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Envivio takes multi-screen to the cloud

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio is calling its virtualized cloud-based SaaS video solution Nuage, French for cloud. It operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. The system will handle video from content acquisition to delivery to the consumer, on any screen.

Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is giving its Internet video subscribers a more discreet way to recommend movies and TV shows to their Facebook friends after realizing most people don't want to share their viewing habits with large audiences. Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. 

Envivio sets up cloud multi-screen service for Chinese company

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Beijing Gehua CATV Network is preparing a cloud-based multi-screen delivery service that will rely on transcoding technology from Envivio. BGCTV will use Envivio Muse encoders to help transmit 150 SD channels and 50 HD video channels to connected TVs, PCs, smartphones, iPads, and other devices.

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GCI locks up 7-year agreement with Disney

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

GCI, Alaska’s largest cable operator, has inked a seven-year agreement with Disney networks, a lineup that includes ESPN and ABC Family channels. The deal, which was negotiated by the National Cable Television Cooperative, allows GCI to continue broadcasting 16 sports, news and entertainment channels into 2021 without interruption and adds products like the SEC Network and on-demand programming.

Suddenlink launches WatchESPN

August 28, 2014 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering its subscribers the WatchESPN app and access to ESPN’s web portal to view live sports coverage anytime. Earlier this month, Suddenlink and ESPN parent The Walt Disney Company announced a multi-year distribution agreement, which included access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN News, ESPN Deportes, the Longhorn Network and the SEC Network.

Comcast subscribers gain more TVE access to Pac-12 Networks

August 28, 2014 11:31 am | News | Comments

Thanks to an expanded agreement, Comcast’s subscribers now have more TV Everywhere access to the Pac-12 Networks’ programming. With the college season about to kick off, Comcast customers now have access to all seven Pac-12 Networks on their computers and mobile devices through the Pac-12 Now app and web portal.

Former CEO Frankel resigns from Synacor’s board

August 27, 2014 5:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former CEO Ron Frankel resigned from Synacor’s board of directors effective Aug. 25. Frankel had served on the board since 2001, which was also the same year he was named CEO. Frankel said in March that would be leaving his position as CEO, but would remain on the board and as an advisor. 

By the numbers: Why go multi-screen?

August 26, 2014 8:01 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

With cloud-based multi-screen delivery, the option for making a capex-intensive process into a pure opex play. Some service providers are still wondering if performing multi-screen delivery is a good idea for them. The answer is more and more likely to be “yes.”

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FIFA World Cup a watershed for multi-screen

August 26, 2014 7:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

All eyes were on Brazil earlier this summer when it hosted the FIFA World Cup soccer tourney.  While the World Cup served as a coming out party for several countries’ emerging soccer stars, it also provided a good backdrop for streaming video technologies.

Multi-screen for the masses: multi-screen as a cloud-based service

August 26, 2014 7:22 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Everything required for multi-screen delivery can be done in the cloud. CED recently got together with Envivio VP Products and Solutions Arnaud Perrier to talk about Envivio's adoption of a SaaS model for multi-screen delivery, which has the potential to put multi-screen within reach for everybody.

S3 Group takes testing out of lab, into live networks

August 26, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video test and validation platform vendor S3 Group has expanded its StormTest portfolio beyond labs and into live networks with its new StormTest Warning Center element. The new cloud-based platform enables remote service monitoring, validation and real-time analytics of video services across connected devices on live networks.

TWC adds tablets to news app

August 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently updated its TWC News app to include support for tablets as well as mobile devices. The latest update allows authenticated Time Warner Cable subscribers to tap into live and on demand programming from the cable operator’s news channels in New York City, the state of New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Comcast’s Xfinity on Campus service officially launches

August 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After flying under the radar for several years, Comcast announced today that its IP-based “Xfinity On Campus” service has officially launched. The service allows college students to watch live TV and VOD content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.

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MLB online chief optimistic on relaxing blackouts

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An easing of blackout restrictions on Major League Baseball games online could come as early as next season, according to the head of baseball's online business. In an interview this week, Bob Bowman said he is optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs. 

TWC, Bright House, add NBC/U content to TV apps

August 20, 2014 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the rights to offer NBC Universal's full portfolio of broadcast and cable network programming through their TV Everywhere applications. The multi-screen deal also includes local NBC and Telemundo-owned broadcast stations.

Piksel exits stealth mode with SaaS video system

August 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company, which has risen from the ashes of KIT Digital, is launching an over-the-top video platform built on a set of software modules that address encoding, DRM, authentication, and a range of other functions, all available on a software-as-a-service model.

NimbleTV touches down in Windy City

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

NimbleTV’s TV Everywhere service is now available to existing Comcast and AT&T video subscribers in Chicago. With the Chicago announcement this morning, NimbleTV announced it was no longer charging a monthly fee for the service when it includes 10 or more channels.

Review: A closer look at streaming services, devices

August 19, 2014 11:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

While consumers don't need multiple devices for basic streaming services, some advanced features in Amazon's Fire TV require a Kindle Fire tablet or a Fire phone, while some Apple TV features work only with iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. Here's a closer look at how the Apple TV and the Fire TV work with other gadgets from Apple and Amazon. 

New Facebook tracking aimed at helping advertisers understand mobile habits

August 15, 2014 1:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Facebook already offers targeting, delivery and conversion measurement across devices. With the company's new cross-device report, Facebook said that advertisers will now able to view the devices on which people see ads and the devices on which conversions subsequently occur. 

Mediacom tees up deal to carry SEC Networks

August 14, 2014 5:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

And then there were two. Just prior to Thursday's launch of the SEC Network, Mediacom Communications announced it had reached a carriage agreement with ESPN, which left Cablevision and Verizon FiOS as the remaining large service providers without SEC Network deals. With the deal, Mediacom subscribers, which include viewers in seven SEC states, joined more than 90 million homes across the nation that have access to the SEC Network.

TWC, BHN dive deeper into NBCUniversal TVE pool

August 14, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks can now offer up more TV Everywhere video content from NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks to their subscribers. Time Warner Cable and Bright House authenticated subscribers now have access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s suite of cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel.

Conviva signs deal with EchoStar

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

Conviva announced this morning that it had signed a deal with EchoStar Technologies to use its video optimization platform on Dish Network’s IP-based Dish Anywhere and DishWorld services. Dish Network will use Conviva’s Intelligent Control Platform to help ensure high-quality streaming delivery for Dish Anywhere and DishWorld.

Delivering Profitable Multi-screen: What You Need to Know About Manifest Manipulation

August 13, 2014 12:17 am | by Duncan Potter, product and regional marketing, Arris | Articles | Comments

How are service providers solving the challenge of making multiscreen profitable? Manifest manipulation enables you to better control, scale and monetize pay TV on multiple screens, particularly when it comes to targeted ad insertion and content substitution.

Delivering OTT Services Under Your Own Brand

August 13, 2014 12:12 am | by Jim Anderson, COO, aio TV | Articles | Comments

We hear talk of “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” but the bottom line is that people actually like TV, with individual TV shows being a big part of people’s lives, regardless if it comes from traditional cable or an OTT source. So consumers are forming their loyalties to programming, not providers.

Engagement Driving A Resurgence In Multi-Screen Advertising

August 12, 2014 11:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Articles | Comments

Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.

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