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Redbox takes on Netflix

December 12, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DVD kiosk operator is launching a challenge to Netflix's streaming-video supremacy. Later this month, Redbox will offer an unlimited streaming-video plan that includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix, along with four nights of physical DVD rentals, for $8 a month, or $9 a month if customers want Blu-ray discs.

Report: Sprint, Clearwire deal could come soon

December 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and Clearwire are nearing a deal that would allow Sprint to buy the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a report from CNBC. In October, Sprint acquired a 4.5 percent stake in Clearwire from Eagle River Holdings LLC to push it up to a 50.8 percent controlling interest in the company.

SeaChange names GM of platform unit

December 12, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The company announced that it has hired George Kajos as the new general manager for its platform business unit. In his new job, Kajos heads the product development organization that includes SeaChange's Adrenalin video platform and Nitro subscriber offering.

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Cisco’s CMTS modules step toward CCAP

December 12, 2012 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco today introduced a new line card, the 3 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (3GSPA), that increases not only the downstream capacity of its flagship CMTS, the uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router (uBR10K), but also capacity back to the core. The company also introduced a new processing engine for the uBR10K called the Performance Routing Engine (PRE5).

Time Warner Cable updates app to include VOD

December 12, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.

In the media: Cablevision seeking bids on former Bresnan systems

December 11, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a published report, the clock is ticking on bids for the former Bresnan Communications systems - which Cablevision renamed Optimum West - with Charter Communications expected to make an offer to Cablevision in the first round of bidding.

Celtics team up with Comcast Business Services

December 11, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With an assist from Comcast Business Services, the Boston Celtics have upgraded their data and voice services between their administrative and practice facilities. The Celtics are using Comcast’s Ethernet service to download and transfer bandwidth-intensive video files and images.

New DirecTV customers to pay $3 a month for sports

December 11, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge went into effect nationally with little fanfare in September, a couple months before DirecTV agreed to pay more for new sports channels provided by competitor Time Warner Cable that have exclusive coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Microsoft cranking out TV apps for Xbox

December 11, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out dozens of new apps for the Xbox 360, building on statistics that show members of its paid online subscription service spend more time on it watching video than they do playing multi-player games over the Internet.

Avvasi enables ops to improve video QoE

December 10, 2012 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators.

Imagine upgrades ICE engine

December 10, 2012 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Version 4.2 of Imagine’s ICE Video Platform aims to increase service resiliency with input source redundancy based on PID loss, service degradation and continuity count errors. It also provides a full mesh output for ensuring no one physical point of failure within the platform.

Comcast’s next-gen X1 platform heads west to Calif.

December 10, 2012 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.

Solekai Systems signs up for Comcast RDK program

December 10, 2012 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.

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Cablevision hikes data cost by $5 a month

December 7, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.

Vendors, video service providers onboard energy conservation agreement for STBs

December 6, 2012 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.

Time Warner Cable turbo charges Standard tier for free

December 6, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable started boosting the downstream speed of its most popular Internet tier from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps in the Carolinas, Virginia, Alabama, New York, New Jersey and New England. Like other cable operators, Time Warner Cable knows that its profit margins are in broadband, as opposed to video.

Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Blogs | Comments

Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.

Cablevision changes name of business services division to Lightpath

December 5, 2012 3:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced that it was rebranding its business services division as Lightpath. Lightpath was formerly known as Optimum Lightpath, but the name change separates the commercial service offerings from Cablevision’s Optimum-branded residential services.

AT&T to offer personalized ‘video bills’ to wireless customers

December 5, 2012 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Going it alone against a long, winding wireless bill can be scary and confusing. It’s an affliction AT&T will look to alleviate as it rolls out “video bills,” personalized online videos explaining account statements with a soothing voiceover, graphics and music.

Netflix outbids Starz for rights to Disney movies

December 5, 2012 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service has landed the U.S. rights to show Disney movies shortly after they leave theaters, a coup that could turn into a costly mistake if the deal doesn't bring in more customers. It's a multi-year licensing agreement.

RGB taps former Envivio exec Pranger as VP of global channels

December 5, 2012 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to boost the worldwide presence of its TV Everywhere and IP video offerings, RGB Networks has hired Scott Pranger as its new vice president of global channels. Pranger comes to RGB from rival Envivio, where he was vice president of global channels.

NCTA, SCTE, CableLabs put out call for papers for Spring Technical Forum

December 5, 2012 3:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that technical paper submissions were open for the Spring Technical Forum, which is part of The Cable Show in Washington D.C.

Samsung promotes chairman's son to vice chairman

December 5, 2012 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics promoted its chairman's only son, Jay Y. Lee, to vice chairman, putting the 44 year old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. Lee contributed to the growth of its smartphone and TV businesses.

Cablevision enables select Android devices on Optimum App

December 4, 2012 3:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.

Rogers debuts second screen app

December 4, 2012 3:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.

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