Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. The initiative gives people who buy movies on Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.
Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Comcast Cable, will serve as the program committee chairman for SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next year. Cable-Tec 2014 will be September 23-26, in Denver. Werner will drive the development of educational content that will accelerate the deployment of next-generation products and services for Cable-Tec Expo 2014.
The final panel of the opening general session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wasn’t so much about getting down to the brass tacks of cable technology, but more about giving attendees tips that they could take back to their respective jobs. Part and parcel of creating a more nimble cable dynamic is providing employees, including field technicians, the proper tools to succeed, which in turn made them happier workers.
Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs.
The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is living up to its goal of service velocity by cutting down the development cycles for set-top boxes and gateways from years to months. The RDK allows all of the interested parties to develop once and then scale across multiple environments – in the CableCard/QAM/MEPG-2 world of today, as well as in the IP environment of tomorrow.
On Monday, CableLabs, the SCTE, and several of the MSOs helping to lead the development of DOCSIS 3.1 conducted a symposium on the nearly-finished specification. These are some of the key moments from the day-long event, with Jeff Finkelstein of Cox, Howard Pfeffer of Time Warner Cable, and Daniel Howard of the SCTE.
CableLabs' Matthew Schmitt provides a status update on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification, what's in the spec, and the benefits that will accrue to cable operators as they phase in the next generation of IP-based broadband technology. Live from Cable-Tec Expo.
Last year when CableLabs announced DOCSIS 3.1 it vowed to have the specifications published by the end of this year. Through a Herculean effort by vendors, cable operators and other interested partners, the 3.1 specifications will be published at the end of this month.
AT&T U-verse has extended the availability of live TV channels to Android devices. Twenty of those 100 channels are available for viewing outside the home. Those same 100 channels are also available for home viewing through AT&T’s Uverse.com web portal.
Time Warner Cable has started to deploy the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) with Casa Systems and Arris. Time Warner Cable has CCAP up and running in several markets to provide more bandwidth for the delivery of its data services.
CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that they would work in tandem to accelerate the worldwide development and deployment of new cable network technologies. The cable industry’s support organizations, which also include the NCTA, have become more aligned over the past few years at the behest of the cable operators that they serve.
One fan's fixation on finding football online shows the lengths people will go to figure out a way around the byzantine network of content rights that programmers and distributors have adopted. One solution juggles a bunch of apps, plus both Apple and Roku boxes.
CommScope Converged Services Platform (CSP) will be available in two versions. The CSP 640 is a nine-rack-unit model with support for a maximum of 9,600 downstream QAMs. Aggregate throughput of 640 Gbps. The CSP 1280 is 14-rack unit model with up to 19,200 downstream QAMs. Maximum aggregate throughput is 1.28 Tbps.
While American technology companies are trying to minimize the damage from revelations that the U.S. government spies on everyone including its own citizens, Chinese tech giant Huawei said it never has been asked to provide information about a citizen to any government.
RFMD announced its first power doubler amplifier in a multi-chip module, designed specifically to support DOCSIS 3.1 specifications. The new module, the RFCM3316, is a drop-in replacement to its predecessor, the RFCM2680. The device is built using a gallium nitride (GaN) substrate.
Comcast has launched its Xfinity WiFi service in Utah by lighting up 900 access points in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and other cities along the Wasatch Front. Comcast also recently announced it had turned on 300 hotspots in the Kansas City area, which is also served in some areas by Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service.
Peak 10, a national IT infrastrcutre and cloud-services provider, announced that it’s now offering Comcast Business’ Ethernet services in its Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. data center. With Comcast Busienss, Peak 10 can provide its customers in South Florida and throughout the southeast access to high-bandwidth Ethernet connectivity, and off-site data center back-up and cloud services for disaster recovery preparedness.
Strong third-quarter results have sent Google shares past the $1,000 mark for the first time. Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 percent to $1,002. The stock had never before surpassed $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that Intel had joined the SCTE Standards Program. Intel, which has delayed the launch of its own video service, will work with the Standards Program on the development of new energy and operations standards and recommended best practices for the cable operator industry.
Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent as the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier continued to add more wireless devices to its network. Verizon earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.
Comcast turned on Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot service in the Kansas City metro area, including in public venues like the Independence Events Center, as well as dozens of local businesses and gathering spots, with plans to add more locations. The service is offered for no additional charge to Xfinity Internet customers.
Integrating Sling technology into one of its boxes apparently wasn’t enough. Arris has arranged with Sling Media to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of gateways and standalone devices that integrate Sling technology. Arris will also eventually take control of worldwide licensing of the technology.
Dutch cable company Ziggo has rejected a takeover bid from Liberty Global as inadequate. Liberty Global began investing in Ziggo earlier this year, buying 28.5 percent of the Dutch company’s stock. Liberty Global and Liberty Media, both chaired by John Malone, have been aggressively investing in cable companies around the world.
Espial said this morning that it had landed a multi-year, multi-million dollar RDK-based contract with a unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. Espial’s RDK-client solution for set-top boxes and HTML5-based G4 User Experience will be used by the cable operator to provision its services across TVs, tablets and smartphones.
The main challenge of switching to an IP-based infrastructure is that it doesn’t happen overnight. To make the transition, an operator needs to support two infrastructures for some period of time: a QAM infrastructure that uses MPEG-2 for video compression and a second silo for IP that relies on a mix of MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate technology.