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Pay TV ops lose video subs for second year running

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cord-cutting is happening, but it’s still happening only just enough to be detectable. The pay TV industry lost video customers again in 2014, this time about 125,000, compared to a net loss in 2013 of about 95,000 subscribers.

Frontier CEO steps down, McCarthy to take over helm

March 3, 2015 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.

Charter re-brands biz services as Spectrum Business

March 2, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.

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Report: 2014 a record year for DOCSIS channel shipments

March 2, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.

Former TWC CTO LaJoie joins Envivio’s board

February 27, 2015 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mike LaJoie, who retired as Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president and chief technology and network operations officer near the end of last year, has been appointed to the board of multi-screen video vendor Envivio. Envivio also announced that Kevin Dillon, a general partner of Atlantic Bridge, had resigned from its board.

'House of Cards' all aces for Netflix

February 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.

Nickelodeon debuts mobile service Noggin

February 26, 2015 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.

Frontier to take TiVo over-the-air

February 25, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Frontier Communications will become the first service provider to offer TiVo’s Roamio DVR-based service over-the-air (OTA.) Starting mid-year, TiVo and Frontier will jointly market and deploy co-branded versions of TiVo’s whole home offerings and services, but the OTA element was designed for Frontier’s broadband customers that don’t subscribe to typical linear tiers.

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TransGaming’s GameTree TV heads to Liberty’s Horizon TV

February 25, 2015 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

TransGaming has expanded its partnership with Liberty Global to bring its on-demand TV games to Liberty’s next generation Horizon set-top boxes. Liberty Global will be offering TransGaming’s GameTree TV to subscribers in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland Ireland, Poland and Hungary.

Baseball helping more programmers go over the top

February 24, 2015 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media operation is helping to set up both HBO’s and Sony’s forthcoming online services. As many as 40 other programmers are also lining up for MLBAM's services.

Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

With help from Arris, RDK now supports DVB

February 23, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Thanks to “significant contributions” from Arris, RDK Management announced this morning that it was adding more support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely employed in Europe and other parts of the world. The Reference Design Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common platform for CPE devices, now supports in-band DVB Service Information (DVB-SI) elements.

Ergen back as Dish’s CEO: Clayton to retire

February 23, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV provider as the company faces declining subscribers and a changing pay-TV industry. CEO Joseph Clayton, 64, said Monday he will retire March 31. He had been CEO since June 2011 and also holds the president title.

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FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

What Operators Need to Know About RDK Development

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mark Johnson, senior global product and program manager, Alticast | Articles | Comments

RDK is continuing to mature with each release, but it’s important to understand the architecture and what other functionality an operator might need to complete the offering. A thoughtful approach to building an RDK solution will benefit the operator both during and after deployment, making future support and subsequent releases a much smoother process.

Channels using compression to create more ad space

February 19, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Falling ratings are leading many top cable networks to jam more ads in “to meet audience guarantees made to advertisers and prop up revenue despite falling ad prices,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Mediacom, Discovery ink long-term distribution agreement

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Discovery Communications and Mediacom Communications announced this morning that they’ve renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The latest deal included TV Everywhere rights across multiple platforms for authenticated Mediacom subscribers of Discovery’s 13 networks.

DirecTV’s 4th-quarter performance tops analysts' expectations

February 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter results beat analysts' estimates as it added more subscribers in the U.S. The El Segundo, California-based company earned $778 million, or $1.53 per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with $810 million, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

CED’s Persons of the Year: Time Warner Cable’s Mike and Mike take a curtain call

February 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

As of the end of last year, both Mike Hayashi and Mike LaJoie officially retired from Time Warner Cable, but over the course of 25 years or so, the two Mikes were cable’s own version of a dynamic duo. (Just don’t ask them which one was Batman and which was Robin.) For their long, distinguished careers at Time Warner Cable, Hayashi and LaJoie were named CED’s Persons of the Year.

Comcast reports TV Everywhere success data

February 18, 2015 12:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said that in the past year or so, it has more than doubled its catalog of live streaming networks on the Xfinity TV Go app, and more than 30 percent of Xfinity TV customers are using TV Everywhere monthly.

Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

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