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Start-up to focus on 2nd screen opportunities

August 2, 2012 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Backed by Technicolor, Magic Ruby will leverage Technicolor technology to create stronger ties between the TV and handheld devices used as companion devices.

Reimagining data, content in an all-IP world

August 2, 2012 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The drying up of SMS and voice revenues is hastening the need for carriers to radically reinvent their businesses.

Comcast staunches flow of basic video losses in Q2; broadband flourishes

August 1, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the seventh consecutive quarter, Comcast has reduced the rate of its basic video subscribers losses, while overall second-quarter net profit increased 32 percent, thanks in part to new broadband subscribers.

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BlackArrow targets addressable ads with SIS offering

August 1, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow has fleshed out its advanced advertising arsenal with the addition of its Subscriber Information Service product.

Olympic viewing: NBC critics loud on social media

July 30, 2012 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast’s broadcast unit was all geared up to stream much of the Olympics. Did it set expectations too high, or is it just screwing up?

In the media: Comcast to pay $170M to explain Xfinity brand

July 27, 2012 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast seeks to better define Xfinity branding during Olympic spots.

News Corp. buys stake in Roku

July 26, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News Corp. is a member of an investment group that has injected a whopping $45 million into the streaming video company.

Pohl new chairman of BlackArrow’s board of directors

July 26, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Michael Pohl has been named as BlackArrow’s new chairman of its board of directors.

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Time Warner Cable’s Gillman joins SeaWell Networks’ board

July 24, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor SeaWell Networks announced that Time Warner Cable executive Joan Gillman has joined its board of directors as an independent member.

Hood Canal adopts RGB infrastructure

July 23, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service provider is initially using the set-up to reclaim analog bandwidth and introduce more high-definition channels.

Buckeye CableSystem tunes up TV Everywhere with Azuki

July 23, 2012 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Azuki Media Platform includes adaptive streaming, entitlement and digital rights management (DRM).

Google's Q2 earnings rise as clicks on ads soar

July 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is getting even better at showing online ads to the right people at the right time. That enabled the Internet search leader to hit analysts' earnings target for the second quarter.

Microsoft reports 1st loss as public company

July 20, 2012 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft posted its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company as it declared a struggling online ad business a bust and prepared for one of the biggest product updates in its history.

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FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

@ The Independent Show: SeaChange to demo multi-screen capabilities

July 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International will be at the Independent Show demonstrating software solutions that can enable small and mid-size cable operators to extend their services to tablets, smartphones, PCs and other devices.

@ The Independent Show: RGB enables multi-screen for all

July 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RGB Networks will be at The Independent Show highlighting how its digital and IP-based video products can be tailored for use by small- and medium-size operators.

From fantasy to reality

July 18, 2012 8:21 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The delivery of video content to multiple screens by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators has long come under the heading of sheer fantasy. Not anymore. Now it’s real.

TiVo buys analytics firm for $19M

July 17, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TRA provides information linking information from the same households as to what viewers watch with what they buy.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Judge lets start-up relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

July 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said the case probably would have been decided in favor of the broadcasters were it not for the case challenging Cablevision's RS-DVR system.

Hyatt begins rollout of interactive TV

July 12, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, provided by start-up Roomlinx, enables customers to access hotel services through onscreen menus.

NYC bringing wireless Internet to pay phone kiosks

July 12, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Yorkers have been making fewer and fewer calls on the city's 12,000 pay phones, yet the kiosks will likely be getting heavier use soon.

Krikorian joins board of FreeWheel

July 10, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The co-founder of Sling will work with the ad management system supplier.

Malware deadline passes, very few knocked offline

July 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The day that was supposed to see thousands of people knocked off the Internet arrived, but only a few people were affected.

Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday

July 5, 2012 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware.

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