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Dish opens API spigot on Hopper platform

July 16, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to spur development on smartphones and tablets, Dish Network announced this morning that it has opened up its third-party application programming interface (API) to developers. Starting today, developers that gain Dish’s approval can access many of the same multi-screen APIS that Dish uses on its Dish Explorer mobile app for the satellite company’s whole-home Hopper DVR platform.

Report: HTTP live streaming, HTML5 top list for OTT service providers

July 16, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming and HTML5 topped the list of important streaming services for operators that are delivering over-the-top (OTT) video. Study participants also rated video on demand (VOD), OTT/broadband video, remote programming via tablet/mobile device, and whole-home DVR as the top IP set-top box (STB) apps.

In the media: TWC not done pursuing Hulu

July 15, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite the cancellation of an auction by Hulu’s owners to sell of the business on Friday, Time Warner Cable is reportedly still in pursuit of the over-the-top video company. Bloomberg, citing three unnamed sources, reported that Time Warner Cable and Hulu’s owners (Walt Disney, Comcast and 21st Century Fox) could reach a deal over the next two weeks to buy a stake in the streaming service company. 

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Eastlink signs up to use Rovi’s iPad app

July 12, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Striking its second major deal north of the border this year, Rovi announced that Canadian cable operator Eastlink has signed up to use its iPad app. Rovi also announced that Freescale Semiconductor was releasing an Android chipset certified for it DivX Plus Streaming, which Rovi uses to deliver video to multi-screen devices.  

College multi-screen startup Tivli raises $6.3M

July 11, 2013 1:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tivli, a startup TV service founded specifically to provide multi-screen delivery of video on college campuses, just picked up $6.3 million in investments from a coalition of investors that include HBO and Mark Cuban. Tivli takes a live feed from an MVPD and encodes it to provide unicast streams to student devices on high-speed university data networks.

Cablevision adds Starz, Encore, to GO lineup

July 10, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision Systems has added Starz Play and Encore Play to its Optimum TV to GO line-up, upping the total number of channels available through Cablevision’s mobile access service to 55. Optimum TV customers whose service includes Starz and Encore now get unlimited online access to the networks’ more than 1,000 monthly titles at no additional cost.

NCTC tops 100 members using its TVE platform

July 10, 2013 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable Television Cooperative announced that more than 100 of its members were using its TV Everywhere platform, which is known as WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE). Since most smaller cable operators lack the resources to build and deploy their own multi-screen service, the NCTC came up with its own authenticated platform to offer to its affiliates.

Amino adds features to IPTV boxes

July 9, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amino’s A140 and A540 HD devices are now fully certified with Minerva’s 5.4 client. The platform enables operators to deliver linear and on-demand video services to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Pay TV subscribers can also use these devices to search for content via a unified user interface.

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Verizon Digital Media adds live event distribution

July 8, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Live Events can acquire event feeds from any source – including satellite, terrestrial fiber and Internet – then transcode and deliver the content to broadcasters and other commercial customers. The service also provides proactive monitoring and redundancy over Verizon's global network.

Report: Apple, TWC cozying up on TV deal

July 3, 2013 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Apple are rumored to be closing in on a deal that would give Time Warner Cable’s subscribers access to their programming via Apple TV. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reported that an agreement would be announced over the next few months.

Dish, Southwest team up to offer in-flight TV

July 3, 2013 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Southwest Airlines Co. is offering live TV that passengers can watch on their own Internet devices for free. Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. will pay for the service through the end of the year on more than 400 Wi-Fi equipped planes.

Comcast adds auto-authentication to Xfinity TV

July 2, 2013 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Subscribers will now be able to automatically log in to Comcast's TV Everywhere service from any device within their homes. The operator is calling the feature Home Pass. Xfinity TV and Internet customers will no longer need to sign in with a user name and password to access on demand and live streaming content.

UPC offering separate neighborhood SSID Wi-Fi access

July 2, 2013 11:53 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While Comcast announced last month that it would open up a separate, public Wi-Fi network on customers’ home gateways, Liberty Global’s UPC Netherlands also has second SSIDs enabled. Since most of UPC’s  cable plant is underground, it needed to find another way to turn on more Wi-Fi hotspots. 

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WatchABC goes authenticated today

July 1, 2013 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers. The app also launches Monday in four new markets, where use will likewise be limited to pay TV subscribers: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Comcast turns Summer into kids' watch-a-thon

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

The MSO’s Summer of Kids has a dual purpose. First, it is aimed at driving viewers to its on-demand library of family-friendly content. The company is using the occasion to introduce a set of search and discovery features. Comcast is also opening its Wi-Fi network to all comers for two weeks.

TWC connects with Xbox to stream 300 live channels

June 28, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added yet another feather to its TV Everywhere cap by reaching a deal to stream 300 live channels to Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The TWC TV app for Xbox users will launch later this summer with gamers being able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

TWC to light up 1,000 hotspots in Manhattan; offer free Wi-Fi for All-Star Week

June 27, 2013 12:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable plans to have 1,000 Wi-Fi access points live in Manhattan by the middle of next month, and will also allow free access to all of its New York City-area hotspots during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. The nation’s second-largest cable operator plans on adding up to 10,000 more access points in the four New York boroughs it serves by the end of the year.

Live from the Show: SeaChange

June 26, 2013 4:57 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

VOD? Multi-screen? Yes, of course, but with so many sources of video, how do you make the whole experience seamless for the viewer? Alan Hoff, VP of strategic marketing for SeaChange International, talks about his company's efforts to help its customers' customers make sense of all their media.

Live from the Show: Deluxe Digital

June 26, 2013 4:25 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

 Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.

Live from the Show: Cycle 30

June 26, 2013 4:07 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 started life as the back office development operation within GCI. Cycle30 VP of sales Jeth Harbinson, explains how the company is expanding to support new products and applications, including machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

thePlatform tangos south of the border with LSDLive

June 26, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform has expanded its presence in Latin America thanks to a new agreement with LSDLive. The deal allows LSDLive, which is a live event producer in Argentina, to blend thePlatform’s mpx system into its suite of video production services, encoding, uploading, and live event technical support.

tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.

Cox Business tuning up Hospitality WiFi service

June 25, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business announced this morning it will launch its Hospitality WiFi service across its footprint later this year. Cox has been offerings its business-grade Wi-Fi in Las Vegas hotels and casinos for several years, as well as in other portions of its footprint.

Videotron launches home networking service

June 25, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is offering its subscribers a multi-room home networking service that gives them the ability to record a show in one room and watch it in another. In order to use the home networking service, Videotron said its digital subscribers need to have a new generation PVR and new-generation HD set-top boxes

Conax protects South American MSOs’ OTT/VOD services

June 24, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Conax announced this morning that Uruguay pay-TV operators Montecable and Nuevo Siglo were using its content security offerings to enable the addition of over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen, multi-network video and content consumption services. The two South American cable operators are deploying Conax Contego Unite and Conax Secure Clients on the security front while Cubiware is providing the middleware for the project.

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