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Netflix breaks through with Virgin Media

September 10, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix has broken through the pay TV barrier by announcing this morning it will integrate its streaming service with Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes. Starting this week, Virgin Media subscribers with TiVo set-top boxes will be able to toggle back and forth between Netflix’s streaming library and Virgin Media’s content from the same guide.

Cablevision sings a new TVE tune with Music Choice

September 10, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new TV Everywhere-based agreement, Cablevision’s video subscribers are now able to tune into Music Choice’s 46 commercial free music channels and videos across the nation on any broadband connection. Music Choice’s collection of on demand music, which is grouped by categories, is available via Optimum’s TV to Go platform on computers and supported portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

RGB, Conax partner up on TV Everywhere platform

September 9, 2013 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has struck a deal with Conax to help service providers deliver secure adaptive bit rate (ABR) TV Everywhere services to their authenticated subscribers. With the partnership, the companies are integrating RGB’s TransAct Packager with Conax’s conditional access/digital rights (DRM) platform to ensure multi-screen services are delivered to the correct viewers.  

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TWC adds AMC to out-of-home VOD roster

September 6, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is now serving up episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” and other shows out-of-home on its TWC TV app. The AMC video content is the latest addition to Time Warner Cable’s out-of-home VOD offering, which was first announced on iOS devices in April. 

Cablevision reaches 100K milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots have been seemingly cropping up like mushrooms after a hard rain. To wit: the New York City area cable operator has reached the 100,000 milestone for hotspots deployed in its tri-state footprint. Cablevision started its Wi-Fi network build out in Long Island back in 2008 at estimated cost of $300 million

Charter scores ESPN Goal Line, Buzzer Beater

August 29, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The college football season kicks off this week and most of Charter Communications’ subscribers will now be able to keep track of the all the action with ESPN Goal Line. Authenticated Charter customers that subscribe to the cable operator’s Sports Tier and Digi Tier 2 packages can access ESPN Goal Line, as well as ESPN Buzzer Beater when the college hoops season tips off, in HD.

AT&T adds more TVE options for Longhorn Network

August 29, 2013 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T and ESPN announced that AT&T subscribers can now access the Longhorn Network’s live video content online and on their iPhone and iPod touch devices. AT&T customers that have the Longhorn Network as part of their video package can authenticate themselves with their member IDs and passwords. 

TiVo’s Roamio DVRs cue up Opera

August 29, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo’s new Roamio line of DVRs will feature a range of HTML5-based apps thanks to a new partnership with Opera Software. With the partnership, TiVo’s Roamio users can blend in HTML5 apps from the Opera TV Store while reaping the fruits of developers that take part in Opera’s SDK effort.

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Game on: TWC offers 300 live channels on Xbox

August 28, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As promised, Time Warner Cable is now delivering 300 live channels to its subscribers over Xbox gaming consoles. Time Warner Cable first announced in June that it would be adding the Xbox to its list of TV Everywhere devices. The service is delivered over Time Warner Cable’s separate IP network via the cable operator’s My TWC TV app.

Research: Google’s Chromecast a market game-changer

August 26, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to new research, the smart set-top box and dongle market is projected to pass 18 million units this year, which was higher than original forecast, due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. ABI Research’s study said that the overall market was expected to have a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from this year to 2018. 

NCTC serves up Tennis Channel to members

August 26, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

he National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is serving up TV Everywhere content from the Tennis Channel on its authenticated WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE) platform. NCTC members that offer the Tennis Channel through the NCTC’s master agreement will be able to offer the network’s live stream, including the 2013 U.S. Open that starts today, on the WTVE platform to their subscribers.

Mediacom tunes up TVE web portal with Synacor

August 22, 2013 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has extended its four-year deal with Synacor, which included beefing up its web portal with more TV Everywhere services. The new web portal site gives Mediacom subscribers access to additional content and services from one online location with a single login for authentication.

TiVo refreshes lineup with 6-tuner Roamio DVRs

August 20, 2013 11:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo Inc. announced a new line of digital video recorders Tuesday to give television viewers more control over what they watch on traditional channels and over the Internet. The fifth-generation DVRs from the company that pioneered the devices come as consumers have a growing number of choices for finding and watching TV shows and movies.

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Azuki turns LG Stick into service provider "set-top"

August 13, 2013 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Azuki Systems said it has integrated its Azuki Media Platform with the new Android Stick IP set-top box from LG Electronics. The combination is designed to enable service providers to deliver a broadband HDTV service experience on any TV in the home, without requiring a traditional set-top box and the cost and inconvenience of a truck roll.

TiVo nabs Emmy; launches Pace gateway with GCI

August 12, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DVR pioneer TiVo has snagged an Emmy and also announced that Alaska-based GCI was the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform. The Emmy honored TiVo’s whole-home platform, which includes the TiVo Premiere DVR, TiVo Mini and TiVo Stream

Study: Comcast’s hotspots top AT&T, Boingo

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

According to a recent study by Allion USA, Comcast’s public hotspots were faster than AT&T and Boingo Wireless’ hotspots by a significant margin. The study across four cities found that Comcast’s Xfinity WiFi hotspots had faster download speeds an up to three times faster upload speeds.

Clearleaps sets European HQ in Amsterdam

August 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap has opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam, after having established a pair of data centers there, one in Amsterdam and another in Frankfurt. The company said it has appointed Preben Schack as vice president of sales EMEA to drive growth and sales across Europe.

Conax packages hosted multiscreen for LatAm ops

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax has devised a hosted IP solution, specifically for the Latin America pay-TV market, that is based on its own Contego Unite system and includes middleware from partner Cubiware. The solution would be installed by system integrator Bold MSS. Customers will be able to use the system to offer services that include OTT VOD and multiscreen delivery.

GetGlue sticks to Dish’s iPad app

August 1, 2013 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has blended in social media features from GetGlue into its Dish Explorer app. With GetGlue, Dish subscribers are now able to check-in and connect with their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events on their iPads via the app.

Review: Chromecast streams media at a nice price

August 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google's YouTube.

TWC tunes up app for Samsung TVs

July 31, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers with certain models of Samsung Smart TVs are now able to watch more than 5,000 TV shows and movies on demand with content from over 94 providers. After announcing last month it was going to provision TV services to 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TVs, Time Warner Cable kick started the service on its TWC TV app yesterday.

Elemental transcodes for German public broadcaster

July 29, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) has deployed Elemental Technologies’ Elemental Live video processing systems to encode live content. Elemental systems allow NDR to create video streams of program broadcasts, news and special events for publicly and freely accessible web portals and mobile apps.

Report: OTT, multi-screen push surge in ABR, transcoders

July 26, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Faced with increased competition, pay-TV operators are investing in more adaptive bit rate gear and transcoders, according to a recent report. More transcoders are needed to prepare linear broadcast and file-based content for multi-screen distribution to subscribers, according to the report by Infonetics Research. 

It takes a 'war room' to launch Netflix's series

July 25, 2013 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it's unusual for more than two dozen of the company's engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30 on a midsummer Wednesday evening. Netflix Inc. invited The Associated Press to its Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters for an unprecedented glimpse at the technical preparations that go into the release of its original programming. 

Google unveils new Internet TV device

July 25, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is betting consumers will pay slightly more for a sleeker, more powerful version of its Nexus 7 tablet as the Internet company escalates its rivalry with Apple and Amazon.com in technology's key battleground — the mobile computing market. The fancier devices unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco will go on sale in the U.S next Tuesday in Google's online store and numerous retailers with brick-and-mortar stores. 

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