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Deutsche Telekom prepares a move to the cloud

September 5, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom is in field trials of cloud-based technology to update the user interfaces and capabilities of set-tops and other CPE. Using cloud technology from ActiveVideo, the company is delivering video-on-demand stores, localized EPGs, and portals for TV apps.

Intel field testing its new set-top box

September 3, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intel is testing its new set-top box designed for an over the top (OTT) service, with about 1,000 of its employees who work at its Oregon campus, in anticipation of a product launch later this year. The chip maker, which is testing a user interface and is trying to line up content, is about to widen its test with more employees.

Invitel uses RGB gear to enable transition to MPEG-4

August 28, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Invitel, a fixed line telecommunications and broadband Internet services provider (ISP) in Hungary, has selected and deployed RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) to help the company transition its line-up of HD programming from MPEG-2 to the more bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4/H.264 compression format.

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August 20, 2013 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The cloud is being sold as the greatest innovation since the food industry started building zip-lock technology into the packages of everything from hot dogs to shredded cheese, but there have been concerns: can cloud computing scale to cover hundreds of thousands of subscribers, and aren’t you just courting trouble by automatically building in too much delay? But the world is safe for the cloud, according to ActiveVideo.

KT shifts to interface based on HTML5

August 9, 2013 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

KT is preparing to launch an HTML5-based IPTV service accessible from both set-top boxes and user devices such as PC’s, smartphones, and tablets. The service will be called Olleh TV Smart. Notice of the announcement came from Alticast, which provides the middleware for KT’s IPTV system.

Conax packages hosted multiscreen for LatAm ops

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax has devised a hosted IP solution, specifically for the Latin America pay-TV market, that is based on its own Contego Unite system and includes middleware from partner Cubiware. The solution would be installed by system integrator Bold MSS. Customers will be able to use the system to offer services that include OTT VOD and multiscreen delivery.

Ikanos primes the market for FTTdp

July 25, 2013 12:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ikanos said it has achieved aggregate throughput of 300Mbps over a standard, single-pair copper cable at a distance of about 650 feet, using the company’s current VDSL chipsets. The 300Mbps aggregate throughput has been demonstrated on Ikanos’ Vx185 family of communication processors for CPE with Fusiv architecture. 

NeuLion TV Everywhere platform powers 3D TV service

June 26, 2013 1:53 pm | News | Comments

NeuLion said it is providing the delivery systems for Sensio Technologies’ recently introduced service delivering 3-D content over-the-top to 3-D TVs. Sensio Tech is basing its 3DGO Service on NeuLion's TV Everywhere Platform. 3DGO streams 3D content on demand, using a non-subscription, pay-as-you-go business model.

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tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.

Dish adds soccer to Hopper sports app

June 20, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The updated app will enable Dish customers to view scores of games from earlier in the day and from the previous day. The app will continue to feature live game scores, upcoming start times and on-screen updates displaying the most exciting live games using Thuuz technology.

Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

June 18, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has cut a deal to offer new TV shows from DreamWorks Animation starting in 2014 in what the company described as its biggest transaction ever for original first-run content. Though financial details were not disclosed, Netflix Inc. said the agreement includes more than 300 hours of new TV episodes in a multi-year deal.

Jinni offers multi-viewer recommendation capability

June 18, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Jinni announced that its recommendation engine can now track the preferences of two viewers, and generate recommendations that both viewers are likely to want to view together. Called “Watch Together,” Jinni said the feature is part of its latest discovery engine API.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day III

June 12, 2013 10:42 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

As we roll into the third day of the NCTA Cable Show 2013, we ponder on what we have learned about X2 and the race to put stuff in the cloud, about high school football in Florida, about CCAP technology, and about life in general. Actually, not so much about life in general.

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Cable Show: Gigabit DOCSIS? Yeah, we can do that

June 11, 2013 5:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a 3.0 demo, CableLabs was bonding 128 channels to crank out in excess of 4 Gbps in a total of 768 MHz. In the 3.1 demo, which included OFDM modulation and LDPC error correction, CableLabs was pushing data at a clip in excess of 6 Gbps, but in only 650 MHz, the better to show the spectral efficiency inherent in the move to OFDM.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day Two

June 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

Day 1 Featured technology disruptors who weren't so much disruptive as impatient -- if not actually impertinent, and some razzle dazzle from NCTA president Micheal Powell. Oh, and a surprise performance by Hammer (formerly MC Hammer). Can't touch that.

From the Cable Show: "Disruptors" not so disruptive

June 10, 2013 6:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Executives from Vox Media, Jawbone, Twitter, and Roku were all quite enthusiastic about being complements to the cable industry, but they all wished that cable would innovate a little faster. Tom Rutledge meanwhile essentially admonished programmers to give it up already.

Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

ADB offers major revision of Commercial Video Solution

June 6, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ADB announced several new products, leading with its first major revision of its Commercial Video Solution, the company’s system for supplying video to hotels, universities, hospitals, and other commercial businesses. The company’s other introductions include set-top boxes and a gateway.

Open Mic: Taking the tethers off of TV Everywhere services

June 5, 2013 11:25 pm | by Michael Willner | Articles | Comments

There is one more big challenge - TV Everywhere isn’t really everywhere is it? Unfortunately, if you’ve got a TVE app on your iPad, you still can’t access all those great shows and movies in lots of places. You’re out of luck if you’re traveling or simply not connected to a high-speed pipe, as is the case for most of us many times a day.

Rovi releases SDK for adding HEVC codecs

June 4, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The SDK includes the company’s patent-pending Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET), which enables the generation of as many as ten simultaneous output streams from a single source, reducing CPU cycles by utilizing common encoding processes across all levels, Rovi explained. This facility should help lower the costs and reduce the time required for the mass transcoding of large video content libraries to HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding).

Casa Systems debuts CCAP platform

May 28, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

When fully loaded, the C100G can support 8,000 downstreams. The system is a highly available, fully redundant, integrated CCAP (I-CCAP) platform does exactly what CCAP was meant to do: it enables MSOs to deploy MPEG video, IP video (IPTV) and/or DOCSIS broadband over any single port. 

Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment

May 22, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The new console wants to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies, sports and other entertainment. People will be able to connect their cable or satellite set-top box and watch TV through the Xbox One. It will have its own channel guide and allow viewers to change channels by voice command.

Canby Telcom preps authenticated broadcast TV

May 21, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canby Telecom will provide over the top (OTT) delivery of local broadcast channels to authenticated Canby Telecom subscribers via Roku boxes. The operator is using the Elemental Live video processing systems from Elemental Technologies to adapt traditional MPEG-2 broadcast channels to multi-bitrate Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS).

Netflix's Hastings: People don't love linear TV

May 20, 2013 2:06 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Speaking in Canada, the Netflix CEO says his biggest challenge there is competition from the likes of Videotron, Rogers and perhaps the combination of Bell and Astral should that merger happen. Netflix recently published an 11-page letter to shareholders entitled "Netflix Long Term View," outlining how the company believes it will thrive in the years ahead at the expense of conventional broadcast TV.

Lantiq chipset enables DSL vectoring

May 14, 2013 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company said that gateway designs based on the new chipset, the Xway VRX300, can reach data rates of 200 Mbps (two pair bonded) and up to 150 Mbps (vectoring) while supporting an array of home networking features, including integrated Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi), Gigabit Ethernet and VoIP.

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