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Edgeware, Mirada ally on multi-screen delivery system

November 21, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two have integrated Edgeware’s VCP, a content delivery system, with Mirada's Iris, which provides the user experience. Service providers can use the combined solution to deliver a unified user experience across multiple devices, including STBs, computers, smartphones and tablets.

Cablevision adds 12 nets to Optimum en Español

November 21, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has spiced up its Spanish-language TV package with the addition of 12 new networks,...

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection,...

Streaming video review

November 21, 2014 12:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV....

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Mobile still a struggle for Intel; PC doing better

November 21, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015. Intel's business has suffered as consumers have increasingly turned to smartphones and tablets that mostly use lower-power chips made by other companies. 

OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018

November 20, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018. Overall, the global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of this year, which was an increase of 4 percent from the first half of last year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve previously been able to do only on their iOS and Android mobile devices: manage and monitor their home systems, including controlling includes security sensors, video cameras, lighting fixtures, and thermostats.

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Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, sort of

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was its fastest selling Amazon device ever. But it looks as though you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to get your hands on one. Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. 

Netflix heads down under

November 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu.

Atlantic Broadband makes video available from any PC

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has launched an online portal that gives customers direct access to content on any personal computer. Atlantic Broadband customers can log in with their user names and passwords, anywhere in the U.S. where they have an Internet connection.

Sony's TV service to go commercial early next year

November 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.

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Time Warner Cable finishes TWC Maxx upgrades in NYC, LA

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

Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.

thePlatform instantly converts linear broadcast for replay modes

November 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

thePlatform has introduced a service for broadcasters that converts linear TV almost immediately into a format that can be used for instant replay in a multi-screen delivery environment. The capability is based in part on Elemental Technology’s Delta JIT packaging system. 

WOW! tunes in Netflix on Arris boxes

November 12, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW! will be offering its Ultra TV customers that subscribe to Netflix access to the streaming content through a Netflix app that works on Arris boxes in their homes. Developed for WOW! by Arris, the Ultra TV set-top box integrates Netflix app into the leased boxes.

Frontier Communications re-ups with Viacom

November 12, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Suddenlink Communications, Vyve Broadband and Cable One have moved on after failing to reach new carriage agreements with Viacom, Frontier Communications has inked a new a long-term retransmission deal with the content provider. Frontier’s deal with Viacom included multi-platform rights for 27 Viacom networks as well as for premium channel Epix. Terms of the new deal weren’t released.

Report: Europe leads U.S. in PC-to-TV connections

November 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to the adoption of PC-to-TV connections, Europe is top dog over the Untied States. According to Internet of Things and European entertainment research from Parks Associates, 54 percent of the broadband households in Spain and 38 percent in both the United Kingdom and Germany have a PC connected to the TV compared to 32 percent in the U.S.

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Shazam exec says second-screen not happening

November 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in most cases people are quite passive” and that behavior relies on a more “lightweight” experience to engage them while watching television.

Report: OTT use will increase household bandwidth 31 percent annually

November 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report. The report, which was commissioned by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, said that peak hour average usage per household would increase from 2.9 Mbps this year to 7.3 Mbps in 2018. 

Discovery tops 3Q profit forecasts

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $280 million. On a per-share basis, the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were 46 cents per share.

Rovi buys startup Fanhattan for undisclosed sum

November 3, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi will be jumping into the CPE business, acquiring startup Fanhattan, which used its expertise in guide and recommendation technology as a launchpad for a set-top that combines linear, on demand, and OTT content. The companies did not disclose the purchase price.

Atlantic Broadband offers Netflix as Xmas stocking stuffer

November 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting today and running through Dec. 31, Atlantic Broadband is offering new customers three free months of Netflix’s streaming service when they sign up for  bundles over the holiday season. Customers that sign up for Atlantic’s double play (which includes TV and data) and triple play (TV, data and phone) qualify for the Netflix service, which is integrated with Atlantic’s TiVo offering. 

Imagine picks up OpenTV's ad platform

October 31, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Imagine said the acquired products will be supported alongside Imagine Communications’ existing advertising business systems offerings while providing a foundation for future developments that include linear, online, OTT and programmatic business models for TV and radio.

TiVo hooks up with Vudu for retail OTT

October 30, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has forged an agreement with Walmart’s Vudu service to provision the latter’s streaming content to TiVo devices. The deal allows TiVo’s Roamio and Mini users to rent or buy movies and TVs shows from Vudu’s content partners, as well as access a customized Ultraviolet cloud library.  

MSG prepares on-demand streaming of Knicks games

October 30, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Madison Square Garden Co. said Wednesday it is launching an on-demand service called MSG Go that will allow cable subscribers to watch Knicks games and MSG Network shows. MSG Go will be available to subscribers of pay-TV networks that carry MSG Networks.

Review: CBS streaming not worth cutting cord, yet

October 30, 2014 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air. But is it worth $6 a month? The service is a good start. But the network needs to do more to make it worth the money — especially as HBO and other channels start to compete for online dollars.

Amazon Fire TV Stick takes on Chromecast, Roku

October 27, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.

Suddenlink first cable operator to sign up for Sony Movie Channel

October 21, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator to sign a carriage agreement with Sony Movie Channel. Sony Movie Channel, which is broadcast in HD, has deals in place with Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink.

SeaChange names Samit as new CEO

October 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen software vendor SeaChange International has hired Jay Samit as its new CEO. Samit replaced former CEO Raghu Rau, who led the company for the past three years. Samit has also joined SeaChange’s board of directors, which voted unanimously in favor of hiring him as CEO. 

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