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Elemental Tech debuts software-only approach

April 5, 2014 7:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies has revised its video processing software so that it runs on multiple processing architectures, including appliances, blade solutions, virtual machines and the cloud. Ericsson has endorsed the idea by adopting Elemental’s software to operate in its Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.   

Harmonic allies with Adobe for multi-screen ad insertion

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Harmonic’s multiscreen transcoding and delivery system now supports workflows compatible with Adobe Primetime's ad insertion capabilities. This workflow is compatible with the Adobe Primetime platform, which enables pay-TV service providers and broadcasters to insert advertising as well as manage program substitution and blackouts for any device with access to the web. 

Envivio enhances 4K encoding sftware

April 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC compression using its Muse encoding software. The approach relies on distributing HEVC encoding across multiple server nodes. This architecture is designed to provide the power to perform high quality Ultra HD compression on industry-standard servers. 

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Boxfish aims to change TV with really big data

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Boxfish has been processing, in real time, every single word spoken on 1,000 different TV channels worldwide, compiling a database of more than 86 million(!) topics that can be used to categorize and sort all broadcast content. The database is so vast and so versatile the company can barely figure out what aspect of the video industry revolutionize first. Program guides? Audience analysis? Targeted advertising?

CED Demystifying Technology: Netflix and Network Neutrality

April 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo looks at the Netflix and Comcast relationship, and examines why network neutrality rules apply, but not the way some people might think they do.  Along the way, Vint and Tim help invent the Internet, the big kids on the block form a gang, and nobody's drawing skills improve. 

Clearleap, iStreamPlanet ally to deliver live video

April 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

iStreamPlanet and Clearleap have integrated the former’s cloud-based live video streaming platform, Aventus, with the latter’s modular platform. The combined system enables the capture, management and retransmission of live video to virtually any connected device, from live sporting events to reality TV show competitions to breaking news.  

Digital Rapids to market support for MPEG-DASH, UltraViolet

April 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it is preparing to release a set of new software components and updates to its Transcode Manager 2 automated file-based media processing software and its underlying Kayak workflow platform that will enable those capabilities. Digital Rapids has been testing the options in beta with some customers, and is now ready to commercialize them.

Amazon introduces FireTV its own streaming video box

April 2, 2014 8:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amazon Fire TV is joining an increasingly crowded market for OTT set-tops, all offering access to pretty much the same set of services and apps, such as Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon's own Amazon Prime streaming service. The Fire TV arrives with a $99 price tag, the same at the AppleTV, and the most expensive Roku box.

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Verizon FiOS rolling out new 6-tuner DVR

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FiOS Quantum TV is now available to customers in North Texas and Harrisburg, Pa. Verizon will roll out the service through the rest of its footprint in phases over the next few months. The DVR Verizon is using, which it calls the Video Media Server, is manufactured by Arris. The company is offering a double-DVR option. 

Envivio streaming HD sports to AppleTVs

April 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio announced that it is powering premium live HD sports channels on Apple TV for a European Tier 1 service provider. The content is being compressed using Envivio’s Muse Live encoders, protected using a new encryption mode by Envivio Halo network media processors, and delivered to Apple TVs.

Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

Viacom blacked out on Cable One

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In the middle of a standoff on carriage fees, the cable operator has removed its Viacom lineup. Cable One is threatening to just let the Viacom channels go. The company noted that its customers have been requesting other channels, including BBC America, Sprout, The Blaze, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Investigation Discovery, TV One, Sundance and others.

Akamai works with Aspera to accelerate file transfer

April 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Aspera Upload Acceleration option integrates Aspera’s FASP transfer technology directly into Akamai’s NetStorage cloud-based online storage platform. The integrated system will significantly increase upload transfer speeds, with no need for customers to re-architect the workflow or build custom API calls.

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FCC bans broadcaster collusion in retrans negotiations

March 31, 2014 1:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC issued two key decisions today, one that prohibits broadcast stations from joining together in retransmission consent negotiations, the other opening another 100 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications. Under the new regulations, two or more separately owned Top-4 broadcasters in the same market would be prohibited from banding to negotiate retrans deals.

Conax integrates with Anevia

March 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax and Anevia have integrated the latter’s video streaming and CDN solutions with the the former’s Contego Unite content protection platform. The two said the combined system simplifies the ability to roll out over the top (OTT) services.

Viacom demanding 100% increases in carriage fees

March 28, 2014 1:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer is playing hardball as it negotiates carriage fees with cable operators all across the country, in some cases demanding rate increases variously described as being more than 100 percent and as being 40 times the rate of inflation. By one estimate, there are nearly 700 small cable operators, representing roughly 5 million customers, in confrontations with Viacom.

Casa Systems adds upstream module for CMTS

March 27, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new DOCSIS 3.1 upstream module supports the full spectrum in the upstream direction from 5 Mhz up to 100 Mhz, and has four times the processing power of its predecessor. It delivers 8 channels per port for a total of 128 channels per module. 

Bright House Networks tops customer experience rating; Comcast last

March 27, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the third straight year, Bright House Networks came out on top of a survey that was based on customer experience. On the other hand, Comcast finished at the bottom of the 2014 Temkin Experience Ratings, which was conducted for the fourth year by the Temkin Group.

Report: Dish, DirecTV engage in merger talks

March 27, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging. Bloomberg News reported Ergen initiated the discussion in response to Comcast Corp.'s pending $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc., which was announced last month. The news service cited several unnamed sources.

Comcast uncoiling Viper across video services

March 26, 2014 6:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Comcast started developing its organically grown Viper platform several years ago as a way to build a cloud-based, IP video infrastructure that would deliver live streams, full linear lineups, on-demand video, cloud DVR service and other digital video products and services to the full range of IP devices.

HEVC: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

March 26, 2014 3:19 pm | by Kanaan Jemili, SVP, Product Management, Rovi | Articles | Comments

Content producers don’t want to invest in the technology needed to create HEVC programming without a significant installed base of HEVC-capable playback devices. And hardware manufacturers don’t want to invest in HEVC players until there’s more HEVC content. One way to break the stalemate and drive adoption of HEVC is to go direct to consumers – to make available software that includes HEVC creation and playback support.

TiVo locks up deal with WaveDivision

March 26, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has notched another customer win by announcing a deal with WaveDivision Holdings, which offers triple play services through its Wave Broadband and Astound brands. WaveDivision is going all in with TiVo on a co-branded version of its whole-home DVR platform, which is slated to go live mid-year. 

Nagra/Kudelski buying Conax

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by CED | News | Comments

The Swiss group is buying Conax for roughly $256 million. Nagra/Kudelski said Conax will fit in with the company’s portfolio of products for service providers, including its OpenTV5 middleware, multiscreen/OTT solutions and SmarDTV’s advanced conditional access modules.

Cox Media takes geographic-based ads for a trial spin

March 26, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working with Invidi Technologies, Cox Media has started addressable advertising trials that target viewers by their geographic locations. The two companies said they have entered into an “exploratory agreement” to measure the effectiveness of addressable advertising delivered according to specific viewer geographic, demographic, and other pre-determined viewer qualifiers.

Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2B

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. Irvine, California-based Oculus VR Inc. makes the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that's received a lot of attention from video game developers. 

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