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Despite subscriber losses, Suddenlink’s revenues grow 5.6% in Q2

August 13, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications saw subscriber defections from both its video and data services, but still managed to post second quarter revenues that were higher than the same quarter a year ago. Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator, reported second quarter revenues of $554.0 million this morning, which were a 5.6 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago.

Comcast Business signs colocation deal with Cologix

August 13, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cologix announced today that Comcast Business has signed up to use its data center in downtown Minneapolis in order to better prevision its business services portfolio. The deal makes Comcast Business a preferred partner with Cologix and helps the cable operator’s business unit support its enterprise customers’ colocation needs.

CableLabs pulls in Euro Cable Labs, goes global

August 13, 2013 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

CableLabs has taken over Euro Cable Labs, with nine European cable operators becoming members of the consortium; a smaller handful of companies from both Asia and Latin America have also become members. All members have agreed to standardize on a common version of the still-developing DOCSIS 3.1.

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Time Warner Cable scores a pair of technical Emmys

August 12, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The first award recognizes Time Warner Cable’s “Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR.” The second award recognizes the company’s efforts in “Pioneering Development of Video on Demand (VOD) Dynamic Advertising Insertion,” or DAI.

TiVo nabs Emmy; launches Pace gateway with GCI

August 12, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DVR pioneer TiVo has snagged an Emmy and also announced that Alaska-based GCI was the first North American cable operator to deploy Pace’s XGI gateway on its user interface platform. The Emmy honored TiVo’s whole-home platform, which includes the TiVo Premiere DVR, TiVo Mini and TiVo Stream

KT shifts to interface based on HTML5

August 9, 2013 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

KT is preparing to launch an HTML5-based IPTV service accessible from both set-top boxes and user devices such as PC’s, smartphones, and tablets. The service will be called Olleh TV Smart. Notice of the announcement came from Alticast, which provides the middleware for KT’s IPTV system.

Euclid Discoveries touting boost to MPEG-2

August 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Euclid Discoveries is shopping a software modification that it has demonstrated makes MPEG-2 encoding anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent more efficient. Euclid has refined predictive techniques to get beyond the macroblock level, instead employing a means to identify and model objects in the video frame.

Dish tops 300K broadband subs in Q2

August 6, 2013 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network posted losses of $11.1 million during the second quarter as the number of total pay-TV subscribers declined and the company spent hundreds of millions on new satellites. Total pay-TV subscribers declined about 78,000 in the quarter, leaving the company still with about 14 million video subs.

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Conax packages hosted multiscreen for LatAm ops

August 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Conax has devised a hosted IP solution, specifically for the Latin America pay-TV market, that is based on its own Contego Unite system and includes middleware from partner Cubiware. The solution would be installed by system integrator Bold MSS. Customers will be able to use the system to offer services that include OTT VOD and multiscreen delivery.

Time Warner Cable - CBS blackout persists through 4th day

August 5, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other cities remained without access to CBS for a fourth day, after the MSO dropped the network in an argument over the escalation of fees CBS is demanding for TWC to retransmit its signals. Bright House Networks, long allied with TWC, has also dropped CBS stations in central Florida markets.

Despite Q2 video sub losses, Mediacom’s revenue increases

August 1, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On Thursday privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the second quarter, which mirrored the results of its larger cable brethren. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator saw more basic video subscribers leave the fold in the second quarter, but continued the trend of adding more data customers.

GetGlue sticks to Dish’s iPad app

August 1, 2013 1:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has blended in social media features from GetGlue into its Dish Explorer app. With GetGlue, Dish subscribers are now able to check-in and connect with their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events on their iPads via the app.

Review: Chromecast streams media at a nice price

August 1, 2013 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network, it streams some of your favorite shows from some of your favorite services, including Netflix and Google's YouTube.

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Time Warner's Q2 defined by ARPU strategy

August 1, 2013 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Q2 earnings rose 6 percent, helped by higher revenue from business services and residential broadband. The company had a net loss of both basic video and phone customers, a result of the company has been deliberately targeting customers who provide “higher ARPU, higher profit and lower churn, even if that means fewer connects.”

DirecTV shares down on weak 2Q subscriber numbers

August 1, 2013 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

hares of DirecTV retreated Thursday after the country's No. 1 provider of satellite TV services reported weak subscriber figures, both in the U.S. and Latin America. DirecTV lost 84,000 U.S. subscribers during the quarter, the worst result ever. After more than a decade of heady growth, the U.S. satellite TV industry has slowed nearly to a standstill.

TWC’s all-digital migration takes Manhattan

August 1, 2013 11:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Yesterday Time Warner Cable started transitioning analog channels in its basic TV tier in Manhattan to an all-digital signal. Time Warner Cable’s all-digital conversion project will roll into Brooklyn and Queens later this year. In June, the nation’s second-largest cable operator cut over to all-digital in Mount Vernon and Staten Island in New York and Bergen, N.J. 

Cox Virginia promotes three employees

August 1, 2013 11:12 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications recently named Bob Latvis as vice president of field operations, Jim Ruel as vice president of outside plant, maintenance and construction and Toni Stubbs as vice president of engineering and operations for Cox Virginia.As new members of Cox Virginia’s senior executive team, Latvis, Ruel and Stubbs are based out of the Hampton Roads office in Chesapeake.

CBS 2Q beats Street as TWC beef goes on

August 1, 2013 11:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. said Wednesday that net income rose 11 percent in the latest quarter, beating the expectations of analysts as the company continues to benefit from the types of fees that are at the center of a dispute with Time Warner Cable.  CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told investors on a conference call that the company remained resolute in its negotiations with Time Warner Cable.

Netflix rolls out new tool to profile viewers

August 1, 2013 10:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is introducing a long-awaited feature that will make it easier for the Internet video service to track and analyze the viewing habits of people sharing the same $8-per-month account. The tool coming out Thursday can splinter a single Netflix account into up to five different profiles at no additional charge.

OTT: an entree with a side of IPDR

July 31, 2013 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.

NBCUniversal, data increase Comcast’s Q2 bottom line

July 31, 2013 11:50 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.

TWC tunes up app for Samsung TVs

July 31, 2013 11:43 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers with certain models of Samsung Smart TVs are now able to watch more than 5,000 TV shows and movies on demand with content from over 94 providers. After announcing last month it was going to provision TV services to 2012 and 2013 Samsung Smart TVs, Time Warner Cable kick started the service on its TWC TV app yesterday.

Consolidated Communications converges on NetCracker OSS

July 30, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Consolidated Communications has selected NetCracker’s OSS Solution to replace a set of legacy systems so that it can streamline its service fulfillment processes. The company plans to retire some legacy systems and consolidates others. Doing so will allow Consolidated Communications to automate processes and improve its ability to launch new services and products.

Transparent caching startup Qwilt embroidered with $16M

July 30, 2013 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qwilt, a startup with a solution for relieving streaming traffic congestion on cable and other networks, has closed a third round of funding, hauling in another $16 million, bringing its capital tally to $40 million. The new funds will be used to expand international sales and engineering teams to service a potential client base of cable, broadband, and mobile service providers.

Time Warner drops CBS, then reverses course

July 30, 2013 12:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning off the broadcaster in three major cities, then quickly reversed the decision. The two sides negotiated through the day Monday to avoid a programming blackout. 

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