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Harmonic streamer does double-duty with ad insertion

June 18, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic said its real-time stream processor, The ProStream 9100, now has the ability to perform linear ad splicing. Service providers and broadcasters can use the system to insert targeted local and regional advertisements into broadcast programming delivered via MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD transport streams.

Charter wraps up all-digital project in North Texas

June 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the goal of having its all-digital conversion project completed by next year, Charter Communications announced today that its all-digital upgrade in North Texas was finished. Thanks to the all-digital conversion, Charter subscribers in North Texas now have access to 141 HD channels – more than double their previous HD lineup – as part of the largest HD launch in Charter's history.

Netgear sampling MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender

June 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Netgear is sampling a MoCA-to-Wi-Fi extender based on Entropic’s silicon and software. Netgear’s WM2500RP extender is designed for service providers to use to boost coverage in whole-home video and data installations. The device delivers more than 400 Mbps of usable MAC (medium access control) throughput.

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Suddenlink signs up Sigma Systems to provision business services

June 17, 2013 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has deployed the Sigma Systems fulfillment platform to automate the activation of voice and data services for its business customers. By using Sigma’s fulfillment offering, Suddenlink was able to achieve full integration from billing, order entry to delivery.

Atlantic Broadband goes exclusive with TiVo

June 14, 2013 10:54 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband will rely exclusively on TiVo for customer premise equipment, and will become the first U.S. MSO to leverage TiVo's complete product suite, according to the vendor, which also said the deal is exclusive. Atlantic Broadband will begin the rollout later this year.

Foxtel debuts TV Everywhere app, OTT access

June 13, 2013 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Foxtel is providing on demand and catch-up television services, using video processing systems from Elemental Technologies. The Australian service provider is now delivering over-the-top (OTT) content, in addition to roaming access to more than 50 channels through its Foxtel Go app.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day III

June 12, 2013 10:42 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

As we roll into the third day of the NCTA Cable Show 2013, we ponder on what we have learned about X2 and the race to put stuff in the cloud, about high school football in Florida, about CCAP technology, and about life in general. Actually, not so much about life in general.

Cable Show: Gigabit DOCSIS? Yeah, we can do that

June 11, 2013 5:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

In a 3.0 demo, CableLabs was bonding 128 channels to crank out in excess of 4 Gbps in a total of 768 MHz. In the 3.1 demo, which included OFDM modulation and LDPC error correction, CableLabs was pushing data at a clip in excess of 6 Gbps, but in only 650 MHz, the better to show the spectral efficiency inherent in the move to OFDM.

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Comcast’s Roberts unveils X2 operating system

June 11, 2013 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At last year’s Cable Show, Comcast Cable president Neil Smit officially introduced  the company’s next generation platform,  the X1. As far as innovation goes, the X1 is so last year as Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts revealed the X2 operating system on Tuesday at the Cable Show.

Live from the Show: Cable Show 2013 Day Two

June 11, 2013 10:02 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

Day 1 Featured technology disruptors who weren't so much disruptive as impatient -- if not actually impertinent, and some razzle dazzle from NCTA president Micheal Powell. Oh, and a surprise performance by Hammer (formerly MC Hammer). Can't touch that.

Broadcom debuts headless gateway

June 11, 2013 9:52 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom is introducing a headless video gateway IC that can be used to power boxes that can deliver both IP and QAM video. While larger MSOs are collaborating on mapping out a path toward a converged network that serves a variety of customer premise equipment (CPE) that can range from simple, inexpensive one-way DTAs to complex and expensive gateways...

Cable Show: TiVo powers up mobile app for cable operators

June 11, 2013 9:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo is offering cable operators its mobile app that enables second screen viewing in homes with and without TiVo devices. Atlantic Broadband, which recently signed up with TiVo, will be the first cable operator in the United States to deploy TiVo’s mobile app. When Atlantic Broadband launches its TiVo offering in the fall, it will include the TiVo mobile applications in addition to TiVo set-top boxes and DVRs.

Cable Show: Mediacom bows home automation service

June 11, 2013 9:41 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has joined the ranks of cable operators that are offering a home automation service to their subscribers. Mediacom, the eighth-largest cable operator in the nation, has joined Comporium Communications’ security, monitoring and automation (SMA) dealer program to deliver the home automation service across its footprint.

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A win/win for Arris with Comcast

June 11, 2013 9:36 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris nabbed two customer wins with Comcast for its XGI gateway and the vendor’s E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER). The XGI was based on the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK), which Comcast developed to speed up the rate of innovation on set-top boxes and gateways.

From the Cable Show: "Disruptors" not so disruptive

June 10, 2013 6:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Executives from Vox Media, Jawbone, Twitter, and Roku were all quite enthusiastic about being complements to the cable industry, but they all wished that cable would innovate a little faster. Tom Rutledge meanwhile essentially admonished programmers to give it up already.

Live From the Show: Cable Show 2013 intro

June 10, 2013 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

We're in Washington D.C., for the 2013 NCTA Cable Show. Eight of 10 buildings surrounding the convention center are being constructed, reconstructed, or deconstructed -- even the Washington monument is wreathed in scaffolding. There's a metaphor in there somewhere...

Cable Show: Comcast launches Xfinity Home Control

June 10, 2013 10:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced today that it has launched Xfinity Home Control, which allows subscribers to remotely adjust thermostats or lighting without the professional security monitoring that is offered with other Xfinity Home services, which are now called Xfinity Home Secure. Among other features, Xfinity Home Control provides customers with the ability to get real-time text and email alerts when doors and windows open or close.

Cable Show: LG debuts line of ‘smart’ set-top boxes

June 10, 2013 10:28 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

LG Electronics has introduced a line of what it’s calling smart set-top boxes (STBs), a set of IP boxes that can be used to deliver live, linear TV programming as well as over-the-top (OTT) services. LG’s Google TV-based IPTV STB supports services including live TV, VOD, a Chrome web browser and access to the Google Play store.

Applied Broadband sells IPDR analysis tool

June 7, 2013 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Guavus has purchased Applied Broadband’s Pipeline product. Pipeline is used for collecting, analyzing and mediating IPDR (Internet Protocol Detailed Records) data, drawn from cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) to understand bandwidth consumption and network activity.

Liberty Global wraps up deal to buy Virgin Media

June 7, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global announced this morning that it had completed its $24 billion deal to buy Virgin Media. Denver-based Liberty Global first announced it was buying Virgin Media in a stock and cash deal back in February. Since then Liberty Global has ran the gauntlet of gaining regulatory and stockholder approvals, as well as wrapping up the closing conditions that were associated with the deal.

Tivo settles up with Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner

June 7, 2013 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tivo settled patent dust ups with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable, averting a trial that was to begin next week and bringing to a close a string of long-running legal squabbles over its pioneering digital video recorder technology. The settlement fell well short of what most investors had expected, however, and shares of Tivo plunged 17 percent in early trading Friday.

Entropic buys mixed signal specialist

June 6, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entropic has acquired Mobius Semiconductor, which specializes in low power, high performance analog mixed-signal circuitry. Entropic said it will spend approximately $13 million in cash plus employee equity-based incentives to buy Mobius.  Separately, Access Co. said it is integrating its DLNA and HTML5 technologies with the latest set-top box chipset solution from Entropic.

ADB offers major revision of Commercial Video Solution

June 6, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ADB announced several new products, leading with its first major revision of its Commercial Video Solution, the company’s system for supplying video to hotels, universities, hospitals, and other commercial businesses. The company’s other introductions include set-top boxes and a gateway.

Open Mic: Taking the tethers off of TV Everywhere services

June 5, 2013 11:25 pm | by Michael Willner | Articles | Comments

There is one more big challenge - TV Everywhere isn’t really everywhere is it? Unfortunately, if you’ve got a TVE app on your iPad, you still can’t access all those great shows and movies in lots of places. You’re out of luck if you’re traveling or simply not connected to a high-speed pipe, as is the case for most of us many times a day.

New Products: Sonus, Digital Rapids, Averna/Pace

June 5, 2013 9:11 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Sonus Networks has upgraded its session border control (SBC) portfolio with software and hardware enhancements; Digital Rapids recently started shipping version 3.8 of its the Digital Rapids Stream software; Averna has forged a design-validation partnership with Pace that it said would accelerate customer premise equipment certification (CPE) for cable operators. 

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