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Synacor fuels Midcontinent’s TVE Sochi viewers

February 19, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications has deployed Synacor's Cloud ID Auto Authentication feature in time for the Sochi Olympics, which has led to a decrease in TV Everywhere abandonment by its viewers. Using Synacor’s white label auto authentication, Midcontinent has reported a dramatic drop in TV Everywhere abandonment, coming in under 10 percent compared to a typical TV Everywhere abandonment rate of approximately 50 percent.

Broadcom, Elemental, enable 4K Olympics broadcast

February 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom, Elemental and NTV-Plus designed and deployed an end-to-end 4K HEVC workflow using Broadcom-enabled real-time decoders, Elemental Live video encoders, NTV-Plus satellite uplink and signal receiving systems, and Sony cameras for playback on Panasonic 65-inch 4K TVs.

RCN first MSO to debut Opera TV Store on TiVo boxes

February 18, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN subscribers with TiVo boxes can tap into video, music, games, social media, news and a range of apps now that the Opera TV Store is available. With this morning’s announcement, RCN became the first cable operator to launch the Opera TV store on TiVo DVRs

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Verizon tops customer service survey, Comcast last

February 18, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Verizon had the highest customer satisfaction results for its customer service calls, Comcast received the worst marks out of the nine companies that were surveyed. Out of the nine categories in the customer service survey, Comcast scored the lowest in eight, according to a survey by Vocal Laboratories (Vocalabs).

Comcast/TWC Cliffsnotes

February 14, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Comcast’s $45 billion takeover attempt of Time Warner Cable. While it’s going to take some time to let the proverbial dust settle, and for the various regulatory bodies to make their decisions, here are a few more points to consider.

In Comcast deal, victor isn't necessarily a winner

February 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

There's nothing like a bidding war to turn the stock of a lackluster company into a star. Shareholders of Time Warner Cable, which has been losing video customers, are big winners after rival Comcast agreed to buy the company for a nice premium. Whether Comcast owners will see any benefit is less certain.

Comcast-TWC merger worries, outrages consumers

February 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and Time Warner Cable regularly rank at the bottom of the pay TV industry when it comes to customer satisfaction. So it didn't take long for customers to vent frustrations online over high prices, spotty service and fears of a monopoly after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable.

The Broadband 50

February 13, 2014 8:17 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Technologies are being introduced and are evolving at break-neck speeds. Everybody has their fingers in everyone else’s pies. Competitors pop up, fall by the wayside, morph into allies. We not only figured out what the most important trends, technologies, companies, and people are today, but also ranked them in order of importance. Voila: the 2014 edition of the Broadband 50. Enjoy.

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Entone to introduce hybrid gateway series

February 13, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Magi 550 series gateways will incorporate eight tuners and H.264 transcoders. They will have 802.11ac access point for wireless distribution, MoCA for HD video distribution over existing coax cabling, and Boxless for supporting multiple TVs from a single set-top box.

Service provider segment disappoints in Cisco's Q2

February 13, 2014 12:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco's Q2 results included a $655 million charge to address issues with memory components, and the prior quarter's results include a $926 million tax benefit. After adjusting for those and other special items in both periods, the company earned 47 cents per share, compared with 51 cents per share last year.

Comcast bags Time Warner Cable in $45.2 billion stock deal

February 13, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator and ISP, has proposed a $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, which is the nation’s second-largest cable operator, in a deal that will have major ramifications on the cable and broadband industries. While the deal still needs to pass regulatory muster, Comcast will acquire all of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares.

Cablevision subs gain exclusive access to Fox 5 NY app

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

Authenticated Cablevision subscribers in the New York area can now tap into the Fox 5 NY app on their iOS and Android devices to access live streams. The app works in the New York tri-state area where WNYW is available. Available programs include “Good Day New York,” “Fox 5 News” at 5, 6, and 10 as well as “Wendy Williams,” “Dr. Oz” and other Fox shows.

Comcast stocks Warner Bros. content in electronic video store

February 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a recent agreement, Comcast subscribers can now buy movies and TV shows from Warner Bros. for viewing anywhere and on any device. The Warner Bros. content is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November.

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Upfront: Net Neutrality | White Spaces | 4K @ CES | Charter - TWC

February 11, 2014 8:28 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Charter’s $61B bid for TWC goes public -– and nasty | Appeals Court knocks down net neutrality rules | 4K takes center stage at CES | Carlson Wireless okayed to market white spaces system | A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC has authority to create rules to guide the behavior of broadband providers, but its rationale for imposing some key rules regarding network neutrality were built on a weak legal foundation.

New Products: Triveni, ThinkAnalytics, Pasternack

February 11, 2014 7:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS | ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities | Pasternack bows new line of  dividers. Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

Open Mic: Moving us forward, faster, further

February 11, 2014 7:52 pm | by Matthew Zelesko, SVP, Converged Technology Group, Time Warner Cable | Articles | Comments

We are facing several technology transitions – the transition to IP-based video delivery, the transition of storage from the home to the cloud, and the transition of navigation from the home to the cloud.  And the RDK is a key enabler of those transitions, creating a common platform that provides the foundation for those capabilities.

Capital Currents: TV Broadcasting – The Next Generation

February 11, 2014 7:07 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The emerging picture of ATSC 3.0 resembles a combination of ATSC 2.0 and DVB-T2, and if that's the case, U.S. broadcasting is looking at a significant chicken-and-egg problem. Consumers will have to buy new TVs, and broadcasters will have to switch to a new broadcasting system, but nobody will make a move unless someone else goes first.

Cogeco cable offers geolocational advertising

February 11, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has installed Invidi’s Advatar addressable advertising platform to accomplish geo-specific content delivery. Capital Networks is managing the ad insertion operation for the Advatar system. The ads are customized for Cogeco subscribers viewing programming from TV station CHCH on Cogeco's system.

Kabel Deutschland licenses the RDK

February 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cable companies all over the world are clearly encouraging the cable equipment vendors to expand to global scale, which should have a salubrious effect on equipment costs. Prior to the development of the RDK, cable companies in Asia, Europe, and The Americas agreed to give up regional differences in DOCSIS in favor of the single approach represented by DOCSIS 3.1.

Charter announces 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board

February 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As expected, Charter Communications fired off another salvo this morning as it prepares for its proxy fight for Time Warner Cable by announcing a full slate of 13 nominees to Time Warner Cable’s board of directors. Included on the list of nominees were former Adelphia and Charter CTO Marwan Fawaz, and former Time Warner Cable engineering whiz Jim Chiddix.

Warring weather channels vie for viewers

February 11, 2014 12:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Jan. 13, El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV has replaced The Weather Channel with WeatherNation TV in a dispute over fees. The move is angering customers, who say WeatherNation is a poor substitute that offers rote seven-day forecasts without the in-depth analysis.

Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Padres games

February 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has agreed to carry San Diego Padres games on Fox Sports San Diego, ending a two-year stalemate that affected 22 percent of the county. Both companies said Monday that Time Warner Cable will begin offering Fox Sports San Diego on March 30, when the Padres open their season with a home game against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Front Porch links with thePlatform

February 10, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Front Porch Digital can now offer its customers a complete, hosted multiscreen video-publishing solution in the cloud. LYNX customers will be able to use mpx to upload, manage, and distribute videos to their own websites, third-party sites, smartphones, tablets, and more.

DirecTV adds ‘local weather now’ from WeatherNation

February 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DirecTV has added more features, including “Local Weather Now,” to its WeatherNation channel. DirecTV turned to Denver-based WeatherNation last month after it couldn’t reach a retransmission agreement with The Weather Channel. 

Nielsen: Media everywhere, bathroom included

February 10, 2014 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifted viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. In the past year, time-shifting of television content grew by almost two hours, averaging 13 hours per month, the study found.

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