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Dish, Southwest team up to offer in-flight TV

July 3, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines Co. is offering live TV that passengers can watch on their own Internet devices for free. Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. will pay for the service through the end of the year on more than 400 Wi-Fi equipped planes.

Comcast adds auto-authentication to Xfinity TV

July 2, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Subscribers will now be able to automatically log in to Comcast's TV Everywhere service from any device within their homes. The operator is calling the feature Home Pass. Xfinity TV and Internet customers will no longer need to sign in with a user name and password to access on demand and live streaming content.

UPC offering separate neighborhood SSID Wi-Fi access

July 2, 2013 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast announced last month that it would open up a separate, public Wi-Fi network on customers’ home gateways, Liberty Global’s UPC Netherlands also has second SSIDs enabled. Since most of UPC’s  cable plant is underground, it needed to find another way to turn on more Wi-Fi hotspots. 


WatchABC goes authenticated today

July 1, 2013 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers. The app also launches Monday in four new markets, where use will likewise be limited to pay TV subscribers: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Comcast turns Summer into kids' watch-a-thon

July 1, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO’s Summer of Kids has a dual purpose. First, it is aimed at driving viewers to its on-demand library of family-friendly content. The company is using the occasion to introduce a set of search and discovery features. Comcast is also opening its Wi-Fi network to all comers for two weeks.

TWC connects with Xbox to stream 300 live channels

June 28, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added yet another feather to its TV Everywhere cap by reaching a deal to stream 300 live channels to Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The TWC TV app for Xbox users will launch later this summer with gamers being able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

TWC to light up 1,000 hotspots in Manhattan; offer free Wi-Fi for All-Star Week

June 27, 2013 12:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable plans to have 1,000 Wi-Fi access points live in Manhattan by the middle of next month, and will also allow free access to all of its New York City-area hotspots during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. The nation’s second-largest cable operator plans on adding up to 10,000 more access points in the four New York boroughs it serves by the end of the year.

Live from the Show: SeaChange

June 26, 2013 4:57 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

VOD? Multi-screen? Yes, of course, but with so many sources of video, how do you make the whole experience seamless for the viewer? Alan Hoff, VP of strategic marketing for SeaChange International, talks about his company's efforts to help its customers' customers make sense of all their media.


Live from the Show: Deluxe Digital

June 26, 2013 4:25 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

 Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.

Live from the Show: Cycle 30

June 26, 2013 4:07 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 started life as the back office development operation within GCI. Cycle30 VP of sales Jeth Harbinson, explains how the company is expanding to support new products and applications, including machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

thePlatform tangos south of the border with LSDLive

June 26, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform has expanded its presence in Latin America thanks to a new agreement with LSDLive. The deal allows LSDLive, which is a live event producer in Argentina, to blend thePlatform’s mpx system into its suite of video production services, encoding, uploading, and live event technical support.

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.

Cox Business tuning up Hospitality WiFi service

June 25, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business announced this morning it will launch its Hospitality WiFi service across its footprint later this year. Cox has been offerings its business-grade Wi-Fi in Las Vegas hotels and casinos for several years, as well as in other portions of its footprint.


Videotron launches home networking service

June 25, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is offering its subscribers a multi-room home networking service that gives them the ability to record a show in one room and watch it in another. In order to use the home networking service, Videotron said its digital subscribers need to have a new generation PVR and new-generation HD set-top boxes

Conax protects South American MSOs’ OTT/VOD services

June 24, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Conax announced this morning that Uruguay pay-TV operators Montecable and Nuevo Siglo were using its content security offerings to enable the addition of over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen, multi-network video and content consumption services. The two South American cable operators are deploying Conax Contego Unite and Conax Secure Clients on the security front while Cubiware is providing the middleware for the project.

In the media: Malone thinks Netflix should pay for bandwidth

June 21, 2013 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Some U.S. cable operators continue to be agitated that Netflix isn’t paying them for using their pipes, and John Malone, who just sank a whole lot of money into Charter Communications, has thrown in with them. And by the way, Glenn Britt is not interested in selling Time Warner Cable to Charter.

Cox demos new iPad app at Cable Show

June 19, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications took its new iPad app, which is currently going by the name of “personal video experience,” through its paces last week at The Cable Show with demos in Cisco’s booth. Cox first talked up the personal viewing experience (PVE) app at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but The Cable Show marked the next-generation app’s public debut.

Harmonic streamer does double-duty with ad insertion

June 18, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic said its real-time stream processor, The ProStream 9100, now has the ability to perform linear ad splicing. Service providers and broadcasters can use the system to insert targeted local and regional advertisements into broadcast programming delivered via MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD transport streams.

Foxtel debuts TV Everywhere app, OTT access

June 13, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Foxtel is providing on demand and catch-up television services, using video processing systems from Elemental Technologies. The Australian service provider is now delivering over-the-top (OTT) content, in addition to roaming access to more than 50 channels through its Foxtel Go app.

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.

Time Warner Cable to connect with Samsung Smart TVs

June 12, 2013 9:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable will start sending video to some Samsung Smart TVs later this summer. Using the cable operator’s TWC TV app, Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to 5,000 on demand titles from nearly 100 networks without the need for a set-top box. 

Cable Show: Tech forums get smart about devices, consumers, Wi-FI

June 12, 2013 9:17 am | by Craig Kuhl | News | Comments

More devices, more choices and more broadband translate to more intelligence in our home networks, and intelligent gateways will lead the way. That was the key takeaway from the first of Tuesday’s Spring Technical Forums: “Human Touch: The Intersection of Intelligent Devices and Intelligent Consumers.”

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.

Cable Show: TiVo powers up mobile app for cable operators

June 11, 2013 9:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo is offering cable operators its mobile app that enables second screen viewing in homes with and without TiVo devices. Atlantic Broadband, which recently signed up with TiVo, will be the first cable operator in the United States to deploy TiVo’s mobile app. When Atlantic Broadband launches its TiVo offering in the fall, it will include the TiVo mobile applications in addition to TiVo set-top boxes and DVRs.

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