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Market for game consoles and gateways is blurring

November 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Xbox One and PS4 are both about to debut. At one time, they were expected to become alternatives to set-top boxes, but now? Along came Google's Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.

FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

Time Warner Cable cues up music deal with Slacker

November 14, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up free digital music for more than 11 million subcribers via a deal with Slacker. Time Warner Cable data customers will be able to access the various music genres that Slacker provides on its TWC Central web portal.

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Cisco's 1Q revenue falls below estimates

November 14, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech bellwether Cisco Systems Inc. posted lower-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10 percent from a year ago. Cisco's shares tumbled 11 percent in extended trading after the company gave its guidance

Proposed bill will turn video business upside down

November 13, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Legislation to be proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would guarantee equal access to cable network programming to over-the-top companies such as Netflix, Sony, and others. The bill assumes that OTT companies would use those rights to offer those channels on an a la carte basis.

Cable One boosts upstream speeds

November 13, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has increased the upstream speed for free across three of its tiers. The company’s Streaming 50 Mbps plan now has a 3 Mbps upload speed; the 60 Mbps Premier plan has been upgraded to a 4 Mbps upload speed; and the 70 Mbps Ultra Plan has been upgrade to a 6 Mbps upload speed. 

Comcast Business expands network in Puget Sound area

November 13, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has started a major network expansion to better serve businesses in the Puget Sound region. Once the expansion is completed in Kitsap County, local businesses will have access to Comcast’s commercial Internet service in addition to its Ethernet services.

Wi-Fi: friend or foe for wireless carriers?

November 12, 2013 1:27 pm | by Jim Hudmon, Nexius Solutions | News | Comments

Cable Wi-Fi is beginning to nullify cellular carriers' natural advantage. Mobile operators can find a new service advantage by embracing cloud computing and the virtual environment of applications and clients. In particular, operators are ideally positioned to bundle cloud apps with their network assets to deliver over–the-top bundled services.

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Ericsson, BlackArrow forge alliance

November 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pay TV companies are leaving money on the table. Content providers and pay TV service providers require a comprehensive advertising and audience data platform that can enable relevant and coordinated advertising campaigns across all devices, and they are interested in getting that sooner rather than later.

WOW reaches for the cloud with Bluemile buy

November 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW announced this morning that it had bought the data center, cloud and fiber assets of cloud service provider Bluemile for an undisclosed sum. The deal marked WOW’s entry into the cloud infrastructure space. With the addition of Bluemile, WOW will be able to offer data center-based services such as disaster recovery, cloud backup, managed security and cloud computing.

Vermont on the verge of universal broadband

November 11, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband isn't just about streaming video or easy access to email — it's a critical part of modern living. Vermont has received more than $177 million of the billions in federal stimulus money has been spent to spread broadband across the country, part of an effort that some have equated with the 1930s New Deal effort to bring electricity to America's hinterlands.

TWCB trials ‘Virtual Visit’ for telemedicine

November 11, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve patients in their homes, Time Warner Cable Business Class has launched a “Virtual Visit” telemedicine trial with Cleveland Clinic. As its name implies, Virtual Visit allows Cleveland Clinic healthcare professions to interact with patients in their homes via Time Warner Cable’s secure network. Virtual Visit is one element of Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Home Health Monitoring platform.

Start-up hawks Aereo alternative on Indiegogo

November 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is developing a tablet-and-DVR combo that will record free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV for replay at any time. The new product, called Tablo, will include a tablet-based app to browse, record and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.

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OTT apps lined up for Xbox One, PS4

November 8, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Over the top video companies and game console makers are rushing to make sure that video streaming apps that were available on the last generation of game consoles will also be available on the new. Verizon’s Redbox Instant announced it will be on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony's Playstation4, while Sony released a list of video providers that will be resident on the new PS4.

Xbox, can you hear me now? One requires repetition

November 8, 2013 1:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The previous Kinect sensor was equally billed as a game changer when it debuted in 2010 but was considered by many gamers to ultimately be a gimmick. The updated version of the camera has a field of vision that's 60 percent wider than Kinect for Xbox 360. It can also detect more bodies, as well as heart rates and facial expressions.

Despite loss of subs, Cablevision posts Q3 profit

November 8, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision bled subscribers across its video, data, and voices services, but still posted a profit in the third quarter. On the video side, Cablevision lost 37,000 customers, which exceeded Street Account’s estimate of 17,200.

NetCracker signs up to support Cable Center committee

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced this morning that NetCracker Technology was named as a co-presenting sponsor of its Customer Experience Committee (C5.) As a part of The Cable Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives, the C5 is comprised of 25 invited members who represent leading cable operators in North America and Europe.

Comcast tees up "Sportstacular" promotion

November 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Xfinity TV customers will have the chance to watch content from networks such as NFL Network, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Networks, ESPN Goal Line, FOX Sports 1, NBA TV, NHL Network and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). This programming is typically available only to subscribers of Comcast’s various sports packages.

Dish to close rest of its Blockbuster stores in U.S.

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The  satellite-TV provider also is shutting down Blockbuster's DVD-by-mail service next month. Dish Network's retreat will render Blockbuster's once-ubiquitous brand nearly extinct. About 50 U.S. stores operating under franchise agreements will remain open.

Desparately Seeking FTTP; LA to issue an RFI

November 6, 2013 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LA’s desire is to have fiber extended to both residential and business customers. Initial estimates peg the costs anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion, and the city expects the bidder to assume it all. The city also wants the winning bidder to provide free connectivity to all at something between 2 Mbps and 5 Mbps.

Miranda expands loudness monitoring product line

November 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Axino-400 retains the performance of the original Axino-410, but with a reduced channel count. Where the original Axino 410 was built to handle up to 200 channels simultaneously, the Axino-400 enables broadcasters to monitor up to 40 channels from one device.

Jinni launches new iPad app, website

November 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jinni, whose search and recommendation engine helps users find video content intuitively, has launched a new, free iPad app and website. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said the new platforms delivered intuitive, personalized recommendations for movies, television and streaming content that match a user’s tastes and moods.

Vonage 3Q net income falls 68%

November 6, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vonage Holdings Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income tumbled 68 pct, as the company didn't attract as many customers to its higher-priced calling plans and lost some existing customers. Vonage, which provides phone services through cloud-connected devices, added 175,000 new subscribers during the quarter, up from 172,000 a year ago.

Charter narrows losses; announces cloud UI test

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter will begin to field test the ActiveVideo / Zodiac UI in Fort Worth in the next few days. It will roll out with employees and then the general public.If that cloud-based UI works as expected, Charter will do a commercial rollout later in the second quarter of next year.

Blackberry plans end to new hardware

November 5, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The "CrackBerry" might not have much of a future: Its new chairman and interim chief executive says he wants to emphasize software and services — not devices. That could mean the company might ultimately get out of the business of selling smartphones.

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