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ESPN unconcerned by SEC Net's limited distribution

May 29, 2014 1:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the SEC Network says ESPN is unconcerned about the new network's limited cable and satellite distribution deals with 2½ months to go before its launch. ESPN has reached deals with satellite TV company Dish Network along with cable providers AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC to carry the SEC Network.

Report: CCAP evolution underway

May 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, cable operators are starting to embrace the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) over traditional cable modem termination systems (CMTS.) The recent first quarter was another record setter for CCAP revenue, which jumped 177 percent sequentially while CMTS revenue dropped 76 percent.

Report: STB sector ripe for consolidation

May 29, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Set-top box vendors have traditionally weighted their efforts more heavily towards specific sectors of cable, satellite or IPTV services, but today’s video operators are busy expanding their video offerings over multiple networks. The move towards more video over multiple networks means the set-top box and gateway vendor sector is headed for consolidation, according to a report by ABI Research. 

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Buckeye uncorks live streaming of sports nets

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched its first mobile streaming app, which provides live sports programming to its authenticated subscribers across iOS and Android devices. The “Watch BCSN” app, which went live last month, serves up local sports from Buckeye’s BCSN, BCSN 2 and BCSN Erie networks across the cable operator’s Toledo area and Erie County footprint.

Videotron offers new 802.11ac router to subscribers

May 28, 2014 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is serving up a new Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks simultaneously. The router was developed exclusively for Videotron in partnership with ZyXEL. Videotron said that supporting 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks limited interference and lag. 

Envivio delivering 50fps HEVC 4K for French Open

May 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology for live streaming of the French Open 2014 tennis championship to compatible 4K TV sets in France. Envivio is enabling transmission of 4K using HEVC compression, at 50 frames per second.

Vubiquity adds to VOD arsenal with FilmFlex buy

May 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen video vendor Vubiquity announced this morning that it was buying UK-based FilmFlex, the latter of which is one of the largest white label VOD and multiplatform providers outside of the United States. Prior to the purchase, FilmFlex was a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

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Bolt Fiber to install GPON network in Oklahoma

May 27, 2014 1:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolt Fiber Optic Services has contracted with Alcatel-Lucent to install GPON for triple-play service delivery. The 1 gigabit service will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled for completion by April, 2017.  A-L is acting as system integrator; the network will include A-L GPON equipment.

TWC, BHN connect with Fox to offer more TVE choices

May 23, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks authenticated subscribers can now tap into video streams from Fox Now, FXNow, Fox Sports Go and Nat Geo TV apps across multiple devices at no additional cost. Once they’ve signed in with their usernames and passwords, customers can stream shows and movies on demand from Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild plus watch live sports from Fox Sports.

Amazon becomes a programmer with its first show

May 23, 2014 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"Tumble Leaf," follows the adventures of a blue fox named Fig. Amazon plans to release two more new kids programs over the summer. Only members of Amazon's Prime subscription plan can watch the programs, which are produced by Amazon Studios.

Indiana phone co-op buys local cable operator

May 23, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pulaski White Rural Telephone Cooperative (PWRTC) is in the process of acquiring TV Cable of Winamac, aka Zing. The purchase price was not disclosed. Together, the operation will be able to provide a triple play bundle that combines the most advanced services of each.

TWCBC’s Warfield 1st winner of SCTE’s Oakes scholarship award

May 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Jeanie Warfield was named as the first recipient of the Catherine Oakes Memorial Leadership Scholarship for Women, the SCTE Foundation announced today. The $3,700 scholarship award was created to honor the memory of Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE, who passed away suddenly last November. 

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AT&T: DirecTV deal won't impact network plans

May 22, 2014 12:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Bill Smith, president of AT&T’s network operations, said AT&T’s pending acquisition of DirectTV won’t have any effect on how the carrier invests in its network. Smith said that if anything, the acquisition of DirecTV was complimentary to AT&T’s current network plans. 

Conviva: Live From the Show: Conviva

May 21, 2014 8:01 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Conviva chief strategy officer Keith Zubchevich on the how the Internet remains a hostile environment for video, even as more video is traversing the open network, and on the technological approach Conviva devised for making the Internet safe for video.

By the numbers: good news/bad news with Q1 video subs

May 21, 2014 1:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The pay-TV universe expanded by about 260,000 subscribers in the first quarter. On the broadband side, that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. acquired nearly 1.2 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers.

Ensequence makes WE tv promos interactive

May 21, 2014 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Over the course of the campaigns, WE tv said it has seen 25 percent of the viewers who interacted with the spot opt-in for an SMS reminder. Additionally, initial interaction rates were as high as 3 percent, significantly above standard rates for other direct response media such as internet advertising or direct mail.

Tennis anyone? Cox serves up French Open on TV Everywhere

May 21, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and the Tennis Channel have teamed up to provide French Open coverage to the cable operator’s authenticated subscribers. At no additional cost, Cox subscribers can access the Tennis Channel’s linear coverage stream “from nearly everywhere” on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

TWC: We’ll try harder

May 21, 2014 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With their $45 billion merger making the regulatory rounds, the last thing Comcast and Time Warner Cable needed was a very public black eye in American Customer Satisfaction Index survey (ACSI), which was released yesterday. To recap, Time Warner Cable finished dead last in customer satisfaction for both its video and data services while Comcast was second to last in the same catagories in the survey.

Antitrust experts: 2 big deals better than 1

May 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV could reap immediate regulatory rewards. Coming so quickly on the heels of a rival cable company merger —the pairing of Comcast and Time Warner Cable— makes it easier for regulators to approve both transactions because they create two counterbalanced giants in pay TV. 

Netflix coming to Germany, France, 4 other markets

May 21, 2014 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries later this year as the Internet video service tries to build an international following that might eventually surpass its U.S. audience. The additional markets announced Wednesday will extend Netflix's reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe.

Telefunken installing Aurora's PON in Germany

May 20, 2014 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefunken Communications is in the process of deployoing PON technology from Aurora Networks. The company began to launch new internet services in April, including 150 Mbps broadband for residential customers and up to 250 Mbps (symmetrical) for business customers.

RGB and Pi combine on OTT video system

May 20, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pi Telecom and RGB have integrated the former's MediaStage family of products with the latter's software-based encoding. The solution has already been deployed with Megafon, one of Russia's largest mobile operators, to deliver more than 200 live channels and a range of services. 

Survey: Comcast, TWC have the most unhappy video, data subs

May 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pay-TV subscribers’ satisfaction with their video services from some of the largest providers is eroding, according to the latest annual survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI.) The survey didn’t bode particularly well for would be merger partners Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which dropped 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in the survey’s video customer satisfaction rankings. 

Study: Loss of video subscribers in NA partially offset by ARPU increases

May 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the notable exception of Comcast, most cable operators in North America continued to bleed out basic video subscribers in the most recent first quarter earnings reports, but those losses were at least partially offset by increasing average revenue per user (ARPU), according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. 

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