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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.

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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.

Open Mic - Network DVR vs. TV Everywhere

June 5, 2012 5:22 pm | by Bob Scheffler, senior director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of home entertainment technology – from the phonograph to radio to TV – the living room has long been the gathering place for the family. But in today’s world, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has created an insatiable consumer appetite for anytime, anyplace content.

Engineering-Wise - Getting smart(er)

June 5, 2012 5:02 pm | by Tom Russell, senior director of standards at the SCTE | Articles | Comments

The Digital Revolution has enabled and promulgated advances in systems management, reliability and delivery of services undreamed of, or relatively primitive in implementation, only a few short decades ago.

Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

Boxee makes move to the cloud

June 4, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is beta testing an iPhone app aimed at making it easier to store and share personal video.

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CMC’s Hits signs deal to distribute In Demand’s VOD movies

May 31, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators will now be able to tap into video-on-demand movies from In Demand Networks.

TiVo swings to $20M Q1 loss

May 31, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo posted a $20.8 million fiscal first-quarter loss, reversing a profit in the same quarter last year, as hefty costs more than offset a jump in revenue.

RCN taps thePlatform to back TV Everywhere service

May 30, 2012 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RCN plans to roll out the service later this year, accessible through its TiVo set-tops.

Charter adds 20 more HD channels in Great Lake state

May 30, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter drops in 20 more HD channels in Michigan, for a total of 100.

Jungo’s gateway software expands IPV6 support

May 29, 2012 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company includes a dual-stack approach that will enable operators to support both IPv4 and IPv6 equipment.

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Report: Residential gateways boost broadband revenue

May 29, 2012 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Residential gateways are adding to service providers’ bottom lines by enabling new services.

Cox CTO Hart shares thoughts on Cable Show, big picture at MSO

May 25, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Cox Communications CTO Kevin Hart outlines the company’s key projects and initiatives.

Broadcasters sue Dish over ad-skipping DVR service

May 25, 2012 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadcasters Fox, NBC and CBS sued Dish Network Corp. on Thursday over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

SeaChange sells media services company

May 24, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Avail-TVN has purchased SeaChange International’s On Demand Group (ODG) for $27 million.

Pace, TiVo partner on multi-tuner video gateway

May 23, 2012 11:09 am | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Pace and TiVo have collaborated on a six-tuner, hybrid QAM/IP video gateway, which is known as the XGI, that also features TiVo’s user interface.

@ The Cable Show: Hey, do you remember the future?

May 23, 2012 10:10 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Is anyone ready for expanding the spectrum on their HFC networks to 1.7 GHz? DOCSIS transport at 1 Gbps? QAM modulation at 4,096 channels?

FourthWall signs licensing agreement with Microsoft for STB data

May 22, 2012 10:23 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

FourthWall Media has inked a licensing agreement with Microsoft Advertising for set-top box data collection and a report processing system from Microsoft.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

@ The Cable Show: Cable ecosystem turbo-charges speed-to-market cycles

May 21, 2012 4:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There’s definitely a need for speed when it comes to the innovation cycles for new products and services.

@ The Cable Show: Boston will soon get Xcalibur, renamed X1

May 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is set to commercialize the app, which turns the second screen into a remote control and a host for interactive applications complementing what’s on TV.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Itaas licenses Comcast’s tru2way RDK

May 21, 2012 11:38 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Itaas has signed a license agreement for Comcast’s Reference Development Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes, along with other open source components.

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