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Netflix coming to Germany, France, 4 other markets

May 21, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries later this year as the Internet video service tries to build an international following that might eventually surpass its U.S. audience. The additional markets announced Wednesday will extend Netflix's reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe.

RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

Comcast plays catch up with Turner VOD deal

May 13, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has inked a deal with Turner Broadcasting Systems that provides its subscribers the ability to “catch up” on complete current and past seasons from Turner’s roster of networks. The deal provides more fodder for Comcast Xfinity binge viewers by including “stacking rights” for shows on TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, CNN, Cartoon Network and truTV via Comcast’s VOD platform.

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Charter gets personal with Digitalsmiths

May 13, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is offering TiVo-owned Digitalsmiths’ personalized search and recommendation platform on its mobile app that serves iOS and Android devices. Digitalsmiths has started to deploy its Seamless Discovery service to more than 5 million Charter TV and Internet customers.

Clearleap hires Oesterling as COO

May 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Oesterling will further develop and scale Clearleap’s engineering and operational processes and systems, while assisting in managing the company’s global expansion. He will also lead recruiting efforts for technology professionals. Clearleap last November raised $20 million. The company said it plans to add 150 new employees this year.

Comcast branches out cloud DVR, live streaming service

May 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has launched its cloud DVR and live in-home streaming service in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. The live in-home streaming part of the service was rolled out in the San Francisco area in the middle of last month with the network DVR element to follow. 

NBC extends Olympic deal through 2032 for $7.75B

May 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC. In a stunning, pre-emptive deal negotiated secretly over six months, the International Olympic Committee awarded the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to NBC on Wednesday for an additional six games.

AT&T conceives new app for babies

May 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the birth of AT&T’s new app for babies, users will be covered by apps from the cradle to the grave. AT&T’s BabyFirst’s U-verse app allows kids to create images on iPhone and iPad devices. From there they can see their handiwork on TV screens that are tuned to the BabyFirst channel.

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thePlatform shuffles leadership team

May 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced this morning that co-founder Ian Blaine was leaving his CEO post effective June 20 to move into a strategic advisor role with the white-label video publishing company. The Seattle-based company is replacing Blaine internally with co-CEOs Marty Roberts, its current head of sales and marketing, and COO and CFO Jamie Miller.

Alticast taps industry veteran Schutte for EMEA team

May 7, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telecommunications veteran Tiann Schutte has joined Alticast as the president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. Schutte's background includes interactive video, IPTV, mobile TV, cable, DTT, VoIP, satellite and OTT services. 

Envivio powers MSO's multi-screen effort

May 2, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said a Tier 1 U.S. operator is using its Muse encoding software to power more than 10,000 live linear cable TV channels in a fully virtualized software environment, outputting nearly 33,000 live adaptive bitrate (ABR) streams delivered to millions of subscribers for multi-screen video services.

Netgear creates tablet for iControl homes

May 2, 2014 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has created a 7” Android tablet that service providers can give to customers of iControl-based home automation and security services. The Security Touch Screen is designed to be an inexpensive option that allows homeowners to manage and interact with their home systems, in addition to getting basic tablet functionality.

Cox strikes TVE deal with Showtime Anytime

May 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cox Communications subscribers now have Showtime Anytime choices on their TV Everywhere menus. CBS-owned Showtime Anytime offers access to the company's on demand programming as well as live East Coast and West Coast feeds.

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Comcast adding even more features, apps to X1

April 29, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 triple-play customers will eventually be able to live stream personal video from their mobile devices, over the Internet, directly to the television. The feature tops a list of forthcoming enhancements that include changes in the guide, and new apps.

SeaChange, Invidi, ally on universal ad insertion system

April 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two companies have developed a joint software solution enabling video service providers to coordinate multi-screen television ad campaigns across traditional linear, linear addressable, video-on-demand, catch-up, network DVR, and over-the-top streams.

Shaw tunes in Rdio streaming music service

April 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has struck an accord with digital music streaming service Rdio. As part of the deal, Shaw Ventures made a financial investment in Rdio's holding company, Pulser Media, Inc. The agreement included marketing, content and promotional elements. 

Three U.S. operators hosting Netflix on their set-tops

April 25, 2014 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN are all incorporating the Netflix app directly into their services. The three - all TiVo-based service providers – are the first U.S. MSOs to directly integrate Netflix with their traditional services. European operators Virgin Media and Com Hem were the first to do so.

Liberty Puerto Rico rolling out unusual social-based guide

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the cloud-based platform from ActiveVideo, Liberty Global’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based service that features a discovery and navigation capability that is uncommon if not unique, inasmuch as recommendations are based on what other viewers are watching at that moment.

Suddenlink launches mobile app for iOS devices

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has launched its Suddenlink2GO mobile app.  Using technology from Synacor, a long-time vendor for the MSO, the app allows customers to watch live TV networks and on-demand TV shows on an iOS tablet anywhere at home or on the go.

Time Warner Cable connects with Fan TV streaming service

April 23, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in the second quarter of this year, Time Warner Cable authenticated subscribers will be able to tap into a new IP streaming service from Fan TV on the TWC TV app. Fanhatten’s Fan TV provisions live and on demand content across its device and features a remote without buttons to push. Similar to a touch screen tablet, users of the remote swipe across the device.

S3 Group sets up shop in Philly

April 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video test and validation platform vendor S3 Group will open the doors on a new office in Philadelphia to better serve its East Coast customers. Dublin-based S3 Group also has an office in San Jose, but the Philly office puts it closer to Comcast, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Videotron and Time Warner Cable. 

The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

AT&T signals intent to become OTT power

April 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group (which owns Crunchyroll) have formed a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based VOD as well as streaming.

Cognizant buys itaas

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Giant IT company Cognizant has purchased privately-held itaas for an undisclosed amount, expanding its reach into the cable industry. Cognizant expects itaas expertise can be brought to bear to support other industries such as banking, retail, and healthcare.

Alticast to get up close and personal at Cable Show

April 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast will be showing a range of technologies at The Cable Show next week that address the increased demand for personalized video services. Demonstrations include the company’s “set-top box on a stick” HDMI Media Express as well as several boxes that were built using the Reference Design Kit and Alticast’s integrated HTML5-based application framework technology.

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