After launching its Onyx user interface on computers and mobile devices earlier this year, Cablevision Systems started deploying the advanced interactive program guide on set-top boxes a few weeks ago, and so far, the early returns are good.
The opening general session, “Mid-size insights: Challenges faced by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators – CTO Panel,” delved into the successes and frustrations of not being Comcastic. There are still roughly 1,000 independent operators that serve tens of millions of subscribers despite the consolidation.
When it comes to IP video migration, there’s no one size fits all for cable operators, but there are plenty of options to consider. The session “Great ways to migrate: Making the move to all-IP video” laid out some of those options for cable operators.
Motorola Mobility is introducing what it claims is the first 3 gigapixel adaptive bit rate (ABR) transcoder. The Motorola GT-3’s ability to process 3 billion pixels of video content per second is equivalent to nearly 50 full-resolution HD programs, the company said.
Massillon Cable will be serving up video content across smartphones and tablets to its subscribers via Motorola Mobility’s Medios platform. The multi-screen, TV Everywhere offering from Massillon will make its debut before the end of the year.
Shaw Communications has kicked off a new iPad app that lets its subscribers watch up to 14 NFL regular season games on Sundays along with interactive features, such as instant replay and play-by-play summaries. Shaw said the free app, which is called Shaw Go: NFL Sunday Ticket, was the first in Canada dedicated to NFL Sunday Ticket content.
TiVo has scored another customer win. Midcontinent will use TiVo’s whole-home DVR and multi-screen suite of products across its footprint in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, but the initial rollout is slated for the South Dakota subscribers.
Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator that’s owned by The Washington Post Co., is now able to offer more than 1,400 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.
Suddenlink's new service is based on the new TiVo Stream box, which can stream both live channels and recorded content directly from TiVo Premiere digital video recorders (DVRs) to up to four iPods, iPads, and iPhones simultaneously. Support for other devices is promised.
The toy retailer joins the swelling tide of companies offering over the top video services. The service, with a library of videos aimed at kids, is sourcing search and customer service from Rovi. ToysrusMovies.com supplements the company’s tabeo, a Wi-Fi tablet due to hit the market later this month.
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
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 (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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.