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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.

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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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Netflix's monthly video streaming tops 1B hours

July 5, 2012 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The advent of high-speed Internet connections and high-powered mobile devices is changing people's viewing habits.

Upfront - July 2012

July 2, 2012 8:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Europe’s big cable show, Anga, saw 440 exhibitors, 16,000 trade visitors and 1,600 congress delegates, and the show increased its foreign visitors from 43 percent last year to 50 percent this year.

Comporium pulls in local advertisers with widget

June 29, 2012 12:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new Yellow Pages app that provides EBIF-based targeted advertising proves popular with advertisers new to TV.

Comcast dinged with $800K fine

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

The MSO agrees to pay a fine levied by the FCC for failing to fully comply with a condition of its merger with NBCUniversal.

Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice

June 22, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.

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Phones gain ability to learn by touching

June 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a form of extrasensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them.

Yahoo ties up with CNBC on financial news

June 13, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The companies will be able to use search data to help determine the content they'll produce for visitors.

TiVo, PayPal unite to offer e-commerce buying with cable ops

June 12, 2012 3:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo’s cable operator customers, which include Comcast, Suddenlink and RCN, will be able to purchase products through interactive ads on TiVo’s user interface.

Comcast slapped for Xfinity ad claim

June 12, 2012 3:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An ad industry watchdog says Comcast is going too far with unqualified claims that Xfinity is the fastest broadband service available.

U.S. Internet advertising spending hits $8.4B in Q1

June 11, 2012 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That's the highest ever for the first quarter, up 15 percent from $7.3 billion in the same period last year.

Under construction: The multi-screen video business model

June 6, 2012 12:57 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The evolution of a working business model for multi-screen and content is accelerating. Different companies coming from different angles have got many of the moving parts together, but those parts aren’t yet perfectly aligned.

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

Open Mic - Network DVR vs. TV Everywhere

June 5, 2012 5:22 pm | by Bob Scheffler, senior director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of home entertainment technology – from the phonograph to radio to TV – the living room has long been the gathering place for the family. But in today’s world, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has created an insatiable consumer appetite for anytime, anyplace content.

U.S. campaigns mine online data to target voters

May 29, 2012 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 2012 election could be decided by the campaign that better exploits voters' Internet data.

LocalResponse takes targeted ads to new level

May 25, 2012 12:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is launching a targeted ad service that scans social media sites and can aim ads at people who specifically mention a product or product category.

Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service

May 25, 2012 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadcasters Fox, NBC and CBS sued Dish Network Corp. on Thursday over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

Yahoo seeks to shake up search, Web browsing

May 24, 2012 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Joining the battle to redefine Internet search, Yahoo is taking aim with a new browser enhancement it calls "Axis."

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