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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.

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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.

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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. 

TWC updates app with troubleshooting, other new features

July 22, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added some new bells and whistlers to its MY TWC app, which included a new feature that lets residential users troubleshoot their triple play services. With the fourth update to the app, Time Warner Cable subscribers can also get up to the minute service alerts in their area and view real-time account information directly from their phone or tablet.

Apple buys startups to improve mobile maps

July 22, 2013 12:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has bought online mapping services HopStop and Locationary as part of its ongoing effort to create a more formidable alternative to Google's navigation system. The acquisitions confirmed Friday give Apple Inc. more tools to round out the maps that it embeds in the mobile operating system running its iPhones and iPads

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Verizon stirs in Watch Disney, Watch ABC to TVE mix

July 18, 2013 3:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon’s FiOS subscribers can now tap into the “Watch” authenticated services from Disney and ABC thanks to a new TV Everywhere agreement. The expanded agreement between Verizon and the Disney and ESPN Media Networks Group covers Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior, as well as the soon to be launched Watch ABC Family service. 

Comcast’s X1 suits up in parts of Delaware, Maryland

July 18, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of being fully deployed by the end of the year, Comcast has dropped its next generation X1 platform into the Salisbury, Md. market, including Maryland's Eastern Shore, as well as Kent and Sussex Counties in Delaware. Today’s rollouts followed on the heels of launches in parts of Florida and Georgia earlier this week.

Arris ramps production on new flagship CMTS

July 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said its E6000 is now generally available. The E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) was announced last Fall, and was deployed by Comcast and several other as yet unidentified customers in a trial program. The new CMTS will be the vehicle that Arris rides toward the CCAP architecture.

RCN debuts mobile app for iOS, Android devices

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

RCN has launched a mobile app that allows its subscribers to check their home voicemails remotely. The app, which is called MyRCN, also lets users update contact information, manage passwords and security questions, pay bills, set up auto payment, view current and past statements and view RCN phone call history.

NY judge blasts refusal to review online TV ruling

July 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals judge warned Tuesday that the revenue streams that finance free television were being undermined by court rulings permitting Barry Diller-backed Aereo to offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters. 

Buckeye set to upgrade provisioning for IPv6

July 16, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is preparing to upgrade its installed provisioning system, in advance of initiating a migration to support for IPv6. The company uses Incognito Software’s Broadband Command Center to activate and provision voice and data services for its approximately 130,000 subscribers.

Ukrainian operator to use Envivio's encoders for OTT service

July 16, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Volia, Ukraine's top pay TV operator, has selected Envivio Muse transcoders for its new over-the-top (OTT) Internet TV services. Volia expects to use the capability to compete not only within its footprint, but to provide competitive OTT services outside its operating area.

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. 

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.

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