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UTStarcom buys big chunk of aioTV

November 14, 2012 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UTStarcom Holdings said it has acquired a significant minority stake in aioTV. With its purchase of 44 percent of aioTV’s stock, UTStarcom becomes the smaller company’s largest investor. AioTV specializes in cloud-based video aggregation and distribution.

RCN turns up the volume on interactive music video channel

November 13, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over-builder RCN is now offering a new interactive music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. RCN is offering Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel to subscribers across all of its markets.

Suddenlink reports robust Q3, plans to add TiVo Mini next year

November 9, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bucking the trend of cable operators losing basic video subscribers, Suddenlink Communications actually added a total of 200 in the third quarter en route to chalking up some solid financial results. Suddenlink reported third-quarter revenues of $511.9 million.

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SeaChange wins two more multi-screen customers

November 8, 2012 3:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange racked up two more customers for its Adrenalin multi-screen video software, neither of which were identified beyond describing them as one North American and one Latin American service provider. One of the two also selected SeaChange’s Nitro multi-screen user experience software.

Cablevision secures roaming rights to NBCU content

November 5, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new agreement with Cablevision includes what NBCUniversal called expansive rights to on-demand content from its cable and broadcast network portfolio, as well as access to live channels across multiple platforms, both in and out of the home.

Report: MoCA STB sales increase 33% in Q1

November 1, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard is the driving force behind the growth in home networking devices, and in the third quarter of this year, MoCA set-top box sales increased 33 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

Report: Netflix still king of U.S. OTT market

November 1, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite reeling around like a drunken sailor on shore leave when it split up its streaming and mail DVD order services, Netflix is still the reigning champion of the over-the-top market in the United States, according a recent report by ABI Research.

Shaw to add more Wi-Fi hotspots in Winnipeg

October 31, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has signed an agreement with the city of Winnipeg to offer its Wi-Fi service in more locations across the city, including libraries, arenas, recreation facilities and community centers. The Wi-Fi hotspots can be accessed by Shaw subscribers.

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Avail-TVN provisions VOD service for Cablevision Argentina

October 31, 2012 2:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision Argentina has picked Avail-TVN to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) service to its subscriber base of more than 3 million cable TV customers. Cablevision On Demand includes a range of both transaction VOD (TVOD) and subscription VOD (SVOD) services.

Elemental eases YouTube Live production

October 31, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies said it has integrated its Elemental Live system with YouTube Live, the video site’s feature that enables the streaming of live events. The integration makes it easier for professional content producers to create and synchronize YouTube Live events.

Arris targets ads at TelcoTV

October 24, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Specifically, Arris is introducing a bundled multicast IPTV advertising platform for the delivery of national, regional, zoned and targeted ads. The end-to-end offering integrates ad storage, streaming, insertion and splicing in only one device, the Arris Media Services Platform (MSP).

Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

Time Warner Cable, Bright House join EIDR coalition

October 18, 2012 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were the latest cable operators to join the Entertainment ID Registry (EIDR), which is a coalition promoting the use of a unique, global identifier of entertainment assets, including films and television episodes.

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@ Cable-Tec Expo: Cablevision’s user interface marches into STBs

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Innovation top of mind for small cable operators

October 17, 2012 4:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Points to ponder on the IP migration pathway

October 17, 2012 3:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to IP video migration, there’s no one size fits all for cable operators, but there are plenty of options to consider. The session “Great ways to migrate: Making the move to all-IP video” laid out some of those options for cable operators.

Motorola unleashes megapixel transcoder

October 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility is introducing what it claims is the first 3 gigapixel adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoder. The Motorola GT-3’s ability to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second is equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs, the company said.

Massillon goes multi-screen with Motorola’s Medios platform

October 12, 2012 11:59 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Massillon Cable will be serving up video content across smartphones and tablets to its subscribers via Motorola Mobility’s Medios platform. The multi-screen, TV Everywhere offering from Massillon will make its debut before the end of the year.

Shaw amps up NFL coverage with new iPad app

October 12, 2012 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has kicked off a new iPad app that lets its subscribers watch up to 14 NFL regular season games on Sundays along with interactive features, such as instant replay and play-by-play summaries. Shaw said the free app, which is called Shaw Go: NFL Sunday Ticket, was the first in Canada dedicated to NFL Sunday Ticket content. 

TiVo chalks up a Tier 2 win with Midcontinent

October 11, 2012 3:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has scored another customer win. Midcontinent will use TiVo’s whole-home DVR and multi-screen suite of products across its footprint in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, but the initial rollout is slated for the South Dakota subscribers.

Cable One signs up for HBO Go, Max Go

October 10, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator that’s owned by The Washington Post Co., is now able to offer more than 1,400 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.

Suddenlink launches TiVo Stream in Lubbock

October 8, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink's new service is based on the new TiVo Stream box, which can stream both live channels and recorded content directly from TiVo Premiere digital video recorders (DVRs) to up to four iPods, iPads, and iPhones simultaneously. Support for other devices is promised.

Toys R Us launches streaming service

October 5, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The toy retailer joins the swelling tide of companies offering over the top video services. The service, with a library of videos aimed at kids, is sourcing search and customer service from Rovi. ToysrusMovies.com supplements the company’s tabeo, a Wi-Fi tablet due to hit the market later this month.

Cablevision cuts multi-screen deal with Disney

October 4, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is the latest MSO to announce multi-screen rights with The Walt Disney Company, enabling Cablevision to distribute various Disney owned channels not only to televisions but also to PCs, tablets, and handheld mobile devices. With a comprehensive distribution agreement with Disney now in place, Cablevision said it will launch several new services, including the full suite of authenticated Watch products 

Edgeware, Skytide ally on CDN monitoring

October 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have developed a system aimed at CDN operators looking to measure quality of experience (QoE), especially wholesale CDN services where the operator needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer.

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