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TWC connects with Xbox to stream 300 live channels

June 28, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added yet another feather to its TV Everywhere cap by reaching a deal to stream 300 live channels to Xbox 360 gaming consoles. The TWC TV app for Xbox users will launch later this summer with gamers being able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Comcast debuts Xfinity Remote app for Windows phones

June 28, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Microsoft Windows Phone users rejoice; Comcast’s remote control app is now available. Comcast has had remote control apps for iOS, including the iPad, and Android devices for years, but Microsoft joined the Xfinity Remote app party yesterday.

Aereo sets a date for Chicago launch

June 27, 2013 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo announced this morning that Chicago was the next stop on its 22-city expansion project that was announced earlier this year. Aereo’s antenna and cloud-based DVR video service is slated to launch in the Chicago area on Sept 13.

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Comcast Business partners with D.C. startup platform

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

Washington D.C.—based 1776 has picked Comcast Business as its exclusive network services partner for the 1776 Campus, which is an incubation space and events venue for emerging startups. With the agreement, 1776 tenants have access to Comcast Business’ Ethernet, Internet, voice and video services.

Live from the Show: SeaChange

June 26, 2013 4:57 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

VOD? Multi-screen? Yes, of course, but with so many sources of video, how do you make the whole experience seamless for the viewer? Alan Hoff, VP of strategic marketing for SeaChange International, talks about his company's efforts to help its customers' customers make sense of all their media.

Live from the Show: NCTA

June 26, 2013 4:45 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

NCTA VP of industry affairs Mark Bell expounds on how cable is telling an effective story about how it has always been a technology disruptor, and that it continues to be so, with a tradition of innovation that shows every sign of accelerating.

Live from the Show: Deluxe Digital

June 26, 2013 4:25 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

 Deluxe Digital Distribution introduced the Deluxe OnDemand Multiscreen-Ready video catalog service. Deluxe Digital Distribution’s SVP of Sales and Marketing, Chris Rittler, explains how the company’s cloud-based solution simplifies and automates workflows to access, distribute, and manage on-demand video content in a multiscreen environment without the costs and headaches.

Live from the Show: Cycle 30

June 26, 2013 4:07 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

Cycle30 started life as the back office development operation within GCI. Cycle30 VP of sales Jeth Harbinson, explains how the company is expanding to support new products and applications, including machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity.

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Ohio internet sales tax exempts cable products

June 26, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A package of tax changes added to the state budget would increase the state sales tax and apply it to digital products, such as MP3s, e-books and videos bought on the Internet. The sales tax wouldn't apply to any video programming that's included in a cable service package, but viewers could expect their Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions to be taxed.

NeuLion TV Everywhere platform powers 3D TV service

June 26, 2013 1:53 pm | News | Comments

NeuLion said it is providing the delivery systems for Sensio Technologies’ recently introduced service delivering 3-D content over-the-top to 3-D TVs. Sensio Tech is basing its 3DGO Service on NeuLion's TV Everywhere Platform. 3DGO streams 3D content on demand, using a non-subscription, pay-as-you-go business model.

TWC breaks ground on National Data Center West expansion

June 26, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

sterday in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Time Warner Cable broke ground on expanding its National Data Center West facility. The expansion comes with a price tag of $85 million and the revamped data center is slated to go live in January of 2015.

AT&T launches Digital Life in five more U.S. markets

June 26, 2013 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T has added Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Portland and San Antonio to its list of markets that now offer the telco’s home automation and security service. With the latest additions, AT&T's Digital Life will be available in 27 markets, with plans to introduce the service in up to 50 markets by the end of this year.

thePlatform tangos south of the border with LSDLive

June 26, 2013 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform has expanded its presence in Latin America thanks to a new agreement with LSDLive. The deal allows LSDLive, which is a live event producer in Argentina, to blend thePlatform’s mpx system into its suite of video production services, encoding, uploading, and live event technical support.

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Delivery Agent partners with PayPal

June 25, 2013 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Delivery Agent hopes to boost T-commerce activity by forging a relationship with one of the masters of Internet-based commerce, PayPal. The idea is to induce PayPal merchants to take advantage of Delivery Agent’s existing relationships with service providers and consumer electronics companies to offer coupons, requests for information (RFIs) and the ability to make direct purchases.

tv2u sets up global CDN

June 25, 2013 1:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Malaysian company has activated a global CDN service that can deliver both live and on-demand content and can also perform ad insertion on behalf of clients, including over the top (OTT), web TV, and mobile service providers. Technology partners include SeaWell Networks, Elemental Technologies, Minerva, Verimatrix, and VuBiquity.

Videotron launches home networking service

June 25, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is offering its subscribers a multi-room home networking service that gives them the ability to record a show in one room and watch it in another. In order to use the home networking service, Videotron said its digital subscribers need to have a new generation PVR and new-generation HD set-top boxes

Zeebox adds in Digitalsmiths' search & discovery

June 24, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Zeebox is using Digitalsmiths’ video discovery technology, called Seamless Discovery, across all platforms that the former supports. The range of second-screen applications now includes search and discovery; the Zeebox "Recommended For You" feature delivers personalized recommendations based on individual viewing behavior.

Dish launches new box for hospitality sector

June 24, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The hotels and hospitality sector is heating up among service providers with Dish Networks the latest company to join the fray. This morning Dish announced the launch of its Smartbox platform, which can provision HD and SD channels in every hotel room through one unit.

Conax protects South American MSOs’ OTT/VOD services

June 24, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Conax announced this morning that Uruguay pay-TV operators Montecable and Nuevo Siglo were using its content security offerings to enable the addition of over-the-top (OTT) multi-screen, multi-network video and content consumption services. The two South American cable operators are deploying Conax Contego Unite and Conax Secure Clients on the security front while Cubiware is providing the middleware for the project.

Vodafone casts bid for Kabel Deutschland

June 24, 2013 12:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC has launched a takeover bid for Germany's biggest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, as part of its push to dominate media services in its biggest market. Vodafone, a British cellphone company with wide international interests, confirmed Monday it will offer 87 euros per share for Kabel Deutschland.

In the media: Malone thinks Netflix should pay for bandwidth

June 21, 2013 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Some U.S. cable operators continue to be agitated that Netflix isn’t paying them for using their pipes, and John Malone, who just sank a whole lot of money into Charter Communications, has thrown in with them. And by the way, Glenn Britt is not interested in selling Time Warner Cable to Charter.

Facebook adds video to Instagram

June 21, 2013 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Broadband networks are already straining to keep up with increasing video traffic, and it appears it’s only going to get worse. On Thursday, Facebook's popular Instagram photo-sharing app added a video feature. Much like its competitor Vine, which is owned by Twitter, Instagram now lets you record and share short videos using a few taps of a finger on a mobile device.

UPC Netherlands ramps broadband to 500 Mbps

June 21, 2013 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Last week UPC Netherlands fired up a data service that features 500 Mbps on the downstream. During an engineering roundtable yesterday at the SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter Symposium cable execs discussed the ability of cable HFC networks to keep up with FTTH networks. Liberty Global's VP of technology Bill Warga announced UPC Netherlands' service as an example of how it can be done.

Cox demos new iPad app at Cable Show

June 19, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications took its new iPad app, which is currently going by the name of “personal video experience,” through its paces last week at The Cable Show with demos in Cisco’s booth. Cox first talked up the personal viewing experience (PVE) app at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but The Cable Show marked the next-generation app’s public debut.

Deploying CCAP: Not just another box swap

June 18, 2013 6:24 pm | by Jorge Salinger and Ty Pearman | Articles | Comments

As service offerings continue to expand and the end users’ appetite for these services continues to grow, MSOs are putting a tremendous effort into keeping up with the demands on the edge network. The concern is the finite resources, including space, power and cooling, used to handle these expansions within the headend and/or hub.

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