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Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

Charter narrows losses; announces cloud UI test

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter will begin to field test the ActiveVideo / Zodiac UI in Fort Worth in the next few days. It will roll out with employees and then the general public.If that cloud-based UI works as expected, Charter will do a commercial rollout later in the second quarter of next year.

AT&T’s Digital Life service drops into six more markets

November 4, 2013 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” will soon be available in six new markets. Starting Friday, Digital Life, which made its debut earlier this year, will launch in Bridgeport, Conn., Colorado Springs, Colo., Memphis, Mobile, Ala., New Haven, Conn., and Pensacola, Fla.

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Cable One begins whole-home service

November 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With this new Whole Home DVR service, Cable One customers can start watching a recorded show in one room, hit pause, and finish in another; record four HD shows at once with up to 650 hours of recording time; and search for content by title, actor, category or keyword using the Advanced TiVo Guide.

Live From the Show: SeaChange International

October 31, 2013 8:56 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

SeaChange VP of Strategic Marketing Alan Hoff explains how the new Cloud Adrenalin product is particularly appropriate for smaller companies looking to fend off over-the-top competition with a multi-screen product they can deploy quickly and economically.

Cable-Tec Expo Show Daily: Day 1

October 30, 2013 8:58 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

In this issue: Imagine |  Elemental Technologies  |  Aurora Networks |  Envivio |  RGB Networks |  Electroline |  Effigis |  Concurrent |  Volicon |  CommScope |  Triveni Digital |  RFMD |  InnoTrans |  Evolution |  Tektronix |  Active Broadband |  Netcracker |  ATX |  Witbe |  Arris

Atlantic Broadband first MSO to deploy TiVo’s Roamio

October 30, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Atlantic Broadband laid claim to being the first cable operator to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR platform. The six-tuner Roamio boxes launched today in Cumberland, M.D. with additional deployments slated this year in Miami and Aiken S.C.

Technology is the impetus for a Comcast-Netflix deal

October 30, 2013 12:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There is no shortage of speculation about whether Comcast doing a deal with Netflix makes business sense – some say yes, some say no – but there are few evaluations of whether a Comcast-Netflix deal makes technological sense, which is key to why a Comcast-Netflix agreement is far more likely than not.

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Redbox Instant debuts on PlayStation3

October 29, 2013 1:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Redbox Instant will come with a new recommendation feature that Verizon and Sony built specifically for the PlayStation. Called The Playlist, it will be featured on the PS3’s main dashboard. The two companies describe it as a curated, rotating collection of movies that highlights titles from the service’s library.

Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

October 29, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The roughly 10,000 Glass owners who began testing the device earlier this year will each be allowed to invite up to three people to buy the device. The early Glass users are primarily computer programmers and winners of an online contest conducted earlier this year.

Comcast Ventures among investors for Nextdoor

October 29, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Ventures chipped in on a $60 million funding round for Nextdoor, which bills itself as a private social network for neighborhoods. Nextdoor, which launched two years ago, has more  than 22,500 neighborhoods across the country actively using its social networking platform.

Nokia in Q3 net loss as sales plunge

October 29, 2013 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia reported Tuesday a third-quarter net loss as sales at the handsets unit it is selling to Microsoft continued to plunge. However, the network business, which will constitute the bulk of operations going forward, did well, causing shares in the company to rise.

Synacor debuts white-label auto authentication for TVE

October 28, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Synacor laid claim to being the first vendor in the industry to launch an in-home white label auto authentication platform for TV Everywhere services. Auto authentication would reduce one of the chokepoints of deploying multi-screen services, and Synacor’s offering recognizes a user’s broadband network-based pay-TV account for at-home mobile access or connects via a user’s social media login.

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TiVo enables viewing of recordings outside home

October 25, 2013 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they're away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo's Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn't working when the devices launched in August.

Chip growth leads Samsung to another record profit

October 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

amsung Electronics Co. reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to 8 trillion won ($7.5 billion).

Building a better customer experience

October 24, 2013 10:08 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV apps and recommendation engines are two ways that cable operators can keep subscribers from wandering away into the arms of another service provider. Wednesday’s Cable-Tec Expo session “The evolving customer experience” provided an overview of TV apps, personalized recommendation engines, and cloud-based services.

Apple unveils new Macs, iPad ahead of holidays

October 22, 2013 6:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is refreshing its iPad lineup and slashing the price of its Mac computers ahead of the holiday shopping season, as it faces an eroding tablet market share and growing competition from rival gadget makers. Apple unveiled a new, thinner, lighter tablet called the "iPad Air" along with a slew of new Macs.

U-Verse expands TV Everywhere to Android

October 21, 2013 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse has extended the availability of live TV channels to Android devices. Twenty of those 100 channels are available for viewing outside the home. Those same 100 channels are also available for home viewing through AT&T’s Uverse.com web portal.

Comcast’s turns on 900 Wi-Fi hotspots in Utah

October 18, 2013 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has launched its Xfinity WiFi service in Utah by lighting up 900 access points in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and other cities along the Wasatch Front. Comcast also recently announced it had turned on 300 hotspots in the Kansas City area, which is also served in some areas by Time Warner Cable’s Wi-Fi service. 

Hulu names Fox exec Hopkins as CEO

October 18, 2013 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online video service Hulu named Fox executive Mike Hopkins as its new CEO Thursday, ending speculation over the company's leadership as it embarks on a period of expansion. The announcement comes three months after Hulu's owners announced in July they had called off their second attempt in three years to sell it and would instead invest $750 million more to ensure its future growth.

Demystifying Technology: Manifest Manipulation in Multi-screen Delivery

October 17, 2013 3:39 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo discusses ad insertion in a multi-stream environment. Multi-screen ad insertion always relies on creating a manifest, and there are several ways to do that, but one method  gives service providers all the tools they need to do the job.

Arris, Seawell combo on multi-screen ad delivery

October 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris Group and SeaWell Networks have integrated the former’s SkyVision ad insertion platform and the latter’s IP session delivery controller to enable the delivery of localized, session-oriented advertisements and programming at the home network level.

AT&T scores Wi-Fi deal at Dolphins’ stadium

October 17, 2013 1:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Miami Dolphin fans at Sun Life Stadium can keep track of game statistics and their social networking endeavors thanks to the installation of 1,100 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots. To complement the Wi-Fi access points, AT&T also installed its distributed antenna system (DAS) technology at Sun Life Stadium, which provides cell service equivalent to 16 individual cells sites.

Arris nails down rights to sell Sling technology

October 16, 2013 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Integrating Sling technology into one of its boxes apparently wasn’t enough. Arris has arranged with Sling Media to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of gateways and standalone devices that integrate Sling technology.  Arris will also eventually take control of worldwide licensing of the technology.

Migrating to IP in the cable TV Environment: benefits, challenges, and resolutions

October 16, 2013 1:53 am | by Yaron Raz, director, Digital Video Solutions, Harmonic | Articles | Comments

The main challenge of switching to an IP-based infrastructure is that it doesn’t happen overnight. To make the transition, an operator needs to support two infrastructures for some period of time: a QAM infrastructure that uses MPEG-2 for video compression and a second silo for IP that relies on a mix of MPEG-4 and adaptive bit rate technology.

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