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TWC will continue to cull network herd; Britt defends sports deals

January 31, 2013 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said on a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call that the nation’s second-largest cable operator would continue to take a hard look at channels that don’t add value to its video packages. TWC cut the arts and entertainment channel Ovation from its lineup last month.

Broadcom snags BroadLogic

January 30, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom has purchased BroadLogic, Broadcom confirmed. The acquisition was made months ago, during the summer of 2012, but was not announced. The only previous public mention of the action was a status update attesting to the fact on the website of one of BroadLogic’s investors.

Charter renews retrans deal with CBS

January 30, 2013 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has signed off on a new retransmission consent agreement with CBS that included providing its authenticated subscribers access to Showtime Anytime. Charter customers that have Showtime as part of their TV tier can now access Showtime movies, original series, sports, documentaries and specials.

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Time Warner Cable hits refresh on new Web portal

January 30, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has completed its makeover of the company’s Web portal, which included the addition of geolocation technology. Time Warner Cable’s in-house e-commerce team, along with the help of creatives and developers across the country, came together to design, build and launch the new TWC.com.

ThinkAnalytics 1st recommendation vendor to sign up for Comcast RDK

January 29, 2013 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

United Kingdom-based ThinkAnalytics continues to make inroads into the United States. To wit: ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine is the first and only one to date to license the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) software stack. Vendors have been lining up in droves to take part in Comcast’s RDK efforts.

Comcast’s thePlatform puts HTML out front on new video player service

January 29, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s a fragmentized ecosystem when it comes to enabling video content across various devices and browsers, but Comcast’s thePlatform hopes to build a more unified front with an updated video player service that puts HTML5 in the leadoff position.

Play ball: TWC strikes deal to carry Dodgers’ baseball channel

January 28, 2013 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s official. After weeks of rumors, Time Warner Cable announced that it had locked up the rights to carry the new Los Angeles Dodgers television channel after yanking them away from Fox Sports. The new Dodgers regional network is called SportsNet LA.

U.N. group OKs new video format to save bandwidth

January 28, 2013 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.N. telecommunications agency says its members have agreed upon a new compression format that could dramatically cut the amount of Internet bandwidth currently used by video files. The ITU says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.

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Spanish network picks Comcast Media Center’s VOD platform

January 28, 2013 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spanish-language network Vme Media has picked the Comcast Media Center (CMC) to manage and deliver its video-on-demand programming. Vme has partnered with public television stations and is currently available in more than 10 million Hispanic homes, reaching nearly 80 percent of the market.

LodgeNet files for Ch. 11, plans sale

January 28, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LodgeNet Interactive says it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a plan to sell itself to investment firm Colony Capital for $60 million. The Sioux Falls, S.D., company said it will form a partnership with pay-TV provider DirecTV.

Loudness correction in compressed streams

January 28, 2013 9:10 am | by RGB Networks | White Papers

The CALM Act requires video service providers (VSPs) to meet specific audio leveling standards. This paper reviews a best-of-breed solution that enables VSPs to solve loudness problems and avoid penalties, without compromising the audio experience.

U-verse remains a growth driver in Q4

January 25, 2013 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported a net gain of 192,000 U-verse TV subscribers for a total of 4.5 million TV customers, and a net gain of 609,000 high-speed Internet subscribers, to reach a total of 7.7 million. The company said its combined total of TV and broadband U-verse subscribers was 8 million.

Cablevision stirs in Watch Disney offerings to TV Everywhere mix

January 25, 2013 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has added video from Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD and Watch Disney Junior for authenticated customers of its Optimum TV to Go service. Cablevision customers who receive the networks as part of their monthly video service can now stream these channels live or view popular shows in on-demand.

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Miranda Technologies acquires Softel

January 25, 2013 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Miranda Technologies said it has acquired Softel, a provider of captioning, subtitling, audio and video description, interactivity, and other video technologies. The value of the deal was not disclosed. Miranda was purchased by Belden last year.

Belkin to buy Linksys router maker from Cisco

January 25, 2013 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belkin, a maker of smartphone cases and computing accessories, said that it is buying the home networking business unit of Cisco, including the Linksys router brand. Privately held Belkin did not disclose the purchase price, nor did Cisco Systems. The deal is expected to close in March.

Cable One ups TV Everywhere with Synacor, bows guarantee program

January 24, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has added more TV Everywhere content via an expanded agreement with Synacor, and it also announced a new 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee program. Cable One signed on early last year with Synacor for its first crack at TV Everywhere services and a new customer Web portal.

DTS, RGB collaborate on quality audio

January 24, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DTS and RGB Networks said they will integrate the former’s audio solutions into the latter’s multi-screen IP video delivery products. The result is a product that video distributors can use to control program and advertising sound levels in conformance with the CALM Act.

Hargray buying managed services company

January 24, 2013 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Demonstrating that you’re never too small to target the enterprise market, Hargray Communications said it intends to purchase iTech, a managed services company. Hargray has operations in South Carolina and in Georgia, and iTech is headquartered in Savannah, Ga.

Netflix shuffles the TV deck with 'House of Cards'

January 24, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In Netflix's bid for a flagship original drama of its own – a "Sopranos" to its HBO – the subscription streaming service is presenting a high-class adaptation of a British political thriller offered up all at once, with its first season immediately ready for TV-viewing gluttony.

Time Warner Cable wins Dodgers TV deal

January 23, 2013 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has won a contract to carry Los Angeles Dodgers games for at least the next two decades starting in 2014, snatching the games away from Fox Sports after this year's baseball season ends, according to a person familiar with the matter.

HBO signs 6-year deal with Conviva to provision TV Everywhere services

January 23, 2013 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO has signed a new six-year deal with online video streaming company Conviva to keep the fires burning on its HBO Go and Max Go TV Everywhere services. The new deal builds upon a previous one between Time Warner’s HBO and Conviva that helped HBO become an early mover in the TV Everywhere initiative.

Columbus constructs a SeaWell

January 23, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Columbus International will install SeaWell Networks’ session delivery controller to expand its IPTV service. Columbus will integrate SeaWell's Spectrum solution to help deliver its hybrid IP video services, which will include TV Everywhere services and IP video on-demand to more than 450,000 customers across any IP-connected device.

Cox’s home security platform launches in Virginia

January 22, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After piloting its home automation and security service last year in Arizona, and launching it in four additional markets in 2012, Cox’s Home Security service is now available to its customers in Virginia. Despite competition from entrenched providers, home automation and security services are becoming a big business for cable operators.

Verizon posts record Q4 loss on pension adjustment

January 22, 2013 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon strengthened its position as the top dog of the wireless industry in its latest quarter by raking in new subscribers and selling millions of iPhones, but it also posted a record loss. The loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, for the fourth quarter was mainly due to adjustments to the value of its pension funds and obligations.

Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in U.S.

January 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network says it plans to close about 300 Blockbuster stores across the country, losing about 3,000 employees. The closures will leave about 500 Blockbuster locations in the U.S. Dish Network last year also shuttered about 500 underperforming Blockbuster locations.

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