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Toys R Us launches streaming service

October 5, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The toy retailer joins the swelling tide of companies offering over the top video services. The service, with a library of videos aimed at kids, is sourcing search and customer service from Rovi. ToysrusMovies.com supplements the company’s tabeo, a Wi-Fi tablet due to hit the market later this month.

Contec set to emerge from Chapter 11

October 5, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Set-top repair specialist Contec has won court of approval of a plan to reorganize and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings minus about $300 million in long-term debt. Senior lenders, led by Barclays, will end up with the majority of the new equity in the restructured company.

Arris posts solid Q2 CPE sales, Cisco still leads CMTS pack

October 5, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bolstered by DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades in North America, Arris posted strong revenue growth for customer premise equipment in the second quarter of this year while Cisco is still the leader of the pack for cable modem termination revenue.  ZTE edged Huawei to take the No. 1 spot for broadband CPE revenue market share.

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Cisco signs on for Comcast RDK

October 5, 2012 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco has joined the roster of vendors that have licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit, which was implemented to cut down the development cycle for new set-top boxes from two years to one year, or even under one year. Other licensees include Motorola, Evolution Digital, itaas, Entropic, Broadcom and S3 Group.

Forget 4K TVs for five years

October 4, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sales for ultrahigh definition TVs – aka 4K TVs – are likely to remain negligible for the foreseeable future, with shipments accounting for no more than 1 percent of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market during the next five years. Worldwide shipments of 4K LCD-TVs will rise to 2.1 million units in 2017, up from 4,000 in 2012, according to IHS.  

Cablevision cuts multi-screen deal with Disney

October 4, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is the latest MSO to announce multi-screen rights with The Walt Disney Company, enabling Cablevision to distribute various Disney owned channels not only to televisions but also to PCs, tablets, and handheld mobile devices. With a comprehensive distribution agreement with Disney now in place, Cablevision said it will launch several new services, including the full suite of authenticated Watch products 

Dish: We may have to sell AWS Spectrum

October 4, 2012 1:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen pushed the FCC in a speech yesterday to pass rules allowing it to use its AWS spectrum for a mobile broadband network. Further delays could hamper its ability to compete with existing operators like AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Ergen said.

Google raises estimate on Motorola restructuring cost

October 4, 2012 12:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Overhauling Motorola Mobility is proving more expensive than expected for its new parent company, Google. The Internet search giant has increased its previous estimate on the cost of Motorola's restructuring to $300 million and warned it could take an additional $40 million hit as it closes facilities and lays off workers.

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In the media: Charter’s move to Stamford hits a snag

October 4, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Members of Charter Communications’ executive team can hold off on packing their bags for now as the headquarters move from St. Louis to Stamford, Conn. hit a temporary delay. A package to aid Charter’s move from Missouri to Stamford was pulled off of the State Bond Commission’s agenda yesterday due to inaccurate numbers

Edgeware, Skytide ally on CDN monitoring

October 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have developed a system aimed at CDN operators looking to measure quality of experience (QoE), especially wholesale CDN services where the operator needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer.

ThinkAnalytics joins Mediaroom ecosystem

October 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has signed up to integrate its TV recommendations engine with Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV partner program. With ThinkAnalytics’ recommendations engine, IPTV providers will be able to deliver more meaningful content recommendations and navigation features across multiple screens.

Juniper Networks unveils new products for edge router

October 2, 2012 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Juniper Networks has announced a slate of hardware and software products for its edge router that were designed to deliver consumer and business services at a rate up to 69 percent faster than competing solutions. The new set of software and hardware products run on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router

Charter to move HQ from St. Louis to Stamford, Conn.

October 2, 2012 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is pulling up stakes and moving its headquarters from the St. Louis area to Stamford, Conn over the coming weeks. Charter will transfer the majority of its executive officers, along with members of their staffs, to the new 70,000 square-foot office space at 400 Atlantic Street.

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Time Warner flips switch on new Lakers channels

October 1, 2012 6:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's No. 4 TV distributor bought the regional TV rights for the Los Angeles Lakers and pro soccer's LA Galaxy last year for an estimated $3 billion over 20 years. It's launching two new channels based on those rights on Monday. To help pay for them, it is demanding payment from other TV distributors like Dish Network Corp. and DirecTV.

Nokia Siemens sheds IPTV operations

October 1, 2012 5:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Accenture specified that it purchased IPTV software, assets and capabilities from Nokia Siemens. The acquired IPTV assets will complement and be integrated with with the company’s Accenture Video Solution, a software product and a suite of services that enables companies to launch new over-the-top (OTT) services.

Telemundo Media, Comcast Spotlight cue targeted ads

October 1, 2012 5:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telemundo Media and Comcast Spotlight announced a new advertising platform, called Telemundo+, that lets marketers geo-target Hispanic households across multiple screens with English, Spanish or bilingual messages. The two are exploring means to measure the impact of the media strategy.

Oklahoma utility opts for EPON

October 1, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) has hired Pulse Broadband to design and manage the construction of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband trial, using a distributed tap design and CommScope’s EPON architecture. Lake Region will be one of the first electric coops in the U.S. to take advantage of a combined distributed tap and EPON architecture. 

IPTV: Coming soon to a town near you

September 30, 2012 12:18 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.

TV Everywhere or Errors Everywhere

September 29, 2012 11:40 pm | by Steve Liu, vice president of video network monitoring at Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.

In Perspective - Novelty act

September 29, 2012 6:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The ultimate product in the TV business is not content. It is the presumed attention of the viewers of that content, sold in aggregate to advertisers. Advertising has been the cornerstone of the TV business since back when the only screens available were the dials on radios.

Memory Lane - Wake up and smell the webcam

September 29, 2012 6:20 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Whether the delivery agent is Coca-Cola, coffee or chocolate, a solid jolt of caffeine has fueled the creation of many a technology breakthrough. So it’s only fitting that the first known demonstration of an Internet-delivered photo stream involved the popular stimulant.

Open Mic - The future of TV Everywhere is here

September 29, 2012 5:39 pm | by Ramin Farassat, vice president of product marketing and business development at RGB Networks | Articles | Comments

While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.

New Products: IBC Edition - October 2012

September 29, 2012 4:10 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.

New Products - October 2012

September 29, 2012 3:36 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic released the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated media server, Incognito Software announced the latest version of its Service Activation Center, and Broadcom introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi.

Comcast Ventures among investors in video search firm Ramp

September 28, 2012 3:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Boston-based Ramp pulled in $15 million in a recent round of financing, which included Comcast Ventures among the investors. The Series C round of financing brought the total capital raised to date to $40 million for Ramp. Ramp specializes in software-as-a-service (SaaS).

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