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The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Articles | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Articles | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

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Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

February 12, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

Brightcove enables Chromecast app developers to add ads

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using technology from recently acquired Unicorn Media, the company can now enable content providers who are developing apps for Google Chromecast to dynamically insert ads in their content streams. Ads can be delivered on a personalized basis.

Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

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Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

RDK takes center stage at Denver conference

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly 200 attendees are expected to be on hand at next week’s second RDK User’s Conference in Denver. The private conference, which is slated for Tuesday, will mark the public debut of sorts for RDK Management, the joint venture between Time Warner Cable and Comcast that was formed last year to help manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative.

Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

February 7, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia. Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years, things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds. 

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Ericsson doubles down on multiscreen with Azuki purchase

February 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson said it “will gain additional key functionality related to the deployment of TV Anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies.” The Azuki Media Platform manages both live and on-demand content for multi-screen delivery, complete with ad insertion.

Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable tap into Univision’s TVE app

February 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are now offering their authenticated digital customers access to Univision’s TV Everywhere video content. Univision’s UVideos bilingual digital video network is now available on iOS and Android devices at no additional cost for the cable operators’ subscribers. 

Taqua offers MSOs an easy wireless play

February 4, 2014 8:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vendor is shopping a way for cable operators to get into the mobile phone business far cheaper, quicker, and easier than any scheme that MSOs have come up with to date. The basic idea is to flip the dual-mode phone model on its head. MSOs would own, operate, and manage the service.

NBC hopes free pass will help TV Everywhere

February 4, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC Universal will give every viewer worldwide limited free access to streaming video from the Sochi Olympics. Viewers will be able to log in for a half-hour on the first day, then a total of 5 minutes every day thereafter during the duration of the games.

NBCU ups Olympics ante with on-demand streaming

February 4, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Live multi-screen coverage debuted in London; at Sochi, viewers will be able to review Olympics events through on demand streaming. Adobe and Microsoft are teaming to provide live and on-demand delivery, as well as digital ad insertion. Other vendors enabling content capture, creation and distribution include Akamai, thePlatform, Harmonic, Miranda, Ericsson and Avid.

Comcast bows cloud DVR; live, in-home streaming in Boston

February 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is launching the next phase of its X1 platform in Boston by offering a cloud-based DVR service and the ability to watch live, in-home streaming on mobile devices via a new app. The cloud-based DVR recordings are provisioned over Comcast’s managed IP network, and are another element of its IP-based Viper platform.

US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV's rise

February 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.

Concurrent enables start-over on live content

February 3, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The approach relies on caching live video content in the network as it is being streamed. Content is stored for a set duration to provide a rolling time-shifted playback window. During this window, consumers can watch and interactively control content playback on any of their connected devices.

Penthera elects Griffith to board

January 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Penthera’s board of directors recently elected Melani Griffith to its board of directors. Penthera hired Griffith, who formerly worked with Penthera president and CEO Michel Willner at Insight Communications, last year as its executive vice president of business development.

Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

TiVo forks out $135 million in cash to buy Digitalsmiths

January 29, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to speed up its evolution to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, TiVo announced this morning that was buying search and recommendation vendor Digitalsmiths for $135 million in cash. Once it passes the customary closing conditions, the deal is slated to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

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