The Norwegian Space Center has teamed up with Telenor Satellite Broadcasting to assess the feasibility of a new satellite system covering northern areas outside the reach of current geostationary communications satellites. Demand for high-speed Internet in the Arctic is expected to grow as shipping, fishing and oil companies move north amid warming temperatures and melting ice.
Telesystem is migrating its network to a software-defined networking (SDN) approach, based on packet-optical transport systems from Cyan. The upgraded network will extend through sections of northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. Telesystems said the goals are to create a path toward increasing network capacity while also increasing network reliability.
Comcast recently promoted BJ Daisey to the position of area vice president, Sacramento Valley. Daisey, who started out as an installer at Comcast, previously held the position of director of technical operations in Comcast’s West Division.
Tivli, a startup TV service founded specifically to provide multi-screen delivery of video on college campuses, just picked up $6.3 million in investments from a coalition of investors that include HBO and Mark Cuban. Tivli takes a live feed from an MVPD and encodes it to provide unicast streams to student devices on high-speed university data networks.
Cable pioneer and Liberty Media chairman John Malone believes there needs to be a wave of consolidation among large cable operators in order to achieve economies of scale. Malone, who was interviewed by a Reuter’s reporter during a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, pointed at Time Warner Cable as a potential buyer.
Cablevision Systems has added Starz Play and Encore Play to its Optimum TV to GO line-up, upping the total number of channels available through Cablevision’s mobile access service to 55. Optimum TV customers whose service includes Starz and Encore now get unlimited online access to the networks’ more than 1,000 monthly titles at no additional cost.
Cox Communications and Verizon Wireless have launched their combined offering of cable, phone, Internet and wireless services in the Gulf Coast area, which includes South Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. The bundling deal, which was first announced in December of 2011, allows subscribers to pick their service preferences from a range of offers that include video, Internet, home phone and 4G LTE wireless services.
The company’s GPON-8 card works with its E7-2 modular Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), enabling a doubling on the platform to 16 GPON ports, 8 gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports, and multiple 10GE uplink ports in each 1 rack unit (1RU) chassis. Service providers can deliver broadband service speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
Amino’s A140 and A540 HD devices are now fully certified with Minerva’s 5.4 client. The platform enables operators to deliver linear and on-demand video services to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Pay TV subscribers can also use these devices to search for content via a unified user interface.
CI Broadband announced yesterday that it had completed its deal to buy James Cable, which was first announced in April. BCI Broadband, which was formed by former executives from Bresnan Communications, also announced that it has added cable pioneer Alan Gerry to its advisory board.
Following up on last month’s qualification of DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) devices by CableLabs, Broadcom announced this morning that its chipsets were ready to go to market. Broadcom said its end-to-end EPON ONU and OLT chipsets and DML software were ready to be deployed in DPoE 1.0 environments.
The FCC has given its blessing to SoftBank’s $21.6 billion merger bid for Sprint and Sprint’s $5 per share buyout bid for Clearwire. In the order, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction will likely result in public interest benefits.
For most people, the phone line's demise will have little impact. But there are pockets of the country where copper lines are still critical for residents. As a result, state regulators and consumer advocates are increasingly concerned about how the transition will unfold.
Rogers Communications teamed up with broadband performance tester SamKnows to prove that it was making good on its advertised broadband speeds. Overall, SamKnows found that all of Rogers’ current broadband tiers exceeded 100 percent of its advertised download and upload speeds based on the independent testing.
Samsung is reported to have purchased over-the-top box designer Boxee, for something less than the $28.5 million that had been invested in the company. Boxee had attempted to raise another $30 million in venture capital, but eventually decided instead to sell.
In an effort to keep its subscribers from churning away, Rogers Communications announced this morning that it would launch a customer loyalty program in key markets this summer. The program, which is called “Rogers First Rewards,” allows Rogers customers to earn points that can be redeemed online for discounts on Rogers’ products and services.
Subscribers will now be able to automatically log in to Comcast's TV Everywhere service from any device within their homes. The operator is calling the feature Home Pass. Xfinity TV and Internet customers will no longer need to sign in with a user name and password to access on demand and live streaming content.
Charter Communications has wrapped up is $1.62 billion purchase of Cablevision’s Bresnan Broadband Holdings, which the latter called Optimum West. The immediate result is that Charter, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has added systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah that pass more than 660,000 homes and serve 375,000 residential and business customers.
Customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers. The app also launches Monday in four new markets, where use will likewise be limited to pay TV subscribers: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
The MSO’s Summer of Kids has a dual purpose. First, it is aimed at driving viewers to its on-demand library of family-friendly content. The company is using the occasion to introduce a set of search and discovery features. Comcast is also opening its Wi-Fi network to all comers for two weeks.
Time Warner Cable has added yet another feather to its TV Everywhere cap by reaching a deal to stream 300 live channels to Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The TWC TV app for Xbox users will launch later this summer with gamers being able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Dish was far from winning over Clearwire investors to its offer anyway. Sprint earlier this month announced that Clearwire had accepted Sprint’s raised bid of $5 per share to buy out Clearwire, a deal that values Clearwire at approximately $14 billion and represents a 47 percent premium over Sprint’s previous offer of $3.40 per share.
Washington D.C.—based 1776 has picked Comcast Business as its exclusive network services partner for the 1776 Campus, which is an incubation space and events venue for emerging startups. With the agreement, 1776 tenants have access to Comcast Business’ Ethernet, Internet, voice and video services.
VOD? Multi-screen? Yes, of course, but with so many sources of video, how do you make the whole experience seamless for the viewer? Alan Hoff, VP of strategic marketing for SeaChange International, talks about his company's efforts to help its customers' customers make sense of all their media.
Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.