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Mexico’s Totalplay picks Envivio for IPTV, VOD services

February 20, 2013 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Totalplay Telecomunicaciones, an IPTV service provider in Mexico, has deployed Envivio Muse encoders to provision its live and on-demand services. Totalplay is also using software-based Muse encoders on the Envivio 4Caster Gen III platform.

Cisco debuts mobile targeted ad system

February 19, 2013 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor’s new Cisco Quantum software suite is designed to handle any sort of new monetization scheme; combining Cisco Systems' software with new small cell products, cable operators can create a system for mobile targeted advertising.

Former Insight exec Griffith joins Willner at Penthera

February 19, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was an offer that Melani Griffith couldn’t refuse. Griffith started her new job at Penthera Partners, which reunited her with former Insight Communications head honcho Michael Willner. Griffith was hired as Penthera’s executive vice president of business development.

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Comcast all in on NBCUniversal; broadband subs drive Q4

February 13, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that it was buying out General Electric’s 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion instead of waiting until next year’s previously scheduled date of July to take full control of NBCUniversal. Comcast earned $1.52 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the fourth quarter.

Comcast unlocks vault of Fox TV Everywhere content

February 12, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Fox Networks announced a multi-platform distribution deal that gives nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers access to a wide range of video content from Fox across linear TV, online, tablets, mobile devices and gaming consoles.

TWC adds VOD content for PCs, Macs on Web browser

February 11, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After offering VOD content on its TWC TV app for iPads, Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWCTV.com Web portal to do the same on Macs and PCs. With the upgrade to TWCTV.com, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles to subscribers.

Report: Early Isis results warrant skepticism

February 8, 2013 11:37 am | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile wallet joint venture Isis is seeing results from trials in Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas, according to Yankee Group, but the research group isn't quite convinced. Since the trials were launched, merchants supporting the mobile payment system have seen an uptick in both repeat visits and overall purchases.

Making the second screen work

February 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Years after Netflix, smartphones and tablets all hit the scene, even those service providers capable of multi-screen delivery continue to struggle with the multi-screen phenomenon. That’s because even as service providers respond to viewers’ increasing appetite for video on screens other than the TV, consumers’ multi-screen behavior continues to evolve.

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Cisco debuts stadium Wi-Fi system

February 1, 2013 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco has introduced a stadium Wi-Fi system that incorporates a multicast capability. Cisco StadiumVision Mobile gives stadium operators the option of creating channels of additional content, such as a replay channel, a broadcast channel for out-of-town games and feeds from stadium cameras, all accessible through a mobile app.

DirecTV preparing for TV Everywhere ad insertion

January 31, 2013 2:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV will introduce ad insertion for its DirecTV Everywhere service later this year, using technology from FreeWheel, in which DirecTV has also just invested. FreeWheel raised $16 million and then another $12 million in two previous rounds of funding.

Time Warner Cable gears up for launch of cloud-based UI on IP boxes

January 31, 2013 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call, Time Warner Cable President and COO Rob Marcus outlined some of the cable operator’s key initiatives for this year, which included the rollout of a cloud-based user interface on IP set-top boxes and gateways.

Play ball: TWC strikes deal to carry Dodgers’ baseball channel

January 28, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s official. After weeks of rumors, Time Warner Cable announced that it had locked up the rights to carry the new Los Angeles Dodgers television channel after yanking them away from Fox Sports. The new Dodgers regional network is called SportsNet LA.

Loudness correction in compressed streams

January 28, 2013 9:10 am | by RGB Networks | White Papers

The CALM Act requires video service providers (VSPs) to meet specific audio leveling standards. This paper reviews a best-of-breed solution that enables VSPs to solve loudness problems and avoid penalties, without compromising the audio experience.

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Miranda Technologies acquires Softel

January 25, 2013 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Miranda Technologies said it has acquired Softel, a provider of captioning, subtitling, audio and video description, interactivity, and other video technologies. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Miranda was purchased by Belden last year.

DTS, RGB collaborate on quality audio

January 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DTS and RGB Networks said they will integrate the former’s audio solutions into the latter’s multi-screen IP video delivery products. The result is a product that video distributors can use to control program and advertising sound levels in conformance with the CALM Act.

Time Warner Cable wins Dodgers TV deal

January 23, 2013 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports after this year's baseball season ends, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Study: TV Everywhere still hamstrung by licensing issues

January 22, 2013 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Consumers want to watch their videos anytime, anywhere and on any device, but content licensing issues are shackling those efforts, according to a recent study. Infonetics Research pinged pay-TV operators in regard to their multi-screen video services and delivering live and file-based content to subscribers across multiple devices.

In the media: Time Warner Cable targets former subs in new ad campaign

January 21, 2013 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is taking aim at winning back former customers through a new marketing campaign. The operator is targeting video customers that it has lost to the likes of Verizon and AT&T. The marketing campaign is called “The Better Guarantee” and is an extension of the cable operator’s “Enjoy Better” campaign.

Suddenlink promotes Stephens to division president

January 16, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has promoted Kevin Stephens to president of the company’s Commercial & Advertising Operations (CAO) organization, headquartered in Dallas. Two other Suddenlink executives were promoted to vice president: Brian May and Bradley Cooke.

CED's Broadband 50

January 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.

TWC cuts ribbon on new concept store in Wilmington, N.C.

January 11, 2013 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The nation’s second-largest cable operator is taking a more hands-on approach with its customers by allowing them to interact with its products and triple-play services at the new experiential store. The Wilmington store is the first of its kind, but Time Warner Cable plans on expanding the concept nationally over the next few years.

Azuki backs multi-screen distribution of apps

January 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ES3 is teaming with Azuki Systems to demonstrate how TumbleBooks TV can be turned into a multi-screen service accessible on mobile devices in the home and elsewhere. ES3 develops apps for the Microsoft Mediaroom environment. TumbleBooks TV is an app that delivers read-along children’s books to the TV.

CES: Motorola provisions new media server for Verizon

January 8, 2013 3:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Verizon’s new media server made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with an IP-based set-top box. Motorola made both the media server and set-top box, with the former rumored to be in the works for some time.

Kilar to quit as CEO of Hulu by March

January 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jason Kilar will step down as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by the parents of ABC, NBC and Fox. NBC parent Comcast is required to be a silent partner in Hulu as part of the government signing off on its purchase of NBCUniversal.

Broadcasters intro MyDTV multi-screen service

January 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting announced what they are calling a soft consumer launch of a mobile digital television service, called MyDTV, in Seattle and Minneapolis, respectively. Both are initially distributing 750 receivers in each of their respective markets.

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