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Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013

September 27, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.

Celeno pockets $24M in investment round

September 27, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With gobs of video downloaded and consumed around the home on various devices, Wi-Fi networks have needed to up their game. Celeno has been working on high-performance chips to enable the distribution of video streams, including HD, to set-top boxes, tablets, wireless TVs, DVRs, laptops and other devices.

Cisco CEO's pay package dipped 9% in past year

September 27, 2012 3:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems trimmed CEO John Chambers' pay package by 9 percent as concerns about growth at the maker of computer networking equipment weighed on the company's stock. The value of Chambers' compensation totaled $11.7 million, down from nearly $12.9 million.

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TiVo settles lawsuit against Verizon for $250M

September 24, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon will pay TiVo at least $250.4 million to settle a patent lawsuit related to its digital video recording technology, and the two have a licensing deal. The two companies agreed to dismiss all pending litigation. They had been scheduled to go to trial in October.

Aurora Networks adds 3 new products to PON portfolio

September 24, 2012 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The three PON optical network terminals – ONT-G4021-RTN-FRU-C, ONT-E4021i-RTN and ONT-E2424F – were designed to simplify the integration of set-top boxes in the field as part of Aurora Networks’ fiber-to-the-premises product line while migrating cable operators to an all-IP environment.

Comcast updates wireless gateway; 305 launches in Northeast

September 18, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris and SMC Networks made the previous versions of the Xfinity Wireless Gateway, but Technicolor has been added into the mix. The gateway that Technicolor built for Comcast is available to Comcast customers who subscribe to its Performance, Blast, Extreme 50 and Extreme 105 data tiers.

BendBroadband deploys Arris’ Alpha iPad app

September 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working in conjunction with Arris, BendBroadband has launched a free iPad application that allows its subscribers to browse channel listings while watching live TV and to control their DVR settings and recordings on the go. The Alpha app is available through iTunes.

Arris’ SDV touches down in South Korea

September 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris’ switched digital video platform has made its first landing in South Korea with independent cable operator Areum Broadcasting Network (ABN). ABM will use the reclaimed bandwidth from SDV to offer more HD, as well as improve the clarity of its HD channels, and more VOD programming.

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Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

Huawei, ZTE deny spying before Congress

September 14, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major Chinese technology companies denied allegations that some of their equipment is designed to facilitate spying but struggled to convince U.S. lawmakers that they are independent from the dictates of Beijing's communist government.

Nintendo to launch Wii U in November

September 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo announced new entertainment features for the console. Called "Nintendo TVii," the service collects all the ways users have to watch movies, TV shows and sports. This includes pay-TV accounts, along with services such as Hulu and Netflix. The GamePad works as a fancy remote control.

Time Warner Cable opens Learning Lab in Manhattan

September 12, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

Former Insight execs resurface at software firm

September 11, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Michael Willner and Sidney Knafel, who co-founded and ran Insight Communications prior to its sale earlier this year to Time Warner Cable, have transitioned into new leadership positions at software firm Penthera Partners. Willner is now CEO of Penthera, while Knafel will serve as the company’s vice chairman.

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Kaltura expands reach to Google TV, Xbox

September 11, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kaltura has introduced software development kits (SDKs) and reference applications for Google TV, integration with the Xbox gaming console, and native reference applications for iOS and Android devices. Kaltura will also work with service providers.

Nielsen shows how people use TV differently

September 11, 2012 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of U.S. homes that don't get traditional television service continues to increase, but that doesn't mean they don't have TVs. The Nielsen company said in a report that three-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway.

Tata Elxsi licenses Comcast RDK

September 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Integration and testing vendor Tata Elxsi announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit in order to speed up the development of next-generation TV products. Previously announced licensees for the RDK include itaas, Entropic, Broadcom, Motorola and S3 Group.

Broadcom offering D3 chip with 5G Wi-Fi

September 10, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom has introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi. Broadcom’s new chip integrates a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with the emerging IEEE 802.11ac version of Wi-Fi, which is designed to provide throughputs up to 1 Gbps.

Sigma Designs’ chips pull in HPNA

September 10, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Sigma Designs has introduced a pair of media processors that integrate HPNA connectivity for IPTV and hybrid STBs. Both media processors feature 3-D video, integrated graphics processing, video scaling, DDR3 memory support, a customizable UI and a power-efficient CPU that can deliver OTT content.

Cable doubles down on Wi-Fi

September 7, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.

Liberty Global out of the starting blocks with Horizon TV service

September 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.

Rovi updates DivX for streaming

September 7, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi has been very, very busy. It has revised its DivX codec, which was written for file-based transfer, to support streaming, and it has arranged for Broadcom to support the upgraded DivX Plus Streaming in one of its major set-top box chips, the BCM7241.

EchoStar to use Entropic chip in another set-top

September 7, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EchoStar is now shipping three set-top models that incorporate Entropic Communications’ set-top silicon and demodulator technology. The boxes are currently being deployed at Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus, one model per company: the EchoStar 6400FG (Bell Canada), the EchoStar M211HDR (Dish Mexico) and the EchoStar 6400T (Telus).

Ziggo enters ActiveVideo’s cloud

September 6, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ziggo will deploy ActiveVideo Networks’ CloudTV platform. Ziggo has begun providing interactive services on set-tops from Humax. The initial deployment will include video-on-demand (VOD) navigation and guide functionality, including enhanced search, discovery and previews.

Verimatrix wins two more multi-screen deals

September 5, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TiVo plans to integrate Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) to protect content delivered through hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) that use TiVo’s user interface. That includes content protection for content ultimately consumed on tablets, smartphones and other browser-based devices.

Amino gets add-on Wi-Fi from Celeno

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amino Communications will be offering a USB Wi-Fi dongle, built around Celeno’s Wi-Fi chipsets and including software for HD multimedia home networking applications, with its A140/A540 set-top boxes. These models are designed for the retail market for IP-based services.

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