The National Cable Television Cooperative announced that more than 100 of its members were using its TV Everywhere platform, which is known as WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE). Since most smaller cable operators lack the resources to build and deploy their own multi-screen service, the NCTC came up with its own authenticated platform to offer to its affiliates.
Cox Communications and Verizon Wireless have launched their combined offering of cable, phone, Internet and wireless services in the Gulf Coast area, which includes South Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. The bundling deal, which was first announced in December of 2011, allows subscribers to pick their service preferences from a range of offers that include video, Internet, home phone and 4G LTE wireless services.
Driven by the need for new guide software, metadata and technologies related to DVR and VOD services, the traditional middleware TV market is undergoing a growth spurt. A recent report by ABI Research found that the middleware market, which had been relatively flat between 2010 and 2011, grew 11 percent through last year to reach $1.13 billion.
Amino’s A140 and A540 HD devices are now fully certified with Minerva’s 5.4 client. The platform enables operators to deliver linear and on-demand video services to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Pay TV subscribers can also use these devices to search for content via a unified user interface.
CI Broadband announced yesterday that it had completed its deal to buy James Cable, which was first announced in April. BCI Broadband, which was formed by former executives from Bresnan Communications, also announced that it has added cable pioneer Alan Gerry to its advisory board.
Tokyo-based Access announced this morning that it has licensed Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK.) Access plans on using the RDK ecosystem to further develop its HTML5 and DLNA-based products. Access said its DLNA offering, NetFront Living Connect, and its HTML5 software, NetFront Browser NX, support DLNA’s Premium Video Profile.
Live Events can acquire event feeds from any source – including satellite, terrestrial fiber and Internet – then transcode and deliver the content to broadcasters and other commercial customers. The service also provides proactive monitoring and redundancy over Verizon's global network.
Cable set-top box shipments and revenues were able to shake off the traditional first quarter lull this year to post modest gains across both categories. Cisco had its best first quarter on record while extending its worldwide set-top box revenue lead, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.
Samsung is reported to have purchased over-the-top box designer Boxee, for something less than the $28.5 million that had been invested in the company. Boxee had attempted to raise another $30 million in venture capital, but eventually decided instead to sell.
Time Warner Cable and Apple are rumored to be closing in on a deal that would give Time Warner Cable’s subscribers access to their programming via Apple TV. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reported that an agreement would be announced over the next few months.
In an effort to keep its subscribers from churning away, Rogers Communications announced this morning that it would launch a customer loyalty program in key markets this summer. The program, which is called “Rogers First Rewards,” allows Rogers customers to earn points that can be redeemed online for discounts on Rogers’ products and services.
Southwest Airlines Co. is offering live TV that passengers can watch on their own Internet devices for free. Satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. will pay for the service through the end of the year on more than 400 Wi-Fi equipped planes.
Subscribers will now be able to automatically log in to Comcast's TV Everywhere service from any device within their homes. The operator is calling the feature Home Pass. Xfinity TV and Internet customers will no longer need to sign in with a user name and password to access on demand and live streaming content.
Charter Communications has wrapped up is $1.62 billion purchase of Cablevision’s Bresnan Broadband Holdings, which the latter called Optimum West. The immediate result is that Charter, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, has added systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah that pass more than 660,000 homes and serve 375,000 residential and business customers.
Customers who had enjoyed free live viewing of local ABC stations in New York and Philadelphia on mobile devices will now need to show they are pay TV subscribers. The app also launches Monday in four new markets, where use will likewise be limited to pay TV subscribers: Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
Tribune Co. has reached a deal to buy Local TV Holdings LLC's 19 TV stations for $2.73 billion in cash, significantly boosting its television business as it looks to sell its newspaper operations. The company said the acquisition makes it the No. 1 local TV affiliate group in America.
The MSO’s Summer of Kids has a dual purpose. First, it is aimed at driving viewers to its on-demand library of family-friendly content. The company is using the occasion to introduce a set of search and discovery features. Comcast is also opening its Wi-Fi network to all comers for two weeks.
Ericsson announced today that had agreed to buy Red Bee Media in an effort to bolster its broadcast services division. Ericsson is buying Red Bee, which is based in the United Kingdom, from a group that was led by Macquarie Advanced Investment Partners.
Time Warner Cable has added yet another feather to its TV Everywhere cap by reaching a deal to stream 300 live channels to Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The TWC TV app for Xbox users will launch later this summer with gamers being able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Microsoft Windows Phone users rejoice; Comcast’s remote control app is now available. Comcast has had remote control apps for iOS, including the iPad, and Android devices for years, but Microsoft joined the Xfinity Remote app party yesterday.
Aereo announced this morning that Chicago was the next stop on its 22-city expansion project that was announced earlier this year. Aereo’s antenna and cloud-based DVR video service is slated to launch in the Chicago area on Sept 13.
Washington D.C.—based 1776 has picked Comcast Business as its exclusive network services partner for the 1776 Campus, which is an incubation space and events venue for emerging startups. With the agreement, 1776 tenants have access to Comcast Business’ Ethernet, Internet, voice and video services.
VOD? Multi-screen? Yes, of course, but with so many sources of video, how do you make the whole experience seamless for the viewer? Alan Hoff, VP of strategic marketing for SeaChange International, talks about his company's efforts to help its customers' customers make sense of all their media.
NCTA VP of industry affairs Mark Bell expounds on how cable is telling an effective story about how it has always been a technology disruptor, and that it continues to be so, with a tradition of innovation that shows every sign of accelerating.
Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.