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Consumer Reports: Majority of consumers give thumbs down on TWC/Comcast deal

June 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a new opinion poll released this morning by the Consumer Reports National Resource Center, most citizens are against the proposed coupling of Time Warner Cable and Comcast. The poll showed that 11 percent of the public supported the merger, 56 percent opposed it and 32 percent had no opinion either way.

A rational way to deliver video description audio

June 18, 2014 7:52 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

Capital Currents: I’ve written before about the problems of delivering the video description audio track to legacy cable set-top boxes. Now the cable industry seems to have figured out how to transition to a more rational approach. We’ll see if broadcasters are willing to go along.

GVTC deploys gigabit network in San Antonio suburbs

June 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion fiber network that stretches across three cities just north of San Antonio, Tex.

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DOCSIS 3.1 Checklist

June 17, 2014 5:29 pm | by CED | Webinars

While full-scale DOCSIS 3.1 implementations may not occur for another two years, cable operators are currently preparing their networks. In this live Google Hangout, sponsored by VeEX and hosted by CED, attendees will learn how cable operators and vendors are gearing up for 3.1 rollouts.

RCN tunes in TiVo’s caller ID on TV feature

June 17, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN subscribers with leased TiVo boxes can now tap into the latter’s caller ID on TV service at no additional cost. The new feature, which will be available to new and existing customers this week, displays the name of the caller and the number on the TV screen during an incoming call. 

Cable STBs enjoy growth spurt in 1Q

June 17, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While worldwide set-top box revenue declined in the first quarter of this year, the cable set-top box segment grew 5 percent in both units shipped and revenue growth. Infonetics Research’s set-top box report said that worldwide set-top box revenue totaled $4.8 billion in the first quarter, which was a decline of 3 percent from the preceding fourth quarter.

How the world watches the World Cup on TV, online

June 17, 2014 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Television and online rights for sporting events are typically sold by territory. For the World Cup, that means U.S. viewers are limited to what's available through U.S. television networks ABC, ESPN and Univision. ABC and ESPN, both owned by The Walt Disney Co., are splitting the English-language coverage on television.

TV Everywhere apps: “Market the damn things”

June 16, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

MSOs are getting crushed by their over the top rivals when it comes to TV Everywhere – an area where the only thing they have to do to become more competitive is to let their customers know that they are, in fact, competing. The Diffusion Group’s advice to MSOs: “Market the damn things.”

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Columbus Communications using Triveni portable MPEG analyzer

June 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Columbus Communications has deployed Triveni Digital's StreamScope Portal portable MPEG analysis and troubleshooting tool across its operations in the Caribbean. Columbus is using the tool to monitor and improve video streams from its distribution plants on multiple islands.

TWC exec to join SpinCo as CFO

June 16, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The executive leadership team of SpinCo continues to coalesce with current Time Warner Cable treasurer and former Insight Communications exec Matthew Siegel slotted for the chief financial officer position. Charter Communications and Comcast announced this morning that Siegel would assume his new role once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal and the Charter/Comcast transactions were completed.

Report: Pay-TV operators rule STB food chain

June 16, 2014 11:56 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The largest video providers rule the roost when it comes to defining the set-top box ecosystem, according to a recent report by ABI Research. While pay-TV operators are at the top of the set-top box food chain, hardware OEMs and semiconductor vendors function in supporting roles.  

Wheeler expands network neutrality process to include peering

June 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Wheeler for the first time made a clear distinction between ISP networks and activity on the open Internet governed by peering agreements. Consumers expect good service, he said, and peering activity affects that. He has directed the FCC to start collecting information on peering agreements.

Roku CEO discusses state of Internet video, TV

June 13, 2014 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"To me, it's pretty clear that all TV is going to be streamed... Things like DVD players are going to go away. Cable boxes are obviously going away, too. DVRs are just a stepping stone technology. When everything is on demand, you won't have to record anything anymore so that's going to disappear."

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Charter to double down on live streaming channels, ponders RDK

June 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After launching its Charter TV App with 130 live channels for in-home viewing in April, Charter Communications will soon more than double its roster of live channel choices. Charter is also leaning towards using the RDK for its World Box. 

TWC’s ‘Boxless Homes” envisions a CPE-less world

June 13, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s future may be up in the air with the Comcast deal looming but the nation’s second-largest cable operator has a plan in place for homes without its customer premise equipment for video services. Speaking at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter’s symposium in Denver on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable’s Louis Williamson provided some insight into his company’s “Boxless Home” project.

Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

Globosat ready for World Cup games in 4K

June 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Brazilian cable and satellite TV provider Globosat is set to broadcast the final three games of the 2014 World Cup live in Ultra HD, using technology from Broadcom and from Elemental Technologies. The vendors say this will be the first broadcast of Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second and with 10-bit Rec 2020 color.

WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

Comcast develops streaming service to X1 boxes

June 12, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to leave no video-related stone unturned, Comcast is working on a streaming service that would send non-linear video content to X1 boxes in subscribers’ homes. While Comcast’s Streampix service focuses on streaming movies and TV shows from its list of network partners, the new platform would feature curated content, both short and long form, from non-linear Web partners.

Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

Blonder Tongue debuts combo encoder and media player

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MPHDE-50 combines a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a 1-RU space. The media modulator is designed to streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. 

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

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