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Shaw beefs up TVE sports lineups with new apps

October 3, 2014 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This week Shaw Communications added apps from Sportsnet Now and TSN Go to its roster of TV Everywhere programming. TSN Go is now available on iOS and Android devices to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct video subscribers. TSN Go gives authenticated subscribers the ability to access TSN's recently expanded suite of feeds to watch live and on-demand sports content for free with their subscription to TSN.

Talking the talk for better search and recommendation

October 2, 2014 4:12 pm | by Daren Gill, vice president, product, Rovi Corporation | Articles | Comments

For many years, effective voice-based search technologies have eluded businesses that have tried to introduce next-generation input methods to customers. Confined to basic navigation and so-called “magic words,” speech-based commands have been ineffective and often hard for consumers to use. The widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, as will as Apple's Siri, has led to a renewed interest in this genre of technology.

Verizon, Viacom ink new retransmission deal

October 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.

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NFL extends 'Sunday Ticket' deal with DirecTV

October 1, 2014 8:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.

Comcast enables out-of-home streaming on cloud DVR platform

October 1, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has turned on out-of-home streaming for its cloud DVR service that is now live in eight markets across the cable operator’s footprint. The news about the out-of-home streaming element was announced in conjunction with rollouts of the cloud DVR service in San Francisco and Houston.

Viacom channels go dark for Suddenlink subs

October 1, 2014 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The plug has been pulled on the 24 Viacom channels that Suddenlink Communications was carrying after the two sides failed to reach a new retransmission agreement. As to who is to blame for a new carriage agreement not being reached yesterday, both sides pointed fingers at each other. 

Envivio at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

September 30, 2014 6:30 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Live From The Show: Envivio vice president of strategy and corporate development Arnaud Perrier on how multi-screen delivery is moving to the cloud, driven by consumer behavior. Envivio has moved the entire process to the cloud, making multi-screen delivery an opex-only proposition, accessible to cable operators of every size.

RGB at Cable-Tec Expo 2014

September 30, 2014 5:31 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Live From The Show: RGB Networks VP of Product Management Andy Salo is building on its background in open source cloud computing with what he says will be the industry's first commercial-grade, open-source transcoder. The company considers the combination of its RipCode transcoder and open APIs a pathway to software defined networking. 

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TiVo app gets its Android game on; Atlantic Broadband a player

September 30, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Android users rejoice: TiVo has updated its app to include support for Android devices and Atlantic Broadband is offering the newest version of the app to its TiVo users. Starting today, TiVo users can download the TiVo Android App from the Google Play Store with availability to soon follow on the Amazon App Store.

Belgacom to integrate Netflix

September 29, 2014 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Belgian operator, which renamed its service Proximus, said it would make Netflix available to its customers before the end of the year. There will be two tiers of service, one for 7.99 Euros for access on a single device and one for 8.99 Euros allowing access to HD content on two different devices.

Suddenlink, Viacom reach impasse on retransmission agreement

September 29, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The clock is ticking on a new retransmission agreement between Suddenlink Communications and Viacom, with the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator saying it will no longer carry Viacom networks starting Wednesday if a new deal isn’t reached. Suddenlink said that Viacom was demanding a 50 percent increase in payments despite viewership declining by almost 30 percent on some of Viacom’s networks over the past few years.

Midcontinent, aioTV partner on blended video service

September 26, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On the heels of receiving a patent for its technology, aioTV announced Thursday it was engaged in a “strategic partnership” with Midcontinent Communications that will blend QAM-based video services with over-the-top IP content and services. The service will use aioTV’s PassBox user interface, which will connect to Midco’s set-top boxes with an HDMI cable. 

Demanding video consumers pushing for modern user interfaces

September 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | News | Comments

The increasing demands for modernizing user interfaces, and soaring consumer expectations are putting pressure on service providers to improve their user interfaces, and that means blending consumer behavior data with advancing technologies.

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Small cells: Recognizing the opportunities, meeting the challenges

September 18, 2014 8:03 pm | by Ed Myers, vice president of telecommunications and sales, Parallel Infrastructure | Articles | Comments

The wireless data revolution and its impact is analogous to Boyle’s Law, which states that a gas will expand to fill the available space. The same can be said for a data network. The more throughput available, the more uses people will find to fill up that pipe.

Authentication inhibiting TVE growth? Poll says: poppycock!

September 17, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It is commonly held that the authentication process is so cumbersome for TV Everywhere that it is retarding the growth of TVE services. TDG says that’s simply not true. Only 7 percent of TVE users view the process of authentication negatively, with less than 1 percent ranking the process as "very difficult."

'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach

September 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud.

Rovi takes guide to the cloud

September 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi introduced the cloud-based version of its Rovi Guide, and published a reference design for a set-top box based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 Ultra HD SoC and running Nexus-Trellis software. The cloud-based version of Rovi Guide is an HTML5-based, multi-platform media programming guide.

ONO taps into TiVo’s cloud APIs

September 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ONO, the largest cable operator in Spain, will be among the first cable operators to tap into TiVo’s APIs in order to offer its subscribers improved TV Everywhere services. ONO, which was already a TiVo customer, will integrate TiVo's service capabilities into its multi-screen mobile and web applications, including search and discovery capabilities and remote PVR recording management functionality.

Elemental's Delta server takes multi-screen to new level

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

Elemental Delta is based on the company’s transcoding technology, and can be configured either as an edge server or an origin server. The system combines JIT packaging, origin services, intelligent caching, dynamic ad insertion and replacement, and end-to-end encrypted content protection functions.

TiVo stretches sales reach in Europe

September 12, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has strengthened its sales team in Europe with new offices and staff in Austria, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The new offices will help TiVo better serve its European customers, which include ComHen in Sweden, Ono in Spain, and Virgin Media in the UK.

CTIA: Mobile drives new levels of sports engagement

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The consensus at the CTIA Day 3 sports panel discussion is that mobile is fundamentally changing how sports fans experience the game. Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN, among others.

Thomson's new transcoder based on Intel QSV

September 11, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Thomson said it collaborated directly with Intel on a new product in its ViBE line, the ViBE XT1000 Xtream Transcoder. The XT1000 employs Thomson’s own Mustang video encoding algorithms and is based on Intel’s Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and Core i7 processors.

UXP updates user experience software

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

UXP Systems said it will have a new revision of its Mint Software Suite later this month that enables individual user and household profiles across devices and services, and decouples user profiles from billing accounts, allowing for trial users, moving of user profiles between accounts and multiple accounts-per user.

Aspera, EVS, Elemental combine on almost-live sports streaming

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EVS integrated Aspera FASP high-speed transfer and Elemental video processing technologies to create what the three are positioning as an end-to-end production system capable of near-live distribution of live action sporting events to streaming networks.

Com Hem deploying Incognito suite

September 9, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In addition to helping prepare Com Hem networks for an IPv6 migration, the Incognito Software products will also assist the cable operator as it rolls out “TV everywhere” services that will allow subscribers to view and control their television services on multiple devices.

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