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Genband’s Fring aims to make OTT a good thing for service providers

June 12, 2014 1:28 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: Fring’s core business is allowing a service provider—including a cable operator—to take full advantage of a network that might include fixed or mobile wireless voice and definitely includes broadband as a way to give consumers the flexibility to use whatever services they may want anywhere they may want.

Globosat ready for World Cup games in 4K

June 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Brazilian cable and satellite TV provider Globosat is set to broadcast the final three games of the 2014 World Cup live in Ultra HD, using technology from Broadcom and from Elemental Technologies. The vendors say this will be the first broadcast of Ultra HD (4K) at 60 frames per second and with 10-bit Rec 2020 color.

WOW! sells off SD systems to Clarity for $262M

June 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone is selling systems in two cities in South Dakota to Clarity Telecom. WOW! picked up the systems with the acquisition of Knology in 2012. The two cities had been served by PrairieWave Communications, which Knology bought in 2007 for $255 million.

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Comcast develops streaming service to X1 boxes

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

In an effort to leave no video-related stone unturned, Comcast is working on a streaming service that would send non-linear video content to X1 boxes in subscribers’ homes. While Comcast’s Streampix service focuses on streaming movies and TV shows from its list of network partners, the new platform would feature curated content, both short and long form, from non-linear Web partners.

Cable One excels at delivering YouTube, says Google

June 10, 2014 7:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google recently rated Cable One High Speed Internet “YouTube HD Verified” – a certification given to those internet service providers (ISPs) who consistently offer a connection stable enough to stream HD (720p) video without interruption or buffering, the MSO said.

A tale of two telcos: BT and Verizon balancing wireless with wireline

June 10, 2014 6:42 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Special Report from Genband’s Perspectives conference: BT is using strong wireline infrastructure get back into the wireless business -- an "inside-out" strategy, while Verizon plans to leverage a strong wireless position while it gradually evolves its wireline network -- an "outside-in" approach.

Blonder Tongue debuts combo encoder and media player

June 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MPHDE-50 combines a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a 1-RU space. The media modulator is designed to streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content for a range of applications and markets, including cable television, educational, hospitality, and government. 

Telefonica taps Amdocs for BSS upgrades in Chile, Peru

June 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefónica subscribers in Chile and Peru will be able to move between all customer interaction channels, whether self-service or agent assisted, via the Web, call center or at the retail store, across its entire quad-play offering – wireline, wireless, Internet and TV.

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Media: AT&T dangles offering NFL Sunday Ticket to wireless subs

June 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T is trying to gain traction for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV by sending up a trial balloon that it could offer the NFL’s Sunday Ticket to its wireless phone subscribers. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that AT&T’s management floated the possibility of offering NFL Sunday Ticket to its phone subscribers without having it count against their data caps.

Arris notches another CCAP win

June 9, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Austrian service provider Liwest Kabelmedien has deployed Arris’ flagship E6000 Converged Edge Router and TG682 cable modem/gateway in order to deliver a 250 Mbps service to its subscribers. By deploying Arris’ E6000, which is based on the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP), Liwest said it was future-proofing its investment en route to offering a 1 Gbps service down the road.

China Mobile to take stake in Thailand's True

June 9, 2014 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China Mobile Ltd. has agreed to buy an 18 percent stake in Thai telecommunications and cable TV company True Corp. for $880 million, the highest profile corporate deal announced in Thailand since the military sized power in a May 22 coup. True said Monday that the investment by the state-owned Chinese company is part of a 65 billion baht ($2 billion) share issue that will mainly be used to reduce the Thai company's debt.

Oliver's Army

June 6, 2014 6:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

John Oliver’s rant about network neutrality early this week was impassioned, entertaining, and, in the end, completely wrong about what network neutrality is and how it works. But that may well end up being irrelevant for a couple of reasons.

Telus to personalize VOD recommendations with UXP

June 6, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telus is implementing software from UXP Systems to help it personalize video on demand recommendations on its Optik TV Service. Telus will use UXP’s Mint platform to create a unique video experience for each member of its customer households.

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Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

School’s in session: Concurrent offers cert program on OTT

June 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help video engineers provision and maintain emerging multi-screen video technologies, Concurrent announced a new training and certification program this morning. Concurrent’s multi-screen video certification program was designed to educate engineers on IP content delivery networks, adaptive bit rate technologies, OTT architectures and multi-screen applications.

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

Leadership change at PeerApp

June 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company did not give a reason for the departure of Mayer, who as PeerApp’s founder ran the company for 9 years. Tamari said, “I want to thank Robert Mayer for his many significant contributions to the company during his tenure as founder and CEO.”

Cablevision adds ‘TV to Go’ on Optimum App

June 3, 2014 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s video content is going mobile thanks to an update to its app that allows its subscribers to watch more than 100 networks out of their homes. The cable operator has integrated a new “TV to Go” feature into its Optimum App for on the go viewing of TV Everywhere services from HBO Go, Watch Disney and WatchESPN, among others. 

RCN unwraps TiVo’s T6 DVR platform

June 3, 2014 4:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has started offering its subscribers the TiVo T6 HD DVR that comes with six tuners and a 1 terabyte hard drive for storage. In addition to being able to record six HD shows simultaneously, TiVo Stream is built into the T6 box to allow subscribers to stream live TV and recorded shows to other TVs and devices within a home. 

BHN pushes ‘play’ on Epix nets

June 3, 2014 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a carriage agreement with corporate cousin Time Warner Cable earlier this year, Bright House Networks is now serving up four channels of Epix to its digital subscribers. The service, which started on Sunday, includes linear and on demand programming from Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in with online access coming soon. 

Pirate sites use subterfuge to nab legit advertising

June 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy web operations are thriving by using deceptive practices to lure legitimate advertising from companies like Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Walmart and Ford, often concealing their illicit activities so advertising brands remain unaware.

Samsung IP set-top hosts Espial's HTML 5 client

June 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Espial and Samsung Electronics have combined the latter’s RDK-based IP set-top box and home media gateway with the latter’s STB Client, which is built using HTML 5, to provide a multi-platform environment capable of supporting a rich user experience and new service features.

Vubiquity offering combo MPEG-2/MPEG-4 service

June 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vubiquity is offering the service, called LiveVU, as a means for cable operators who are now delivering video in MPEG-2 to migrate gradually to MPEG-4 delivery by enabling them to deliver channels in both formats. Americable is the first customer.

Report: CDN spending up, VOD servers down last year

June 3, 2014 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The OTT broadcast and video streaming equipment market grew 5.6 percent worldwide last year thanks to increased spending on content delivery networks (CDNs.) On the flip side, spending on contribution encoders and VOD playout servers declined last year, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

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