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CES: Arris debuts Comcast RDK-based gateway

January 8, 2013 3:53 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Arris introduced a new whole-home network and entertainment gateway designed specifically for triple-play and quad-play customers. The company demonstrated its hybrid MG2402 gateway, based on the reference design kit (RDK) from Comcast, in the Intel booth at CES.

CES: Cox unveils next-generation mobile app in Vegas

January 8, 2013 3:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications took that wraps off its next-generation mobile app at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Cox President Pat Esser was joined by Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers to demonstrate the application currently being developed by Cox.

AT&T fends off Netflix, enters monitoring market

January 8, 2013 3:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has joined the rush of pay-TV companies establishing their own on-demand libraries in an attempt to counter Netflix and other over-the-top competitors. Separately, the company is also set to enter the broadband-based security and monitoring service market, relying on products and support supplied by Cisco.

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CES: Motorola provisions new media server for Verizon

January 8, 2013 3:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Verizon’s new media server made its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, along with an IP-based set-top box. Motorola made both the media server and set-top box, with the former rumored to be in the works for some time.

Cisco sets up move to cloud

January 8, 2013 3:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco has expanded its Videoscape video services platform to deliver a network DVR and enriched TV Everywhere. The company also built a new gateway for the Videoscape ecosystem to provide connectivity to IP devices in the home.

AT&T talks Connected Everything; Digital Life to launch in March

January 8, 2013 3:35 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T used its annual developer conference in Las Vegas to highlight connected car and home products, as well as its work in mobile payments with ISIS. The conference's opening keynotes were streamed live online from AT&T's website.

CES: ActiveVideo unveils CloudTV Access developer’s program

January 8, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ActiveVideo announced the launch of its CloudTV Access developer’s program at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The developer program was conceived to boost the design and deployment of HTML5-based user experiences on ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform.

Netgear adds Sling; Sling expands features

January 8, 2013 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netgear has added Sling technology to a line of streaming media players. Meanwhile, Sling Media has upgraded the search and navigation software for its own Slingbox products. Netgear has added the SlingPlayer to its NeoTV OTT boxes, including the NeoTV Prime with Google TV.

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Samsung sees record-high Q4 profit

January 8, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion).

CES: Time Warner Cable hooks up with Roku for streaming

January 7, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Time Warner Cable announced it has added Roku to its roster of partners that can stream the MSO’s TWC TV service. The TWC TV service is free to authenticated subscribers and will launch on Roku this quarter.

CES: Celeno demos video bridge, IP camera

January 7, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno has partnered with Edimax on a video bridge that supports 802.11ac and boasts a peak radio throughput of 866 Mbps. The video bridge is capable of provisioning uninterrupted streaming of HD IPTV, as well as data streams to multiple screens within a user’s home, while also insuring QoS and QoE.

Blockbuster On Demand to use Moto encryption

January 7, 2013 2:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the deal, Motorola Mobility has scored a notable trifecta for its Medios+ encryption technology, having struck deals in the past year with a major satellite company – Blockbuster is owned by EchoStar/Dish – a major IPTV provider – Verizon FiOS – and a major MSO – Time Warner Cable.

Kilar to quit as CEO of Hulu by March

January 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jason Kilar will step down as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by the parents of ABC, NBC and Fox. NBC parent Comcast is required to be a silent partner in Hulu as part of the government signing off on its purchase of NBCUniversal.

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Netflix, Warner Bros. in licensing agreement

January 7, 2013 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Online video company Netflix and Warner Bros. Television Group have signed a licensing deal that gives Netflix members access to prior seasons of certain television shows produced by Warner Bros. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Can MVNOs help peel the cap off Big Data?

January 7, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in

Broadcasters intro MyDTV multi-screen service

January 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting announced what they are calling a soft consumer launch of a mobile digital television service, called MyDTV, in Seattle and Minneapolis, respectively. Both are initially distributing 750 receivers in each of their respective markets.

Flingo tunes in new Samba multi-screen platform

January 4, 2013 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Flingo announced it will be showing its new interactive TV platform - called Samba, which instantly syncs live TV shows across TVs, PCs, phones and tablets without downloading an app or logging in - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Report: Ultra HD pricing prohibitive for years

January 4, 2013 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ultra-high-definition (Ultra HD) television sets are likely to remain far too expensive to merit more than a few million sales in the next few years, though adoption rates are likely to accelerate starting in 2016, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics.

CED Person of the Year

January 4, 2013 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.

The future of MPEG video transport over QAM

January 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Conrad Clemson, director of strategy and product management for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group | Articles | Comments

In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.

Time Warner Cable renews contract with CSG

January 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended its customer care and billing contract with CSG International through March 2017. Financial terms of the new deal weren’t available. Time Warner Cable accounted for 10 percent of CSG’s revenue in the third quarter of last year.

Motorola wins Emmy for ad insertion

January 3, 2013 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving Motorola Mobility an Emmy Award. The Academy is honoring Motorola’s use of its CherryPicker video processor for digital program insertion (DPI), specifically for serving localized ads across digital programming.

Alticast casts lot with ThinkAnalytics

January 3, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.

Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

January 3, 2013 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal. Current TV is carried by Comcast and DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.

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