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Viacom decides not to block 'Daily Show' online

July 18, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom has decided to let new episodes of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" be shown on its websites, easing a blockade of online viewings that it imposed in a fee dispute with DirecTV.

FreeCast set to start charging

July 18, 2012 2:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company also plans to release its first device and a wireless PC/keyboard that users will be able to use to control the FreeCast guide and navigate the Web on their TV screens.

Report: North American cable modem sales up 50%, thanks to D3

July 18, 2012 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts pushed cable modem sales to increase by more than 50 percent when compared with the same timeframe a year ago.

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@ The Independent Show: SeaChange to demo multi-screen capabilities

July 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International will be at the Independent Show demonstrating software solutions that can enable small and mid-size cable operators to extend their services to tablets, smartphones, PCs and other devices.

@ The Independent Show: Adara’s hosted SDV system to be on display

July 18, 2012 9:02 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adara Technologies said Darien Communications in Georgia is using its hosted and managed switched digital video (SDV) service to enable the addition of hundreds of HD channels, as well as other services long the province of larger operators.

@ The Independent Show: Entone to show off hybrid TV system

July 18, 2012 8:54 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone will be touting an integrated product suite that one small operator said has put his company on equal footing with the big guys when it comes to advanced TV services.

@ The Independent Show: RGB enables multi-screen for all

July 18, 2012 8:39 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RGB Networks will be at The Independent Show highlighting how its digital and IP-based video products can be tailored for use by small- and medium-size operators.

From fantasy to reality

July 18, 2012 8:21 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The delivery of video content to multiple screens by Tier 2 and 3 cable operators has long come under the heading of sheer fantasy. Not anymore. Now it’s real.

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Comcast, Scripps strike carriage agreement that includes TV Everywhere

July 17, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Scripps Networks Interactive have forged a multi-year distribution agreement that will provide Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers with Scripps video content across a range of devices and platforms.

TiVo buys analytics firm for $19M

July 17, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TRA provides information linking information from the same households as to what viewers watch with what they buy.

Amino gets 'substantial' order

July 17, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Intracom Telecom will use Amino’s IPTV boxes to roll out HD services in two markets in Eastern Europe.

Pace powers Sky New Zealand’s new Igloo TV service

July 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace is providing hardware and software elements for Sky New Zealand and TVNZ’s new Igloo TV service, which has soft-launched with some customers.

Behind the blackouts: Power plays for profits

July 16, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Programmers are profiting at the expense of distributors, and in the middle of it all, consumers are the ones paying the price.

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Comcast buys out Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC

July 16, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has bought out Microsoft’s 50 percent stake in MSNBC.com and rebranded the site as NBCNews.com.

Price hike still haunts Netflix stock 1 year later

July 13, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is more popular among couch potatoes than investors after its polarizing decision to raise U.S. prices for video subscription services.

Vecima sells more assets

July 13, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company dumps more real estate to raise cash as it transitions to a new generation of technology.

NBC launches 2 apps to watch the Olympics

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC launched two mobile apps that will let people watch Olympics events as they happen, look up athlete profiles and access other extra content on their iPads, iPhones and certain Android devices.

Canadian court scraps royalty for online downloads

July 13, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that songwriters and music publishers are not entitled to royalties for song and video game downloads.

Judge lets start-up relay live TV to iPhones in NYC

July 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The judge said the case probably would have been decided in favor of the broadcasters were it not for the case challenging Cablevision's RS-DVR system.

Viacom blocks online episodes in DirecTV fight

July 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Viacom shut off access to full-length episodes on its own websites such as MTV.com and ComedyCentral.com to all visitors, even those who have no stake in the dispute.

Hyatt begins rollout of interactive TV

July 12, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, provided by start-up Roomlinx, enables customers to access hotel services through onscreen menus.

Xfinity Home lands in South Florida

July 10, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The broadband service enables customers to remotely monitor their home and control digital thermostats and lights in real time.

House Dems again criticize Verizon AWS deal

July 10, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

House Democrats are pressuring federal regulators for the second time in a month about Verizon Wireless' marketing deals with those cable operators from which it has proposed buying AWS spectrum.

Cox expands BTN2Go to Android devices

July 10, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Customers who subscribe to the Big Ten Network will be able to watch games on their Android handhelds.

AT&T beefs up U-verse apps

July 9, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

U-verse subscribers have access to more premium content, and those with iPhones and iPod Touches get new features.

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