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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).

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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.

Capital Currents - Skipping commercials

August 16, 2012 12:59 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.

Survey: TV Everywhere strikes gold during Olympic coverage

August 13, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.

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Lake joins Cablevision as SVP of branding, creative

August 10, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has hired Matt Lake as its senior vice president of branding and creative.

Free Wi-Fi catches on with NYC's subway riders

August 8, 2012 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new service is part of a $200 million plan to connect the subway to the outside world.

Cash isn’t king in the mobile wallet

August 8, 2012 3:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The mobile wallet is coming, and it could be closer than you think.

Former Comcast exec Craddock joins SeaChange’s board; Goldfarb departs

August 6, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.

SeaChange lands 2 more U.S. ops for Adrenalin back office software

August 3, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange announced that two more United States-based multiple system operators have signed on to use its Adrenalin back office software and client platform.

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Time Warner Cable’s Q2 marked by seasonal disconnects

August 2, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.

Suddenlink’s revenue increases 6.5% in Q2

August 2, 2012 2:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications posted revenue of $513.3 million in the recently completed second quarter, which was a 6.5 percent increase from a year ago.

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.

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.

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.

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