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Game streaming service OnLive coming to tablets

December 8, 2011 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OnLive, the start-up whose technology streams video games over an Internet connection, is expanding its service to tablets and mobile devices.

In the media: Verizon down with OTT

December 7, 2011 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is working on an over-the-top service that would stream movies and TV shows to customers outside of its FiOS video service footprint.

Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big

December 7, 2011 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

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Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

Cox's iPad app lifts off

December 5, 2011 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Cox President Pat Esser said his company would deliver on its iPad app during the holiday season. The free app, which Cox calls Cox TV Connect, is available for downloading from the Apple App Store.

Comcast's Smit, TWC's Britt saddle up on Verizon Wireless deal

December 5, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While the shockwaves from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' decision to sell their wireless spectrum - through their joint venture of SpectrumCo – continue to settle, company execs hit their respective blogs to provide additional insights.

Deal with Verizon Wireless could have many implications

December 2, 2011 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The $3.6 billion sale of AWS spectrum by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Verizon is mind-boggling on many levels, so here are a few additional thoughts.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

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Rogers Cable signs carriage agreement with Shaw Media

December 1, 2011 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Cable has inked a long-term distribution deal with Shaw Media that covers on-demand, online, mobile (through linear) VOD and mobile content rights.

Styslinger retires from SeaChange

December 1, 2011 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International founder, chairman and CEO William Styslinger, 65, has retired, and board member Raghu Rau will take over, serving on an interim basis.

Pace to offer hybrid gateway with Rovi guide

December 1, 2011 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi and Pace said they are teaming to develop a hybrid gateway featuring the former's Total Guide, which emphasizes search and discovery capabilities.

Game on: Verizon, Longhorn Network launch live online streaming

December 1, 2011 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has launched a national online simulcast of the Longhorn Network's University of Texas-related sports programming.

Time Warner Cable's Android app out of the starting blocks

November 30, 2011 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For now, the Android version of the app doesn't support live streaming. A spokesman said there wasn't a timeframe for when live streaming would become available on the Android tablets.

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Boxee Box adds support for SlingPlayer

November 22, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Boxee users will be able to take their content with them on the road now that the Boxee Box supports SlingPlayer.

Microsoft buys video search start-up

November 22, 2011 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Microsoft said it is going to buy VideoSurf, with the intent of incorporating the start-up's video-based search and discovery technology into its Xbox Live.

Expo leftovers

November 21, 2011 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Musings, observations and some notes that didn't make it into last week's coverage of the SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

TWC serves up ESPN3 hoops games on Sports Pass

November 17, 2011 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is serving up a slate of ESPN3 college basketball games to multi-screens through its Sports Pass tier.

Incognito, Applied Broadband ally on IP device management

November 17, 2011 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Incognito Software and Applied Broadband said they are partnering on a subscriber consumption management solution for cable operators, which are struggling with the issue of provisioning the growing number of IP devices being used by consumers.

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

November 16, 2011 8:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world, including business services, optical networking and multi-screen delivery.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: IP video transition – how to get there from here

November 16, 2011 4:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While there may not be a clear theme emerging from this week's Cable-Tec Expo, it was standing room only at the IP Video Transition technical workshop.

Cox dips its toe in IP waters with live streaming to iPad

November 16, 2011 10:01 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

In a Cable-Tec Expo that has largely lacked breaking news, Cox provided the two biggest nuggets to date: It’s launching a live streaming service, called Cox TV Connect, during the holiday season, and separately, it has pulled the plug on its wireless phone service.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: MSO CTO Panel says new ecosystem on track

November 15, 2011 5:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The MSO CTO Panel gave an overview of where the cable industry is at in terms of battling the competition, serving the customers and building out new networks.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen ROI is a promise

November 15, 2011 5:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Multi-screen delivery is about as complicated an endeavor as an operator can get involved in, requiring the involvement of almost every aspect of the business, from network engineering to call centers to the legal department.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Multi-screen viewing is a challenge

November 15, 2011 5:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of operational hurdles to consider when it comes to offering a true multi-screen experience across TVs, tablets and mobile devices, but cable operators can cut through the clutter by following a few key strategies.

Imagine debuts ICE Cloud, demos ICE Streaming

November 15, 2011 5:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine is showing off its new ICE Cloud Software System, a low-delay, Linux-based distributed architecture solution aimed at cloud and CDN transcoding.

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