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Comcast’s next-gen X1 platform heads west to Calif.

December 10, 2012 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.

Solekai Systems signs up for Comcast RDK program

December 10, 2012 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.

WSJ: Google’s auction for Moto ending today

December 7, 2012 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Google is reportedly closing up its auction for Motorola Mobility’s Home unit, with Arris, Pace and Technicolor among the list of prospective suitors. The last round of bids were due, although the deadline could be extended, according to one of the sources.

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Intel ups its status at MoCA

December 6, 2012 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intel has upgraded its membership in the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) to become a Promoter Member. Jim Crammond, chief technology officer of gateway solutions within Intel’s Service Provider Division, will represent Intel on MoCA’s board of directors.

Vendors, video service providers onboard energy conservation agreement for STBs

December 6, 2012 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.

Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Blogs | Comments

Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.

Cloud security start-up rakes in $30M

December 5, 2012 3:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

At least one venture capital firm is shelling out money; after pumping millions of dollars into CMTS start-up Cohere, Andreesen Horowitz has just placed another $30 million with CipherCloud. CipherCloud has staked out a position in cloud information protection.

NCTA, SCTE, CableLabs put out call for papers for Spring Technical Forum

December 5, 2012 3:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that technical paper submissions were open for the Spring Technical Forum, which is part of The Cable Show in Washington D.C.

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Cablevision enables select Android devices on Optimum App

December 4, 2012 3:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.

Comcast, Time Warner Cable host RDK conference

December 4, 2012 3:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

There’s no doubt that Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative has picked up a lot of steam this year, and that should continue with the RDK Developers Community Conference, which is hosted by Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The conference is an important next step for the RDK.

Rogers debuts second screen app

December 4, 2012 3:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.

EchoStar: Rayner returning as CFO

December 4, 2012 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EchoStar said that David Rayner will return to the company as chief financial officer, and current CFO Kenneth Carroll will lead the company's corporate and business development. EchoStar sells set-top boxes and also provides satellite services to Dish Network.

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

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Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player

December 3, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New content is coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.

TiVo shares get a boost from surprise Q3 profit

November 30, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of TiVo rose after the company posted a surprise third-quarter profit and analysts cheered the growth of its subscriber base. The digital video recording company has struggled to make money, posting annual losses in eight of the past 10 years.

Study: DVRs now in half of U.S. pay-TV homes

November 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leichtman Research Group's survey of 1,300 households found that 52 percent of the ones that have pay-TV service also have a DVR. That translates to about 45 percent of all households and is up from 13.5 percent of all households surveyed five years ago by another firm.

Cablevision certifies SIP trunking with Cisco

November 29, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve its small business customers, Cablevision has certified its Optimum Voice SIP Trunking offering with the Cisco Unified Communications 300 Series. Small businesses can now take advantage of an IP Private Branch Exchange (PBX) system while avoiding the costs of an analog gateway or T-1.

Concurrent has Smart TVs covered

November 28, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has modified its video system so that it will now be able to deliver content directly to Smart TVs. The company expanded the software for its MediaHawk platform to enable the delivery of on-demand content to Internet-connected devices.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

Mediacom serves up customer care on mobile devices

November 27, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications subscribers can troubleshoot and resolve service issues, schedule service appointments, and view or pay their bills on a new mobile customer care app that the cable operator provisioned with Synchronoss Technologies.

TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

November 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer: It has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator, which will start rolling out its TiVo offering next year.

RCN offers holiday promo in NYC

November 26, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is offering a holiday promotion of reduced rates on its voice and data services in the New York City boroughs that it serves. Over-builder RCN offers its services in Manhattan and Queens, as well as in parts of downtown Brooklyn, where it competes against Time Warner Cable.

Gigabit access networks up and running

November 21, 2012 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) has 1 Gigabit broadband service now available to all of its 33,000 residential and business electric customers, while RST Global Communications in North Carolina has completed the first phase of its fiber network that will eventually go up to 10 Gbps

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

DOCSIS 3.1 takes center stage at Cable-Tec Expo

November 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

There were plenty of buzz-worthy topics during the most recent edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but the official debut of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification made the biggest splash in Orlando outside of Sea World. A panel provided some insights on DOCSIS 3.1.

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