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It’s Showtime for TWC, BHN’s authenticated subs

November 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are serving up Showtime Network’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, to their subscribers for free. The cable operator customers need to be subscribers of Showtime in order to gain access to the multi-screen content, which is available across computers, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets or Kindle Fire devices anywhere across the nation. 

Cox extends Contour app to Android devices

November 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics. 

Time Warner Cable updates WiFi Finder app

November 25, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi request line is now open at Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it had updated its WiFi Finder app, which included a “request a hotspot” feature that allows subscribers to ask for new Wi-Fi access points in specific locations.

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Apple acquires Israel's PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has acquired Israel-based motion technology company PrimeSense for an undisclosed sum. PrimeSense spokeswoman Kayla Egbert confirmed the deal, but says the company isn't revealing additional details. Founded in 2005, PrimeSense makes chips used in three-dimensional sensing products.

Dish updates Hopper to include HDMI-CEC

November 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With its latest update to Hopper, Dish Network is laying claim to being the first service provider to implement HDMI-CED (consumer electronic control) to help viewers control their TVs. The fifth software update this year for Dish’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform was codenamed “Denver,” and included some additional features such as improved navigation and search interfaces.

Xbox One a gateway, not just a game machine

November 21, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft wants you to think of Xbox One as more than a game machine. You can use it to watch movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can hook it up to your cable box to watch live TV. You can Skype your grandma and share family photos through the SkyDrive storage service.

HBO Go tees up Chromecast

November 21, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Go’s TV Everywhere service is now available on Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter. With shows such as “Game of Thrones,” HBO Go has proven to be one of  the more popular streaming services for authenticated subscribers while the $35 Chromecast device has also been well received since it hit the market this past summer.

TiVo lines up Blue Ridge for whole-home DVR

November 20, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Blue Ridge use the TiVo’s T6 DVR, a model with six tuners. It will also rely on TiVo's cloud-based service, HD set-top boxes for non-DVR households (TiVo Preview), as well as the TiVo Mini, the TiVo Stream, a TiVo web portal, and TiVo mobile applications for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Study: Tier 1 mobile operators expect big boost from Wi-Fi offload

November 20, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent study on the Wi-Fi hotspot market, tier 1 mobile operators expect 22 percent of all additional data capacity added during the 2013-2014 timeframe to come from Wi-Fi offload. By 2018, Wi-Fi offload was forecast to contribute 20 percent of additional mobile data capacity plus a further 21 percent will come from small cells with integrated Wi-Fi.

Sling Media pops up on Roku

November 19, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sling Media’s latest version of its client (SlingPlayer 3.0) and the SlingPlayer channel on the Roku streaming platform are both available for download immediately. A sling app for Windows 8.1 is scheduled to be released in December. The new version of SlingPlayer are also now available for iPhone and Android smartphones.

TWC, BHN extend retrans deal with Discovery

November 18, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to stave off any potential disruptions to their customers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reached an early renewal of their retransmission agreement with Discovery Communications. Last month, Time Warner Cable conceded that its retransmission scrap with CBS, which included blackouts of video content in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, cost it video subscribers.

Market for game consoles and gateways is blurring

November 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Xbox One and PS4 are both about to debut. At one time, they were expected to become alternatives to set-top boxes, but now? Along came Google's Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.

FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

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Time Warner Cable cues up music deal with Slacker

November 14, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up free digital music for more than 11 million subcribers via a deal with Slacker. Time Warner Cable data customers will be able to access the various music genres that Slacker provides on its TWC Central web portal.

Clearleap nabs $20 million in funding round

November 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Clearleap has closed a $20 million round of funding to bring its total financing to $36 million since its inception in 2007. Susquehanna Growth Equity led the series C round with participation from Clearleap’s existing investors: Trinity Ventures and Noro-Moseley.

Ericsson, BlackArrow forge alliance

November 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pay TV companies are leaving money on the table. Content providers and pay TV service providers require a comprehensive advertising and audience data platform that can enable relevant and coordinated advertising campaigns across all devices, and they are interested in getting that sooner rather than later.

Many millions at stake at 2nd Apple-Samsung trial

November 12, 2013 11:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung's Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. 

Report: Home media gateways shipments to top 24 million in 2017

November 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home media gateways, which blend traditional linear TV with TV Everywhere services, will surpass 24 million units shipped by 2017, according to a recent study. This year global unit shipments of home media gateway products are on track to reach nearly 10 million, which would top the 7.7 million units that shipped in 2012, according to a report by MRG.

OTT apps lined up for Xbox One, PS4

November 8, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Over the top video companies and game console makers are rushing to make sure that video streaming apps that were available on the last generation of game consoles will also be available on the new. Verizon’s Redbox Instant announced it will be on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony's Playstation4, while Sony released a list of video providers that will be resident on the new PS4.

Comcast tees up "Sportstacular" promotion

November 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Xfinity TV customers will have the chance to watch content from networks such as NFL Network, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Networks, ESPN Goal Line, FOX Sports 1, NBA TV, NHL Network and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). This programming is typically available only to subscribers of Comcast’s various sports packages.

Time Warner Cable wraps rights for A&E content

November 7, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and A&E have renewed their carriage agreements. With the new contract, which also covers Bright House Networks, the two MSOs will continue to air A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, Bio, H2, History en Espanol, and several other A&E channels.

TWC, CBS squabble over TVE rights

November 7, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the interesting insights to emerge from the month-long standoff between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. this summer was that the dispute wasn't over money. In fact, the two sides were squabbling over digital rights — the ability for Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch CBS content on the go on mobile devices if they prove, or "authenticate," that they are subscribers.

Jinni launches new iPad app, website

November 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jinni, whose search and recommendation engine helps users find video content intuitively, has launched a new, free iPad app and website. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said the new platforms delivered intuitive, personalized recommendations for movies, television and streaming content that match a user’s tastes and moods.

Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

Charter narrows losses; announces cloud UI test

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter will begin to field test the ActiveVideo / Zodiac UI in Fort Worth in the next few days. It will roll out with employees and then the general public.If that cloud-based UI works as expected, Charter will do a commercial rollout later in the second quarter of next year.

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