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Nielsen preparing to tally broadband TV viewing

February 25, 2013 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting in September, Nielsen will begin measuring viewership through broadband devices like game consoles for the first time. With DVRs, video on demand, game consoles and streaming services, tablets and smartphones, the way people watch TV is changing and the industry is struggling to keep on top of it all. Even the idea of "watching television" is in flux.

CSG sets up shops around the globe

February 25, 2013 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has set up managed services Centers of Excellence in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, as well as in the Central and Latin America regions. CSG is using these centers to provide local support for its billing and business support systems.

Motorola extends reach of DreamGallery cloud

February 25, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola has tweaked its DreamGallery to render a more Internet-like user experience across a range of companion devices and legacy set-top boxes. The user navigation component of Motorola’s end-to-end Medios+ multi-screen platform is now hooked up with ActiveVideo Networks’ virtualized cloud-rendering technology. 

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Lamb wins Cable Center’s Bresnan Ethics in Business Award

February 25, 2013 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Lamb, along with 22 cable executives, founded C-SPAN in 1979, serving as CEO until he stepped down in 2012 to become its executive chairman of the board. Prior to launching C-SPAN, Lamb held various communications roles, including White House telecommunications policy staffer and Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine.

Concurrent notches customer win for CDN platform

February 25, 2013 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced this morning that its unified content delivery network (CDN) platform was field deployed by a top-five North American multiple service operator.Concurrent didn’t identify the service provider that was using its MediaHawk CDN.

CMC updates HITS for independent cable operators

February 25, 2013 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HITS has upgraded its Quantum Platform to help independent cable operators serve up more HD services in MPEG-2. Q2 supports existing MPEG-2 infrastructure, and includes converting several HITS standard definition (SD) transponders to DVB-S2 technology.

Charter narrows Q4 loss; heading for all-digital

February 22, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter Communications said its residential customer relationships increased by 20,000 during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to the year-ago period, which CEO Tom Rutledge said was the best Q4 performance at the company in 10 years.

Cablevision announces sports programming fee for video customers

February 22, 2013 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision will charge its video subscribers an additional $2.98 a month to help offset the increased costs associated with sports programming. Cablevision’s sports programming surcharge will apply to customers that subscribe to its “Family” or “Value” packages or above.

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Videotron raises data speeds, passes 500K mark for video service

February 22, 2013 1:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Canadian cable operator Videotron announced it was increasing the upload speeds and data caps for most of its Ultimate Speed Internet data plans, and it also announced that it passed the 500-million customer mark for its revamped illico TV service.

Frontier reports flat Q4

February 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications reported fourth-quarter 2012 revenue of $1.2 billion, slightly down from the similar quarter last year, and net income of $24.9 million. During the quarter, the company reported having lost approximately 50,400 customers.

Sony shows PlayStation 4 capabilities, but no box

February 21, 2013 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The PS4 will essentially be a "supercharged PC, based on an x86-architecture chip from AMD. That's a big departure from the old and idiosyncratic PlayStation design. The new console will be jostling for attention this holiday season with Microsoft's successor to the Xbox, which is expected to be unveiled in June.

Videotron adds French on-demand service

February 21, 2013 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The latest version of the MSO’s illico on demand services is aimed at French language speakers in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. Illico Club Unlimited will be offered at $9.99/month. For that, subscribers will get unlimited access to movies, television series, children’s programs, documentaries, comedy shows and concerts.

Nielsen to begin counting broadband viewing homes

February 21, 2013 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company that measures television viewership will soon begin counting people who watch programming through broadband instead of a traditional broadcast or cable hook-up. The move is a significant step toward recognizing a world where the definition of TV viewing is swiftly changing.

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Suddenlink pushes TiVo Mini into 100+ communities

February 20, 2013 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator in the nation to offer its subscribers access to TiVo’s Mini, which is a small device that lets users view live and recorded video content in secondary rooms of a home. Suddenlink also got its hands on the Mini devices before they hit retail outlets.

Dish video subscribership flat in 2012

February 20, 2013 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Dish Network added about 14,000 net new video subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2012, ending the year with 14.05 million, compared to 13.96 million at the end of the prior year. Dish also added about 78,000 net broadband subscribers in 2012.

Mexico’s Totalplay picks Envivio for IPTV, VOD services

February 20, 2013 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Totalplay Telecomunicaciones, an IPTV service provider in Mexico, has deployed Envivio Muse encoders to provision its live and on-demand services. Totalplay is also using software-based Muse encoders on the Envivio 4Caster Gen III platform.

Aurora strikes $46M deal to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access division

February 19, 2013 1:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Optical networking equipment provider Aurora Networks has reached an agreement to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access unit for $46 million in cash. The deal is subject to the customary closing conditions but is slated to close by the end of the first quarter.

TWCBC connects schools in N.C. with gigabit speed

February 19, 2013 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has broadened the reach of its fiber-optic network in North Carolina in order to offer schools systems a gigabit-per-second service. TWCBC is the largest school data provider in North Carolina, serving 25 school systems across the state.

Rogers nets $455M in Q4 on $3.26B in revenue

February 19, 2013 1:18 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A record quarter for smartphone sales helped Rogers Communications exceed analysts’ expectations in the fourth quarter. The company reports a 3 percent gain in quarterly revenue to $3.26 billion and 88 cents in earnings per share – beating estimates of $3.19 billion and 72 cents per share.

Former Insight exec Griffith joins Willner at Penthera

February 19, 2013 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It was an offer that Melani Griffith couldn’t refuse. Griffith started her new job at Penthera Partners, which reunited her with former Insight Communications head honcho Michael Willner. Griffith was hired as Penthera’s executive vice president of business development.

Kansas House approves telecom deregulation bill

February 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kansas would lessen its regulation of telecommunications but begin to phase out consumer-financed subsidies for universal landline service under a bill approved by the state House. The House's 118-1 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where it also is expected to have bipartisan support.

DirecTV’s Q4 earnings, revenue beat expectations

February 15, 2013 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV beat Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter, propelled by business operations, as well as asset sales and one-time tax benefits. The company posted earnings of $942 million, or $1.55 per share, for the October-to-December period.

Opera acquires Skyfire for video optimization tech

February 15, 2013 2:32 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Opera Software announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Skyfire Labs, which specializes in mobile video optimization and cloud solutions for mobility. Skyfire also produces a mobile browser that allows iOS users to watch Flash-based video content on their devices.

Comcast using upgraded Elemental tech for VOD

February 14, 2013 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast will be using an upgraded version of Elemental Technologies’ video processing system to begin optimizing the delivery of linear video on demand. Comcast had previously used Elemental Technologies’ products to help deliver video on Xfinity.

GTCR, Rural Broadband strike deal to buy NewWave Communications

February 14, 2013 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Private equity firm GTCR and Rural Broadband Investments have struck a deal to buy NewWave Communications from Pamlico Corporation. Financial terms of the definitive agreement weren’t released, and neither was the target date for the closing.

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