“Switching is easy, oh it’s essential. And you know, when you flick it, you can start a new episode.”
Several news items recently made me think about the technology involved with skipping commercials.
S3 Group announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) and will now provide its professional services to help integrate the RDK onto various set-top box platforms.
The bloodletting has begun at Motorola Mobility, as Google said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs in an attempt to reenergize Motorola’s bottom line.
RF semiconductor vendor GreenPeak Technologies is rolling out new radio chips to support a range of ZigBee networking technologies that will enable more home automation services.
IMJ Corp. emerged as the winner of an informal poll during CableLabs’ Innovation Showcase event that was part of the Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.
Broadcom will be showing its full suite of remote monitoring and diagnostic tools at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colo.
SeaChange International announced that former Comcast engineering executive Steve Craddock has joined its board of directors.
Customers will be able to sign up for a Mobile Share plan at any AT&T retail store or by calling AT&T.
Clearleap now has available its ClearPlay Authentication service, GLDS has introduced an authorization service for TV Everywhere, GreenPeak Technologies announced the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, Tektronix has upgraded its Medius centralized management server for QoE, and PPC is providing a new mobile app that provides its customers with 24/7 access to step-by-step installation instructions and videos.
The MSO promises to start distributing IP-based gateways and set-tops beginning later this year.
Digital transport adapter vendor Evolution Digital is working in tandem with Rovi on adding the latter’s electronic programming guide into its SD and HD DTAs.
Google and Rovi have signed a patent license agreement spanning several years for use in Google's long-awaited fiber pay-TV service.
Sony's red ink worsened in the April-June quarter and it lowered its full-year earnings forecast as it battles a strong yen and declining sales of liquid-crystal display TVs and video game machines.
BlackArrow has fleshed out its advanced advertising arsenal with the addition of its Subscriber Information Service product.
More than half a dozen CE manufacturers and retailers have signed on to provide products that will work with Roku’s forthcoming plug-in.
Cisco has closed its $5 billion purchase of digital TV software and security vendor NDS Group.
According to a recent survey of the hybrid, IP-based set-top box sector, operators gave Cisco a slight edge over Motorola.
TV Everywhere services could start to help reduce churn and increase revenues.
Allot expects the Oversi product portfolio to complement its Allot Service Gateway; the combined product set will enable both video optimization and caching.
Business software maker Oracle has agreed to buy networking technology company Xsigo Systems for an undisclosed sum.
According to a recent survey, 33 percent of cord cutters would not return to cable operators’ embrace, even if the cost for the video service was drastically reduced.
Just when the FCC was ready to consider lifting the ban on encryption for cable’s basic tier, along came Boxee throwing a wrench into the works.
BendBroadband has bought Chambers Cable System, which serves 3,500 subscribers in Sunriver and Crossriver, Ore., as well as surrounding areas.