Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.
Jinni, whose search engine helps users find video content intuitively, announced seven customer wins for the fourth quarter of last year, including Time Warner Cable and Vudu. Vudu’s streaming service is available through Wal-Mart. The Jinni service is powered by the Entertainment Genome.
Netflix has wrangled an agreement for rights to a set of shows from both Turner Broadcasting System and The Warner Bros. Television Group. It appeared that programmers were freezing out Netflix, even to the point of dealing instead with over-the-top (OTT) rivals such as Amazon.com.
Cabovisão is using Nagra’s content protection system to secure premium content on its next-generation pay-TV service. Cabovisão had earlier turned to OpenTV, Nagra’s sister company under the Kudelski umbrella, to provide middleware for its interactive cable and IPTV services.
Time Warner Cable’s Alan Lui has been named senior vice president for HR Centers of Expertise and now assumes overall responsibility for guiding the human resource operations and benefits, talent acquisition and movement, learning and development, and diversity and inclusion teams for the company.
Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.
The nation’s second-largest cable operator is taking a more hands-on approach with its customers by allowing them to interact with its products and triple-play services at the new experiential store. The Wilmington store is the first of its kind, but Time Warner Cable plans on expanding the concept nationally over the next few years.
Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading a task force that will present recommendations to President Barack Obama, met with representatives from the entertainment industry, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
When it comes to finding a specific TV show or movie, it’s a jungle out there. Time Warner Cable has turned to Digitalsmiths to help its subscribers find the content they’re looking for, as well as make recommendations on related shows or movies.
Humax has introduced a new IP set-top box based on the Comcast RDK and developed with input from the MSO. Humax will also start including support for the Opera TV Store in its new set-top boxes this year. Opera Software, meanwhile, announced that it has upgraded its Opera TV Store.
Comcast said it’s the first multichannel provider to bring its authenticated subscribers live streaming of ESPN Buzzer Beater via its Xfinity.com/TV Web portal. ESPN Buzzer Beater is ESPN’s weekly HD college basketball live cut-in and highlights network.
Expanding its Northwest footprint, Wave Broadband has acquired a fiber network operator that specializes in high-capacity links to public and business customers. Wave Broadband’s parent, WaveDivision Holdings, paid $50 million for Black Rock Cable, which provides fiber connectivity in northwest Washington State.
Former Rogers Communications executive Dermot O’Carroll, who retired from Rogers last year, has joined Sandvine’s board of directors. O’Carroll had almost 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including 15 years at Rogers, before he retired.
Bolstered by a $38 million second round of financing, controversial streaming provider Aereo plans on expanding its service to 22 more cities across the nation this year. Aereo launched its streaming service in New York City and was promptly sued by major broadcast networks.
ES3 is teaming with Azuki Systems to demonstrate how TumbleBooks TV can be turned into a multi-screen service accessible on mobile devices in the home and elsewhere. ES3 develops apps for the Microsoft Mediaroom environment. TumbleBooks TV is an app that delivers read-along children’s books to the TV.
Mediacom Communications is now offering TV Everywhere services from Big Ten Network to authenticated subscribers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and parts of other Midwestern states. Mediacom customers in those areas can now access BTN2Go live.
In the not-so-distant future, couch potatoes will be waving, pointing, swiping and tapping to make their TVs react, kind of like what Tom Cruise did in the movie "Minority Report." That's the vision of TV manufacturers as they show off "Smart TVs."
Cablevision has signed on to deliver Netflix’s videos, including “Netflix Super HD” and 3-D TV content, over its own network through Netflix’s Open Connect content delivery network (CDN). Other ISPs that have signed on to use Netflix’s Open Connect include Virgin Media and British Telecom.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.