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Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Blogs | Comments

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 moves some operations to Comcast Media Center

December 4, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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).

Study shows growth in second screen users

December 3, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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SeaChange’s Davi moves to Synacor

November 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

TWC wraps its ad arm around AT&T

November 27, 2012 3:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

TVNZ sets on-demand catch-up TV app

November 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

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Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

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.

A compelling multi-screen user experience

November 20, 2012 7:37 pm | by Kirk Edwardson, director of marketing at Espial | Articles | Comments

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 aims to cut TV Everywhere player tangle

November 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Memory Lane - A signal of what would come

November 19, 2012 12:50 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

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.

This Technology scores $7.5M in financing

November 15, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

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YouTube's channels not yet must-see TV

November 13, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Suddenlink reports robust Q3, plans to add TiVo Mini next year

November 9, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Judge rejects injunction against Dish DVR

November 8, 2012 3:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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’s Q3 overwhelmed by expenses

November 6, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

TWC’s video subs down, business services booming in Q3

November 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s quarterly profit and video subscriber losses were below Wall Street’s projections, but data and business services continued to be a boon to the company’s bottom line. Time Warner Cable’s net income increased to $808 million, or $2.60 a share, in the third quarter.

Shaw rebrands with logo, mascots

November 5, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is introducing what it’s calling “a new marketing platform,” essentially a new advertising campaign, a new logo and a pair of mascots. The new logo will cut across all Shaw businesses, conveying a consistent "only from Shaw" experience, the company said.

Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

Comcast scores VOD deal with The CW Network

October 24, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Xfinity On Demand users will be able to access shows from The CW Television Network at no additional charge. The deal marks the first time that a multi-system operator has gained access to The CW’s content on video-on-demand (VOD).

Arris targets ads at TelcoTV

October 24, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Specifically, Arris is introducing a bundled multicast IPTV advertising platform for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The end-to-end offering integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in only one device, the Arris Media Services Platform (MSP).

Isis goes live in Austin, Salt Lake City

October 22, 2012 5:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As expected, trials of Isis' NFC-based mobile payments service went live in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City today after its planned summer launch was delayed last month. The program will give Isis backers Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile USA an indication of whether the mobile wallet could be a source of revenue. 

Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

Former Canoe exec Lins lands at Clear Channel Outdoor

October 19, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Canoe Ventures chief marketing officer Vicki Lins has landed a new job as executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA). In her new job, Lins will lead the marketing strategy and execution for the CCOA business.

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