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Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin

February 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.

Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based...

TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to...

Ergen back as Dish’s CEO: Clayton to retire

February 23, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV...

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Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

ABC News app debuts on Xbox Live

February 19, 2015 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

This appears to be the first time a news app has been developed for a game console. Users will gain access to multiple simultaneous streams of live video as well as on-demand content, entertainment news, original programming and highlights from ABC News programs.

Mediacom, Discovery ink long-term distribution agreement

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Discovery Communications and Mediacom Communications announced this morning that they’ve renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The latest deal included TV Everywhere rights across multiple platforms for authenticated Mediacom subscribers of Discovery’s 13 networks.

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SeaChange hires SVP for Asia Pacific sales operations

February 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

SeaChange International has hired Dave Ulmer as senior vice president & general manager for its Asia Pacific operations. The company is looking to burnish its multi-screen credentials by getting more involved in the mobile video market.

This Tech patent describes fundamental DAI processes

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The patent describes a method for identifying dynamic advertising inventory and defining attributes of the ad, such as ownership, length and interactivity. The company believes the patent applicable regardless of which ad decisioning system or video delivery platform is used.

Report: Global pay-TV market to grow 5 percent in 2014

February 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

While the final numbers are still pending, ABI Research said in a report that the worldwide pay-TV market was expected to grow 5 percent in 2013 while topping 924.4 million subscribers. On a global scale, IPTV is the driving force behind the increased in subscribers.

Sling TV offer discounts on Roku, Amazon

February 12, 2015 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

After making its national debut on Monday, Sling TV has sweetened its cord-cutting streaming service by offering deals on Roku and Amazon streaming sticks and devices. By aligning itself with Roku and Amazon, Sling TV has strengthened its appeal for cord-cutters who are looking to unbundle their video services from traditional pay-TV providers.

Streaming video platform ViewLift launches

February 12, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Backed by investments from former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis, as well as Comcast Ventures, ViewLift launched its “B2B” streaming video platform today. ViewLift is positioning itself as a “one-stop-shop” for creating, launching and monetizing video applications that are designed for distribution across various devices, including smartphones, TVs, tablets, over-the-top boxes and game consoles.

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Cablevision, Discovery strike multi-platform distribution deal

February 11, 2015 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has signed off on the renewal of its long-term distribution agreement with Discovery Communications. The new multi-platform deal covered Discovery’s suite of 13 U.S. networks as well as TV Everywhere rights for authenticated Cablevision subscribers.

Concurrent software supports cloud-based video apps

February 9, 2015 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The software offers dynamic data replication, balancing of content across storage nodes, automatic data recovery, and other features useful to support the launch of IP video applications such as network-based digital video recording (DVR) or personal video lockers.

Sling TV available to everyone, adds AMC Networks

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

As of today, Sling TV’s cord-cutting service is open for business to everyone, and it also announced that AMC Networks has joined its roster of content providers. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish, started out as an invitation-only offering when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

Netflix heads to Japan

February 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is expanding into Japan this fall, marking the first time that the Internet video service will be available in Asia. The move announced late Wednesday marks another step toward reaching Netflix's goal to stream video on Internet-connected TVs, phones, tablets and computer throughout the world.

DLNA certifies first wave of trick mode products

February 3, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DSLNA) has certified the first wave of products from its members that support its trick mode specifications. The trick mode video specs, which include the support of fast-forward, re-wind and frame-by-frame function, are a mandatory feature of DLNA’s interoperability guidelines.

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Sling TV recruits Univision to OTT roster

February 2, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications will be joining Sling TV’s OTT lineup after the two companies struck a deal that included multi-stream rights for live and VOD content. The terms of the agreement included the flagship Univision Network, UniMás, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.

CBS, Bell Media reach deal on Showtime in Canada

January 29, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multimedia provider Bell Media and CBS inked a long-term content licensing and trademark agreement for Showtime in Canada, which brought the Showtime brand to Canada for the first time. The Showtime programming will be available across Bell Media platforms in English and French, including its new premium TV streaming service, CraveTV, as well as its pay television service, The Movie Network (TMN.)

Telefónica uses Amdocs again, this time in Brazil

January 28, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefónica continues to use Amdocs to upgrade the business support systems (BSS) of its properties in South America. This time it is looking to Amdocs for systems to support the multi-screen experience for quad-play customers of its Vivo operation in Brazil.

NFL, YouTube partner to post official clips to video site

January 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

America's most popular pro sports league and YouTube announced a partnership Monday between two of the most powerful brands in the marketplace, creating an official NFL channel on the video website. Content posted daily to the portal by the league will include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps and clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice and other original programming from NFL Network and NFL.com.

Imagine scoops up RGB Networks

January 26, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

[Updated 6:00PM Eastern] Imagine Communications is buying RGB Networks, which specializes in software-based dynamic ad insertion (DAI), just-in-time (JIT) packaging, and cloud DVR. No price was set. Imagine said it will bring on board the majority of RGB’s employees.

Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

January 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord.

Research: 17% of broadband households ‘likely’ to tap into HBO’s OTT service

January 23, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 17 percent of the broadband homes across the nation were likely to subscribe to HBO’s standalone, over-the-top service. Out of that group of would be HBO users—the service is supposed to launch sometime this year—91 percent were currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would drop their pay-tv service after subscribing to HBO’s new OTT service.

Suddenlink adds Showtime Anytime to TVE lineup

January 23, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications customers that subscribe to Showtime Networks can now tap into Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere programming anywhere in the United States. Suddenlink’s authenticated subscribers can access Showtime Anytime’s on demand video content on their computer, tablet, mobile device, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, or Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles.

Bell Media says it'd love to have a CraveTV app but Apple hasn't allowed it

January 22, 2015 12:57 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Read through the tweets posted by CraveTV and Shomi and you'll see suggestions that users might finally get Apple TV apps to access the Canadian streaming services. If it was up to Bell Media, CraveTV would've launched with an Apple TV app, so users could stream content to their big screen TVs easily. But Apple didn't allow it to happen.

Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers in 4Q

January 21, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service. Netflix Inc. added 13 million worldwide subscribers last year, including 4.3 million during the final three months, according to figures released Tuesday in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. 

NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

Vubiquity hires Warner Bros. exec as marketing EVP

January 16, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vubiquity has hired Michele Edelman as its Executive vice president of marketing and communications.  Edelman had most recently been vice president, worldwide direct to consumer marketing in the home entertainment division of Warner Bros. Studios.

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