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Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. Irvine, California-based Oculus VR Inc. makes the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that's received a lot of attention from video game developers. 

Apple-Comcast! Hurry! Everybody Over-React!

March 24, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

This ends up being less than The WSJ makes it out to be… at first. After paragraphs and paragraphs of speculation, the paper reports that Apple is asking for an arrangement Comcast has no doubt already laughed off, assuming the report has all the details.

White-label portal combos OTT and linear

March 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Unified Video Technologies said it will introduce a new front-end interface for its video-on-demand portal service. While there are multiple white-label portal services, United Video claims its uVOD is differentiated in that it now also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming, in addition to over-the-top content.

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Mobile devices add allure to March Madness at work

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote so-called TV Everywhere services.

TP Vision adopts streaming content security system

March 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TP Vision said it will integrate Elliptic Technologies’ tVault, which is based on DTCP-IP, which protects audiovisual content, when transmitted between digital entertainment products, against unauthorized copying, interception and tampering, while ensuring that content can be viewed and copied on home networked devices.

Comcast adds 18 networks into live streaming lineup

March 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of 18 live streaming networks on its Xfinity TV Go app. With the latest additions, Comcast now offers 53 live channels that can be viewed on the go via a Wi-Fi connection.

Europe's telecom tie-ups signal big shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications is driving a raft of tie-ups between mobile and cable operators that is only expected to accelerate.

Harris Broadcast Imagines a new way for broadcasters to evolve

March 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Harris is splitting Imagine Communications and GatesAir, standalone companies under the guidance of CEO Charlie Vogt. Imagine will develop technology that helps broadcasters join cable, telco and wireless operators serving the needs of connected consumers via IP, the cloud and TV Everywhere. Both are expected to drive broadcasters into the 21st century by developing technologies that address a new breed of television viewers.

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DLNA extension enables multi-screen delivery through set-tops

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Service providers have long been able to securely distribute IP-based content through broadband networks and broadband routers and still maintain security for the content. Previously, secure multi-screen distribution of MPEG-based pay TV content delivered through the set-top was not possible. DLNA CVP-2 will enable that.

Review: Uneasy first steps with Google Glass

March 14, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, like most successful technology companies, dreamers and inventors, likes to take a long view on things. It calls some of its most outlandish projects "moonshots." Besides Glass, these include its driverless car, balloons that deliver Internet service to remote parts of the world and contact lenses that monitor glucose levels in diabetics.

OTT traffic growth shifts the playing field for operators

March 13, 2014 8:10 pm | by By David Sokolic, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, PeerApp | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top traffic is growing rapidly in every operator network; mobile, cable and telco. What’s a network operator to do? A solution exists to support this new mode of consumption and provide revenue for all the participants in the delivery value chain: transparent caching.

Finnish op DNA fires up multi-screen service

March 12, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system is built on SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen platform. Other vendors and the technology they contributed included SF Anytime content, Harmonic transcoding, Edgeware streaming and storage, ATES single sign-on, Conax conditional access, Cubiware set-top client, and Intek set-tops.

Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

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Conax, PayWizard integrate product lines

March 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PayWizard and Conax have created a flexible ecosystem for monetizing multiscreen content, by combining he former’s subscriber management platform with the latter’s Contego Unite multiscreen security solution. The combination will enable operators to register and manage subscriber accounts and process payment across all devices.

Charter tees up Showtime Anytime

March 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has launched Showtime Anytime to give its authenticated subscribers free access to on demand content, live broadcasts of Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds and original programming. Showtime Anytime streams across computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets and Roku streaming players anywhere in the nation.

US judge rules for Samsung in dustup with Apple

March 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. judge on Thursday denied Apple's request to permanently ban Samsung from selling 23 older-model smartphones and tablets that a jury found infringed on patents held by the maker of iPhones and iPads. Judge Lucy Koh said Apple Inc. failed to prove that the South Korean company's patent infringement caused irreparable harm to Apple sales.

Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

Cablevision adds beIN sports networks to lineup

March 5, 2014 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced this morning that it would add beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español to its channel lineup. In order to prime the pump, Cablevision will serve up a free preview of both channels to all of its subscribers March 20-23.

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

Demystifying Technology: Stream Management and Policy Enforcement in Multiscreen Delivery

March 4, 2014 7:04 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses the lack of control features for congestion management, quality of service, rate-shaping and other considerations in multi-screen delivery. In this episode, we discuss how session delivery management systems enable service providers to collect metrics on the session, and then control the delivery process -- including rights policies, quality, and the delivery of ads.

Time Warner Cable to launch Epix channels

March 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting March 18, Time Warner Cable will offer four channels from Epix, and give its digital basic tier customers a free three-month trial. The four channels are Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in. Epix will be available in HD and SD, and on Time Warner Cable’s VOD service, while Epix Drive-In will be offered in SD.

Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars

March 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google's loosely knit family of Android phones in a duel to make mobile applications more accessible. 

Report: Apps on set-top boxes a booming business

March 3, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, last year one out of every 10 pay TV households had access to applications on set-top boxes, including apps for news and information services, service provider specific apps, over-the-top (OTT) video, games, and music services. By 2019, nearly 40 percent of pay TV households should have access to similar services and features, according to ABI Research’s report on set-top box applications. 

AT&T adds more live channels to U-verse app

March 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s authenticated subscribers can now view 27 additional live channels with the U-verse App for tablets and smartphones. With the latest additions, U-verse TV customers can now watch a total of 136 live channels inside the home and 44 live channel outside of their homes. 

Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

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