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Roku, Comcast do deal on HBO Go, Showtime streaming

December 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After an impasse that stretched back several years, Comcast finally has brokered a deal with Roku that allows its subscribers to access HBO Go and Showtime Anytime streams on their Roku devices. The new deal was announced on Tuesday in a blog posting by Comcast’s Matt Strauss, senior vice president and general manager, video services, and came the day after HBO announced its streaming service was live on the Amazon Fire TV. 

CES: Alticast gears up with IoT, CableCard-less demos

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Alticast will bring its cloud-based and Internet of Things (IoT) demos and...

Deluxe expands 4K capabilities of on demand platform

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of a launch with a large North American cable operator, Deluxe announced today that it has...

Hearst forks out $81.3M for stake in AwesomenessTV

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

Hearst Corp. is betting $81.3 million that Internet video network AwesomenessTV will live up to...

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Arris stocks OTT Market with Portico TV

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting early next year, Arris will add N2TV’s streaming TV service, which is called Portico TV, to its over-the-top streaming platform for cable operators. Arris introduced “Arris Market,” which blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on its set-top boxes, earlier this year as part of its Whole Home Solution.

Imagine upgrades Egypt’s Rotana TV

December 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications recently completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities for Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project allowed Rotana TV, which broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, to migrate all of its channels to HD, which allowed the playout center to operate in the file domain.

Maximizing the benefits of cloud-based pay TV strategies

December 10, 2014 11:17 pm | by Andy Salo, vice president, product line management, RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

With an abundance of cloud-labeled technology solutions vying for pay TV distributors’ attention, it’s more important than ever that operators be able to filter the hype by setting performance benchmarks reflecting the true requirements of a TV-caliber cloud platform.

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Taking care of business: a Cable-Tec Expo recap

December 10, 2014 11:03 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Today it remains somewhat murky where the whole pay TV business is going, or precisely what it will look like when it gets there, but MSOs know for certain they need to prepare their networks to deliver whatever has to be delivered, and Cable-Tec Expo made it crystal clear that those networks will still depend heavily on DOCSIS 3.1.

Turtle Power: Comcast adds Paramount to digital store

December 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast will add Paramount Pictures’ library of films into its online digital store this month. The Paramount library is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November of last year. 

CTAM launches consumer-facing TVE program

December 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTAM is out of the starting blocks with a new consumer-facing TV Everywhere initiative that was designed to show consumers how easy it is to access and view multi-screen video content. The campaign, which is called “You could be watching TV,” was designed to expound on the benefits of TV Everywhere services, including live and on demand, and in or out of a home.

CBS, Dish Network end brief blackout

December 8, 2014 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. and TV provider Dish Network Corp. have reached an agreement that ends a contract dispute that led to a short programming blackout in local markets around the country, the companies announced Saturday.CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for about 12 hours starting around 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. 

DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

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ACA Summit: Washington DC

December 5, 2014 11:54 am | by CED | Events

The ACA Summit underscores the unique role that more than 800 independent cable operators play in providing best-in-class communications services to millions of consumers living and working in some of the most remote areas of the country. When it comes to responding to the critical broadband infrastructure needs of rural America, ACA Members are the ones who are putting their own capital at risk and supplying the solutions.

SeaChange's new Rave system brings OTT to the masses

December 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rave supports the delivery of on-demand, time-shifted, live and downloaded content, delivered to any device. The system also includes the company’s analytics, promotions and advertising features. Customers can use Rave to build a straight OTT service, or to deliver a service that blends linear and OTT content.

Layer3 to use SeaChange gateway management system

December 3, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Layer3 TV aims to be a “next generation cable provider,” but has yet to define what that means beyond saying it intends to blend TV, social and digital life (whatever that means) working within “the existing distribution paradigm.” That it is using products from SeaChange provides only a few other hints at the general direction the company is moving in.

November / December 2014

December 2, 2014 8:26 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we profile Sherita Ceaser, the recipient of the 2014 Women In Technology Award. CED editors attended the 2014 Cable-Tec Expo, caught up on keynotes, sampled the seminars, and sat through the sessions to bring you a comprehensive overview of the technologies that are driving progress in the cable industry. Contributed articles address managing networks – one looks at smart home networks, the other at the cloud.

Report: Roku still rules the roost for streaming media devices

December 2, 2014 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to streaming media players, Roku still reigns supreme followed by Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. According to a report by Parks Associates, Roku was the leading brand with 29 percent of sales in the United States while Chromecast took over second place from Apple TV with a market share of 20 percent compared to Apple’s 17 percent.

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Envivio's loss widens in Q3

December 2, 2014 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio had a drop in third quarter revenue and reported a larger net loss, compared to its Q3 results a year ago. The company said markets in Europe and Asia are lagging, and that in North America, customers are consolidating and have slowed their spending because of it.

Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

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.

Building A Converged Video Architecture: A Panacea for Multi-platform Woes

November 25, 2014 5:54 pm | by Les Carter, vice president/chief architect, BlackArrow | Articles | Comments

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.

Kids’ VOD network Kabillion lands deal with Cablevision

November 25, 2014 4:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Conviva improves QoE for Liberty Global’s Horizon Go

November 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Edgeware, Mirada ally on multi-screen delivery system

November 21, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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 adds 12 nets to Optimum en Español

November 21, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

Streaming video review

November 21, 2014 12:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

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.

Mobile still a struggle for Intel; PC doing better

November 21, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

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. 

OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018

November 20, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

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