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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A CBS survey of 700 people in the U.S. with Internet and television connections last year found that 28 percent said they're watching more television than they did a year ago.  That may not seem like much, but there's a long history of people saying they are watching, or plan to watch, less TV — even as Nielsen measurements proved the opposite is true. In other words, liking television is becoming more socially acceptable.

RCN locks up more Showtime VOD content

August 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After announcing a TV Everywhere deal last month, RCN said it had significantly expanded the number of available VOD choices from Showtime. Authenticated RCN subscribers now have access to “10 times” the number of programming from Showtime On Demand.

Charter lines up SEC Network deal with ESPN

August 7, 2014 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the clock ticking down on the SEC Network’s launch on Aug. 14, Charter Communications reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the network. With the recent additions of DirecTV, Suddenlink Communications, WOW! and Cable One, pretty much all of the dominos have fallen for SEC Network carriage agreements with the exception of Verizon FiOS.

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NCTC inks multi-screen deal with Disney

August 4, 2014 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The NCTC announced a comprehensive multi-year distribution agreement to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s lineup of sports, news and entertainment content to participating NCTC members’ customers across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

RGB networks realigns, with new focus on software

July 31, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will deemphasize hardware development in favor of software products. RGB execs declined to comment on reports of a layoff of nearly one-third of its employees, other than to say that any reduction in workforce will not impact the company’s strategy. 

BHN launches Echo to fill in Wi-Fi deadspots

July 31, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is now offering residential subscribers in its Central Florida and Tampa Bay areas a new service that was designed to eliminate Wi-Fi “dead zones” in homes. The service, which is called “Echo,” is able to expand Wi-Fi into areas of a home that previously had trouble receiving the signals.

DirecTV 2Q profit climbs 22 percent

July 31, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV on Thursday reported profit that rose by 22 percent in its second quarter, helped by demand for World Cup soccer game coverage, and topped analysts' expectations. The El Segundo, California-based company said earnings increased to $806 million, or $1.59 per share, from $660 million, or $1.18 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

Verizon DMS, thePlatform, form strategic alliance

July 31, 2014 11:42 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon Digital Media Services and thePlatform have combined the former’s suite of video services and the latter’s mpx video-management system to form a system they say performs everything from content management to multi-screen delivery.

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BHN starts VOD ad insertion with BlackArrow system

July 28, 2014 12:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has adopted BlackArrow’s solution to manage the execution of dynamic ad insertion in its on-demand services. Programmers working through Canoe can connect with industry-standard DAI systems, including the BlackArrow advertising platform installed by BHN.

TNT’s ‘The Last Ship’ tops Comcast VOD voting contest

July 28, 2014 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The results are in for Comcast’s first-ever The People’s hotlist voting campaign, which allowed Xfinity subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows on Comcast’s VOD platform. According to a blog post by Andy Hunter, vice president, programming for Comcast Cable, more than 20 million votes were cast by customers each time they watched their favorite summertime movies and TV shows.

March / April 2014

July 25, 2014 6:19 pm | by CED | Digital Editions | Comments

Uncoiling Viper: the future of converged IP platformsIt's InGeNeOs! Every cable modem a probe!Video encoding: HEVC is actually hereWallchart: The Evolution of Multi-screen Networks

Vubiquity to open up digital storefront at Independent Show

July 24, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vubiquity will open the virtual doors to its digital storefront at next week’s Independent Show in Kansas City, Mo. The Vubiquity Digital Storefront allows cable operators to offer a range of multi-platform video services, including linear TV streaming, SVOD, electronic sell-through (EST) and support for the Ultraviolet digital rights locker system.

FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless

July 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Leaders at the FX network are trying something new: They're no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night, believing those numbers don't accurately reflect how many people see their shows. Instead, they're waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting.

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Service Electric slings live, recorded content with Arris

July 23, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable pioneer Service Electric TV and Communications picked Arris to enable its whole home DVR platform that streams live and recorded content throughout the home and on the go. Service Electric is using Arris’ Whole Home Media platform, and its subscribers also have the option to buy the Sling-media based Arris MS400 Media Streamer in order to stream live and DVR content to their mobile devices. 

Javaid boards Rovi as SVP of discovery

July 23, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rovi has tabbed Omar Javaid as its senior vice president of discovery. As head of the newly created discovery business group, Javaid is responsible for Rovi’s discovery product offerings from concept to customer delivery and oversees multiple areas across the group – from engineering, architecture and user experience to product lifecycle management (PLM), program management and product marketing. 

Apple post biggest earnings gain in nearly 2 years

July 23, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's growth prospects are looking brighter as anticipation builds for the upcoming release of the next iPhone, a model that is expected to cater to consumers yearning for a bigger screen. The latest evidence of Apple's mounting momentum emerged Tuesday with the release of the company's fiscal third-quarter report.

NCTC: A big year for programming rights

July 22, 2014 8:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 network operators are heading to Kansas City to learn the latest about TV everywhere, the migration to IP, and customer experience management, but programming issues are likely to be top of mind. “I can say unequivocally that this year, 2014, is the most significant year we’ve ever had from a programming contract standpoint,” said Frank Hughes, SVP of Member Services at NCTC.

Digital ad insertion coming into reach for all

July 22, 2014 6:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

DAI allows network operators to deliver targeted, addressable ads. It is becoming more common, will become more affordable and easier to implement, and should be showing up on the radar screens of Tier 2s and Tier 3s soon. WOW, for example, is heading into a trial of the technology soon.

Comcast scores bonus ‘Divergent’ movie content for its digital store

July 22, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has expanded its partnership with Lionsgate to include bonus features and interactive content from Lionsgate’s “Divergent” motion picture that is based on the popular series by Veronica Roth. The Lionsgate-designed iOS app, which is free via the iTunes App Store, includes an authenticated premium experience available to Xfinity customers with the purchase of the film through Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand digital store.

Envivio to show cloud-based multi-screen offerings at Independent Show

July 22, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Envivio will be showcasing its cloud-based multi-screen platform at the NCTC’s Independent Show July 27-30 in Kansas City. Envivio said its turnkey, virtualized end-to-end, any–screen video software service can cut down the time frame to launch multi-screen services with minimal CAPEX investments by cable operators.

Netflix tops 50M subscribers as 2Q earnings soar

July 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's second-quarter earnings more than doubled as new episodes from a hit series helped the Internet video service surpass 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time. The gains announced Monday include an additional 570,000 U.S. subscribers, slightly more than Netflix's management predicted. The quarter is typically the company's slowest of the year, as people spend more time outdoors instead of watching video.

C Spire using Amino boxes for gigabit triple play

July 21, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

C Spire will be using IPTV set-tops from Amino to deliver the triple play to customers of the gigabit network the company is building in parts of Mississippi. The company said it will use Amino's Live Advanced Media Centre and A140 devices to provide broadband, telephone and digital HD television services.

Arris goes to market with OTT/linear platform

July 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris teamed up with Wurl to debut a new open platform for cable operators that blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on Arris’ set-top boxes. Arris Market, which is part of Arris’ Whole Home Solution, is standards-based and comes with an HTML5 interface that integrates OTT content with linear content.

Comcast scores SEC Network deal with ESPN

July 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With less than one month left until the SEC Network kicks off its college football coverage, ESPN and Comcast announced this morning that a deal had been reached. Striking a deal with the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP is a watershed moment for the SEC Network, but it still needs to sign off on deals with Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, among others.

RCN now offering Showtime Anytime to subscribers

July 18, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now serving up Showtime Anytime’s TV Everywhere video content for free to its authenticated subscribers. Showtime Anytime is provisioned across PCs, tablets, smartphones, Xbox 360 game consoles and Roku devices across the nation to RCN subscribers of Showtime. Showtime Anytime also includes the live broadcast of both the East and West Coast feeds of Showtime.

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