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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.

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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.

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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."

Memory Lane - A signal of what would come

November 19, 2012 12:50 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s attack on Channel 37

November 19, 2012 11:18 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC has a plan to induce broadcasters to give up some of their frequency spectrum assignments so that more spectrum becomes available for mobile communications. But the FCC plan might also bump the radio astronomy scientists out of off-air TV Channel 37.

New Products - November/December 2012

November 19, 2012 10:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Trilithic introduced new HTTP delivery capabilities for sending both EAS and IPAWS/CAP messages over IP, Active Broadband announced enhancements to its software that improve operator visibility into IPDR data, and Edgeware and Skytide announced a joint solution that enables real-time QoE analytics in large-scale multi-screen environments.

Videotron CEO touts mobile service at conference

November 16, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron President and CEO Robert Dépatie used the Mobiz 2012 conference to tout the cable operator’s mobile service, which it launched two years ago. Despite facing intense competition, Videotron built its own AWS network for its illico mobile service.

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Wave Broadband rakes in $1B to expand West Coast ops

November 15, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WaveDivision Holdings, which operates as cable operator Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it raised more than $1 billion in funding. The funding included substantial equity investments from Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners.

Telefonica standardizes on Mediaroom IPTV

November 15, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Telefonica Digital is rolling out IP video services based on Microsoft’s Mediaroom across an unspecified number of countries included in its vast international reach. The global operator has already begun deploying the technology in three countries – Brazil, Chile and Spain.

Virgin Media app enables TV anywhere

November 15, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is expanding its TiVo service with a mobile app that provides cloud-based access to live programming outside the home. The app works with Apple iOS-based mobile devices. The app will also enable Virgin Media subscribers to remotely manage their TVs.

This Technology scores $7.5M in financing

November 15, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology has wrapped up $7.5 million in equity financing and announced it counts Comcast, NBCUniversal, Verizon and ABC among its customers. The financing was led by General Catalyst Partners, and This Technology now has Neil Sequeria on its board of directors.

BendBroadband broadens TV Everywhere lineup

November 14, 2012 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BendBroadband has added channels to its TV Everywhere service, including Hallmark Channel, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, ESPN3 and Pac-12 Networks. BendBroadband outsources to Synacor to provide its white-label TV Everywhere services.

ThinkAnalytics touts trumpets for explosive growth

November 14, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics said it has grown its customer base by 75 percent in just the last six months, going from 20 to 35 clients, which together represent more than 80 million subscribers. The company did not identify its newest customers but said they include service providers in both Europe and North America.

UTStarcom buys big chunk of aioTV

November 14, 2012 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UTStarcom Holdings said it has acquired a significant minority stake in aioTV. With its purchase of 44 percent of aioTV’s stock, UTStarcom becomes the smaller company’s largest investor. AioTV specializes in cloud-based video aggregation and distribution.

RCN turns up the volume on interactive music video channel

November 13, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over-builder RCN is now offering a new interactive music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. RCN is offering Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel to subscribers across all of its markets.

YouTube's channels not yet must-see TV

November 13, 2012 2:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Google announced plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. But a year later, the revolution has not yet been YouTubed. Google had disrupted other industries, and TV appeared to be next in line.

Isilon founder joins Elemental’s board

November 13, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Isilon, a division of EMC, specializes in scale-out storage. Founder Sujal Patel is recognized for pioneering the technical architecture for clustered storage, creating a new sector in the enterprise storage market, and holds a number of patents and pending patents.

Liberty Global wraps up OneLink acquisition

November 12, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it had completed its deal to buy Puerto Rican cable operator OneLink Communications. The $585-million-dollar deal was first announced in June. It's a somewhat convoluted financial arrangement.

Bright House boots up cross-promotions with Verizon Wireless in Orlando

November 9, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is on the board with Verizon Wireless now that the two companies have started their joint marketing efforts in Orlando. Bright House is the last MSO to start cross-promoting its triple-play services with Verizon Wireless’ smartphones and tablets.

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