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TDS launches Max Go, HBO Go

June 25, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom became the latest in a long line of service providers to offer authenticated streaming services from HBO Go and Max Go to its subscribers across various devices.
 TDS Telecom, the nation’s seventh-largest local exchange telephone company, is now able to offer more than 1,700 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.



Swisscom to use ThinkAnalytics search, recommendation

June 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has landed a deal with Swisscom to power search and recommendation features on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom is leveraging ThinkAnalytics’ platform across its live, linear, replay TV and VOD services. 

Comcast broadens TVE reach with support for Google Chrome

June 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added an official extension for Google Chrome that supports more than 50 live TV channels and on demand content from its Xfinity TV Go web portal. The Chrome feature is the latest enhancement to Comcast’s stable of TV Everywhere products and services that are available to its authenticated subscribers.

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Midcontinent turns up 200 Mbps tier

June 19, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications doubled the speeds on most of its data tiers, which included the debut of a 200 Mbps down, 20 Mbps up service. The speed increases were system-wide—without price increases—except in remote areas within Midcontinent’s footprint of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

TV Everywhere apps: “Market the damn things”

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are getting crushed by their over the top rivals when it comes to TV Everywhere – an area where the only thing they have to do to become more competitive is to let their customers know that they are, in fact, competing. The Diffusion Group’s advice to MSOs: “Market the damn things.”

Charter to double down on live streaming channels, ponders RDK

June 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Charter TV App with 130 live channels for in-home viewing in April, Charter Communications will soon more than double its roster of live channel choices. Charter is also leaning towards using the RDK for its World Box. 

TWC’s ‘Boxless Homes” envisions a CPE-less world

June 13, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s future may be up in the air with the Comcast deal looming but the nation’s second-largest cable operator has a plan in place for homes without its customer premise equipment for video services. Speaking at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter’s symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable’s Louis Williamson provided some insight into his company’s “Boxless Home” project.

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Telus to personalize VOD recommendations with UXP

June 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telus is implementing software from UXP Systems to help it personalize video on demand recommendations on its Optik TV Service. Telus will use UXP’s Mint platform to create a unique video experience for each member of its customer households.

Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

School’s in session: Concurrent offers cert program on OTT

June 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help video engineers provision and maintain emerging multi-screen video technologies, Concurrent announced a new training and certification program this morning. Concurrent’s multi-screen video certification program was designed to educate engineers on IP content delivery networks, adaptive bit rate technologies, OTT architectures and multi-screen applications.

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

Barnes & Noble to make Nook tablets with Samsung

June 5, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets. The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook's digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble's 700 U.S. stores in early August.

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Time Warner Cable offers Wi-Fi to business customers

June 4, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class will start offering business data customers its TWC WiFi Hotspot solution for no additional charge. The service, which will be available across Time Warner Cable’s footprint, includes a free Wi-Fi access point installed and managed by Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC.)

Cablevision adds ‘TV to Go’ on Optimum App

June 3, 2014 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s video content is going mobile thanks to an update to its app that allows its subscribers to watch more than 100 networks out of their homes. The cable operator has integrated a new “TV to Go” feature into its Optimum App for on the go viewing of TV Everywhere services from HBO Go, Watch Disney and WatchESPN, among others. 

RCN unwraps TiVo’s T6 DVR platform

June 3, 2014 4:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has started offering its subscribers the TiVo T6 HD DVR that comes with six tuners and a 1 terabyte hard drive for storage. In addition to being able to record six HD shows simultaneously, TiVo Stream is built into the T6 box to allow subscribers to stream live TV and recorded shows to other TVs and devices within a home. 

BHN pushes ‘play’ on Epix nets

June 3, 2014 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a carriage agreement with corporate cousin Time Warner Cable earlier this year, Bright House Networks is now serving up four channels of Epix to its digital subscribers. The service, which started on Sunday, includes linear and on demand programming from Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in with online access coming soon. 

Report: CDN spending up, VOD servers down last year

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

The OTT broadcast and video streaming equipment market grew 5.6 percent worldwide last year thanks to increased spending on content delivery networks (CDNs.) On the flip side, spending on contribution encoders and VOD playout servers declined last year, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Nordic provider Viaplay picks ThinkAnalytics

June 2, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Viaplay will be providing a cloud-based search and recommendation engine from ThinkAnalytics to its subscribers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Through an intergration with Comcast-owned thePlatform, ThinkAnalytics is providing multi-language search and recommendation capabilities across Viaplay’s service as well as metadata capabilities.

Buckeye uncorks live streaming of sports nets

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched its first mobile streaming app, which provides live sports programming to its authenticated subscribers across iOS and Android devices. The “Watch BCSN” app, which went live last month, serves up local sports from Buckeye’s BCSN, BCSN 2 and BCSN Erie networks across the cable operator’s Toledo area and Erie County footprint.

Envivio delivering 50fps HEVC 4K for French Open

May 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology for live streaming of the French Open 2014 tennis championship to compatible 4K TV sets in France. Envivio is enabling transmission of 4K using HEVC compression, at 50 frames per second.

Vubiquity adds to VOD arsenal with FilmFlex buy

May 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen video vendor Vubiquity announced this morning that it was buying UK-based FilmFlex, the latter of which is one of the largest white label VOD and multiplatform providers outside of the United States. Prior to the purchase, FilmFlex was a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

TWC, BHN connect with Fox to offer more TVE choices

May 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks authenticated subscribers can now tap into video streams from Fox Now, FXNow, Fox Sports Go and Nat Geo TV apps across multiple devices at no additional cost. Once they’ve signed in with their usernames and passwords, customers can stream shows and movies on demand from Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild plus watch live sports from Fox Sports.

Conviva: Live From the Show: Conviva

May 21, 2014 8:01 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Conviva chief strategy officer Keith Zubchevich on the how the Internet remains a hostile environment for video, even as more video is traversing the open network, and on the technological approach Conviva devised for making the Internet safe for video.

Tennis anyone? Cox serves up French Open on TV Everywhere

May 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and the Tennis Channel have teamed up to provide French Open coverage to the cable operator’s authenticated subscribers. At no additional cost, Cox subscribers can access the Tennis Channel’s linear coverage stream “from nearly everywhere” on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

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