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CES: Motorola provisions new media server for Verizon

January 8, 2013 3:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Verizon’s new media server made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with an IP-based set-top box. Motorola made both the media server and set-top box, with the former rumored to be in the works for some time.

Cisco sets up move to cloud

January 8, 2013 3:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco has expanded its Videoscape video services platform to deliver a network DVR and enriched TV Everywhere. The company also built a new gateway for the Videoscape ecosystem to provide connectivity to IP devices in the home.

Netgear adds Sling; Sling expands features

January 8, 2013 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netgear has added Sling technology to a line of streaming media players. Meanwhile, Sling Media has upgraded the search and navigation software for its own Slingbox products. Netgear has added the SlingPlayer to its NeoTV OTT boxes, including the NeoTV Prime with Google TV.

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CES: Time Warner Cable hooks up with Roku for streaming

January 7, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Time Warner Cable announced it has added Roku to its roster of partners that can stream the MSO’s TWC TV service. The TWC TV service is free to authenticated subscribers and will launch on Roku this quarter.

CES: Celeno demos video bridge, IP camera

January 7, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno has partnered with Edimax on a video bridge that supports 802.11ac and boasts a peak radio throughput of 866 Mbps. The video bridge is capable of provisioning uninterrupted streaming of HD IPTV, as well as data streams to multiple screens within a user’s home, while also insuring QoS and QoE.

Blockbuster On Demand to use Moto encryption

January 7, 2013 2:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the deal, Motorola Mobility has scored a notable trifecta for its Medios+ encryption technology, having struck deals in the past year with a major satellite company – Blockbuster is owned by EchoStar/Dish – a major IPTV provider – Verizon FiOS – and a major MSO – Time Warner Cable.

Broadcasters intro MyDTV multi-screen service

January 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting announced what they are calling a soft consumer launch of a mobile digital television service, called MyDTV, in Seattle and Minneapolis, respectively. Both are initially distributing 750 receivers in each of their respective markets.

Flingo tunes in new Samba multi-screen platform

January 4, 2013 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Flingo announced it will be showing its new interactive TV platform - called Samba, which instantly syncs live TV shows across TVs, PCs, phones and tablets without downloading an app or logging in - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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The future of MPEG video transport over QAM

January 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Conrad Clemson, director of strategy and product management for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group | Articles | Comments

In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.

Alticast casts lot with ThinkAnalytics

January 3, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.

Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

Charter, Disney renew distribution agreement, add TV Everywhere services

January 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.

Mediacom nails down content rights

December 21, 2012 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One set secures wider distribution rights, expanding the amount of programming Mediacom can make available through its TV Everywhere service. Another set of agreements expands the amount of Spanish-language content the MSO can offer, and a third set consisted of retransmission consent renewals.

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An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

Cisco still top dog in STB marketplace

December 21, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.

Cablevision bows ESPN, Showtime multi-screen apps

December 20, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has rolled out TV Everywhere apps from Showtime and ESPN that allow its authenticated subscribers to view video content via the WatchESPN and Showtime Anytime services. Optimum TV subscribers now have live access to ESPN networks on computers, on mobile devices or on the Xbox.

Mediacom signs distribution deal with NBCUniversal

December 20, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has signed a multi-year affiliation agreement that gives the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator access to all of NBCUniversal's cable and broadcast content. The agreement covered the expansive rights to carry Olympic Games.

Suddenlink’s TiVo Stream service drops into southern states

December 18, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since Suddenlink Communications became the first cable operator to offer the TiVo Stream service in Lubbock, Texas, in October, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has deployed it in more than 60 communities across its footprint.

ThePlatform integrates smart workflow with transcoding vendors

December 18, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The sheer volume of multi-screen videos, along with the proliferation of the devices used to watch the content on, can be overwhelming at times, but Comcast-owned thePlatform has added “smart workflow” features to its mpx offering to help solve those issues.

AT&T adds more Starz to TV Everywhere menu

December 17, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of  Starz Play, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play from Starz Entertainment. AT&T subscribers that are signed up for the Starz Encore and MoviePlex premium channels can now view the content on iOS devices through their Wi-Fi and broadband connections.

Avail-TVN launches white-label SVOD

December 17, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Avail-TVN’s ViewNow, which is being used by Verizon FiOS for Redbox Instant, is now available to other service providers that want to offer a branded subscription VOD service of their own. Using ViewNow, service providers will be able to offer titles from Avail-TVN’s library.

Comcast app to let viewers store, replay movies

December 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast says its tablet and phone app now lets subscribers download and store movies and TV shows from some channels for offline viewing. Cable companies have rushed out applications that let viewers stream TV content, but this is the first one that allows offline viewing.

Disney strikes long-term carriage deal with Cox

December 14, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. began the year with a long-term carriage deal with Comcast, and it’s ending it with a similar agreement with Cox Communications. Cox is now able to carry Disney programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.

Verizon expands NFL coverage to Web portals

December 14, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has extended the reach of its NFL coverage with the addition of “Watch NFL Network” to its FiOS TV Online Web portal. “Watch NFL Network” provides FiOS TV customers with live streaming access to NFL Network and RedZone programming.

Comcast’s rollout of Streampix nearly complete

December 13, 2012 10:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Xfinity Streampix, which features a deeper dive into older movies and TV shows, is now rolled out across more than 95 percent of the MSO’s footprint. Earlier this year, Comcast added library servers in most of its Pittsburgh market.

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