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AT&T adds more live channels to U-verse app

March 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s authenticated subscribers can now view 27 additional live channels with the U-verse App for tablets and smartphones. With the latest additions, U-verse TV customers can now watch a total of 136 live channels inside the home and 44 live channel outside of their homes. 

Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

Hulu selling Japan business to Nippon TV

February 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Video streaming company Hulu says it's selling its business in Japan to Nippon TV. A price wasn't disclosed. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says Hulu had grown to a point where it believed the best path forward was to sell its Japan business to a strategic buyer.

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Dish blends in volume, power, and recommendation features on app

February 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has added some bells and whistles to its Dish Explorer app that works with its whole-home Hopper DVR platform. Dish subscribers with the app can now use their iPads for volume and power control on their TVs, and now there are also personalized program recommendations based on viewing habits.

Disney launches digital movies app with Apple

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney is launching a digital movies app that allows fans to store movie purchases online and play them back over Apple devices and computers. The app is built on The Walt Disney Co.'s KeyChest technology, which stores and records consumers' purchases of digital movies on distant servers.

Vyve Broadband picks TiVo, Evolution Digital for DTAs

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband, which recently changed its name from BCI Broadband, will make its move from analog to digital by working with TiVo and Evolution Digital. The deal marks the first time that DVR pioneer TiVo has used digital transport adapters to provision its service with a cable operator. 

AT&T unveils kid friendly app

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

AT&T is taking the worry out of channel surfing for parents by offering a free mobile app that was designed for use by children. In addition to the parental control features, the AT&T U-verse Kids! app lets children tune into TV programs via remote control buttons that were designed for kids.

WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook

February 20, 2014 12:37 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones. The $19 billion deal is by far Facebook's largest and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

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Synacor fuels Midcontinent’s TVE Sochi viewers

February 19, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has deployed Synacor's Cloud ID Auto Authentication feature in time for the Sochi Olympics, which has led to a decrease in TV Everywhere abandonment by its viewers. Using Synacor’s white label auto authentication, Midcontinent has reported a dramatic drop in TV Everywhere abandonment, coming in under 10 percent compared to a typical TV Everywhere abandonment rate of approximately 50 percent.

Broadcom, Elemental, enable 4K Olympics broadcast

February 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom, Elemental and NTV-Plus designed and deployed an end-to-end 4K HEVC workflow using Broadcom-enabled real-time decoders, Elemental Live video encoders, NTV-Plus satellite uplink and signal receiving systems, and Sony cameras for playback on Panasonic 65-inch 4K TVs.

RCN first MSO to debut Opera TV Store on TiVo boxes

February 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN subscribers with TiVo boxes can tap into video, music, games, social media, news and a range of apps now that the Opera TV Store is available. With this morning’s announcement, RCN became the first cable operator to launch the Opera TV store on TiVo DVRs

2014 connected device production to hit 6 billion

February 14, 2014 1:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Among connected devices, those expected to enjoy higher production numbers this year include video game consoles, media tablets, mobile handsets, liquid-crystal display televisions (LCD TVs), set-top boxes and mobile PCs. In contrast, IHS expects declines in digital still cameras, camcorders, desktop PCs, DVD players/records and portable media players.

Online offerings transform Olympic experience

February 14, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Sochi games are the first Olympics worldwide where more hours of video are available online than on television, rapidly transforming the way people experience the event. More than 30 million people in the United States have visited NBC's Olympics websites. And "Curling is almost unstoppable."

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The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

How Multi-screen viewing can drive transaction-based cable revenue

February 13, 2014 7:57 pm | by By Kent Steffen, president, CSG Content Direct | Articles | Comments

All relevant forms of payment – credit, debit, coupon, reward redemption – need to be available directly and at the speed of machines from the customer’s device. The more real-time options of payment operators can offer, the more opportunity for transaction-based revenue they can tap.

Exploring Mobile Backhaul Opportunities

February 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by By Dawn Emms, Director, Marketing, Aurora Networks - A Pace Company | Articles | Comments

Consumer hunger for media-rich mobile communications is driving wireless operators to increase bandwidth at their cell sites to accommodate the dynamic growth of data, video and voice traffic generated by bandwidth-hungry applications. As a result, cell tower backhaul represents an enormous business opportunity for cable operators.

Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

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

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

Brightcove enables Chromecast app developers to add ads

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using technology from recently acquired Unicorn Media, the company can now enable content providers who are developing apps for Google Chromecast to dynamically insert ads in their content streams. Ads can be delivered on a personalized basis.

Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

Report: Sprint getting cold feet on T-Mobile merger

February 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Officials have pointed to the competitive wireless industry that emerges since the FCC in 2011 blocked AT&T’s $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile. T-Mobile came away from that dashed deal with a big breakup fee that it put into expanding its network. Regulatory officials have repeatedly spoken about the need for four competitors in the U.S. wireless market.

Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

RDK takes center stage at Denver conference

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly 200 attendees are expected to be on hand at next week’s second RDK User’s Conference in Denver. The private conference, which is slated for Tuesday, will mark the public debut of sorts for RDK Management, the joint venture between Time Warner Cable and Comcast that was formed last year to help manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative.

Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

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