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Avail-TVN launches white-label SVOD

December 17, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Avail-TVN’s ViewNow, which is being used by Verizon FiOS for Redbox Instant, is now available to other service providers that want to offer a branded subscription VOD service of their own. Using ViewNow, service providers will be able to offer titles from Avail-TVN’s library.

Comcast app to let viewers store, replay movies

December 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast says its tablet and phone app now lets subscribers download and store movies and TV shows from some channels for offline viewing. Cable companies have rushed out applications that let viewers stream TV content, but this is the first one that allows offline viewing.

Disney strikes long-term carriage deal with Cox

December 14, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. began the year with a long-term carriage deal with Comcast, and it’s ending it with a similar agreement with Cox Communications. Cox is now able to carry Disney programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.

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Verizon expands NFL coverage to Web portals

December 14, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has extended the reach of its NFL coverage with the addition of “Watch NFL Network” to its FiOS TV Online Web portal. “Watch NFL Network” provides FiOS TV customers with live streaming access to NFL Network and RedZone programming.

Comcast’s rollout of Streampix nearly complete

December 13, 2012 10:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Xfinity Streampix, which features a deeper dive into older movies and TV shows, is now rolled out across more than 95 percent of the MSO’s footprint. Earlier this year, Comcast added library servers in most of its Pittsburgh market.

Broadcom announces quad-combo chip

December 12, 2012 2:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

The company introduced two new Near Field Communication solutions that will integrate certified NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and FM onto a single chip. Broadcom also announced a single card solution combining its 5G Wi-Fi combo chip with its standalone NFC.

SeaChange names GM of platform unit

December 12, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The company announced that it has hired George Kajos as the new general manager for its platform business unit. In his new job, Kajos heads the product development organization that includes SeaChange's Adrenalin video platform and Nitro subscriber offering.

Time Warner Cable updates app to include VOD

December 12, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.

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Imagine upgrades ICE engine

December 10, 2012 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Version 4.2 of Imagine’s ICE Video Platform aims to increase service resiliency with input source redundancy based on PID loss, service degradation and continuity count errors. It also provides a full mesh output for ensuring no one physical point of failure within the platform.

Solekai Systems signs up for Comcast RDK program

December 10, 2012 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.

Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Blogs | Comments

Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.

RGB taps former Envivio exec Pranger as VP of global channels

December 5, 2012 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to boost the worldwide presence of its TV Everywhere and IP video offerings, RGB Networks has hired Scott Pranger as its new vice president of global channels. Pranger comes to RGB from rival Envivio, where he was vice president of global channels.

Cablevision enables select Android devices on Optimum App

December 4, 2012 3:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.

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Rogers debuts second screen app

December 4, 2012 3:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

SeaChange’s Davi moves to Synacor

November 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange CTO Steve Davi has jumped ship for Synacor, where he will serve as senior vice president of software engineering. The move was apparently precipitated by SeaChange’s decision to eliminate the position of a corporate chief technology officer.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

November 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer: It has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator, which will start rolling out its TiVo offering next year.

TVNZ sets on-demand catch-up TV app

November 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New Zealand’s national broadcaster is preparing to launch an on-demand catch-up TV app for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. TVNZ’s onDemand catch-up app will be built to use Brightcove’s App Cloud mobile app platform, allowing TVNZ to securely deliver content.

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.

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.

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