Comcast’s programming deal with Walt Disney earlier this year continues to resonate with its customers. Comcast is now offering its authenticated subscribers live shows from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD on its Xfinity.com/tv Web portal.
Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it has added live streaming from Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network to its TV Everywhere lineup. The video content is available to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to the two channels.
Carlson announced a new antenna specifically designed to support the use of white-space spectrum. The company’s new omnidirectional base station antenna provides high gain across the entire UHF spectrum, which will help improve overall performance of white space transmissions.
Concurrent landed a deal with J:Com, which is Japan’s largest cable operator, to help deliver TV Everywhere services to multiple devices. J:Com (Jupiter Communications) has deployed Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX to serve up multi-screen VOD services to mobile devices and PCs.
The company claims the latest version of its transcoding software can improve transcoding speed by up to 35 percent. Envivio introduced a new version of its on-demand transcoding software that the company’s own testing indicates an improvement of up to 35 percent in file-to-file transcoding speed, as compared to competing platforms that require hardware acceleration.
Ericsson is on the verge of hitting the market with a new HEVC/H.265 encoder for the delivery of live and linear TV over mobile networks to mobile devices. The device, based on the H.265 proposed standard, nearly doubles compression rates, making it especially desirable for transmission of video on LTE networks, where bandwidth is an even more limited resource than elsewhere.
Harmonic has a new version of its integrated media server, this one including solid-state disk (SSD) storage. Otherwise, the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD four-channel media server is essentially the same system as the MediaDeck 7000.
Alaskan telecommunications company GCI announced that it is going with TiVo for its next-generation whole-home TV platform. It will start deploying TiVo’s platform this year before offering it across its entire footprint next year. GCI will rely on TiVo to enable its whole-home platform.
TV Everywhere services are poised to hit the mainstream, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. With the increased competition from telcos, satellite providers and over-the-top offerings, cable operators can reduce subscriber churn by offering TV Everywhere services to various devices.
SeaChange International and TiVo’s video-on-demand (VOD) system, originally released to work on Motorola-based networks, is now also available for Cisco-based networks. SeaChange and TiVo have also added some new features to the system, called Cardio. Separately, TiVo’s new Premiere 4 incorporates four digital tuners to record up to four programs simultaneously.
“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”
The march of technology continues to accelerate, and we must respond. The response has to be: Feed the screens.
Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.
S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.
The company says customers in the U.S. and Europe are pulling back on spending due to the economy.
NBCUniversal delivered more than 100 million video streams during the recent London Olympic Games, and the almost across-the-board coverage of the events further underscored the value of TV Everywhere services.
Comcast sports fans can now tap into more live sports action now that the cable operator has added support for Android devices on the WatchESPN app.
RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services.
Cablevision has unleashed its Optimum App for the Kindle Fire to give subscribers access to live and on-demand programming.
IMJ Corp. emerged as the winner of an informal poll during CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase event that was part of the Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.
In time for the Olympics, MetroPCS is selling the first phone that can receive local TV signals, potentially lending TV stations some relevance in the age of the smartphone.
SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.
SeaChange announced that two more United States-based multiple system operators have signed on to use its Adrenalin back office software and client platform.
Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.
The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.