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Starz extends app to Android devices

May 9, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Starz has made its TV everywhere app available on Android handsets and tablets, including Nook HD, Nook HD+, and the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Also, 3G/4G cellular access has been added to the service feature, giving Play users an additional connectivity option in addition to Wi-Fi.

Entropic files patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS

May 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Semiconductor vendor Entropic has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS that relates to its use of MoCA technology. ViXS responded by saying that Entropic’s patent infringement claim was entirely without merit and that it planned to defend itself. 

Comcast’s Pick joins ValueVision board

May 9, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Robert Pick, senior vice president of corporate development,  joined ValueVision Media’s board of directors. ValueVision, which Comcast owns a stake in, is a multi-channel retailer that operates under the ShopNBC name.

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TWC updates app for Android devices to include out-of-home viewing

May 8, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWC TV app for Android devices, which includes access to some content out of subscribers’ homes. Last month Time Warner Cable announced some of its VOD content and live programming were available to customers outside of their homes on Apple’s iOS devices.

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.

Second-screen CTO Vendor Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:10 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

CED’s CTO roundtable has mined the thoughts of cable operator executives for years now, but this is the first iteration of a vendor CTO roundtable. CED narrowed the field to chief technical officers, or the equivalent, that play a part in the multi-screen ecosystem.

Open Mic: Cable’s best strategy for winning the multi-screen numbers game

May 8, 2013 12:23 am | by Buddy Snow, President, CEO, Morega Systems | Articles | Comments

Service providers are transitioning to a multi-screen service model, offering subscribers access to media content at home and on the go across TVs, PCs, and mobile devices. These media mobility services remain annoyingly cumbersome today, but the industry recognizes the need to push forward and smooth out the wrinkles as quickly as possible.

Charter moves ahead with cloud-based UI

May 7, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With over a year at the helm of Charter Communications, Tom Rutledge’s vision for the nation’s fourth-largest cable operators is firming up across multiple fronts. Rutledge said on this morning’s first quarter earnings call that Charter’s all-digital conversion project and cloud-based user interface (UI) were two of the company’s biggest objectives this year.

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thePlatform cues up live events console for broadcasters

May 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Today video publishing vendor thePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, released a Web-based console that was designed to help programmers and broadcasters manage live events across multi-screen devices. The console, which is an add-on to thePlatform’s mpx video publishing system, allows thePlatform’s customers to schedule and manage live events, such as sports, news or award shows.

Report: Residential gateways key to multi-screen video delivery

May 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, residential gateways are taking on added importance when it comes to the delivery of multi-screen video in subscribers’ homes. The report by Infonetics Research also said that the number of operators offering home automation services via residential gateways would grow to 44 percent by next year.

Cablevision tunes into Sprout

May 3, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has inked a distribution deal with kids’ network Sprout that includes access to TV Everywhere programming. Sprout’s content is geared towards children from the ages of 2 to 5 and its currently available in more than 50 million homes.

SEC's new network with ESPN to debut in 2014

May 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN on Thursday announced a 20-year agreement to operate a SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August, 2014. ESPN said AT&T Inc.'s U-Verse has signed on as the network's first distributor. 

New Products - May 2013 CED

May 1, 2013 5:54 pm | by CED | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Zanaware debuts new backup, recovery service. Envivio integrates with Adobe Primetime.OMG: Pixelmetrix expands OTT lineup.

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TWC changes Twitter customer care handle

May 1, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning it had changed its Twitter customer care handle to @TWC_Help. The new customer care handle gives Time Warner Cable a more unified front with all Time Warner Cable Twitter handles following the “TWC” designation.  

Harmonic adds Netflix presets to transcoder

April 30, 2013 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has created transcoding presets for its ProMedia Carbon transcoder specifically for preparing to deliver video to Netflix. The presets are designed to enable to speed the process of programmers using ProMedia Carbon to transform video and audio content into media formats optimized for Netflix.

Cox tunes in MoviePlex suite of services

April 29, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has launched the full slate of MoviePlex services from Starz, which included the multi-screen service MoviePlex Play. Cox subscribers can now watch MoviePlex, MoviePlex On Demand, and the MoviePlex Play authenticated online TV Everywhere service as part of their Cox Advanced TV package.

Bright House Networks, Verizon Wireless ring up 4 more markets

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

Verizon Wireless and Bright House Networks’ cross-promotional bundles have rolled into four more markets; Bakersfield, Calif., Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis and Detroit. The latest launches of the joint marketing effort followed up on the initial launch in Orlando late last year

Cox cues up Android devices for TV Everywhere app

April 23, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced this morning that its Cox TV Connect app now supports Amazon's Kindle Fire, Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 and Note tablets. Prior to the addition of Android devices today, Cox’s app worked with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices

Rogers TV Anyplace app streams into LG’s smart TVs

April 22, 2013 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Friday Rogers Communications laid claim to be being the first cable operator in Canada to launch an app for streaming on demand video to LG Electronics’ smart TVs. Rogers Anyplace TV will be available on 2012 and 2013 LG Smart TVs including OLED and Ultra HD. At launch, the app will host more than 1,000 hours of content.

DLNA hands out awards to 10 members

April 22, 2013 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to recognize individuals and companies that have helped the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) promote its effort for connecting DLNA-certified devices to networks in consumers’ homes, the organization recently handed out its awards for remarkable achievements and company contributions.

Comcast streams Outdoor Channel

April 22, 2013 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and the Outdoor Channel have inked a multi-year distribution agreement that made the network’s content available across Comcast’s TV Everywhere platform. Effective immediately, the Outdoor Channel’s video content is now available on Comcast’s Xfinity on demand, the xfinity.com/tv web portal and through the Xfinity TV Player app.

Rovi to help Facebook get more TV-friendly

April 17, 2013 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Facebook plans to use Rovi Video to help enrich Facebook users' experience in expressing their video preferences. But the deal will also enable Facebook app developers, including video service providers, to integrate Facebook more tightly with television viewing.

Time Warner Cable app delivers TV outside the home

April 16, 2013 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to provide on-demand content outside the home for the first time. TWC has secured the rights to provide a subset of the channels it has available for both on-demand and live programming outside the home , via its TWC TV app.

Starz pushes 2nd-screen technology

April 12, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer is getting ambitious with second-screen technology in the form of a new companion app for the network’s new show “Da Vinci’s Demons: Citizens of Florence.” The second-screen app, called “Citizens of Florence,” relies on cues from the show's audio track to dynamically unlock interactive content as the show is being broadcast. 

SeaChange issues weak fiscal 1Q outlook

April 10, 2013 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SeaChange International Inc. shares sank in after-hours trading Tuesday after the video software company issued a disappointing forecast. The Acton, Mass.-based company posted net income of $7 million, or 21 cents per share, for its fiscal fourth quarter that ended Jan. 31. That compares with a loss of $4.8 million, or 15 cents per share, for the same quarter of the prior year.

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