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Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

Turner’s Heller joins Arris’ board

December 13, 2011 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris has added Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) vice chairman Andrew Heller to its board of directors.

Expo: Playing Out of Bounds

December 12, 2011 1:14 am | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

At Cable-Tec Expo, we ran into Comcast CTO Tony Werner, mentioned what Verizon’s Eric Bruno had announced about Home Control, and asked him if Comcast had any plans to do likewise: sell broadband-based services outside of its traditional footprint.

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In Perspective – An Extra Helping

December 11, 2011 5:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Ordinarily, we include coverage of Cable-Tec Expo in our November/December print issue. This year, Expo was scheduled too late in the year for us to include it in that edition, prompting this extra online installment.

Time Warner Cable boosts data speeds, adds HD nets in Carolinas

December 9, 2011 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has ramped up the upstream and downstream speeds of several of its data tiers in its Carolinas system, as well as added more HD channels.

SeaChange adds a half-dozen multi-screen customers

December 9, 2011 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Drama in its boardroom may have dominated recent headlines, but the big story at SeaChange International is that it is finding singular success with its evolution to a multi-screen strategy.

Maple Leafs and Raptors sold to Rogers and BCE

December 9, 2011 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest telecommunication companies have agreed to buy the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors; the fierce telecom rivals seek live content for their sports channels, digital properties and smartphones.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

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Hollywood flubs movie system launch, miffs users

December 8, 2011 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warner Bros. is learning a hard lesson about launching an ill-conceived product in the age of social media.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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