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Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

January 3, 2013 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal. Current TV is carried by Comcast and DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.

Upfront - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:55 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

LRG: The 13 largest MVPDs lost about 53,500 net additional video subscribers in Q3 2012; TDG Research: 13 percent of broadband subscribers do not subscribe to cable-like pay-TV services; Ericsson: Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones; and IIA: Broadband-enabled savings increased nearly $1,200 per American household from last year.

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New Products - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:14 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ZyXel announced a turnkey commercial Wi-Fi hotspot upgrade to its CloudEnabled Business Access Point, Cycle30 developed commercial business billing software designed for cable ops and Concurrent modified its video system to deliver content directly to Smart TVs.

In the media: TWC also a player for former Bresnan properties

January 2, 2013 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is also in the running to buy the former Bresnan systems from Cablevision. Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Suddenlink Communications have all submitted first-round bids to Cablevision for the systems, now called Optimum West.

Charter, Disney renew distribution agreement, add TV Everywhere services

January 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.

LodgeNet to reorganize

January 2, 2013 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LodgeNet, which provides Internet and on-demand movies to hotels and hospital rooms, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be acquired by investment firm Colony Capital. LodgeNet says it will form a strategic partnership with DirecTV.

Memory Lane - An instant hit

January 2, 2013 1:23 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

It was only six years ago that Netflix, then known mainly as a mail-order distributor of DVD movies, launched a novel streaming video service it called, blandly enough, the “instant watching” feature – later to be rebranded “Watch Instantly.” The rest is, of course, history.

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Open Mic - Taking fiber deeper into the network

January 2, 2013 1:08 pm | by Johnny Hill, chief operating officer at Clearfield | Articles | Comments

Most MSOs deployed 12 fibers to each node in the 1990s, as the cost difference from a two-fiber cable to a larger-count cable was the difference of pennies. This forward-thinking attitude is now paying dividends. There are a multitude of different options for MSOs to leverage their existing assets.

Engineering-Wise - Some lessons from Sandy

January 2, 2013 12:28 pm | by Derek DiGiacomo, senior director of the information systems and energy management program at the SCTE | Articles | Comments

In the weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Mid-Atlantic region, cable was a whirlwind of activity. Engineering crews worked tirelessly to ensure that critical facilities were up and running and that key telecommunications services would be quickly restored.

Capital Currents - Emergency information for sight-impaired viewers

January 2, 2013 11:39 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has begun a new proceeding on delivery of emergency information to blind and sight-impaired viewers. The FCC seems to be aware of the practical problem noted above, but it’s not making much progress in dealing with it.

Data cap bill presented in Congress

December 21, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Data Cap Integrity Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), aims to give consumers the tools they need to manage their own data usage. It would institute industry-wide data measurement accuracy standards for ISPs and impose disciplines to ensure that ISP data caps are truly designed to manage network congestion.

Mediacom nails down content rights

December 21, 2012 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One set secures wider distribution rights, expanding the amount of programming Mediacom can make available through its TV Everywhere service. Another set of agreements expands the amount of Spanish-language content the MSO can offer, and a third set consisted of retransmission consent renewals.

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Suddenlink hits 1M data subscribers

December 21, 2012 1:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced that its data service has hit the high water mark of 1 million broadband subscribers. Suddenlink hit the 1 million subscriber milestone shortly after the conclusion of the company’s Project Imagine initiative.

An industry insider’s thoughts on Arris’ pickup of Motorola

December 21, 2012 1:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.

Cisco still top dog in STB marketplace

December 21, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.

Cablevision offers anime Funimation Channel on SVOD

December 21, 2012 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has added anime Funimation Channel to its subscription VOD roster. Olympusat’s channel offers anime titles from Japan that are dubbed with English. With the addition of Cablevision, Funimation Channel is now available to a total of 40 million subscribers.

Cablevision bows ESPN, Showtime multi-screen apps

December 20, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has rolled out TV Everywhere apps from Showtime and ESPN that allow its authenticated subscribers to view video content via the WatchESPN and Showtime Anytime services. Optimum TV subscribers now have live access to ESPN networks on computers, on mobile devices or on the Xbox.

Mediacom signs distribution deal with NBCUniversal

December 20, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has signed a multi-year affiliation agreement that gives the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator access to all of NBCUniversal's cable and broadcast content. The agreement covered the expansive rights to carry Olympic Games.

Suddenlink hits high note with launch of SWRV music network

December 20, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced that it has launched Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel, which is a 24/7 music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. SWRV has launched with Cox, AT&T, Verizon and RCN.

Comporium announces cloud-based security service

December 20, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Comporium Communications is making it easy for any Tier 2 or Tier 3 company to get into the broadband-based home security, monitoring, and automation (SMA) business with a new cloud-based service, and it's armed with a reseller agreement with iControl.

Netgear’s new gateway garners CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification

December 19, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Netgear announced that its new CG4500TM voice/data gateway, which has the capability for 24 x 4 channel bonding, has received CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification. On the channel-bonding front, Netgear is using MaxLinear’s MxL267 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver.

Nintendo to launch TVii tomorrow

December 19, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Nintendo is entering the TV realm with the launch of its Nintendo TVii, which is a free, integrated service that works on the recently launched Wii U console. TVii works by aggregating a Wii U user’s current video content provider onto a Wii U GamePad controller.

Comcast deploys HD DTAs, ponders TR-069

December 19, 2012 1:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.

Suddenlink’s TiVo Stream service drops into southern states

December 18, 2012 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Since Suddenlink Communications became the first cable operator to offer the TiVo Stream service in Lubbock, Texas, in October, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has deployed it in more than 60 communities across its footprint.

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