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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.

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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).

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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.

Rural Iowa telco goes FTTH with Adtran

May 13, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Marne Elk Horn Telephone has installed Adtran’s Total Access 5000 broadband platform as it upgrades its network in Southern Iowa from copper plant to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH). In addition to residential and business customers, the service provider is connecting local school districts.

YouTube's new pay channels go from campy to kids

May 10, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the world's largest video site has rented and sold movies and TV shows from major studios since late 2008, YouTube is introducing all-you-can-watch channels that require a monthly fee. The least expensive of the channels will cost 99 cents a month but the average price is around $2.99.

The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.

OTT programmers converge on NYC

April 29, 2013 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the last 12 months, companies like Netflix, Yahoo, and YouTube have experimented with original programming, with some hits and some misses. But there were more than enough hits to encourage over-the-top programmers to keep trying.  They'll all be in New York City this week talking about it at the second Digital NewFronts conference.

Assia smooths the path to vectored VDSL

April 26, 2013 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Assia has upgraded its management and optimization software to enable VDSL providers to introduce vectored VDSL gradually, as market demand merits. The software suite also gives VDSL companies the tools to handle common noise impairments.

Netflix scores big with original programs

April 23, 2013 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netflix's move to compete against traditional cable-TV channels with original programming is pulling in more subscribers to its Internet video service and winning back investors who doubted the company's ability to cultivate distinctive entertainment. First quarter results prove it.

Plala to deploy Android set-tops in Japan

April 22, 2013 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Japanese IPTV company will be deploying Android-based set-tops built by Sumitomo Electric Networks and based on new chips from STMicroelectronics. STM's Orly system-on-chip (SoC)  includes a dedicated real-time multimedia processor, multi-standard video decoding engines, and video encoding.

Deluxe Digital teams up on OTT storefronts

April 9, 2013 11:57 am | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Deluxe Digital Distribution has joined with two different IPTV platform partners – NeuLion and Accedo – to create interactive digital movie stores, complete with a library of content, that any service provider could adopt to rapidly offer their customers over-the-top (OTT) content.

Ericsson to acquire Microsoft Mediaroom

April 8, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft will invest its full attention on the  Xbox as a vehicle for its consumer TV strategy. Ericsson, meanwhile, further solidifies its position in the IPTV market, picking up ongoing support for Mediaroom customers, including AT&T (U-verse), Deutsche Telekom (Entertain), Telefonica, Telus (Optik TV), and Swisscom.

Research: STBs bounce back in 2012; Cisco leads the way

April 8, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Infonetics Research’s recent study said that the set-top box market, which includes IP, cable, satellite, hybrid boxes, bounced back last year. According to Infonetics, the global set-top box (STB) market, totaled $4.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, which was up 3 percent sequentially

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