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HBO, Showtime dominate Golden Globe nominations

December 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards on Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. 

Taking care of business: a Cable-Tec Expo recap

December 10, 2014 11:03 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Today it remains somewhat murky where the whole pay TV business is going, or precisely what it will look like when it gets there, but MSOs know for certain they need to prepare their networks to deliver whatever has to be delivered, and Cable-Tec Expo made it crystal clear that those networks will still depend heavily on DOCSIS 3.1.

Liberty Global, Searchlight buy Puerto Rico’s Choice Cable TV

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has expanded its footprint in Puerto Rico by teaming up with Searchlight Capital Partners to buy Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Co., which does business as Choice Cable TV, for about $272.5 million. Choice TV, which is the second largest cable and broadband provider in Puerto Rico, will be folded into Liberty Cablevision with Liberty Global owning a 60 percent stake and Searchlight owning 40 percent.

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Bright House Networks lands 3 hospitality deals in Fla.

December 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has signed up three new hotels in Tampa Bay, Fla. for its business class voice, video and data services. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is providing the Epicurean, Le Meridien and Aloft Hotel Tampa Downtown with its fiber-based dedicated Internet access (DIA), High HD video, and telephone trunking services.

Atlantic Broadband names new CEO, presidents

December 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective Jan. 1, Richard Shea will take over as Atlantic Broadband’s president and CEO while David Isengberg was promoted to president and chief revenue office. Both Shea and Isenberg have worked at Atlantic Broadband since it was founded in 2003. Cogeco, Atlantic Broadband’s parent company, said current CEO and president Edward Holleran agreed to stay on as vice president of industry relations on a part-time basis.

Sweden knocks out Pirate Bay

December 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pirate Bay is one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites offers millions of users a forum for downloading music, movies and computer games. The entertainment industry has failed to shut it down, even after its operators were convicted of copyright violations.

Charter hires former Starz exec

December 10, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Starz executive Jodi Robinson was hired by Charter Communications as its senior vice president, user experience design and development. Robinson will oversee the user experience design and development for all of Charter's products and will to report to Rich DiGeronimo, senior vice president, product and strategy.

Two more towns go gigabit with Calix

December 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Calix has added two more towns to its list municipal customers: the city of Sandy, OR, and the village of Sebewaing, MI. Both are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to residential and business subscribers.

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Qwilt unveils caching to improve mobile video QoS

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video is rapidly becoming the most dominant application in mobile networks, which were not architected to support the level of demand they’re seeing. The resulting problems include RAN congestion, buffer bloat, latency and packet loss in both RAN and mobile backhaul.

Turtle Power: Comcast adds Paramount to digital store

December 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast will add Paramount Pictures’ library of films into its online digital store this month. The Paramount library is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November of last year. 

Senior living network to launch on Buckeye

December 9, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Buckeye CableSystem will be offering RLTV to its Ohio-area subscribers on Dec. 15. RLTV is a cable network that provides news and entertainment for viewers over the age of 50. RLTV’s programming is available in more than 32 million homes across the nation.

Envivio bows service-orientated monitoring

December 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Envivio has taken the wraps off of a new “service orientated” monitoring feature that was designed to help cable, IPTV, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) service providers troubleshoot their networks more efficiently. The new feature, which is available through a separate purchase, is part of Envivio's Guru headend monitoring platform. 

G.fast chip startup Sckipio draws $17M in funding

December 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

G.fast was approved last week as an ITU-T standard (G.9701). It’s considered a last mile technology designed to deliver data at up to 1 Gbps over existing twisted copper pair (TCP). The technology requires fiber-connected distribution points.

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Juniper hopes Gainspeed will be its point of convergence with cable

December 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

One way to enable SDN and NFV would be to ditch the CMTS, and put control functions in a standard edge router loaded with specialized control software. That’s what Gainspeed and Juniper have been working on together, expecting that cable's path will intersect with its own as cable moves toward end-to-end IP networking.

CTAM launches consumer-facing TVE program

December 8, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTAM is out of the starting blocks with a new consumer-facing TV Everywhere initiative that was designed to show consumers how easy it is to access and view multi-screen video content. The campaign, which is called “You could be watching TV,” was designed to expound on the benefits of TV Everywhere services, including live and on demand, and in or out of a home.

CBS, Dish Network end brief blackout

December 8, 2014 12:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. and TV provider Dish Network Corp. have reached an agreement that ends a contract dispute that led to a short programming blackout in local markets around the country, the companies announced Saturday.CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for about 12 hours starting around 7 p.m. Eastern time Friday. 

Cablevision hires Paxton as SVP, exec director of creative services

December 5, 2014 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mickey Paxton has boarded Cablevision as the cable operator’s senior vice president and executive director of creative services. In his new job, Paxton is responsible for the execution of Cablevision’s marketing and brand initiatives that support the company’s Optimum-branded services and products.

DirecTV 4K service will rely on Elemental transcoding

December 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV became the first MVPD to announce plans to offer 4K content on demand, sometime in 2015. The satellite broadcaster will be using Elemental Server, a file-based transcoding solution, to prepare Ultra HD content for delivery. Elemental tweaked its HEVC algorithms so DirecTV didn't have to take a hit on bandwidth usage.  

Senators look at dropping NFL blackout rule

December 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Senators from both parties warned the National Football League on Thursday to get rid of a four-decade-old TV "blackout" rule or risk congressional action to restrict the league's lucrative antitrust exemption, which allows NFL teams to negotiate radio and television broadcast rights together. The blackout rule bars home games from being televised in a local market if they have not sold out, but is unfair to fans, lawmakers said.

ACA Summit: Washington DC

December 5, 2014 11:54 am | by CED | Events

The ACA Summit underscores the unique role that more than 800 independent cable operators play in providing best-in-class communications services to millions of consumers living and working in some of the most remote areas of the country. When it comes to responding to the critical broadband infrastructure needs of rural America, ACA Members are the ones who are putting their own capital at risk and supplying the solutions.

SeaChange's new Rave system brings OTT to the masses

December 4, 2014 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rave supports the delivery of on-demand, time-shifted, live and downloaded content, delivered to any device. The system also includes the company’s analytics, promotions and advertising features. Customers can use Rave to build a straight OTT service, or to deliver a service that blends linear and OTT content.

WOW! trims 9% of workforce

December 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder WOW! is cutting 9 percent of its more than 3,000 employees. According to a story by DSLreports.com, the layoffs started Wednesday. A company spokeswoman said the elimination of the 270 jobs would continue through early next year.

Suddenlink adds CBS to primetime VOD lineup

December 3, 2014 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has added programming from CBS, which is currently the nation’s top-rated broadcast network, to its VOD primetime lineup. With CBS in the fold, Suddenlink now offers free on demand programming from all four major broadcast networks, which also includes ABC, Fox and NBC.

Layer3 to use SeaChange gateway management system

December 3, 2014 12:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Layer3 TV aims to be a “next generation cable provider,” but has yet to define what that means beyond saying it intends to blend TV, social and digital life (whatever that means) working within “the existing distribution paradigm.” That it is using products from SeaChange provides only a few other hints at the general direction the company is moving in.

End game re-think: In Perspective

December 2, 2014 9:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For all the buzz Google is inspiring with Google Fiber, its 1 Gbps customers still have no idea how to get even close to exhausting that bounty. So do Google’s competitors need install fiber? With little real demand for 1 Gbps and with D3.1 and G.fast able to support 1 Gbps if and when it’s needed, the answer appears to be no, with some exceptions.

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