Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.
A scalable converged video architecture lets the pay-TV service provider rise above the challenges of multi-platform video integration and allows them to focus on the business side of monetization. It also means more relevant ads for consumers and cross-platform, addressable ads for advertisers. In the end, this architecture has a little something for everyone.
Kabillion, a VOD network that features content for kids, recently reached a carriage agreement with Cablevision. With the Cablevision deal, Kabillion is now available to more than 50 million homes across the United States. Other programming partners for Kabillion include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon and Bright House Networks.
Liberty Global, the largest international cable operator, has tapped into real-time data processing and quality of experience reporting for its Horizon Go app via a deal with Conviva. Liberty Global currently has Horizon Go launched in seven European countries with more to come, according to Conviva.
The two have integrated Edgeware’s VCP, a content delivery system, with Mirada's Iris, which provides the user experience. Service providers can use the combined solution to deliver a unified user experience across multiple devices, including STBs, computers, smartphones and tablets.
Cablevision has spiced up its Spanish-language TV package with the addition of 12 new networks, which brought its total number of channels in its Optimum en Español tier to 55. Cablevision said the new channels were added to the lineup at no additional cost to subscribers of Optimum en Español.
Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo operates like a cable TV company. As a result, the court said the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV station programs to customers' devices.
Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV. For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but all offer such basics as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. After trying out 10 streaming devices, here are three recommendations and an honorable mention.
Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015. Intel's business has suffered as consumers have increasingly turned to smartphones and tablets that mostly use lower-power chips made by other companies.
Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018. Overall, the global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of this year, which was an increase of 4 percent from the first half of last year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.
The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve previously been able to do only on their iOS and Android mobile devices: manage and monitor their home systems, including controlling includes security sensors, video cameras, lighting fixtures, and thermostats.
Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.
Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was its fastest selling Amazon device ever. But it looks as though you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to get your hands on one. Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games.
Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu.
Atlantic Broadband has launched an online portal that gives customers direct access to content on any personal computer. Atlantic Broadband customers can log in with their user names and passwords, anywhere in the U.S. where they have an Internet connection.
The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.
Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.
thePlatform has introduced a service for broadcasters that converts linear TV almost immediately into a format that can be used for instant replay in a multi-screen delivery environment. The capability is based in part on Elemental Technology’s Delta JIT packaging system.
WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on Arris boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by Arris, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates Netflix app into the leased boxes.
While Suddenlink Communications, Vyve Broadband and Cable One have moved on after failing to reach new carriage agreements with Viacom, Frontier Communications has inked a new a long-term retransmission deal with the content provider. Frontier’s deal with Viacom included multi-platform rights for 27 Viacom networks as well as for premium channel Epix. Terms of the new deal weren’t released.
When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.
Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies on a more “lightweight” experience to engage them while watching television.
With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report. The report, which was commissioned by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, said that peak hour average usage per household would increase from 2.9 Mbps this year to 7.3 Mbps in 2018.
Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $280 million. On a per-share basis, the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were 46 cents per share.
Rovi will be jumping into the CPE business, acquiring startup Fanhattan, which used its expertise in guide and recommendation technology as a launchpad for a set-top that combines linear, on demand, and OTT content. The companies did not disclose the purchase price.