Microsoft said it is going to buy VideoSurf, with the intent of incorporating the start-up's video-based search and discovery technology into its Xbox Live.
Musings, observations and some notes that didn't make it into last week's coverage of the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.
Time Warner Cable is serving up a slate of ESPN3 college basketball games to multi-screens through its Sports Pass tier.
Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.
The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.
While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.
In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.
The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.
Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.
There are a lot of operational hurdles to consider when it comes to offering a true multi-screen experience across TVs, tablets and mobile devices, but cable operators can cut through the clutter by following a few key strategies.
Imagine is showing off its new ICE Cloud Software System, a low-delay, Linux-based distributed architecture solution aimed at cloud and CDN transcoding.
GLDS and Clearleap have teamed up on a cloud-based IP content delivery system that allows service providers to create their own streaming service to connected set-top boxes, TVs and other devices.
Envivio is introducing a range of new products, including a transcoder designed to help facilitate IT-centric headend/data center operations, a video processor that can perform ad insertion in multi-screen environments and an API that can help optimize TV Everywhere services.
CableLabs is using S3 Group's StormTest Development Center for automated testing of interactive television applications.
Arris is introducing a new member of its VIPr transcoders, this one with triple the channel capacity of its predecessor.
Harmonic is introducing what it's calling an Outdoor Hub, a system that cable network operators can use to extend fiber deeper into neighborhoods, and which can be installed in common cable node housings.
SureWest has dropped BigBand's switched digital video platform into its Kansas City system in order to free up bandwidth for more HD channels and pave the way for IPTV services.
It seems to be old brand week. While Motorola was reviving the Razr name, Arris has decided to affix the Moxi name to its entire whole-home product suite.
Hatfield will be based in Syniverse's global headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will lead a global organization with operations in more than 25 countries.
Amid layoffs and a reorganization around digital content, Adobe confirmed that the Adobe Flash Player for mobile devices is going the way of the dinosaur, in deference of HTML5.
Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.
Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.
In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.
With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.
The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.