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Shaw’s engineering efforts pay off with launch of Exo

February 9, 2012 4:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Exo features HD signals in a higher, less compressed bit rate for improved quality and a larger selection of on-demand titles in full 1080p HD, along with fiber-based Internet speeds of up to 250 Mbps.

Cable’s not-Romney

February 9, 2012 4:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

And now it’s Boxee versus the cable industry, which should be making cable nervous. We’ve seen this David vs. Goliath thing before, with TiVo in the Boxee role, and it didn’t end well for cable.

Cheetah upgrades video monitor

February 8, 2012 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cheetah Technologies has upgraded its video monitor so that it can now analyze a full dozen HD channels at once during ingest.

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BendBroadband joins TV Everywhere fray with Turner

February 8, 2012 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In keeping with its legacy of being a cable innovator, BendBroadband launched its TV Everywhere service with video content available from Turner Broadcasting.

Invidi secures another addressable ad patent

February 8, 2012 2:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The patent supports the company’s own addressable advertising system, which enables ad decisions to be made at individual set-top boxes based on information provided to the network by the devices.

More than 2M viewers live stream Super Bowl online

February 8, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough to make it the most-watched single-game sports event online, according to the network.

Poll: TV still trumps Web for campaign news

February 8, 2012 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this campaign season, the social networks have nothing on the news networks.

In the media: Rogers, BCE take Apple’s iTV for a trial spin

February 7, 2012 1:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Apple’s TV sets have been the subject of rumor and conjecture for quite some time, especially since a biography on Steve Jobs said he had found a way to come up with an Apple-based TV user interface.

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Time Warner Cable launches new on-demand talk show

February 7, 2012 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has launched “Talking Pictures On Demand,” which is a roundtable talk show that focuses on the various on-demand offerings each month.

Flingo raises $7M to expand device footprint, improve ACR

February 7, 2012 1:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of Flingo’s most recent clients is A+E Networks, which said it will introduce some social networking functions based on Flingo’s social TV capabilities on the A&E and History channels.

Cable demos ad insertion in VOD stream

February 6, 2012 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The achievements of the latest interop at CableLabs move cable’s common ad platform a few steps closer to commercialization.

Verizon to set up streaming service with Redbox

February 6, 2012 3:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks.

Consolidated to buy SureWest Communications for $340.9M

February 6, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a move that merges two Tier 2 service providers, Consolidated Communications Holdings announced that it was buying SureWest Communications for roughly $340.9 million in cash and stock.

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Harris plans to intro video file quality tools

February 6, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company will have different versions of the tool appropriate for content producers, broadcasters, cable networks, post houses and other digital media operations.

Cablevision preps app to buy Super Bowl merchandise

February 3, 2012 1:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is working with Shazam, Delivery Agent, and FMI to give consumers the ability to buy NFL paraphernalia during the Super Bowl.

Mediacom reaps rewards of analog-to-digital conversion projects

February 3, 2012 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has expanded its HD line-up for subscribers in Iowa, Alabama and Florida.

ATX Networks buys Arcos Technologies

February 3, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The purchase price could total over $26 million; just less than half that amount is to be paid upfront, with much of the balance to be paid as royalties contingent on future sales.

MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

February 3, 2012 1:37 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company brings back a popular plan that was suspended when the company stopped selling a specific handset.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim for Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For an emerging generation of Japanese innovators, the dream isn't a job for life at a big company. They have new ambitions, and they're determined to go places.

Evolution on evolution

February 3, 2012 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The digital terminal adapter is one-way device, a limitation that both justifies its existence and bars it from being a long-term solution. From its introduction, the DTA has been considered a dead end – a very, very useful device – but a dead end. Evolution Digital thinks maybe not.

Comcast, Verizon's joint marketing effort docks in Bay Area

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

Amid increasing congressional scrutiny over their spectrum and reselling deal, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are now cross-promoting each other's products in San Francisco.

Kanouff leaves SeaChange

February 2, 2012 2:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said she will not be replaced and that the title of president will be eliminated as part of ongoing cost reduction measures.

U.S. digital textbook proposal puts a premium on broadband

February 2, 2012 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Education and the FCC propose to phase out physical textbooks for electronic versions that can be easily revised and updated.

Suddenlink completes fiber network in Ark.

February 1, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has put the finishing touches on a new 162-mile fiber-optic network that was designed to better serve its customers in Arkansas.

Clearleap hires Van Orden as product marketing VP

February 1, 2012 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Clearleap said it has hired television technology industry veteran Bob Van Orden as the company's new vice president of product marketing.

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