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Synacor debuts white-label auto authentication for TVE

October 28, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Synacor laid claim to being the first vendor in the industry to launch an in-home white label auto authentication platform for TV Everywhere services. Auto authentication would reduce one of the chokepoints of deploying multi-screen services, and Synacor’s offering recognizes a user’s broadband network-based pay-TV account for at-home mobile access or connects via a user’s social media login.

Arista, Fox demo transfer of uncompressed HD

October 25, 2013 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arista Networks has demonstrated the ability to deliver uncompressed HD-SDI video over an IP network at wire rate. Fox and Arista said they expect all video production and distribution companies will eventually choose to not compress video during file transfers. The capability could be useful for sharing HD files with cable networks and other MVPDs.

SCTE says Expo attendance up 6 percent

October 25, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Attendance at this week’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta was somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,8000, which was a 6 percent increase over last year’s event that was held in Orlando. Attendance at the flagship event by the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers was boosted by the “DOCSIS 3.1 engineering” and “Creating the cable generalist” pre-conference symposiums.

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TWC, BHN to carry Al Jazeera America

October 25, 2013 11:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Al Jazeera America say they've reached a deal for the cable company to start carrying the channel. Al Jazeera America will be launched over the next six months on digital basic cable services in Time Warner Cable as well as Bright House Networks markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

TiVo enables viewing of recordings outside home

October 25, 2013 11:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TiVo is enabling a feature that lets people watch recorded movies and shows while they're away from home. The feature comes with higher-end models of TiVo's Roamio digital video recorders, but wasn't working when the devices launched in August.

Chip growth leads Samsung to another record profit

October 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

amsung Electronics Co. reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to 8 trillion won ($7.5 billion).

AT&T posts higher 3Q profit as revenue grows

October 24, 2013 10:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported its U-verse TV and Internet service reached 10 million subscribers during the third quarter, with one of the biggest gains in TV viewers in the history of the service. AT&T's third-quarter profit and revenue increased as the nation's largest telecommunications company added more smartphone and broadband subscribers.

Shaw Business checks in with Canad Inns

October 24, 2013 8:27 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Business signed a multi-year agreement with Canad Inns to deliver its video, voice and data services. Shaw will serve 16 Canad Inns locations across Manitoba and in Grand Forks, North Dakota, including hotels, restaurants and various other attractions.

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Sony offering sharable clips on Vudu

October 23, 2013 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is hoping that providing sharable movie clips and extras like deleted scenes will prompt more people to buy digital movies. The initiative gives people who buy movies on Vudu the ability to share dozens of clips or pieces of behind-the-scenes footage on Facebook and Twitter. In each case, a link takes users to a website with the clip embedded.

Expo: A cable state of mind

October 22, 2013 7:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The final panel of the opening general session at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wasn’t so much about getting down to the brass tacks of cable technology, but more about giving attendees tips that they could take back to their respective jobs. Part and parcel of creating a more nimble cable dynamic is providing employees, including field technicians, the proper tools to succeed, which in turn made them happier workers.

From Cable-Tec Expo: RDK gains momentum

October 22, 2013 9:55 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is living up to its goal of service velocity by cutting down the development cycles for set-top boxes and gateways from years to months. The RDK allows all of the interested parties to develop once and then scale across multiple environments – in the CableCard/QAM/MEPG-2 world of today, as well as in the IP environment of tomorrow.

CableLabs: DOCSIS 3.1 specs good to go

October 21, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last year when CableLabs announced DOCSIS 3.1 it vowed to have the specifications published by the end of this year. Through a Herculean effort by vendors, cable operators and other interested partners, the 3.1 specifications will be published at the end of this month.

U-Verse expands TV Everywhere to Android

October 21, 2013 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse has extended the availability of live TV channels to Android devices. Twenty of those 100 channels are available for viewing outside the home. Those same 100 channels are also available for home viewing through AT&T’s Uverse.com web portal.

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Time Warner Cable gets its CCAP on

October 21, 2013 9:34 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started to deploy the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) with Casa Systems and Arris. Time Warner Cable has CCAP up and running in several markets to provide more bandwidth for the delivery of its data services.

SCTE, CableLabs cozy up on technology initiatives

October 21, 2013 8:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that they would work in tandem to accelerate the worldwide development and deployment of new cable network technologies. The cable industry’s support organizations, which also include the NCTA, have become more aligned over the past few years at the behest of the cable operators that they serve.

Review: Finding football online can be tough

October 18, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One fan's fixation on finding football online shows the lengths people will go to figure out a way around the byzantine network of content rights that programmers and distributors have adopted. One solution juggles a bunch of apps, plus both Apple and Roku boxes.

CommScope intros dense QAMs on road to CCAP

October 18, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CommScope Converged Services Platform (CSP) will be available in two versions. The CSP 640 is a nine-rack-unit model with support for a maximum of 9,600 downstream QAMs. Aggregate throughput of 640 Gbps. The CSP 1280 is 14-rack unit model with up to 19,200 downstream QAMs. Maximum aggregate throughput is 1.28 Tbps.

Hulu names Fox exec Hopkins as CEO

October 18, 2013 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online video service Hulu named Fox executive Mike Hopkins as its new CEO Thursday, ending speculation over the company's leadership as it embarks on a period of expansion. The announcement comes three months after Hulu's owners announced in July they had called off their second attempt in three years to sell it and would instead invest $750 million more to ensure its future growth.

Google stock crosses $1,000 mark after earnings

October 18, 2013 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Strong third-quarter results have sent Google shares past the $1,000 mark for the first time. Shortly after the markets opened Friday, Google Inc. shares jumped more than 12 percent to $1,002. The stock had never before surpassed $928 in regular market trading since Google went public at $85 per share nine years ago.

Suddenlink cues up iTV in Texas

October 17, 2013 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is now offering interactive TV (iTV) services in the Texas communities of Tyler and Bryan-College Station. Among other features, advertisers in those areas can now superimpose special offers onto TV screens or subscribers can telescope into a commercial with their remote controls for more information.

Intel signs up for SCTE Standards Program

October 17, 2013 1:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that Intel had joined the SCTE Standards Program. Intel, which has delayed the launch of its own video service, will work with the Standards Program on the development of new energy and operations standards and recommended best practices for the cable operator industry.

Arris, Seawell combo on multi-screen ad delivery

October 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Arris Group and SeaWell Networks have integrated the former’s SkyVision ad insertion platform and the latter’s IP session delivery controller to enable the delivery of localized, session-oriented advertisements and programming at the home network level.

Verizon 3Q profit soars as number of devices grows

October 17, 2013 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon's third-quarter net income jumped 40 percent as the largest U.S. mobile phone carrier continued to add more wireless devices to its network. Verizon earned $2.23 billion, or 78 cents per share, up from $1.59 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

Ziggo rejects Liberty Global takeover bid

October 16, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dutch cable company Ziggo has rejected a takeover bid from Liberty Global as inadequate. Liberty Global began investing in Ziggo earlier this year, buying 28.5 percent of the Dutch company’s stock. Liberty Global and Liberty Media, both chaired by John Malone, have been aggressively investing in cable companies around the world. 

Espial lands RDK-related deal with large cable operator

October 16, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Espial said this morning that it had landed a multi-year, multi-million dollar RDK-based contract with a unnamed tier 1 cable operator in North America. Espial’s RDK-client solution for set-top boxes and HTML5-based  G4 User Experience will be used by the cable operator to provision its services across TVs, tablets and smartphones.

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