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Liberty Puerto Rico rolling out unusual social-based guide

April 23, 2014 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using the cloud-based platform from ActiveVideo, Liberty Global’s subsidiary in Puerto Rico is in the process of rolling out a cloud-based service that features a discovery and navigation capability that is uncommon if not unique, inasmuch as recommendations are based on what other viewers are watching at that moment.

Suddenlink launches mobile app for iOS devices

April 23, 2014 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has launched its Suddenlink2GO mobile app.  Using technology from Synacor, a long-time vendor for the MSO, the app allows customers to watch live TV networks and on-demand TV shows on an iOS tablet anywhere at home or on the go.

Time Warner Cable connects with Fan TV streaming service

April 23, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in the second quarter of this year, Time Warner Cable authenticated subscribers will be able to tap into a new IP streaming service from Fan TV on the TWC TV app. Fanhatten’s Fan TV provisions live and on demand content across its device and features a remote without buttons to push. Similar to a touch screen tablet, users of the remote swipe across the device.

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S3 Group sets up shop in Philly

April 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video test and validation platform vendor S3 Group will open the doors on a new office in Philadelphia to better serve its East Coast customers. Dublin-based S3 Group also has an office in San Jose, but the Philly office puts it closer to Comcast, which is headquartered in Philadelphia, Videotron and Time Warner Cable. 

The Aereo arguments, from inside the Supreme Court chambers

April 22, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the continuing development of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information.

AT&T signals intent to become OTT power

April 22, 2014 1:36 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and the Chernin Group (which owns Crunchyroll) have formed a joint venture to “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” The companies are committing $500 million toward the effort. To that end the companies plan to invest in advertising and subscription-based VOD as well as streaming.

Cognizant buys itaas

April 22, 2014 12:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Giant IT company Cognizant has purchased privately-held itaas for an undisclosed amount, expanding its reach into the cable industry. Cognizant expects itaas expertise can be brought to bear to support other industries such as banking, retail, and healthcare.

Alticast to get up close and personal at Cable Show

April 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alticast will be showing a range of technologies at The Cable Show next week that address the increased demand for personalized video services. Demonstrations include the company’s “set-top box on a stick” HDMI Media Express as well as several boxes that were built using the Reference Design Kit and Alticast’s integrated HTML5-based application framework technology.

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Arris snaps up SeaWell Networks

April 18, 2014 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In the first deal since it completed the Motorola Home acquisition a year ago, Arris announced Friday that it had bought SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed sum. Arris said it would be integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology and “talent” into its Network & Cloud business.

Vodafone Netherlands working with Entone

April 16, 2014 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vodafone Netherlands is partnering with Entone and its systems integration partner, Divitel, to support TV services on its fiber to the home (FTTH) network in the Netherlands. Vodafone’s Thuis service offers a number of television features including Pause Live TV (PLTV), along with a video on demand (VOD) library from public broadcasters, HBO, Videoland, and many others.

Multichoice taps Clearleap for multi-screen management

April 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The African pay-TV provider, which operates services in sub-Saharan Africa, will use the Clearleap products to manage its library of premium live and on-demand video content, then distribute and monetize it across VOD, web portals, apps and more.

Nagra provides Dish, EchoStar multi-screen protection

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network and EchoStar have expanded their security partnership with Nagra to include digital rights management (DRM) for multi-screen services. Dish and EchoStar have deployed the Nagra MediaLive Player (NMP) with Nagra’s MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, which is Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the Dish Anywhere multi-screen VOD service.

Netflix's Comcast deal improves quality of video

April 14, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Data released Monday by Netflix Inc. showed Comcast delivered its video at an average rate of 2.5 megabits per second during March. That was a 66 percent increase from a recent low of 1.51 megabits per second in January.

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DECE okays Nagra's DRM for UltraViolet devices

April 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem has approved Nagra’s digital rights management system to protect the streaming of premium SD and HD content to open devices for its UltraViolet streaming service. DECE had previously approved Nagra’s DRM, Nagra MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management, for streaming to closed devices.

CTAM jumpstarts ‘tv everywhere’ campaign

April 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to increase subscribers’ use and awareness of multi-screen services, CTAM announced this morning that it had kicked off its “tv everywhere” campaign. After research by a committee of 20 cable operators and marketers, CTAM’s board approved the action plan, which included a new logo and the use of the “tv everywhere” (tve) brand.

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers

April 11, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This version of Glass, though, still isn't the polished product that Google hopes to release in stores later this year. Although it hasn't provided specifics, Google has indicated that the mass-market version of Glass will sell for less than $1,500. Google is expected to provide more details about its Glass plans at its annual developers' conference in late June.

4K goes live in South Korea

April 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All MSOs in South Korea are now providing a channel of Ultra High Definition (UHD) content. The service went live April 10. Ateme is providing the encoders for Homechoice, the programmer providing the channel, called UMAX. Homechoice is offering 4K content at 60p each day.

From NAB: A reckoning is coming. Not now, but soon enough

April 10, 2014 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ultra high definition TV. Workflow management. End-to-end multi-screen (or “over the top”) delivery. For anyone even remotely involved in content preparation and distribution, those were the three big themes at the NAB Show that concludes today. And there’s a glut of vendors aiming to provide each of those technologies.

Charter TV App goes live on iOS, Android and Kindle devices

April 8, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today Charter Communications launched its Charter TV App, which provisions 130 live TV channels inside of subscribers’ homes. The app is now available for free downloading from Apple iTunes App Store, Amazon App store and Android Apps on Google Play. 

Shaw launches Family/Disney apps for kids

April 8, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has launched three new TV Everywhere apps for its Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers. The new Shaw Go Kids apps provide authenticated subscribers access to Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior programs anywhere, anytime on iOS and Android devices. 

Imagine Communications snaps up Digital Rapids

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced this morning that it had acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed sum. Digital Rapids will add a range of IP and file-based media processing systems and software-based workflow management technologies to Imagine’s TV Everywhere war chest.

Elemental Tech debuts software-only approach

April 5, 2014 7:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies has revised its video processing software so that it runs on multiple processing architectures, including appliances, blade solutions, virtual machines and the cloud. Ericsson has endorsed the idea by adopting Elemental’s software to operate in its Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.   

Harmonic allies with Adobe for multi-screen ad insertion

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Harmonic’s multiscreen transcoding and delivery system now supports workflows compatible with Adobe Primetime's ad insertion capabilities. This workflow is compatible with the Adobe Primetime platform, which enables pay-TV service providers and broadcasters to insert advertising as well as manage program substitution and blackouts for any device with access to the web. 

Envivio enhances 4K encoding software

April 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC compression using its Muse encoding software. The approach relies on distributing HEVC encoding across multiple server nodes. This architecture is designed to provide the power to perform high quality Ultra HD compression on industry-standard servers. 

CED Demystifying Technology: Netflix and Network Neutrality

April 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo looks at the Netflix and Comcast relationship, and examines why network neutrality rules apply, but not the way some people might think they do.  Along the way, Vint and Tim help invent the Internet, the big kids on the block form a gang, and nobody's drawing skills improve. 

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