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Isis to launch Oct. 22; app for T-Mobile goes live

October 17, 2012 3:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Isis has confirmed it will launch trials of its NFC-based mobile payments service in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City after delaying the summer debut of the app. The company had planned on going live during the summer but abandoned the summer launch.

EU regulators ask Google to change privacy policy

October 16, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have asked Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Web giant may be collecting too much data and holding it for too long. France's data protection agency led a European investigation into Google's new unified privacy policy.

Reports: U.S. regulators move closer to suing Google

October 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices. Staff members at the FTC are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.

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SeaWell expands management team

October 11, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaWell Networks has attracted two prominent executives to its management team. Jeff Huppertz has joined the company as senior vice president of business and corporate development, and Duncan Potter has been named chief marketing officer.

YouTube channels can start charging fees

October 10, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

YouTube currently gives content providers the opportunity to support their video with paid advertising. The option to charge subscription fees would be new, and it would the decision of content partners – such as BBC Worldwide, Endemol and FremantleMedia – to go that route.

This Technology opens doors on Denver office, hires more execs

October 9, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology recently opened a new office in Denver and hired three more executives. While This Technology will keep its original office in New York City, the Denver office opened in August. The Denver location puts This Tech closer to Broomfield, Colo.-based CableLabs.

BlackArrow demos multi-screen ad technology at CableLabs interop

October 4, 2012 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

At a CableLabs interop last month, advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow demonstrated technology that was designed to bridge the gap between traditional linear TV ad sales and ad executions delivered over IP platforms across multiple devices. BlackArrow previewed a new set of services and interfaces.

Telemundo Media, Comcast Spotlight cue targeted ads

October 1, 2012 5:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telemundo Media and Comcast Spotlight announced a new advertising platform, called Telemundo+, that lets marketers geo-target Hispanic households across multiple screens with English, Spanish or bilingual messages. The two are exploring means to measure the impact of the media strategy.

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IPTV: Coming soon to a town near you

September 30, 2012 12:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.

TV Everywhere or Errors Everywhere

September 29, 2012 11:40 pm | by Steve Liu, vice president of video network monitoring at Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.

In Perspective - Novelty act

September 29, 2012 6:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The ultimate product in the TV business is not content. It is the presumed attention of the viewers of that content, sold in aggregate to advertisers. Advertising has been the cornerstone of the TV business since back when the only screens available were the dials on radios.

Open Mic - The future of TV Everywhere is here

September 29, 2012 5:39 pm | by Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing and business development at RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.

New Products: IBC Edition - October 2012

September 29, 2012 4:10 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.

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Who's watching? 3-D TV is no hit with viewers.

September 28, 2012 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phil Orlins, an ESPN producer, knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That's because 3-D audiences are so small they can't be measured by Nielsen's rating system.

Comcast, NBCUniversal get behind zeebox app

September 27, 2012 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV. The U.S. cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company.

Synacor teams up with Comcast Spotlight for local ads

September 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor Synacor has joined forces with Comcast Spotlight, which is the advertising division for Comcast Cable, to provide a single point of contact for local online ads. Comcast Spotlight can now sell its advertising inventory on the Web portals that Synacor manages for cable operators.

Isis scraps summer mobile payments launch

September 14, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Isis has scrapped plans to launch its NFC-based mobile wallet before summer ends, delaying the debut of a product designed to provide AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA with an on-ramp into the potentially lucrative mobile payments space.

Canada's Competition Bureau sues 3 wireless giants

September 14, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Competition Bureau is suing the country's three biggest wireless carriers and an industry association for $31.79 million in customer refunds over advertising of texting services. The federal agency said it is seeking $10.25 million each from Telus, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada.

Zuckerberg: HTML5 apps a big mistake

September 12, 2012 2:27 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mark Zuckerberg explained that in the process of trying to perfect Facebook's mobile offerings, he put too much stock in the hype around HTML5, which he’d hoped would allow the company to experiment and make changes to the product easier to deploy. Instead, it resulted in a poor user experience.

SeaWell adds support for MPEG-DASH

September 7, 2012 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

With new support for DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), along with previous support for Smooth Streaming, HLS and HDS, network operators are now able to use SeaWell’s Spectrum software to convert all major streaming formats dynamically and deliver IP video content to any connected device.

Yospace delivers ad insertion through the cloud

September 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Yospace is also jumping into the cloud services space, hoping to stand out by virtue of being able to provide dynamic, live ad insertion. The Yospace CSM Cloud Network is geographically diverse, which it said means loads are balanced while ensuring that end users are serviced from the Yospace servers closest to them.

Open Mic - Next-gen campaign management systems

September 4, 2012 10:36 pm | by Jeffrey Sherwin, CEO of This Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable has steadily pursued dynamic ad insertion (DAI) to achieve better ad targeting and monetization. There have been learning moments along the way as vendors and operators have worked to make DAI a reality in different ways. One key learning that has come from this initial work is that the next phase of DAI needs to be built on campaign management systems (CMSs).

Comcast’s thePlatform opens doors of digital storefronts

August 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video publishing company thePlatform has upgraded its mpx system to support video commerce across various devices on digital storefronts. The digital storefronts can help video providers and content owners monetize their premium video libraries by complementing pay walls, advertising or authenticated subscriptions.

Rogers scores sports network for $167M

August 27, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced it was plunking down $167 million to buy Score Media. Once the deal is finalized, Rogers will wholly own theScore Television Network and related assets, which will be a significant content boost to its existing Sportsnet assets.

Ciciora's Corner - Feed the screens

August 16, 2012 1:54 am | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The march of technology continues to accelerate, and we must respond. The response has to be: Feed the screens.

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