Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.
The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.
Google is reportedly closing up its auction for Motorola Mobility’s Home unit, with Arris, Pace and Technicolor among the list of prospective suitors. The last round of bids were due, although the deadline could be extended, according to one of the sources.
Intel has upgraded its membership in the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) to become a Promoter Member. Jim Crammond, chief technology officer of gateway solutions within Intel’s Service Provider Division, will represent Intel on MoCA’s board of directors.
The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.
Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.
At least one venture capital firm is shelling out money; after pumping millions of dollars into CMTS start-up Cohere, Andreesen Horowitz has just placed another $30 million with CipherCloud. CipherCloud has staked out a position in cloud information protection.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that technical paper submissions were open for the Spring Technical Forum, which is part of The Cable Show in Washington D.C.
Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.
There’s no doubt that Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative has picked up a lot of steam this year, and that should continue with the RDK Developers Community Conference, which is hosted by Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The conference is an important next step for the RDK.
Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.
EchoStar said that David Rayner will return to the company as chief financial officer, and current CFO Kenneth Carroll will lead the company's corporate and business development. EchoStar sells set-top boxes and also provides satellite services to Dish Network.
A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.
New content is coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.
Shares of TiVo rose after the company posted a surprise third-quarter profit and analysts cheered the growth of its subscriber base. The digital video recording company has struggled to make money, posting annual losses in eight of the past 10 years.