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Xfinity app adds downloadable viewing

November 21, 2012 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast soft-launched the latest version of its Xfinity TV Player app to include downloads from Starz, Encore and MoviePlex on devices running either Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems. Authenticated subscribers can view shows and movies anywhere and offline.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

DOCSIS 3.1 takes center stage at Cable-Tec Expo

November 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

There were plenty of buzz-worthy topics during the most recent edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but the official debut of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification made the biggest splash in Orlando outside of Sea World. A panel provided some insights on DOCSIS 3.1.

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Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.

A compelling multi-screen user experience

November 20, 2012 7:37 pm | by Kirk Edwardson, director of marketing at Espial | Articles | Comments

Managed service providers, telcos, MSOs and satellite broadcasters alike are facing intense competition from over-the-top service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. These new market entrants are rapidly building their subscriber base by providing premium video and video-on-demand services on any device.

Adobe aims to cut TV Everywhere player tangle

November 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adobe has expanded and integrated its Primetime video platform with a media player that could be used on any mobile device, the beta version of an ad insertion service, and the integration of data analytics. The company is offering an SDK to embed the player in TV Everywhere apps.

ESPNWatch now available through Xbox

November 20, 2012 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ESPN is serving up a full slate of its live, TV Everywhere programming on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Companies with deals with WatchESPN include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Midcontinent Communications and Verizon.

Time Warner Cable’s $82M National Data Center opens in Charlotte

November 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.

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TV, movie features on Wii U delayed

November 19, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the entertainment features on Nintendo's new Wii U won't be available when the game machine goes on sale. Nintendo didn't give a reason for the delay. The company said it wanted the service "to be the best possible experience for all consumers."

New Products - November/December 2012

November 19, 2012 10:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Trilithic introduced new HTTP delivery capabilities for sending both EAS and IPAWS/CAP messages over IP, Active Broadband announced enhancements to its software that improve operator visibility into IPDR data, and Edgeware and Skytide announced a joint solution that enables real-time QoE analytics in large-scale multi-screen environments.

Telefonica standardizes on Mediaroom IPTV

November 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefonica Digital is rolling out IP video services based on Microsoft’s Mediaroom across an unspecified number of countries included in its vast international reach. The global operator has already begun deploying the technology in three countries – Brazil, Chile and Spain.

Virgin Media app enables TV anywhere

November 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is expanding its TiVo service with a mobile app that provides cloud-based access to live programming outside the home. The app works with Apple iOS-based mobile devices. The app will also enable Virgin Media subscribers to remotely manage their TVs.

This Technology scores $7.5M in financing

November 15, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology has wrapped up $7.5 million in equity financing and announced it counts Comcast, NBCUniversal, Verizon and ABC among its customers. The financing was led by General Catalyst Partners, and This Technology now has Neil Sequeria on its board of directors.

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BendBroadband broadens TV Everywhere lineup

November 14, 2012 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BendBroadband has added channels to its TV Everywhere service, including Hallmark Channel, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, ESPN3 and Pac-12 Networks. BendBroadband outsources to Synacor to provide its white-label TV Everywhere services.

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.

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.

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).

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