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Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit

January 9, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "Smart TVs."

CES: Time Warner Cable hooks up with Roku for streaming

January 7, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Time Warner Cable announced it has added Roku to its roster of partners that can stream the MSO’s TWC TV service. The TWC TV service is free to authenticated subscribers and will launch on Roku this quarter.

CES: Celeno demos video bridge, IP camera

January 7, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno has partnered with Edimax on a video bridge that supports 802.11ac and boasts a peak radio throughput of 866 Mbps. The video bridge is capable of provisioning uninterrupted streaming of HD IPTV, as well as data streams to multiple screens within a user’s home, while also insuring QoS and QoE.

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Blockbuster On Demand to use Moto encryption

January 7, 2013 2:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the deal, Motorola Mobility has scored a notable trifecta for its Medios+ encryption technology, having struck deals in the past year with a major satellite company – Blockbuster is owned by EchoStar/Dish – a major IPTV provider – Verizon FiOS – and a major MSO – Time Warner Cable.

Kilar to quit as CEO of Hulu by March

January 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jason Kilar will step down as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by the parents of ABC, NBC and Fox. NBC parent Comcast is required to be a silent partner in Hulu as part of the government signing off on its purchase of NBCUniversal.

Flingo tunes in new Samba multi-screen platform

January 4, 2013 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Flingo announced it will be showing its new interactive TV platform - called Samba, which instantly syncs live TV shows across TVs, PCs, phones and tablets without downloading an app or logging in - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

CED Person of the Year

January 4, 2013 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.

The future of MPEG video transport over QAM

January 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Conrad Clemson, director of strategy and product management for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group | Articles | Comments

In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.

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Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

Lowe’s expands home networking line

January 3, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

There’s a widespread expectation that the business of broadband-based SMA will grow rapidly this year, and it will be hard to find a company that can help spread SMA wider than Lowe’s. The company launched its Iris cloud-based smart home product line last year.

New Products - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:14 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ZyXel announced a turnkey commercial Wi-Fi hotspot upgrade to its CloudEnabled Business Access Point, Cycle30 developed commercial business billing software designed for cable ops and Concurrent modified its video system to deliver content directly to Smart TVs.

Charter, Disney renew distribution agreement, add TV Everywhere services

January 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.

Capital Currents - Emergency information for sight-impaired viewers

January 2, 2013 11:39 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has begun a new proceeding on delivery of emergency information to blind and sight-impaired viewers. The FCC seems to be aware of the practical problem noted above, but it’s not making much progress in dealing with it.

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An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

Cisco still top dog in STB marketplace

December 21, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.

Arris to buy Motorola Home for $2B

December 19, 2012 6:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris announced it will acquire the Motorola Home business from Google for $2.35 billion. Arris will get outright possession of approximately 1,000 patents, and also an open license to about 1,000 more held by Motorola Mobility (which remains with Google).

Netgear’s new gateway garners CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification

December 19, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netgear announced that its new CG4500TM voice/data gateway, which has the capability for 24 x 4 channel bonding, has received CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification. On the channel-bonding front, Netgear is using MaxLinear’s MxL267 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver.

Nintendo to launch TVii tomorrow

December 19, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Nintendo is entering the TV realm with the launch of its Nintendo TVii, which is a free, integrated service that works on the recently launched Wii U console. TVii works by aggregating a Wii U user’s current video content provider onto a Wii U GamePad controller.

Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

December 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.

Suddenlink’s TiVo Stream service drops into southern states

December 18, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since Suddenlink Communications became the first cable operator to offer the TiVo Stream service in Lubbock, Texas, in October, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has deployed it in more than 60 communities across its footprint.

ThePlatform integrates smart workflow with transcoding vendors

December 18, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The sheer volume of multi-screen videos, along with the proliferation of the devices used to watch the content on, can be overwhelming at times, but Comcast-owned thePlatform has added “smart workflow” features to its mpx offering to help solve those issues.

Time Warner Cable ups Leddy to EVP of corporate strategy

December 18, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has named Kevin Leddy as its new executive vice president of corporate strategy. In his new role, Leddy reports to Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer.

Time Warner Cable certifies 2 modems for purchase program

December 17, 2012 2:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has given its stamp of approval on two Zoom Telephonics cable modems for use in its cable modem purchase program. The two DOCSIS 3.0-based Zoom modems, 5350 and 5341J, were tested and certified to be used across all five of its data tiers.

Avail-TVN launches white-label SVOD

December 17, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Avail-TVN’s ViewNow, which is being used by Verizon FiOS for Redbox Instant, is now available to other service providers that want to offer a branded subscription VOD service of their own. Using ViewNow, service providers will be able to offer titles from Avail-TVN’s library.

Disney strikes long-term carriage deal with Cox

December 14, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. began the year with a long-term carriage deal with Comcast, and it’s ending it with a similar agreement with Cox Communications. Cox is now able to carry Disney programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.

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