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All you need to know about Twitter

October 4, 2013 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Twitter, a privately held company built on blurbs, has finally laid itself bare in documents that read more like a treatise than a tweet. The roughly 800-page filing Twitter Inc. released late Thursday on its way to an eagerly anticipated IPO contains tantalizing tidbits about its growth and its attempts to make money from its influential short messaging service.

TWC broadens Wi-Fi reach in Austin

October 3, 2013 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable held a press event in Austin this morning to announce that its TWC WiFi service was available across 900 hotspots. Earlier this week, AT&T announced it would have a 1 Gbps service available next year in Austin, which also roughly coincides with a Google Fiber’s 1 Gig service launch in Austin.

Cisco friends Facebook

October 3, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. said Wednesday that it has struck a deal with Facebook Inc. to help businesses better target consumers using mobile devices. Under the arrangement, consumers visiting a store, hotel or other business using the Cisco-Facebook service are given the option to "check in" with Facebook when they use their mobile phone to access the Internet. 

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WD offers cloud storage devices for the home

October 2, 2013 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WD is introducing a line of residential storage devices that will allow users to access their digital content – video, music, data – from PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android handhelds – from anywhere else with an Internet connection. My Cloud devices are available in 2 TB and 3 TB models, with a 4 TB version due in November.

Comcast Business pitches Ethernet for Oakland A’s

October 2, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Oakland Athletics will head into Friday’s night’s playoff game with the Detroit Tigers with bandwidth to spare thanks to a recent upgrade by Comcast Business. Comcast Business outfitted Oakland’s O.co Coliseum, which also houses the team’s executive and administrative offices, with a fiber-based Ethernet connection.

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 2, 2013 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Hoopla launched in full in May with 20 library systems.

Multi-screen for the masses: thePlatform bows Virtual TV Framework

September 26, 2013 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, has rolled up the lessons learned from its previous deployments into its Virtual TV Framework, which lets service providers replicate their 24-hour, live, linear programming and video on demand (VOD) television services via the cloud.

Mediacom picks Qwilt for online video delivery

September 25, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has deployed Qwilt’s online video delivery platform, which also included improved quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. Founded in 2010 by industry veterans from Cisco and Juniper, Qwilt is backed by Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker and Redpoint Ventures.

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Product Video Showcase: TV Anytime with Envivio

September 24, 2013 5:28 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Envivio’s VP of Solutions, Arnaud Perrier, talks about the benefits of cloud TV and demonstrates TV Anytime functionalities using Envivio Halo network media processor.

Turner turns to Adobe Primetime

September 24, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adobe announced a set of new analytics features for its PrimeTime product that will make it easier to both monitor the quality of TV everywhere streams and evaluate viewer behavior. The new capabilities come with a new per-stream pricing model. Adobe also announced thatTBS is the latest customer of Primetime.

Cross-platform ad campaigns catch more consumers

September 20, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A recent ad campaign run by Comcast Media 360 demonstrates that ads on TV and ads delivered via broadband-connected platforms affect significantly different consumer groups. The implication is that multi-screen delivery, which service providers are still struggling to monetize, can be highly valuable in ad campaigns by reaching different consumer constituencies.

Universal Sports Network inks distribution deal with Cox

September 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Universal Sports Network announced it has a distribution deal in place with Cox Communications. Cox is offering Universal Sports Network’s Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming to its Cox Advanced TV subscribers. The multi-year deal also granted Cox TV Everywhere rights.

Liberty Global envisions pan-Europe Wi-Fi network

September 19, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Global executive Peter Dorr raised the possibility of creating a pan-European Wi-Fi network that would be free to cable subscribers. Dorr also spoke about the ease with which Liberty Global was able to update its Horizon multi-screen service, which is based on ActiveVideo’s cloud-based technology.

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Divergent paths to TV everywhere

September 19, 2013 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

That service providers will have to deliver TV everywhere is a foregone conclusion, but a couple of recent announcements – one from Sling and another from TiVo – provided an interesting juxtaposition of alternatives of how to accomplish the feat.

RDK is moving at lightning speed

September 17, 2013 7:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

One year after the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) made its public debut at The Cable Show, the platform has more than lived up to its “service velocity” goal. In short, the RDK went from being a PowerPoint presentation at last year’s Cable Show, to a viable platform that is cutting down on development cycle for not only set-top boxes and gateways, but also applications.

DIY gives way to outsourcing in Multi-screen

September 17, 2013 7:19 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For service providers, the challenges of multi-screen are no less daunting for being well known. It is a marvelously complex process to deliver video to an ever-expanding universe of devices running multiple major operating systems all with different screen sizes and supporting unique combinations of streaming formats and digital rights management (DRM) schemes.

Second-screen specialist AfterBuzz signs with Akamai

September 17, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AfterBuzz TV has contracted with Akamai Technologies to distribute its schedule of aftershows, a series of webcasts and podcasts of commentary that immediately follow the broadcast of television shows and televised events. Akamai is delivering the aftershows to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as to personal computers.

IBC: RGB Networks tunes in Dolby for TVE

September 17, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has added Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus codecs into its TransAct Packager to improve audio on TV Everywhere services. With the partnership, video service providers (VSPs) using adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming will be able to offer improved sound across tablets, smartphones, PCs, connected TVs and other IP-enabled devices.

ZON intros catch-up for multi-screen service

September 16, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ZON Multimedia is set to launch a networked DVR capability for its multi-screen delivery service. Viewers will be able to record content from a range of devices to be viewed up to 7 days later. The capability, essentially a catch-up service, is being enabled by Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX unified content delivery solution.

Belgacom delivers multi-screen with Edgeware gear

September 16, 2013 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Belgacom has selected Edgeware’s Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) system for multiscreen delivery of both live and on-demand video. Belgacom previously deployed Edgeware IPTV technology to enable a networked PVR (nPVR) service. Belgacom installed Edgeware’s D-VDN alongside its nPVR system this past summer.

Aussie provider picks Celeno’s 802.11ac chip

September 16, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno Communications scored its first 802.11ac-based chip win with iiNet, which is Australia’s second largest DSL broadband provider. Celeno’s chip will be used to provision wireless data and HD streaming services at some point as iiNet Labs develops the company’s next generation hardware.

Edgeware accelerator speeds up origin servers

September 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.

Ericsson builds CDN for Rostelcom

September 13, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.

Tata's cloud-based service offers HEVC encoding

September 13, 2013 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tata Communications’ cloud-based video service is now offering the option to encode video using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), relying on Harmonic Inc.'s ProMedia file-based transcoding technology. The company's Cloud Transform service enables broadcasters to transcode large libraries of video assets without investing in new hardware or their own onsite private cloud.

Expo to kick off with C-suite execs in general session

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

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