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Amazon gets on board with UltraViolet for online movie 'lockers'

January 11, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon executive said that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

Entropic connects MoCA to Wi-Fi with ECAs

January 11, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Entropic is introducing a line of products connecting MoCA to Wi-Fi, which the company is calling Ethernet-to-coax adapters (ECAs).

@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

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@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

Comcast's AnyPlay to debut in Denver, Nashville

January 10, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator is ready to commercialize the ability to deliver live TV to mobile devices within the home, first announced at The Cable Show in 2011.

Humax gateway leverages new SeaChange software

January 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.

Hollywood's UltraViolet to make its way to TVs

January 10, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flixster, a unit of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., said that its app will be available on Panasonic televisions and Blu-ray players that use its Viera Connect system of connecting to the Internet.

SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

January 9, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

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Amino debuts Intel Atom-based hybrid gateway

January 9, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amino is set to introduce a hybrid media gateway based on Intel's 32nm Atom chip for consumer electronics at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Motorola throws its support behind G.hn

January 9, 2012 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is the most consumer-oriented of the standard's supporters thus far, heartening the standard's other backers.

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

Disney and Comcast reach a long-term deal

January 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. reached a long-term agreement with the nation's largest TV signal provider, Comcast, that extends their partnership into the next decade.

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Moto gateway supports new home control services

January 5, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility will be showing a new gateway in its 4Home series at CES that is designed to integrate a wider range of broadband-based services, including home automation and energy management.

MetroPCS inks broadcast mobile TV deal

January 4, 2012 1:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company will start selling an Android-based Samsung smartphone later this year equipped with an ATSC chip, the hardware needed to receive broadcast mobile television signals in the United States.

Broadcom gears up for CES with Sling, MoCA 2.0 SoC

January 4, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom has a full dance card of TV Everywhere and connected home offerings for the International Consumer Electronics Show, including six system-on-a-chip (SoC) MoCA 2.0 products and the integration of Sling Media into a SoC platform.

Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes

January 4, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

Former Charter CTO Fawaz joins Synacor's board

January 4, 2012 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Charter Communications executive vice president and chief technical officer Marwan Fawaz, along with Time Warner exec Gary Ginsberg, was recently appointed to Synacor's board of directors.

THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | 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...

In Perspective - Six degrees of … no, wait …

January 1, 2012 1:30 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it isn’t directly connected, odds are that it would take only a few steps to get to the technology. Call it Six Degrees of Multi-Screen.

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

Concurrent gains patent for ads during trick play

December 21, 2011 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ads can still appear, even while viewers pause, fast forward or rewind through content – including through embedded commercials.

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