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Epix now live on the PlayStation3

April 2, 2013 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Launched in 2009, Epix has deals with Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Dish Network, Mediacom Communications, the NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon. The company plans to launch on the PlayStation Vita in a few weeks.

Cogeco Cable launches guide apps

April 2, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has launched two new apps, one subscribers can use for content search and discovery and then also to set home equipment to record programs, the other enables remote scheduling of PVRs. Both apps were developed with Rovi Corp.

Appeals court: Aereo is legal

April 2, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, which offers inexpensive live broadcast television feeds to computers, tablets and smartphones, doesn't violate U.S. copyright law, a divided federal appeals court said Monday. The decision was based in part on Cablevision's landmark court case that established the legality of the networked PVR system. 

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Apple patents iPhone with wraparound display

April 1, 2013 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is seeking a patent for an iPhone that has a display that wraps around the edges of the device, expanding the viewable area and eliminating all physical buttons. The patent application reveals that Apple has put some thought into a device that takes advantage of a new generation of displays, which don't have to be flat and rigid like today's liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs.

MaxLinear tunes up OTT in STBs

April 1, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

MaxLinear announced today that leading OEMs were using its MxL603 silicon tuner in their set-top boxes to deliver over-the-top (OTT) services in the United States market. The company didn’t say what set-top box vendors were using its chip, but did say they were currently shipping.

Media: Aereo talks to Dish, AT&T

April 1, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed Aereo has conducted partnership talks with major pay-TV distributors and ISPs, with AT&T and Dish Network among the list of potential suitors. According to a story by The Wall Street Journal, Aereo is looking to lock up partnerships with cable, satellite or telco companies as one way of moving its Web-based streaming service in front of more potential customers. 

Cisco Systems raises dividend 21 percent

March 29, 2013 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. is increasing its dividend 21 percent, its second boost in less than a year. The San Jose, California-based technology giant will pay a 17-cent quarterly dividend on April 24 to shareholders of record April 8. That's up 3 cents from the last quarter.

Research: OTN market to hit $13 billion by 2017

March 29, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The optical transport network (OTN) equipment market is well on its way to topping the $13 billion mark by 2017, according to a recent study by Infonetics Research. Last year the OTN transport and switching equipment market grew 8 percent to $7.3 billion with the bulk of that growth coming from the OTN switching segment, which was up 46 percent in 2012 from 2011.

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FX network to launch younger-skewing channel

March 28, 2013 1:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FX says it's spinning off a new cable network aimed at young adult viewers. The company says that the lineup for FXX will consist of original series, movies and acquired series targeting adults 18 to 34, a slightly younger audience than FX attracts. 

Lightpath connects Westchester Community College

March 28, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, has helped New York-based Westchester Community College connect its main campus to five remote locations with its fiber network. Using the Lightpath Education Services Suite, the college was also able to enable online registration for students, connect the security staff across locations, offer classes via VOD, and incorporate closed-captioning into lectures. 

Time Warner Cable opens Manhattan data center

March 28, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class, the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable, has opened the doors on a new data center in downtown Manhattan to better serve its business customers. With the opening of the Manhattan data center, Time Warner Cable Business Class now operates nine data centers throughout the United States, and another in the United Kingdom.

Malone’s Liberty Global buys a stake in Ziggo

March 28, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has continued its recent shopping spree with today’s news that it has bought a 12.65 stake in Dutch cable operator Ziggo for about $808.3 million.Liberty Global, which announced last month it was buying Virgin Media in a cash and stock deal valued at $23.3 billion, bought 25.3 million Ziggo shares from Barclays Capital Securities Limited.

CBS buys half of TV Guide

March 27, 2013 12:36 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadcaster CBS Corp. is buying a 50 percent stake in TV Guide's pay TV channel and website for nearly $100 million, according to a person familiar with the matter. The price is less than the $123 million that JPMorgan Chase's One Equity Partners paid for a 49 percent stake four years ago.

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CSG signs contract with Comcast, lowers yearly forecast

March 27, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CSG International has inked a multi-year billing and customer care agreement with Comcast, but as a result of the new deal the vendor revised down its outlook for this year. CSG’s previous agreement with Comcast was slated to expire at the end of last year, but was extended until March while the two sides hashed out a new deal.

Buckeye CableSystem picks Moto’s edge QAM

March 27, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has opted for Motorola’s Apex300 edge QAM to help provision its VOD and switched digital video services (SDV). The Apex3000 will also put Buckeye on a migration path to the industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) down the road.

Comcast Business cooks up partnership with celebrity chef

March 26, 2013 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better target the hospitality vertical, Comcast Business announced a partnership with celebrity chef Robert Irvine. Irvine is well known for his Food Network show “Restaurant: Impossible,” in which he helps struggling restaurants across the nation by assessing and overhauling their operational or personnel weaknesses.

Cox names Myers, Stanley market VPs in Virginia systems

March 26, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently promoted Kim Stanley and J.D. Myers to the positions of market vice presidents in two of its Cox Virginia systems. Stanley is market vice president, Roanoke Operations for Cox Virginia while Myers is now market vice president, Northern Virginia Operations.

Comcast promotes Daley, McCue

March 25, 2013 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced today it had named Jennifer L. Daley and James P. McCue as vice presidents and assistant treasurers of Comcast Corporation. Daley and Mr. McCue both report to William E. Dordelman, senior vice president and treasurer of Comcast Corporation.

Bright House Networks updates app

March 25, 2013 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has rolled out the next version of its Bright House TV App (BHTV), which includes a new interactive program (IPG) guide and remote DVR capabilities. The new IPG lets users navigate through up to seven days of program listings and has extensive search capabilities.

Report: Broadband CPE enjoys stellar year in 2012

March 25, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by DOCSIS 3.0 and Wi-Fi, customer premise equipment (CPE) racked up its best year ever in 2012, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research. Based on strong EMTA shipments to North American cable operators, Arris remained the top dog in revenue in the DOCSIS 3.0 CPE segment, followed by Motorola,  Cisco, Netgear and Ubee Interactive.

AT&T tunes in WatchESPN lineup

March 25, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T U-verse subscribers can now tune into ESPN’s WatchESPN web portal to view live sporting events on their smartphones and tablets via the WathcESPN app. AT&T customers who subscribe to ESPN’s linear networks can now stream live events and programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU

Charter refuses ads for TV antenna maker

March 22, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A TV antenna maker wanted to use the competition's own medium — cable TV — for its anti-cable message. Now, officials at Antennas Direct say Charter Communications' refusal to air the ads is evidence of the cable industry's growing concern over antennas.

Genachowski resigns as FCC chairman

March 22, 2013 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The outgoing chairman’s tenure coincided with continued adoption of broadband and ever higher Internet connection speeds, especially on the wireless side. He approved Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal, while blocking AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile.

Study: Dish, Bright House earn high marks for customer experience

March 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Dish Network held down the top spots among the 10 companies surveyed for customer experience in the TV sector by Temkin Research Group. On the other hand, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications were the lowest-rated TV companies in the 2013 Temkin experience ratings.

More Bollywood for Cablevision subs

March 22, 2013 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision today announced the availability of its Optimum Premier South Asian package, which will give its subscribers access to more Bollywood movies as well as entertainment programming, sports events and news shows in Hindi. The new international tier features nine channels, including the newly added South Asian-language channels Life OK, Star India Plus and Star India Gold.

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