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TWC, Bright House subs get HBO Go on Kindle Fire

June 28, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Insight Communications customers were slated to get HBO Go on their Kindle Fire tablets.

SCTE to host digital home symposium before Cable-Tec Expo

June 26, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The SCTE will host a digital home symposium in Orlando, Fla., the day before its SCTE Cable-Tec Expo gets underway.

Espial appoints VP of smart TV

June 26, 2012 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company intends to work with consumer electronics manufacturers to get broadband-based TV integrated into a wide range of consumer products.


Sony readies Google TV box

June 25, 2012 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Sony will double down on the Google TV concept with a similar box that also incorporates a Blu-ray player, due during the holiday season.

Study: N. Amer. No. 1 in home networking devices, thanks to MoCA

June 25, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to home networking devices, North America is the worldwide leader.

Shaw Direct bows streaming VOD service

June 20, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Direct is laying claim to being the first direct-to-home provider in Canada to use adaptive streaming technology to deliver video-on-demand content directly to subscribers’ set-top boxes.

SeaChange snaps up iTV software developer Flashlight

June 19, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International is continuing in its evolution as a software-based company with the purchase of interactive TV software developer Flashlight Engineering and Consulting.

Cable broadband pioneer wins Marconi Prize

June 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli is recognized for his development of analog and mixed-signal circuitry that helped enable cable modem technology.


Connections Europe - Nov. 13-14, 2012

June 18, 2012 5:48 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

Connections Europe, produced by Parks Associates, offers high-level analysis and consumer research, networking opportunities, and information on emerging connected home services and technologies.

Anga Cable Show a bigger draw for foreign attendees

June 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Anga Cable Show in Cologne, Germany, increased its number of foreign attendees from 43 percent to 50 percent.

WD expands connected home offerings with My Net routers

June 14, 2012 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Western Digital has released a new line of in-home routers aimed at mitigating performance problems related to the increasing number of wireless devices connecting to home networks.

DOJ investigates data caps

June 13, 2012 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an antitrust investigation into whether traditional pay-TV companies are acting improperly in their competition with online video companies.

TWC launches 1st cloud-based VOD search application in Syracuse

June 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is out of the starting blocks with the first launch of its cloud-based video-on-demand application in Syracuse.


Comcast taps ActiveVideo to enable VOD trial

June 12, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO will test ActiveVideo’s cloud-based system to provide a VOD user interface in Chattanooga.

Hitron unleashes Intel-based DOCSIS 3.0 gear at Anga

June 11, 2012 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Hitron Technologies is taking the wraps off of a cable modem and data gateway that features Intel’s Puma 6 Media Gateway chipset.

Cable tests HTML5, new CableLabs tru2way tool

June 8, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

HTML5 is shaping up to be the point where cable companies, which have long prospered using standards common amongst themselves, begin to employ standards commonly used by the electronics industry at large.

SmarDTV, Wiztivi intro solution for VOD on connected TVs

June 7, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, designed for the European HbbTV approach, relies on a set of open standards.

News From The Cable Show - Motorola Mobility

June 6, 2012 5:00 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Nate Williams of Motorola Mobility discusses the difficulties involved with making the connected home appear simple to use.

News From The Cable Show - Nagra

June 6, 2012 4:47 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Tom Wirth, senior vice president of Nagra Americas, introduces the company's new Broadcast IP Gateway at The Cable Show in Boston.

News From The Cable Show - Edgeware

June 6, 2012 4:16 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Edgeware CMO Duncan Potter discusses Edgeware's evolution from the server market to the market for distributed delivery networks. Potter also explains Edgeware’s partnership with SeaChange International that the company announced at The Cable Show.

Cox survey: Parents doing better job of monitoring Internet safety

June 6, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The survey focused on Internet use by “tweens,” which it defined as kids between the ages of 10 and 13.

Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

Under construction: The multi-screen video business model

June 6, 2012 12:57 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The evolution of a working business model for multi-screen and content is accelerating. Different companies coming from different angles have got many of the moving parts together, but those parts aren’t yet perfectly aligned.

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part II

June 5, 2012 5:32 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The book “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci is an excellent book on the fascinating history of HDTV.

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