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AT&T goes country with new interactive app

June 3, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T, accompanied by support from the Country Music Association (CMA), has released a new interactive TV app for fans of county music. The app, which is called “Country Deep,” is currently available only on U-verse customers’ TVs, but content will soon be available on AT&T’s web portal and on the U-verse app for smartphones and tablets.

AMC has second screen app for "The Killing"

May 31, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Encouraged by the response to its first two second screen apps associated with specific shows, AMC is releasing a third, this one launching in conjunction with the premiere of the third season of “The Killing.” “The Killing: Story Sync” will be available on computers, tablets and mobile devices.  AMC previously offered Story Sync apps with “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.”

Time Warner Cable, Starz extend TV Everywhere pact

May 31, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Starz have reached a new agreement that allows the cable operator’s customers access to 12 multiplex networks plus MoviePlex, Retroplex and Indieplex as well as more TV Everywhere access and VOD titles. Time Warner Cable’s subscribers can expect to have access to the new video content within the next month.

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Comcast gives a voice to X1 Remote app

May 30, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast subscribers that live in the areas where the cable operator’s next generation X1 platform has been deployed can now bark orders at their TVs by using Comcast’s X1 Remote app. The update to the X1 Remote app lets Comcast X1 customers change channels by saying the network name, or search for program titles, sports teams and actors by speaking into their iPhone microphones.

BlackArrow targets ads to IP devices, forges new partnerships

May 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow announced the availability of a new product, BlackArrow Linear, that will help cable operators extend live and linear TV programming into IP devices. In tandem with the new product release, BlackArrow also announced partnerships with encoding, transcoding and packaging vendors to create an ecosystem for splicing ads into the live streams.

Roku raises $60M from Hearst, News Corp, others

May 29, 2013 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku Inc., the streaming video device maker, said Wednesday that it has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined existing backers such as News Corp. and its subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting in the round.

Edmonton expands Wi-Fi service agreement with Shaw

May 24, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Edmonton’s city council gave Shaw Communications its stamp of approval by voting in favor of letting the cable operator expand its Wi-Fi service to public areas across the city. The Shaw Go WiFi network will be available not only Shaw’s customers once its completed, but also to city residents and visitors.

Verizon kick starts Memorial Day weekend with VOD marathon

May 24, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has booted up its “On Demand Marathon,” which is offering its 4.9 million FiOS subscribers free access to 1,700 movies and more than 50 full seasons of TV series. The VOD marathon, which started today and runs through Tuesday, is the single largest free on demand event that Verizon has hosted.

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Canoe licenses BlackArrow ad management tool

May 23, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canoe has licensed BlackArrow Affiliate, the toolset from BlackArrow that enables programmers to manage ad avails in video on demand (VOD) services. MSOs can use BlackArrow Affiliate to schedule ad campaigns by criteria including day of week, time of day, and by program or series.

Cox steps up to aid Oklahoma tornado victims

May 23, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and parent company Cox Enterprises have stepped up to the plate to help customers that were impacted by the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City area on Monday. Cox is offering its TV Everywhere app outside of customers' homes in the affected area.

Report: Wi-Fi scores well in hometowns, but work a challenge

May 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study by Wi-Fi vendor Ubiquiti Networks, Wi-Fi users are generally pleased with how their networks perform in their hometowns, but not so much in their work environments. The study found that 48 percent of the users surveyed gave their Wi-Fi a “B” grade for its general availably and performance in their hometowns. 

Cablevision cooks up TVE deal with Scripps

May 21, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers can now view Scripps Networks channels, including Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel, anywhere in the United States on their computers. Cablevision plans on offering the Scripps channels on additional devices at a later date.

FourthWall beefs up data/analytics platform

May 21, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media has added some heft to its MassiveData television viewership platform that delivers data and analytics from pay-TV viewers. MassiveData, which FourthWall launched last year, will bring the total number of viewers who provide set top box data to 4.7 million

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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.

Dish pushes TVE app into Android devices, social media

May 20, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has updated its TV Everywhere app to include Android devices and more Apple iOS devices and integrated it with Facebook and Twitter. After previously working with just iPads, the satellite video company’s Dish Anywhere app is now live on Android devices (version 4.0 or higher) and all Apple iOS devices that use operating systems that are versions 5.0 or higher.

AT&T updates on demand storefront

May 17, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T announced its new U-verse On Demand storefront this week, which was designed to improve the video experience for customers accessing the storefront on their televisions. The U-verse on Demand storefront features a new user interface (UI) for better navigation as well as colorful poster art to help viewers find content quicker.

Report: Carrier Wi-Fi heats ups

May 17, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The carrier Wi-Fi market continues to burn brightly as mobile operators are using it to offload the heavy traffic from their 3G and 4G networks. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, carrier Wi-Fi equipment revenue, including carrier Wi-Fi access points and Wi-Fi hotspot controllers, increased 53 percent worldwide in 2012 from 2011.

Actiontec to build screencast boxes supporting Intel WiDi

May 15, 2013 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Actiontec Electronics said it will be the lead developer of a new line of products incorporating Intel wireless WiDi designed to link laptops to TVs. WiDi is already built into Intel’s current Core processors, and the company said it has integrated the technology in its forthcoming fourth-generation Core processors as well.

Comcast shores up services in Superstorm Sandy area

May 15, 2013 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its subscribers, Comcast is putting its collective resources into the New Jersey Shore area that was hit by Superstorm Sandy last year. Along the Jersey Shore communities, Comcast has upgraded 144 miles of its infrastructure and plans on offering new services in the area over the coming months.

Denmark’s Stofa re-ups with SeaChange

May 15, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that Stofa, the second-largest cable operator in Denmark, has signed a multi-year service and maintenance contract for its Adrenalin VOD services. The new deal built upon the existing relationship between the vendor and cable operator that dated back to 2007.

Report: MoCA brings home networking device market to a boil

May 15, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MoCA (multimedia over coax) has long since emerged as the home networking standard of choice for North American cable operators, but it’s also fueling the growth of the device market. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, sales of set-top boxes with embedded MoCA technology grew 23 percent in the second half of last year while MoCA adapters increased by 129 percent.

Aereo saddles up for Atlanta

May 14, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo said this morning that it was rolling its antenna and cloud-based TV service into the Atlanta area on June 17. Following tomorrow’s launch in Boston, Atlanta is the next stop on Aereo’s planned expansion into 22 cities this year. 

Aereo re-tools pricing plan ahead of Boston launch

May 13, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of its launch in Boston on Wednesday, Internet TV startup Aereo announced today that it that it had restructured its pricing plan for new customers. Aereo said the new "streamlined" plan would be easier for customers to understand.

CableLabs names Lookabaugh as new EVP of R&D

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

CableLabs, the cable industry’s research consortium, announced this morning that it had hired Tom Lookabaugh as its news executive vice president of research and development. Lookabaugh’s 20-year telecommunications career includes stops at ViaSat Communications, Entropic Communications and PolyCiper.

BeIN Sport kicks off streaming service with TWC, BHN

May 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network’s beIN Sport launched a new streaming service today with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks’ authenticated subscribers. The new service, which is called beIN Sport Play, will feature video content streamed in HD that is available on any broadband-connected PC, mobile device, or smart player

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