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FCC to proceed with "effective competition" review

April 7, 2015 2:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has denied a petition from the NAB and Public Knowledge to not consider what constitutes “effective competition” in the MVPD market.

Vivendi confirms offer for video sharing site Dailymotion

April 7, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vivendi has submitted an offer for the YouTube rival to Orange - the former France Telecom. Orange has been looking for someone to take DailyMotion off its hands for more than two years. 

Elemental drives live video on Comcast's private cloud

April 7, 2015 12:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is using Elemental Technologies’ software based encoders to prepare live video for delivery on its X1 DVR with cloud technology. Comcast is creating infrastructure that mimics the mechanics of cloud delivery, but entirely within its own managed network.

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Telus tabs $4B to upgrade wireless, wireline networks in Alberta

April 6, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telus in Canada plans to upgrade all wireless sites in Alberta to 4G LTE, to utilize Telus’ newly acquired AWS-3 spectrum within the province, and to increase wireline internet speeds to 100 Mbps.

Comcast, Verizon rev up watchathons

April 6, 2015 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast and Verizon have had success pumping up their VOD viewership numbers by giving subscribers free access to their VOD library for a week or more at a time, and so they're going to keep doing it.

Time Warner Cable first to integrate video, data through CCAP

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO's CCAP deployment, using Casa System’s C100G system, is the first announced production deployment by any North American MSO that can run both QAM and IP data through the same port.

Envivio has new rev of Muse encoder

April 3, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The 4.0 generation of the company's Muse video compression software is designed to improve the quality of MPEG-2 and H.264 video, and also improve the statistical rate control of VBR data streams for broadcast video.

RDK, Metrological present free RDK app emulator

April 2, 2015 2:27 pm | News | Comments

RDK Management has partnered with Metrological to deploy the reference design kit app emulator. Licensing is now free, with the intent of encouraging more developers to create apps that run on RDK products.

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Wave Broadband in talks to take over Click operations

April 1, 2015 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Tacoma, whose Click service is one of the first modern municipal broadband networks, is considering leasing operations to Wave Broadband, which would introduce gigabit service and VoIP.

Vyve picks up another OK system

April 1, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband continued consolidating systems in Oklahoma with the completion of its acquisition of Alliance Communications Network’s Buford Media system in Pryor.

thePlatform’s powering SVOD in Australia and Canada

March 31, 2015 6:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast’s independent subsidiary thePlatform will be providing video services for Australian SVOD provider Stan, and also for Canada’s Shomi.  

Korean MSO using Alticast to protect 4K content

March 30, 2015 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CJ Hellovision in South Korea is using Alticast’s content protection systems to secure content for its ongoing rollout of both live and on-demand Ultra HD (4K) programming to all of its more than 4.3 million subscribers, the vendor said.

Meerkat vs. Periscope: Live-streaming app battle & buzz

March 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Add Twitter to the list of companies streaming video. Meerkat was one of the big surprise hits of SXSW earlier this month. The app initially let users automatically tweet live streams to their followers.

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Quickplay draws another $45M

March 26, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Quickplay has attracted another $45 million  in capital. The new infusion ups the amount of financing the company has attracted since it was founded in 2003 to $150 million.

Epix pops up on the Xbox

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multiplatform VOD online movie channel Epix hopes to reach more people by introducing its app on Xbox One.

Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Elemental Statmux is a multi-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexer that operators can use to optimize bandwidth while delivering linear and OTT services.

Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV

March 25, 2015 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than 50 channels starting at $50. Additional channels can be had for $10 to $20 more, and the service comes . . .

Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

Euro carriers accelerate DSL to 170 Mbps

March 23, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefonica, BT, and Orange, have wrapped lab trials of G.fast technology, in which they were able to accelerate DSL on local loops to 170 Mbps. BT is about to move into field trials, and a group of companies is looking to adapt the technology for cellular backhaul.

Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

Piksel revamps workflow management tool

March 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Piksel said it has fully redesigned its cloud-based asset management system with a new interface and a process that enables video companies to create single-page workflows.

HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | News | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

PlayStationVue is live, for $50 to $70

March 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.

Canoe's cable ad insertion now reaches most major markets

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Canoe said its video on demand dynamic ad insertion technology is now available in over 130 DMAs, including 48 of the top 50, reaching approximately two-thirds of all cable TV households.

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