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Envivio bulks up encoder density

September 5, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The Envivio 4Caster G4 encoding appliance for the Envivio Muse software-based encoder family offers six times the density compared to the current platform – up to 72 SD or 12 HD channels per 2RU chassis, with the potential for further future density improvements.

Harmonic upgrades contribution system

September 5, 2012 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

By integrating 4:2:2 decoding for DVB-S/S2, IP and DVB-ASI input interfaces into the ProView 7100, Harmonic said it allows content providers to cost-effectively decode SD and HD content presented as either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC compressed streams with improved picture fidelity.

Amino gets add-on Wi-Fi from Celeno

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amino Communications will be offering a USB Wi-Fi dongle, built around Celeno’s Wi-Fi chipsets and including software for HD multimedia home networking applications, with its A140/A540 set-top boxes. These models are designed for the retail market for IP-based services.

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Fast and furious: Building a network in 60 days

September 5, 2012 12:55 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Assembling a network from scratch in 60 days isn’t for the faint of heart. Rarely, if ever, has it been done before on the scale of the Pac-12 Enterprises networks that will begin this month, delivering more than 850 events annually to seven linear channels, and eventually beyond.

FPGAs: The “G” doesn’t stand for “Green” – but it could

September 5, 2012 11:40 am | by Aaron Behman, senior marketing manager, and Joe Palermo, systems architect for the broadcast and consumer segment, of Xilinx | Articles | Comments

In the last couple of years, service providers have developed a greater awareness of how they can take better control of their energy use and energy costs. For every piece of cable equipment produced, there is an associated, additional cost to cool that equipment.

Open Mic - Next-gen campaign management systems

September 4, 2012 10:36 pm | by Jeffrey Sherwin, CEO of This Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable has steadily pursued dynamic ad insertion (DAI) to achieve better ad targeting and monetization. There have been learning moments along the way as vendors and operators have worked to make DAI a reality in different ways. One key learning that has come from this initial work is that the next phase of DAI needs to be built on campaign management systems (CMSs).

Engineering-Wise - Putting lessons learned to work

September 4, 2012 10:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

You have to work pretty hard to make a connection between yard work and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but Shawn and I moved into a new – more on that in a minute – home, and the last several months have been spent transitioning from chaos to order.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s ‘annual’ report on video competition

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC recently released its 14th “Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming.” The most interesting part to me was the back story, and the nearly five-year interval between the 13th report and the 14th.

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New Products - September 2012

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform has been enhanced with new features, SeaChange demonstrated the latest innovations of its Nucleus soft box gateway, and Volicon’s loudness monitoring and logging solution is now available on its Observer Scout platform.

Alcatel-Lucent, Concurrent combine forces on expanding VOD catalogs

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The expanded VOD offerings can be delivered to traditional set-top boxes, as well as tablets, PCs and smartphones, using Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Unified Origin and TV-VOD edge servers. The new TV Everywhere architecture has been put through its paces via a trial with a large cable MSO.

RGB beefs up TV Everywhere stable with live SDI video encoding

September 4, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, which is integrated with RGB’s existing TransAct Transcoder product line, offers the ability to ingest uncompressed SDI-sourced live content, as well as IP and file input, for live or on-demand IP video delivery to smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs, as well as traditional set-top boxes.

IBM gets into the IPTV delivery business

August 31, 2012 12:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The development of content delivery networks (CDNs) made it almost inevitable that IP content delivery would become a service, which in turn made it a near certainty that a business services company like IBM would enter the market. IBM has introduced a cloud platform for delivering content on behalf of CE firms.

Elemental sets up video cloud service

August 31, 2012 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company plans to introduce Elemental Cloud at IBC in Amsterdam. At the same time, it will begin making available Elemental Server Cloud Edition (CE), a file-based solution for high speed, multi-format video conversion in the cloud.

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Samsung to rely on Verimatrix security

August 31, 2012 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Samsung will use Verimatrix’s security suite, including its VCAS security system and ViewRight client software, to protect content delivered to its Smart TVs. Video service apps that pay-TV operators build for Samsung Smart TVs will now be able to take advantage of ViewRight client security.

Pac-12 Networks opens coverage without DirecTV

August 31, 2012 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Pac-12 Networks opened it football coverage with the Utah-Northern Colorado game, with DirecTV subscribers unable to watch because of a distribution stalemate. The network also televised the Arizona State-Northern Arizona game and has exclusive rights to 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 games this season.

Pace’s software provides quick gateway updates to French provider

August 30, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

France’s Bouygues Telecom is installing Pace’s Helium Unified Gateway Software to enable faster rollouts of new services and apps across a range of gateway devices. Bouygues Telecom will sell Pace’s new Helium software across all of its new BBOX Sensation gateways, as well as legacy devices, in 1.3 million subscriber homes.

After golden run at Olympics, Adobe unveils TV Everywhere enhancements

August 30, 2012 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Coming on the heels of a successful trial run at the Olympics, Adobe Systems announced it has upgraded its Adobe Pass platform to its second version. Adobe put Adobe Pass 2.0 through its paces during the recent 2012 London Olympic Games, which served as a milestone for TV Everywhere services.

Oppenheimer: Best Buy deal feasible, unlikely

August 30, 2012 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An attempt by Best Buy's founder and one-time chairman to take the company private is unlikely to succeed, according to Oppenheimer & Co., which sees no change in the toxic retail environment that has eaten away at the company's profits.

Pac-12 Networks issues open letter to fans

August 30, 2012 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unable to reach a deal with DirecTV, Pac-12 Networks has issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider. Pac-12 Networks will televise 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 football games this season.

AT&T adds Facebook app to TV screens

August 29, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s Facebook on TV interactive app lets U-verse subscribers view their news feeds, friends list and photos on their TV screens while they’re watching shows. They can also post updates while viewing and share information about the shows they’re watching with their Facebook friends.

Midcontinent tees up WatchESPN

August 29, 2012 3:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent is serving its authenticated customers live streaming sports content from WatchESPN across various devices, and it plans on offering more Disney-related video content. Using the free WatchESPN app, Midcontinent subscribers can view live streaming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU on their Apple iOS and Android devices.

TiVo set to market multi-screen streamer

August 29, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

TiVo is preparing to hit the market with its retail transcoder/router that enables TiVo Premiere DVR users to distribute up to four simultaneous streams to Apple iOS devices. The TiVo Stream, announced earlier this year, will sell for $130 and will be available from TiVo on Sept. 6 and at Best Buy shortly thereafter.

Time Warner Cable investing $25M in NYC fiber build-out

August 28, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is upping the ante against its New York City-area competitors by spending $25 million this year to expand its fiber-optic network to businesses. TWCBC made the fiber-optic build-out announcement at the headquarters of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN).

Comcast’s thePlatform opens doors of digital storefronts

August 28, 2012 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video publishing company thePlatform has upgraded its mpx system to support video commerce across various devices on digital storefronts. The digital storefronts can help video providers and content owners monetize their premium video libraries by complementing pay walls, advertising or authenticated subscriptions.

Appeals Court backs ActiveVideo’s win against Verizon

August 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The final judgment includes some minor quibbles with lower court decisions, essentially upholding ActiveVideo’s position – and the $260M in damages Verizon owes the vendor for patent infringement. ActiveVideo charged that Verizon’s FiOS VOD service infringed on four of its patents.

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