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Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers in 4Q

January 21, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service. Netflix Inc. added 13 million worldwide subscribers last year, including 4.3 million during the final three months, according to figures released Tuesday in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. 

Net neutrality, cybersecurity on State of the Union agenda

January 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”

Rentrak, Kantar integrate TV viewership, shopping data

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rentrak said it is partnering with Kantar Shopcom to integrate retail purchase data and information into its television viewing data. The combined data should give advertisers a vastly more detailed ability to not only target ads to viewers, but also to monitor the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

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Carlucci promoted to CEO at Alticast North America

January 20, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alticast has promoted John Carlucci to the new position of president of Alticast North America. He has been Alticast’s CTO for the last three years, and he will keep that title as well. Carlucci joined the company from Time Warner Cable.

Vubiquity inks deal with NCTC

January 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vubiquity has signed a deal to provide National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members with its integrated MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 linear platform, which is called “LiveVU.” Vubiquity's LiveVU hosted MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 service enables NCTC members to retire aging MPEG-2 transcoding systems while moving from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 for improved bandwidth. 

Bright House Networks, NetCracker complete 1st phase of BSS upgrade

January 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and NetCracker have checked off the first phase of a large-scale BSS and customer experience upgrade off of their to-do list. The project includes consolidating and replacing Bright House Networks’ billing system as well as new CRM and e-commerce implementations.

Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies" annually.

NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

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Itochu, Amagi, to stream Japanese channels worldwide

January 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

MSOs have benefited by providing content for defined ethnic communities in their footprints, either broadcasting in heritage languages or sourcing content produced in ancestral countries. The move by ICS should make it easier for international partners to provide Japanese content to Japanese-speaking audiences.

Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

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New FiOS portal powered by Synacor

January 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.

Shomi costs drag Shaw’s 1Q profit down

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.

A+E teams up with Clearleap on VOD

January 14, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Clearleap has wrapped up a deal to power A+E Networks’ on-demand video distribution across the programmer’s brands and networks, including A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, LMS and H2. The partnership, which launched this month, is the first agreement reached between the two companies, and included the opportunity for Clearleap to help provision multiplatform services.

Yahoo cues up March debut date for 'Community'

January 14, 2015 12:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The axed NBC sitcom "Community" will make its Yahoo debut in March. Yahoo announced Tuesday that the sitcom will begin its online life with a pair of episodes. Then it will air once weekly. Last June, Yahoo, Sony Pictures Television and series creator Dan Harmon reached a deal for a 13-episode sixth season.

The resurrection of the dead cable business

January 13, 2015 1:49 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content. 

TWC Maxx all-digital train heads to K.C

January 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting next week, Time Warner Cable will start informing its Kansas City-based subscribers that the company’s all-digital “TWC Maxx” project will begin its first phase. After upgrading networks in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin last year via TWC Maxx initiatives, Kansas City was one of the cities on the shortlist for this year, along with Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego. 

Gaiam TV a good fit for Comcast subscribers

January 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast customers can follow through on those New Year’s fitness resolutions with the addition of Gaiam TV to the cable operator’s subscription VOD service. Comcast’s digital TV subscribers with Xfinity On Demand can access the streaming fitness and yoga video content from Gaiam TV for an additional $6.99 per month.

Report: Move to generic hardware, NFV put pressure video equipment prices

January 12, 2015 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The migration to generic hardware and network functions virtualization (NFV) is putting a strain on current video equipment prices, according to a recent report. Overall, global broadcast and streaming video equipment revenue decreased 4 percent to $810 million in the first half of 2014 with nearly all product segments down, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Over the top wins as Tech Emmys are awarded

January 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The vast majority of the Emmys for Technical / Engineering Achievement went to companies that in one way or another were involved in broadband video, with an unprecedented emphasis on technologies frequently associated with over the top (OTT) video.

Proximus allies with Cisco on cloud video, smart cities, and more

January 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Proximus is preparing to tie its fortunes more closely with the vendor, not only continuing to deliver video services based on Cisco products, but to explore expanding the relationship into smart/connected cities, service orchestration for business customers, SDN, and more.

Sale of Iusacell stake removes hurdle for AT&T’s purchase of mobile carrier

January 9, 2015 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Mexican broadcaster and media company Grupo Television announced it had wrapped up the sale of its 50 percent stake in wireless operator Iusacell back to joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas. The deal paved the way for AT&T to close on its acquisition to buy Iusacell for $2.5 billion, which was announced in November of last year.

AT&T tees up LTE broadcast trial at championship game

January 9, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage. 

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