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Presto chango: IP&TV World Forum rebrands as TV Connect

March 20, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The IP&TV World Forum kicks off in London with the new name of TV Connect.

RVU protocol incorporated in DLNA

March 19, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move makes it easier for members, such as DirecTV, to keep a consistent interface across DLNA products in a home network.

Nielsen launches cross-platform ad measurement tool with GroupM

March 19, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advertisers and ad agencies have long yearned for a system that standardizes ratings across both TV and Internet ads, and Nielsen has launched its cross-platform advertising measurement service with GroupM.

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The CW will cut streaming window

March 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A significant minority of fans refuse to wait three days, and instead visit illegal sites to watch CW shows.

Cisco snags NDS in $5B deal

March 15, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued video-based evolution of Cisco took a major leap forward with the news that it will buy digital TV software and security vendor NDS for $5 billion.

Swisscom taps Net Insight for contribution system

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom Broadcast will use Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to transport live HD video, voice and data content.

Imagine revises ICE system for IPTV, multi-screen

March 14, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine Communications has reengineered its ICE video platform so that it can simultaneously process HD and SD IPTV streams; options include adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming.  The upgrade makes the ICE system suitable for IPTV, a bit of a repositioning for the company. And, of course, the new combination of capabilities makes ICE suitable for multi-screen delivery, as well.

Ericsson snaps up Technicolor broadcast operation

March 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A relatively modest $25 million investment buys Ericsson a dominant position in the European broadcast market.

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Synacor to power Cable One’s TV Everywhere services

March 9, 2012 3:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has tabbed Synacor for the launch of its TV Everywhere services, as well as its customer Web portal.

thePlatform tunes up TV Everywhere with new tools

March 8, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to bring more value to cable operators’ TV Everywhere services, thePlatform has added new features to its mpx system that enable customized content bundles and the ability to segment subscribers.

Apple lets movies into iCloud, upgrades Apple TV

March 8, 2012 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movies from Sony and Disney will work on iCloud, but films from Comcast's Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox won't, at least initially.

Google aggregates content into Google Play Store

March 7, 2012 1:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google launched Google Play, a media hub that aggregates all of its many content storefronts – Google Music, Android Market, Google eBookstore – into one central entertainment hub.

Broadcast networks gang up on Aereo

March 2, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The start-up based its approach on the network DVR concept that Cablevision established as legally defensible.

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Rogers shoots, scores on Toronto Raptors live streaming

March 2, 2012 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NBA fans will be able to watch Sportsnet's live coverage of Toronto Raptors hoops games on their computers and smartphones.

Q&A: CableLabs CEO Liao weighs in on Canoe, industry initiatives

March 1, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There's a busy year ahead for Liao and CableLabs before he leaves in December.

A+E preps for multi-screen with thePlatform

February 29, 2012 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast subsidiary thePlatform has picked up another big account, A+E Networks.

Verizon-cable deals slated for Senate hearing

February 29, 2012 1:51 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Senate antitrust committee will take a look at the competitive effects of four cable companies selling their spectrum to Verizon, and then bundling each other's services.

New law could free up TV airwaves for mobile use

February 29, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The idea is to squeeze over-the-air television, which has few viewers, into a smaller slice of the airwaves.

Apple expected to unveil iPad 3 at event next week

February 29, 2012 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Various unconfirmed reports speak of a sharper screen and faster cellular broadband options.

Rogers debuts TV + Web whole-home service

February 24, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has started offering a combination whole-home PVR and TV Everywhere-style service based on Cisco's Videoscape architecture.

Canoe Ventures shuts down iTV business, lays off 120

February 23, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canoe Ventures is scuttling its interactive TV advertising platform to focus on video-on-demand and TV Everywhere dynamic ad insertion.

Comcast gears up for launch of Streampix

February 22, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While it would appear on the surface that Comcast's new streaming video service, which it calls Xfinity Streampix, is an answering salvo to OTT competition such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, Comcast is positioning it as an additional feature to its stable of online video offerings.

TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

BendBroadband adds HBO Go, Max Go to TV Everywhere mix

February 21, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has beefed up its recently launched TV Everywhere service with the addition of HBO Go and Max Go.

Cass Cable TV migrates to hosted digital TV

February 21, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The small provider in Illinois signs up for Avail-TVN's MPEG-4 service, freeing bandwidth for TV Everywhere and other services.

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