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Cablevision cuts multi-screen deal with Disney

October 4, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is the latest MSO to announce multi-screen rights with The Walt Disney Company, enabling Cablevision to distribute various Disney owned channels not only to televisions but also to PCs, tablets, and handheld mobile devices. With a comprehensive distribution agreement with Disney now in place, Cablevision said it will launch several new services, including the full suite of authenticated Watch products 

Edgeware, Skytide ally on CDN monitoring

October 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have developed a system aimed at CDN operators looking to measure quality of experience (QoE), especially wholesale CDN services where the operator needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer.

Comverse Network Systems names new CTO

October 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comverse Network Systems (CNS) has hired Nassrin Tavakoli as senior vice president and CTO, a newly created position. She will be responsible for product planning and development. She most recently served for two years as senior vice president of global engineering at Hypercom and worked for Motorola for a number of years.

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Juniper Networks unveils new products for edge router

October 2, 2012 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Juniper Networks has announced a slate of hardware and software products for its edge router that were designed to deliver consumer and business services at a rate up to 69 percent faster than competing solutions. The new set of software and hardware products run on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router

IPTV: Coming soon to a town near you

September 30, 2012 12:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.

TV Everywhere or Errors Everywhere

September 29, 2012 11:40 pm | by Steve Liu, vice president of video network monitoring at Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.

Open Mic - The future of TV Everywhere is here

September 29, 2012 5:39 pm | by Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing and business development at RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.

New Products: IBC Edition - October 2012

September 29, 2012 4:10 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.

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Comcast, NBCUniversal get behind zeebox app

September 27, 2012 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV. The U.S. cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company.

Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013

September 27, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.

Celeno pockets $24M in investment round

September 27, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With gobs of video downloaded and consumed around the home on various devices, Wi-Fi networks have needed to up their game. Celeno has been working on high-performance chips to enable the distribution of video streams, including HD, to set-top boxes, tablets, wireless TVs, DVRs, laptops and other devices.

Sky News Arabia selects Envivio’s Muse

September 27, 2012 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sky News Arabia has deployed Envivio’s Muse software-based encoders for its real-time Web streaming service. The broadcaster, based in Abu Dhabi, uses the Envivio video processing solution to compress and stream its live video content to its website for OTT viewing on PCs and mobile devices by people around the world.

Barnes & Noble to introduce Nook Video service

September 25, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble will launch a video service this fall that lets users buy and watch movies and TV shows on their mobile devices and TVs. Users of Nook Video will be able to shop an extensive collection of movies and shows from major studios.

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Bewkes nixes selling HBO by itself – for now

September 21, 2012 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On its own, HBO might cost U.S. consumers in the range of $10 to $15 a month, but TV distributors usually bundle the offering together with other packages that include 100 channels or more, which can raise one's monthly bill well above $100.

Game on: Shaw launches TV Everywhere service with HBO content

September 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new multi-screen service – which currently works with Apple iOS devices, including the new iPhone 5 – is called Shaw Go. Once Shaw cable and Shaw Direct satellite subscribers authenticate themselves, they can access HBO Canada and Movie Central programming on Internet-connected devices.

Synacor teams up with Comcast Spotlight for local ads

September 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor Synacor has joined forces with Comcast Spotlight, which is the advertising division for Comcast Cable, to provide a single point of contact for local online ads. Comcast Spotlight can now sell its advertising inventory on the Web portals that Synacor manages for cable operators.

UXP upgrades its multi-screen platform

September 18, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Mint version 2.5 includes extended abstraction for services leveraging a variety of authentication protocols, including OAuth, SAML, LDAP, and an integrated Presence engine to support companion devices and interactive and blended real-time experiences.

BendBroadband deploys Arris’ Alpha iPad app

September 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working in conjunction with Arris, BendBroadband has launched a free iPad application that allows its subscribers to browse channel listings while watching live TV and to control their DVR settings and recordings on the go. The Alpha app is available through iTunes.

Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

Kaltura expands reach to Google TV, Xbox

September 11, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kaltura has introduced software development kits (SDKs) and reference applications for Google TV, integration with the Xbox gaming console, and native reference applications for iOS and Android devices. Kaltura will also work with service providers.

Tata Elxsi licenses Comcast RDK

September 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Integration and testing vendor Tata Elxsi announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit in order to speed up the development of next-generation TV products. Previously announced licensees for the RDK include itaas, Entropic, Broadcom, Motorola and S3 Group.

Time Warner Cable, Viacom strengthen TV Everywhere ties

September 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers already had access to Viacom programming via its TWC TV app, which serves up live show to computers, iOS and Android devices within a home, but now they have access to an expanded lineup of full-length episodes from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike and VH1.

Liberty Global out of the starting blocks with Horizon TV service

September 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.

Harmonic, Nagra join forces on MPEG-DASH multi-screen service

September 7, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.

SeaWell adds support for MPEG-DASH

September 7, 2012 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

With new support for DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), along with previous support for Smooth Streaming, HLS and HDS, network operators are now able to use SeaWell’s Spectrum software to convert all major streaming formats dynamically and deliver IP video content to any connected device.

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