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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.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fox's bid for Time Warner sparks content merger race

July 17, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even though Rupert Murdoch's $76 billion bid for rival media giant Time Warner Inc. has been rejected, that doesn't mean the change sweeping through the TV and film industries will stop any time soon. The cash-and-stock bid by Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. was partly meant to counter consolidation among U.S. TV distributors like Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV. 

Sling Media unveils 2 devices for out-of-home TV

July 16, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sling Media, the maker of devices that let people watch their cable channels while traveling, is trying to become more relevant in the living room. Traditionally, Sling's strength has been in so-called place shifting. Sling is trying to change that with a model announced Tuesday. 

Rejected Fox bid for Time Warner shows growth mood

July 16, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Though rejected, a surprise bid by Rupert Murdoch's Fox for entertainment rival Time Warner underscores that large media companies are in the mood for major consolidation. Time Warner Inc., which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and TV channels such as TNT, TBS and HBO, said Wednesday that it rejected the deal and had no interest in further discussions. 

Apple, IBM team up in mobile devices, applications

July 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

Epix reaches carriage agreement with AT&T

July 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, AT&T is now distributing Epix’s movies and original programming to its U-verse subscribers. AT&T has added Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In to its channel lineup, and is offering a free preview of Epix that will run from July 25-27.

Cineplex Store moves to Deluxe multi-screen delivery

July 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has contracted wth Deluxe OnDemand to power its video-on-demand service, the Cineplex Store. Cineplex’s online subscribers will be able to stream or download content to iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8-supported devices.

FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. 

Cox scores deal with SEC Networks

July 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With a little over a month left before the kickoff of the SEC Network, ESPN announced it had reached a carriage agreement with Cox Communications. Southeastern Conference college sports action will be available on multiple platforms and across Cox’s entire footprint when it launches. Aug. 14.

Comcast to kick off ‘People’s Hotlist’ voting campaign next week

July 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has come up with yet another way of engaging customers across its vast VOD library with next week’s kick off of “The People’s Hot list on Xfinity On Demand” campaign, which allows subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows. July 14 Comcast will post a mashup of the 200 "must-see" movies and TV shows from this summer.

GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

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