individual set-top boxes based on information provided to the network by the devices.

Cable demos ad insertion in VOD stream

February 6, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The achievements of the latest interop at CableLabs move cable’s common ad platform a few steps closer to commercialization.

Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Super Bowl advertisers go after "second screens"

February 1, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners use their gadgets to do things like text or post on Twitter while watching TV, according to research firm Nielsen. So for the game, companies from Coke to Chevy are trying to reach fans on all of the "second screens" they have.

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Capital Currents - FCC CALM Act Rules

February 1, 2012 1:33 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

It’s no surprise that the law imposes new burdens on cable operators and broadcasters. The whole purpose is to regulate the loudness of commercials, which was never regulated before.

SCTE's 130 advertising standards garner ITU-T's approval

January 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Eight advanced advertising technology standards developed by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers recently received approval from the Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T).

Comcast among latest round of investors for SnagFilms

January 30, 2012 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a $10 million round of investment last year, SnagFilms has raised another $7 million in funds from its investors, which included Comcast Interactive Capital.

Thailand welcomes Twitter's new censorship policy

January 30, 2012 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter "felt responsible to cooperate with governments to make sure basic rights are not violated through the use of social media."

Comcast, NBC pledge $2.7M to broadcasting museum

January 27, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, NBC News and NBC 5 Chicago jointly announced that they have pledged more than $2.7 million worth of in-kind and financial support to the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications.

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Social TV evolves with Viggle app for iPhone, iPad

January 25, 2012 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When you tap the screen, Viggle's software for iPhones and iPads listens to what's on, recognizes what you're watching and gives you credit at roughly two points per minute. It even works for shows you've saved on a DVR.

Comcast Spotlight exec heads to Viamedia

January 25, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Independent cable rep firm Viamedia announced that it has hired Brad Henderson as director of national sales.

Azuki offers to manage multi-screen services

January 24, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Give us two days, the company says, and we'll have you up and running with multi-screen services.

Charter upgrade to EBIF is underway

January 23, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the aid of itaas, the MSO has upgraded about 1.6 million set-tops in nine of its systems so that they are EBIF-enabled, and it is in the process of upgrading another 1.9 million more.

Google's Q4 disappoints; Android going strong

January 20, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Investors dumped shares of Google after the fourth-quarter earnings call, sending shares of the company plummeting 9 percent in after-hours trading, spurred largely in part by a reported 8 percent drop in cost per click (CPC).

Intel's Q4 earnings rise 6%, top St. estimate

January 20, 2012 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel, the world's largest chip-maker, said its profit rose 6 percent in the latest quarter, topping analyst expectations, even as hard drive shortages held back PC makers' chip orders.

Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.

BlackArrow beefs up exec team with Matarese, Iboshi, McCormick

January 17, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has added three new executives to its team as the company broadens its reach into multi-platform advertising opportunities.

CES chalks up several new records

January 16, 2012 2:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last week's 2012 International CES event in Las Vegas was a record-breaking show on several levels for the Consumer Electronics Association.

Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

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