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Shaw enters into $700M deal with Rogers that includes AWS, Mountain Cable

January 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Time Warner Cable, Vudu among customer wins for Jinni

January 14, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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 licenses more Warner Bros. content

January 14, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

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Cabovisão adopts Nagra’s content security

January 14, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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 promotes Lui to SVP for HR

January 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

CED's Broadband 50

January 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

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.

TWC cuts ribbon on new concept store in Wilmington, N.C.

January 11, 2013 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Biden seeks video game industry input on guns

January 11, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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).

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Time Warner Cable cuts through search clutter with Digitalsmiths

January 10, 2013 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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 intros Comcast-defined IP set-top

January 10, 2013 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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 cues up live ESPN Buzzer Beater stream

January 10, 2013 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Wave Broadband buys fiber partner

January 10, 2013 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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 exec O’Carroll joins Sandvine’s board

January 10, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

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Aereo to make its streaming service available in 22 more cities

January 9, 2013 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Azuki backs multi-screen distribution of apps

January 9, 2013 1:53 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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 serves up BTN2Go in multiple states

January 9, 2013 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

Smart TVs get smarter, by just a little bit

January 9, 2013 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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."

CES: Cablevision connects with Netflix on CDN deal

January 8, 2013 3:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

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.

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.

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