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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.

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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).

Cable One tabs SubscriberWise to improve customer service

September 28, 2012 3:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has picked SubscriberWise’s subscriber analytics and decision management platform in order to improve customer service to its subscribers. Cable One will use SubscriberWise’s risk management and target marketing system to support its growing cable and digital technology goals and operations.

Who's watching? 3-D TV is no hit with viewers.

September 28, 2012 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Phil Orlins, an ESPN producer, knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That's because 3-D audiences are so small they can't be measured by Nielsen's rating system.

CPE: Digital transport adapters expand their horizons

September 28, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

In the family of customer premises equipment (CPE), digital transport adapters (DTAs) may lack cachet when compared with the latest set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and gateways, but DTAs are playing an increasingly important role in cable operator deployments.

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Comcast, NBCUniversal get behind zeebox app

September 27, 2012 3:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast and its NBCUniversal subsidiary are taking a stake in zeebox, the maker of a so-called "second screen" app that people can fiddle with on mobile devices while they watch TV. The U.S. cable giant isn't saying how much it's putting into the company.

Mediacom to go multi-room/screen in 2013

September 27, 2012 3:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications plans to deploy a whole-home/multi-screen service across its footprint throughout 2013. The MSO will base the service initially on four-tuner TiVo DVRs, and it will later give its subscribers the option of using a six-tuner version from Pace when that box becomes available.

Dish satellite broadband set for Oct. 1 launch

September 27, 2012 3:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network said it will launch a satellite broadband service targeted at rural consumers with slow Internet connections. The service is based on a satellite launched by Dish’s sister company EchoStar earlier this year. The dishNet service will be available in both rural and suburban areas.

Celeno pockets $24M in investment round

September 27, 2012 3:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With gobs of video downloaded and consumed around the home on various devices, Wi-Fi networks have needed to up their game. Celeno has been working on high-performance chips to enable the distribution of video streams, including HD, to set-top boxes, tablets, wireless TVs, DVRs, laptops and other devices.

Sky News Arabia selects Envivio’s Muse

September 27, 2012 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sky News Arabia has deployed Envivio’s Muse software-based encoders for its real-time Web streaming service. The broadcaster, based in Abu Dhabi, uses the Envivio video processing solution to compress and stream its live video content to its website for OTT viewing on PCs and mobile devices by people around the world.

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WICT’s Tech It Out Conference - Oct. 18, 2012

September 26, 2012 4:09 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

WICT’s 2012 Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. With its expanded hours, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training, as well as a guided group tour of select SCTE exhibits.

Cox seeks caps on programming discounts for Big Four

September 26, 2012 3:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Larger MVPDs have always had the leverage to negotiate programming fees lower than those charged to smaller companies – sometimes far lower. This has been an ongoing source of disgruntlement for many smaller companies, that chafe at being charged far more for programming.

Cablevision adds Univision Deportes, Univision tlnovelas to lineup

September 26, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision bolstered its Spanish-language video programming with the recent additions of Univision Deportes Network and Univision tlnovelas. Univision Deportes will cover key matches leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including World Cup Qualifiers and the FIFA 2013 Confederations Cup.

SingTel’s optical network gets a turbo boost from Ciena

September 26, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SingTel has deployed Ciena’s 5410 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switch System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software to help enterprise businesses have access to highly reliable high-speed services on an optical network that is capable of data transfers of up to 10 Gbps per single connection.

Barnes & Noble to introduce Nook Video service

September 25, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble will launch a video service this fall that lets users buy and watch movies and TV shows on their mobile devices and TVs. Users of Nook Video will be able to shop an extensive collection of movies and shows from major studios.

Cambium wireless platform supports rural broadband

September 25, 2012 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The Canopy PMP 450 is a point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless platform that builds on previous products in the Canopy PMP family, providing better performance, including the ability to provide more than 90 Mbps of peak throughput in only 20 MHz of spectrum from a single access point (AP).

Knology Business debuts new website

September 25, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology Business announced that it has launched a new website that separates the business service offerings from the residential services on the company’s main site. Knology became a wholly owned subsidiary of WideOpenWest Finance earlier this year.

Report: Cable king of paid VOD movie rentals

September 25, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to NPD Group, cable operators, led by Comcast, accounted for 48 percent of all paid VOD movie rentals in the first half of this year. Internet VOD (iVOD) has made inroads at 15 percent of the paid movie rentals, but telco VOD was the fastest-growing segment of the market with a 24 percent rental growth rate year-over-year.

In the media: Video providers mulling cloud-based gaming services

September 25, 2012 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bloomberg reported that trials for the cloud-based gaming services are slated to start later this year ahead of possible deployments next year. The cloud-based services pose a direct threat to traditional, expensive consoles from the likes of PlayStation, Xbox and Wii.

TiVo settles lawsuit against Verizon for $250M

September 24, 2012 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon will pay TiVo at least $250.4 million to settle a patent lawsuit related to its digital video recording technology, and the two have a licensing deal. The two companies agreed to dismiss all pending litigation. They had been scheduled to go to trial in October.

Verizon, ActiveVideo make nice

September 24, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

After an appeals court affirmed that Verizon violated ActiveVideo Networks’ patents, the two companies have negotiated a cross-licensing agreement to seal the result of the lawsuit. ActiveVideo charged that Verizon’s FiOS VOD service infringed on four of its patents.

Time Warner Cable, Bright House finally score deal with NFL Network

September 24, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was close to 10 years in the making, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have scored a deal for carriage of NFL Network and NFL RedZone. TWC and Bright House were the last holdouts among the top six biggest cable operators in the United States to reach a deal with the NFL.

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