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Edgeware accelerator speeds up origin servers

September 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.

Ericsson builds CDN for Rostelcom

September 13, 2013 12:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.

Tata's cloud-based service offers HEVC encoding

September 13, 2013 12:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Tata Communications’ cloud-based video service is now offering the option to encode video using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), relying on Harmonic Inc.'s ProMedia file-based transcoding technology. The company's Cloud Transform service enables broadcasters to transcode large libraries of video assets without investing in new hardware or their own onsite private cloud.

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Expo to kick off with C-suite execs in general session

September 13, 2013 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.

IBC: SeaWell, Civolution join forces on multi-screen security

September 13, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaWell Networks has teamed up with Civolution on a joint multi-screen security offering that is being shown at IBC2013 in Amsterdam. The collaboration bulks up SeaWell's multi-screen security framework by adding scalable, per-session watermarking for TV Everywhere and over-the top (OTT) services.

Founder of Dolby Laboratories dies

September 13, 2013 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80. The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer.

Broadcom adds chips for UltraHD set-tops

September 12, 2013 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom announced chipsets for set-top boxes and gateways that will be able to support UltraHD video. The new silicon – for satellite, cable and IP – integrate support for the advanced high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) standard H.265.

RDK Management names president/GM, lays support foundation

September 12, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following on the heels of its formation last month, RDK Management has named Comcast executive Steve Heeb as its president and general manager, along with picking S3 Group and itaas to provide support services to the organization and its licensees. Heeb, who is already manning the RDK Management helm, brings 20 years of industry experience to the organization. 

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IBC: SeaChange blends software into Netgear’s headless gateway

September 12, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International’s Nucleus software is doing the heavy lifting in Netgear’s new headless media gateway. Netgear is showing its HMG7000 gateway, which will be ready for operator trials the first half of next year, in its booth at the IBC2013 show in Amsterdam.

AT&T’s new app sends notes to TV screens

September 12, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Probably the best way to get a teenager’s attention is via a TV screen. AT&T’s newest app, TV Notes, does just that by allowing users to post pop-up messages onto subscribers’ TV screens. TV Notes can be used by AT&T video customers that also subscribe to the company’s data service.

Comcast's Burke: NBC/U will be seeking higher retrans fees

September 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

If the U.S. cable industry was looking for the largest MSO to help push for reform of retransmission consent, it can forget it. Comcast’s programming arm is far behind its direct competitors when it comes to collecting retrans fees, but it is about to get aggressive on that front.

Operations Go High Tech

September 11, 2013 8:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

While the cable industry has worked overtime to overcome the perception of poor customer service when it comes installs the stereotype still persists. With an increasingly competitive landscape, cable operators know they have to do a better job of keeping their subscribers happy while also improving their fulfillment operations to cut down on truck rolls.

Upfront: Venture capital war chest opens up

September 11, 2013 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The spigot on the venture capital pipe seems to be opening a little wider of late, with companies specializing in various technologies important to the communications industry picking up multi-million dollar infusions, including two companies that bagged $50 million or more each.

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In Perspective: Marriage counseling

September 11, 2013 7:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Rep. Greg Walden is trying to revive legislation to reform the FCC that he’s failed to get passed before and is a good bet to fail again. He describes it as a bill that would make the FCC more transparent, though what it will mostly do is make the FCC even less effective than it is now.

Open Mic: Pay-TV operators and audience data

September 11, 2013 6:59 pm | by Chris Hock, senior vice president, product management and marketing- BlackArrow | Articles | Comments

Now that TV can go over any screen and can be watched at any time, the problem of controlling reach and frequency is exponentially more complex. To reach people who are watching TV time-shifted or on devices, advertisers need not only to buy traditional linear TV, but also to buy campaigns on all the other new TV platforms as well — a cost prohibitive proposition.

Memory Lane: Let’s be friends. Again.

September 11, 2013 6:47 pm | by Stewart Schley, Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

The 1980s were sweet times for cable programmers. Flush with cash from a dual-revenue stream economic model that was the envy of the TV business, they were rising in power and eager to grow. Cable companies recognized how essential these programming providers were to the growth of their industry, particularly as cable began to push into major metropolitan markets.

Dutch KPN operation switches to cloud UI

September 11, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Glashart Media is using CloudTV H5 from ActiveVideo to deliver cloud UIs and other rich interactive services – including an EPG, on-demand video, Cloud DVR, and other applications. These capabilities are now live in approximately 140,000 homes, all equipped with thin clients.

Comcast promotes Jenckes, Charytan, Khoury; hires Brassel

September 11, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has passed out promotions to Lynn Charytan, Jennifer Khoury and Marcien Jenckes, and hired newcomer Ed Brassel to a newly created job. After previously serving as senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast Cable, Jenckes has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer services.

TWC promotes FitzPatrick to SVP, CFO of residential services

September 11, 2013 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently announced that Mark FitzPatrick had been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of residential services. FitzPatrick, who now reports to executive vice president and chief financial officer Artie Minson, now oversees all areas of finance for the company’s residential, media and video operations.

Deutsche Telekom deploys TVE with MobiTV

September 11, 2013 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom has completed the first phase of its TV Everywhere service roll out with MobiTV. The streaming service, which is called Entertain2Go,  provisions video across various devices to deliver live TV and VOD-based programming to subscribers.

Ultra HD, HEVC advancing on parallel paths

September 10, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ultra HD is becoming an ever more viable option as the industry develops supporting solutions. NetInsight is demonstrating lossless 4K distribution; Elemental Technologies is showing a 4K delivery solution; Sagemcom is demonstrating gateways that support Ultra HD, aka 4K; and the DVB consortium of European video distributors is running multiple 4K demos.

Netflix breaks through with Virgin Media

September 10, 2013 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netflix has broken through the pay TV barrier by announcing this morning it will integrate its streaming service with Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes. Starting this week, Virgin Media subscribers with TiVo set-top boxes will be able to toggle back and forth between Netflix’s streaming library and Virgin Media’s content from the same guide.

Cablevision sings a new TVE tune with Music Choice

September 10, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new TV Everywhere-based agreement, Cablevision’s video subscribers are now able to tune into Music Choice’s 46 commercial free music channels and videos across the nation on any broadband connection. Music Choice’s collection of on demand music, which is grouped by categories, is available via Optimum’s TV to Go platform on computers and supported portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Yahoo tunes into mobile video with new application

September 9, 2013 1:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Yahoo is auditioning for a bigger role on iPhones and iPads with the release of its first mobile application tailored for watching video on touch-control screens. The app, called Yahoo Screen, is set up to make the experience of sifting through video on smartphones and tablet computers more like channel surfing on a television.

AT&T reaches Pac-12, BeIN Sport agreements

September 9, 2013 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has added three Pac-12 television agreements and BeIN Sport programming to its channel lineup. This morning AT&T announced that its U-verse subscribers could now view more than 700 live Pac-12 events, including 32 football games, on Pac-12 Networks.

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