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Bright House Networks lights up TV Explorer portal, app

December 13, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is helping its customers cut through the clutter of finding video content with the launch of its TV Explorer website. In addition to the website, TV Explorer is also available for free as an app on iPads and Android tablets with operating systems of 4.0 or higher.

Two more studios using Dolby for UltraViolet encoding

December 12, 2013 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dolby Laboratories announced that Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment now encode movies and TV programs in the UltraVioletCommon File Format (CFF) using Dolby Digital Plus. With UltraViolet, consumers can download and stream their favorite movies and television programs anytime and anywhere to their TV screens, personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

Comcast adds more partners to SEEiT platform

December 12, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting in the first quarter of next year, Comcast announced that more distribution and network partners would take part in its SEEiT platform that uses Twitter to click through tweets to programs. Comcast said the new partners would extend the SEEiT experience to millions more viewers by adding additional video distributors, television networks and an expanded roster of popular shows.

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NimbleTV tunes up TVE service in NYC area

December 10, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After more than a year of beta testing, NimbleTV’s cloud-based TV Everywhere service is live in the New York City metropolitan area. NimbleTV provisions video, including video content from users that have pay-TV subscriptions with RCN, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Cablevision, over the Internet to devices such as Apple iOS phones and tablets, Roku boxes and Web-enabled TVs and browsers.

Comcast taps This Tech to provide DAI on IP video platforms

December 9, 2013 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This Technology today announced that its advertising solution has been deployed by Comcast Cable. The multi-year agreement covers a range of Comcast IP video platforms, enabling delivery of advertising for live and on-demand video viewing on a number of devices, including IP-enabled set top boxes, gaming consoles, connected TVs, smartphones and tablets.

Verizon beefs up FiOS app with 16 more out-of-home channels

December 6, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to woo and maintain subscribers, Verizon has added 16 new streaming channels to its out-of-home roster, which now gives it a total of 25. Verizon FiOS subscribers that have the free FiOS Mobile App are now be able to live stream the new channels from eligible devices, including the iPad, iPhone, select Android tablets and phones, and Kindle Fire tablets, both in and outside the home.

Jinni uses TMS metadata for recommendations

December 5, 2013 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Jinni attempts to go beyond the most basic categories (genre, actors, directors) to include what it calls “taste and mood” attributes such as mood, style, plot and setting. The company said it evaluates literally thousands of factors, which means Jinni’s recommendation engine has to rely on metadata that can very finely slice-and-dice the attributes of any video. 

Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Round-Up: What’s Up, DOCSIS?

December 4, 2013 8:20 pm | by Brian Santo, Editor in Chief, and Mike Robuck, Senior Editor | Articles | Comments

Members of the gang that helped create CCAP and DOCSIS 3.1 have already moved on to the next thing. Ready for digital forward links, remote PHY, and the next next-generation architecture network (N2GAN)? Also, updates on the Reference Developer Kit and the Converged Cable Access Platform, and more.

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Harris snaps up Imagine; aims for MSO market

December 4, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Imagine Communications acquisition strengthens Harris Broadcast’s end-to-end solutions portfolio, particularly enhancing its OTT, mobile video and multi-screen TV Everywhere capabilities, while furthering interoperability of technology and systems from both the linear and non-linear TV viewing worlds, Harris said.

CSG picks up some Volubill assets

December 4, 2013 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Billing vendor CSG International announced this morning that it had purchased some of the assets of Volubill. According to media reports, Volubill was put into compulsory liquidation and receivership on Oct. 29 in France. Financial terms weren’t available.

NetCracker scores deal with Israeli satellite provider

December 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

NetCracker Technology said that an Israeli direct broadcast satellite provider, called “yes,” has implemented its billing, rating, and CRM products. Yes teamed up with NetCracker to enhance its content delivery offerings and customer experience through a large-scale, multi-year project.

Open Mic: Combining QoE and QoS for TVE services

December 3, 2013 7:19 pm | by Steve Liu, Vice President of Video Network Monitoring, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

TV Everywhere is an imperative for MSOs, but like all new services, it poses several challenges as operators strive to ensure quality while simultaneously expanding their multi-screen deployments. Unlike traditional linear MPEG-2 services, TV Everywhere relies on the H.264 codec coupled with adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming. Unsurprisingly, these new technologies pose quality concerns.

Concurrent announces "intelligent request router" for multi-screen

December 3, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Concurrent’s software-based request router uses network information, including the request location, the requested content, the current status of the content delivery network, and service provider defined settings to direct stream requests to the optimal edge serving node, the company said.

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Increasing the competitive edge for cable MSOs through investments in transformation

December 2, 2013 1:51 pm | by Bob Titus, vice president, global converged solutions, NetCracker Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable MSOs are ready for fierce competition. They are making significant investments in their network infrastructure to be positioned for a high-bandwidth, mobile-integrated, multi-screen world. In this world, digital distribution is as important a line of business as traditional linear broadcast, so. MSOs are increasing investment in on-demand, next-generation broadband services as well as improved customer experience.

Videotron boots up Wi-Fi optimization service

December 2, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Just in time for all those BYOD showing up under the Christmas tree, Videotron has launched a new Wi-Fi optimization service. The service features an in-home visit from a specially trained technician that comes to the customer’s home to optimize the Wi-Fi setup and reception.

Demystifying Technology: Packaging & Repackaging in Multi-screen Delivery

November 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses a means of alleviating the pressure on storage resources and on network capacity when it comes to delivering multi-screen video. Operators can package video into a limited number of mezzanine files, which can then be repackaged in a manner appropriate for the particular viewing device and the network conditions at the time the video is requested.

Rogers scores landmark deal with NHL

November 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications went top shelf in scoring a multi-billion-dollar, 12-year carriage agreement with the National Hockey League “on all platforms in all languages." Rogers said the new media rights deal, which starts in the 2014-2015 season and runs through the 2025-2026 season, was the largest in league history.

It’s Showtime for TWC, BHN’s authenticated subs

November 26, 2013 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are serving up Showtime Network’s authenticated TV Everywhere service, Showtime Anytime, to their subscribers for free. The cable operator customers need to be subscribers of Showtime in order to gain access to the multi-screen content, which is available across computers, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets or Kindle Fire devices anywhere across the nation. 

Cox extends Contour app to Android devices

November 25, 2013 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following its initial release on iPads in August, Cox Communications’ Contour app now works on several Android-based tablets including Google's Nexus and Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2, Tab 3 and Note tablets. Contour serves up video content to Cox subscribers both in-home and on the go, and works with the personal recommendation engine from ThinkAnaytics. 

Time Warner Cable updates WiFi Finder app

November 25, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Wi-Fi request line is now open at Time Warner Cable. Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it had updated its WiFi Finder app, which included a “request a hotspot” feature that allows subscribers to ask for new Wi-Fi access points in specific locations.

Apple acquires Israel's PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has acquired Israel-based motion technology company PrimeSense for an undisclosed sum. PrimeSense spokeswoman Kayla Egbert confirmed the deal, but says the company isn't revealing additional details. Founded in 2005, PrimeSense makes chips used in three-dimensional sensing products.

Dish updates Hopper to include HDMI-CEC

November 22, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With its latest update to Hopper, Dish Network is laying claim to being the first service provider to implement HDMI-CED (consumer electronic control) to help viewers control their TVs. The fifth software update this year for Dish’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform was codenamed “Denver,” and included some additional features such as improved navigation and search interfaces.

Xbox One a gateway, not just a game machine

November 21, 2013 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft wants you to think of Xbox One as more than a game machine. You can use it to watch movies on Netflix and Hulu Plus. You can hook it up to your cable box to watch live TV. You can Skype your grandma and share family photos through the SkyDrive storage service.

HBO Go tees up Chromecast

November 21, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Go’s TV Everywhere service is now available on Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter. With shows such as “Game of Thrones,” HBO Go has proven to be one of  the more popular streaming services for authenticated subscribers while the $35 Chromecast device has also been well received since it hit the market this past summer.

TiVo lines up Blue Ridge for whole-home DVR

November 20, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Blue Ridge use the TiVo’s T6 DVR, a model with six tuners. It will also rely on TiVo's cloud-based service, HD set-top boxes for non-DVR households (TiVo Preview), as well as the TiVo Mini, the TiVo Stream, a TiVo web portal, and TiVo mobile applications for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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