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CBS, Bell Media reach deal on Showtime in Canada

January 29, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multimedia provider Bell Media and CBS inked a long-term content licensing and trademark agreement for Showtime in Canada, which brought the Showtime brand to Canada for the first time. The Showtime programming will be available across Bell Media platforms in English and French, including its new premium TV streaming service, CraveTV, as well as its pay television service, The Movie Network (TMN.)

Telefónica uses Amdocs again, this time in Brazil

January 28, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefónica continues to use Amdocs to upgrade the business support systems (BSS) of its properties in South America. This time it is looking to Amdocs for systems to support the multi-screen experience for quad-play customers of its Vivo operation in Brazil.

NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

January 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

America's most popular pro sports league and YouTube announced a partnership Monday between two of the most powerful brands in the marketplace, creating an official NFL channel on the video website. Content posted daily to the portal by the league will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps and clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice and other original programming from NFL Network and NFL.com.

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Imagine scoops up RGB Networks

January 26, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

[Updated 6:00PM Eastern] Imagine Communications is buying RGB Networks, which specializes in software-based dynamic ad insertion (DAI), just-in-time (JIT) packaging, and cloud DVR. No price was set. Imagine said it will bring on board the majority of RGB’s employees.

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

January 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord.

Research: 17% of broadband households ‘likely’ to tap into HBO’s OTT service

January 23, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 17 percent of the broadband homes across the nation were likely to subscribe to HBO’s standalone, over-the-top service. Out of that group of would be HBO users—the service is supposed to launch sometime this year—91 percent were currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would drop their pay-tv service after subscribing to HBO’s new OTT service.

Suddenlink adds Showtime Anytime to TVE lineup

January 23, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications customers that subscribe to Showtime Networks can now tap into Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere programming anywhere in the United States. Suddenlink’s authenticated subscribers can access Showtime Anytime’s on demand video content on their computer, tablet, mobile device, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, or Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles.

Bell Media says it'd love to have a CraveTV app but Apple hasn't allowed it

January 22, 2015 12:57 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Read through the tweets posted by CraveTV and Shomi and you'll see suggestions that users might finally get Apple TV apps to access the Canadian streaming services. If it was up to Bell Media, CraveTV would've launched with an Apple TV app, so users could stream content to their big screen TVs easily. But Apple didn't allow it to happen.

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Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers in 4Q

January 21, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service. Netflix Inc. added 13 million worldwide subscribers last year, including 4.3 million during the final three months, according to figures released Tuesday in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. 

NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

Vubiquity hires Warner Bros. exec as marketing EVP

January 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vubiquity has hired Michele Edelman as its Executive vice president of marketing and communications.  Edelman had most recently been vice president, worldwide direct to consumer marketing in the home entertainment division of Warner Bros. Studios.

Itochu, Amagi, to stream Japanese channels worldwide

January 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

MSOs have benefited by providing content for defined ethnic communities in their footprints, either broadcasting in heritage languages or sourcing content produced in ancestral countries. The move by ICS should make it easier for international partners to provide Japanese content to Japanese-speaking audiences.

New FiOS portal powered by Synacor

January 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.

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A+E teams up with Clearleap on VOD

January 14, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clearleap has wrapped up a deal to power A+E Networks’ on-demand video distribution across the programmer’s brands and networks, including A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, LMS and H2. The partnership, which launched this month, is the first agreement reached between the two companies, and included the opportunity for Clearleap to help provision multiplatform services.

Gaiam TV a good fit for Comcast subscribers

January 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast customers can follow through on those New Year’s fitness resolutions with the addition of Gaiam TV to the cable operator’s subscription VOD service. Comcast’s digital TV subscribers with Xfinity On Demand can access the streaming fitness and yoga video content from Gaiam TV for an additional $6.99 per month.

Over the top wins as Tech Emmys are awarded

January 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vast majority of the Emmys for Technical / Engineering Achievement went to companies that in one way or another were involved in broadband video, with an unprecedented emphasis on technologies frequently associated with over the top (OTT) video.

Netflix mum on how many people watch their series

January 8, 2015 1:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings "arms race" on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content executive. 

Microsoft adds Harmonic's ProMedia to Playready DRM

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The combination of ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, can enable video content and service providers to distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. That can significantly reduce the time to market for while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure.

CES roundup: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN, the cable TV sports network. 

CES: TV makers take aim at streaming video

January 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today's high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.

RCN adds Watch Disney, ABC apps to digital roster

December 30, 2014 11:26 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now offering its digital video customers live access to Disney and ABC networks at home or on-the-go via Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, Watch Disney Junior, Watch ABC Family and Watch ABC. The deal allows RCN’s authenticated subscribers to access the Disney Channel and ABC networks on their iOS and Android devices, as well as online by downloading the respective apps.

Telstra, Sky invest in Elemental Technologies

December 22, 2014 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telstra has invested directly in Elemental Technologies, leading a $14.5 million Series D round of funding joined by Sky, another Elemental customer that had previously invested in the vendor. Elemental said it will use the funds to accelerate worldwide growth and expand its suite of SDV solutions to support the whole of the IP video delivery chain.

Comcast joins 4K club

December 18, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has officially dipped its large toe into the 4K waters with today’s announcement that it’s offering a limited slate of programming in Ultra 4K via an on demand app. Authenticated Comcast subscribers can watch 4K programming from NBC and USA Network for free with today’s launch of the Xfinity in UHD app, which currently works on just 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.

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 products to next month’s Consumer Electronics Show as well as its CableCard-less security technology offering. With the recent passage of the STELA bill that dropped the mandate for CableCards, Alitcast’s AltiProtect demo at CES is noteworthy as the U.S. cable industry considers other security options that have been deployed abroad for years. 

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