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.
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.
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.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving Motorola Mobility an Emmy Award. The Academy is honoring Motorola’s use of its CherryPicker video processor for digital program insertion (DPI), specifically for serving localized ads across digital programming.
AT&T has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of Starz Play, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play from Starz Entertainment. AT&T subscribers that are signed up for the Starz Encore and MoviePlex premium channels can now view the content on iOS devices through their Wi-Fi and broadband connections.
TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany.
The company introduced two new Near Field Communication solutions that will integrate certified NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM onto a single chip. Broadcom also announced a single card solution combining its 5G Wi-Fi combo chip with its standalone NFC.
With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.
Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.
Universal Sports Network announced it was moving its production and broadcast operations to the Comcast Media Center. The move, which is slated to be completed the first of next year, will bring 44 new jobs to the Comcast Media Center (CMC).
Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.
SeaChange CTO Steve Davi has jumped ship for Synacor, where he will serve as senior vice president of software engineering. The move was apparently precipitated by SeaChange’s decision to eliminate the position of a corporate chief technology officer.
Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.
The action is essentially an enhancement of a relationship the two struck more than a year ago. TWCM described the move as hardwiring U-verse homes into the fixed scheduling network grids in I+. The agreement will be effective for the 2013 broadcast year.
New Zealand’s national broadcaster is preparing to launch an on-demand catch-up TV app for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. TVNZ’s onDemand catch-up app will be built to use Brightcove’s App Cloud mobile app platform, allowing TVNZ to securely deliver content.
TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.
Managed service providers, telcos, MSOs and satellite broadcasters alike are facing intense competition from over-the-top service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. These new market entrants are rapidly building their subscriber base by providing premium video and video-on-demand services on any device.
Adobe has expanded and integrated its Primetime video platform with a media player that could be used on any mobile device, the beta version of an ad insertion service, and the integration of data analytics. The company is offering an SDK to embed the player in TV Everywhere apps.
In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.
Advanced advertising vendor This Technology has wrapped up $7.5 million in equity financing and announced it counts Comcast, NBCUniversal, Verizon and ABC among its customers. The financing was led by General Catalyst Partners, and This Technology now has Neil Sequeria on its board of directors.
When Google announced plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. But a year later, the revolution has not yet been YouTubed. Google had disrupted other industries, and TV appeared to be next in line.
Bucking the trend of cable operators losing basic video subscribers, Suddenlink Communications actually added a total of 200 in the third quarter en route to chalking up some solid financial results. Suddenlink reported third-quarter revenues of $511.9 million.
A California judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction against Dish Network's ad-skipping digital video recorder in a dispute that has pit broadcasters against a main distributor of their programming. The ruling was not released publically.
Cablevision reported a third-quarter loss of $3.8 million on slightly higher revenue, compared with the similar period a year ago. Third-quarter net revenue grew 1.2 percent to $1.685 billion. The loss was attributed to higher expenses associated with restructuring and compensation, as well as larger expenditures on paying down debt.