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Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player

December 3, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New content is coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.

Study: DVRs now in half of U.S. pay-TV homes

November 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leichtman Research Group's survey of 1,300 households found that 52 percent of the ones that have pay-TV service also have a DVR. That translates to about 45 percent of all households and is up from 13.5 percent of all households surveyed five years ago by another firm.

Colorado op adds broadband TV package

November 29, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PC Telcom, which operates in Phillips County in Colorado, is providing its broadband subscribers with a video service that combines live HDTV and over-the-top (OTT) services. The service is enabled by Entone’s FusionTV and Connected Home technologies.

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Concurrent has Smart TVs covered

November 28, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has modified its video system so that it will now be able to deliver content directly to Smart TVs. The company expanded the software for its MediaHawk platform to enable the delivery of on-demand content to Internet-connected devices.

SeaChange’s Davi moves to Synacor

November 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange CTO Steve Davi has jumped ship for Synacor, where he will serve as senior vice president of software engineering. The move was apparently precipitated by SeaChange’s decision to eliminate the position of a corporate chief technology officer.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

Apps World - Feb. 7-8, 2013

November 28, 2012 11:58 am | by CED Magazine | Events

Apps World will be returning to North America for two days of engagement and high-level insight and discussion around one of the largest-growing industries – mobile apps. More than 5,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals are expected.

TWC wraps its ad arm around AT&T

November 27, 2012 3:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The action is essentially an enhancement of a relationship the two struck more than a year ago. TWCM described the move as hardwiring U-verse homes into the fixed scheduling network grids in I+. The agreement will be effective for the 2013 broadcast year.

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Mediacom serves up customer care on mobile devices

November 27, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications subscribers can troubleshoot and resolve service issues, schedule service appointments, and view or pay their bills on a new mobile customer care app that the cable operator provisioned with Synchronoss Technologies.

TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

November 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer: It has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator, which will start rolling out its TiVo offering next year.

TVNZ sets on-demand catch-up TV app

November 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New Zealand’s national broadcaster is preparing to launch an on-demand catch-up TV app for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. TVNZ’s onDemand catch-up app will be built to use Brightcove’s App Cloud mobile app platform, allowing TVNZ to securely deliver content.

RCN offers holiday promo in NYC

November 26, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is offering a holiday promotion of reduced rates on its voice and data services in the New York City boroughs that it serves. Over-builder RCN offers its services in Manhattan and Queens, as well as in parts of downtown Brooklyn, where it competes against Time Warner Cable.

Gigabit access networks up and running

November 21, 2012 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) has 1 Gigabit broadband service now available to all of its 33,000 residential and business electric customers, while RST Global Communications in North Carolina has completed the first phase of its fiber network that will eventually go up to 10 Gbps

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Report: Satellite pay TV revenue will top cable’s by 2016

November 21, 2012 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been bleeding out basic video subscribers over the past few years, and a research firm predicts that satellite pay TV revenues will exceed cable’s for the first time by 2016.  MSOs are attempting to combat the basic video subscriber losses with promotional efforts of their own, such as the quad play deals.

Xfinity app adds downloadable viewing

November 21, 2012 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast soft-launched the latest version of its Xfinity TV Player app to include downloads from Starz, Encore and MoviePlex on devices running either Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems. Authenticated subscribers can view shows and movies anywhere and offline.

Navigation guides yet to take flight

November 21, 2012 10:14 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.

DOCSIS 3.1 takes center stage at Cable-Tec Expo

November 21, 2012 9:56 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

There were plenty of buzz-worthy topics during the most recent edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but the official debut of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification made the biggest splash in Orlando outside of Sea World. A panel provided some insights on DOCSIS 3.1.

Telecompetition top concern at TelcoTV

November 20, 2012 7:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.

A compelling multi-screen user experience

November 20, 2012 7:37 pm | by Kirk Edwardson, director of marketing at Espial | Articles | Comments

Managed service providers, telcos, MSOs and satellite broadcasters alike are facing intense competition from over-the-top service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. These new market entrants are rapidly building their subscriber base by providing premium video and video-on-demand services on any device.

Disney to shutter online movie store, website

November 20, 2012 1:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company will shut down its movie site, which had limited functionality, in advance of a new, forthcoming online presence where customers will be able to do much more, including download movies they buy. The company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31.

Adobe aims to cut TV Everywhere player tangle

November 20, 2012 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adobe has expanded and integrated its Primetime video platform with a media player that could be used on any mobile device, the beta version of an ad insertion service, and the integration of data analytics. The company is offering an SDK to embed the player in TV Everywhere apps.

Cox kickstarts campaign for Boys & Girls Clubs

November 20, 2012 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications announced a nationwide marketing campaign that was designed to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the holiday season. Customers can donate new, unwrapped toys at the 133 Cox stores across the nation. The toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in each of Cox's markets.

ESPNWatch now available through Xbox

November 20, 2012 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ESPN is serving up a full slate of its live, TV Everywhere programming on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Companies with deals with WatchESPN include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Midcontinent Communications and Verizon.

Time Warner Cable’s $82M National Data Center opens in Charlotte

November 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.

TV, movie features on Wii U delayed

November 19, 2012 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the entertainment features on Nintendo's new Wii U won't be available when the game machine goes on sale. Nintendo didn't give a reason for the delay. The company said it wanted the service "to be the best possible experience for all consumers."

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