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Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 2, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc., which ended March with $59 billion in cash.

The Continuing Evolution of Video Codecs

July 1, 2014 6:39 pm | by Stephen Wright, Software Architect, Openwave Mobility | Articles | Comments

The current dominant codec for Internet video is H.264, but there are influential companies dedicated to alternatives. With the advent of 4K (aka Ultra HD), new codecs will be useful. H.265 (aka HEVC) and VP9 could split the market, and another approach from Mozilla, called Daala, may prove to be a wild card.

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Alticast hires former TWC engineer Helms

June 30, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Alticast announced today that it had hired former Time Warner Cable engineer Bill Helms as the company’s chief architect and senior vice president of technology. In his new job, Helms reports to Alticast chief technical officer John Carlucci, whose cable career also included a stop at Time Warner Cable.

Nuvvyo intros 4-tuner Tablo model

June 27, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is making available the 4-tuner version of its Tablo, a retail box that consumers install and hook up with an antenna and a storage device to be able to receive and record over-the-air HDTV. The newest Tablo DVR provides four TV tuners for to simultaneously receive and/or record that many live TV streams.

Envivio enabling Globosat to kick off FIFA games in 4K

June 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio said it will enable Globosat to broadcast quarterfinal, semifinal, and final games from the current FIFA World Cup tournament at 60 frames per second (4Kp60). Last May, Envivio’s had been involved in a live 4K broadcast of the 2014 French Open tennis tournament.

Cablevision adds Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network to video roster

June 27, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Cablevision is the first major cable operator in the nation to offer subscribers Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network. FNTSY Sports Network bills itself as the first channel to be entirely dedicated to fantasy sports while Fight Network lives up to its name by offering combat sports-related programming.

Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Articles | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

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2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

New Products: Envivio, RGB Networks

June 26, 2014 8:45 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) compression using its Muse encoding software. | RGB Networks recently launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR.

Google previews Android “L” update, announces Android TV

June 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android TV, an extension of the Android SDK designed to fit bigger screens. The UI compiles streaming services, games and relevant information while enabling voice controls, search, and Google Cast support.  Android TV can leverage an Android Wear device as a directional pad for navigating the screen.

After Aereo, what's next for Internet TV?

June 26, 2014 11:51 am | by ASSociated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone. Industry watchers say the pay TV business must continue to evolve to win over unhappy customers, even if the nation's top court said grabbing signals from the airwaves and distributing them online without content-owner permission isn't the way.

TDS launches Max Go, HBO Go

June 25, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom became the latest in a long line of service providers to offer authenticated streaming services from HBO Go and Max Go to its subscribers across various devices.
 TDS Telecom, the nation’s seventh-largest local exchange telephone company, is now able to offer more than 1,700 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.



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Swisscom to use ThinkAnalytics search, recommendation

June 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has landed a deal with Swisscom to power search and recommendation features on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom is leveraging ThinkAnalytics’ platform across its live, linear, replay TV and VOD services. 

Comcast broadens TVE reach with support for Google Chrome

June 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added an official extension for Google Chrome that supports more than 50 live TV channels and on demand content from its Xfinity TV Go web portal. The Chrome feature is the latest enhancement to Comcast’s stable of TV Everywhere products and services that are available to its authenticated subscribers.

Midcontinent turns up 200 Mbps tier

June 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications doubled the speeds on most of its data tiers, which included the debut of a 200 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up service. The speed increases were system-wide—without price increases—except in remote areas within Midcontinent’s footprint of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

TV Everywhere apps: “Market the damn things”

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are getting crushed by their over the top rivals when it comes to TV Everywhere – an area where the only thing they have to do to become more competitive is to let their customers know that they are, in fact, competing. The Diffusion Group’s advice to MSOs: “Market the damn things.”

Charter to double down on live streaming channels, ponders RDK

June 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Charter TV App with 130 live channels for in-home viewing in April, Charter Communications will soon more than double its roster of live channel choices. Charter is also leaning towards using the RDK for its World Box. 

TWC’s ‘Boxless Homes” envisions a CPE-less world

June 13, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s future may be up in the air with the Comcast deal looming but the nation’s second-largest cable operator has a plan in place for homes without its customer premise equipment for video services. Speaking at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter’s symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable’s Louis Williamson provided some insight into his company’s “Boxless Home” project.

Telus to personalize VOD recommendations with UXP

June 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telus is implementing software from UXP Systems to help it personalize video on demand recommendations on its Optik TV Service. Telus will use UXP’s Mint platform to create a unique video experience for each member of its customer households.

Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

School’s in session: Concurrent offers cert program on OTT

June 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help video engineers provision and maintain emerging multi-screen video technologies, Concurrent announced a new training and certification program this morning. Concurrent’s multi-screen video certification program was designed to educate engineers on IP content delivery networks, adaptive bit rate technologies, OTT architectures and multi-screen applications.

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

Barnes & Noble to make Nook tablets with Samsung

June 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets. The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook's digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble's 700 U.S. stores in early August.

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