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Cable scofflaws beware: SubscriberWise sees you

January 6, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

SubscriberWise has come up with an interesting way of tracking down people who are viewing cable services after previously being disconnected for non-payment.

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

More than 200M watched NFL this season

January 6, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200 million viewers saw NFL games this season, with an average of 17.5 million per game.

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The 'CES curse'?

January 6, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. It's quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

Disney and Comcast reach a long-term deal

January 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. reached a long-term agreement with the nation's largest TV signal provider, Comcast, that extends their partnership into the next decade.

Moto gateway supports new home control services

January 5, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility will be showing a new gateway in its 4Home series at CES that is designed to integrate a wider range of broadband-based services, including home automation and energy management.

Netflix stock surges with Internet video streaming

January 5, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has released some statistics that indicate the video subscription service must be doing something right, even though investors and customers have been ridiculing it for much of the past six months.

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Comcast hires Mendiola as VP, GM of multicultural services

January 5, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable has hired Ruben Mendiola as its vice president and general manager of multicultural video services.

Celeno bows new video-grade Wi-Fi chip

January 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Celeno Communications will be showing off its new video-grade Wi-Fi chip at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Sigma Designs, Quantenna team on design for networked STB

January 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is offering a reference design for a set-top box that incorporates a Wi-Fi router based on Quantenna's 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

AT&T to pay $215M to TiVo to settle patent suit

January 4, 2012 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T will pay TiVo at least $215 million through June 2018, becoming the latest TV signal provider to settle a patent lawsuit involving the digital video recorder pioneer.

MetroPCS inks broadcast mobile TV deal

January 4, 2012 1:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company will start selling an Android-based Samsung smartphone later this year equipped with an ATSC chip, the hardware needed to receive broadcast mobile television signals in the United States.

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Broadcom gears up for CES with Sling, MoCA 2.0 SoC

January 4, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom has a full dance card of TV Everywhere and connected home offerings for the International Consumer Electronics Show, including six system-on-a-chip (SoC) MoCA 2.0 products and the integration of Sling Media into a SoC platform.

Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes

January 4, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

Former Charter CTO Fawaz joins Synacor's board

January 4, 2012 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Charter Communications executive vice president and chief technical officer Marwan Fawaz, along with Time Warner exec Gary Ginsberg, was recently appointed to Synacor's board of directors.

'Tis the season to be jerked around

January 3, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable once again has found itself in a nasty retransmission rights battle, this time with the MSG Network, which pulled its programming from the MSO's lineup.

LG to sell 55-inch TV using new ultra-thin tech

January 3, 2012 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

For flat-panel TVs, the choice for years has been between plasma and LCD. Now there'll be another choice, at least for those prepared to spend big.

Another name change: Versus to NBC Sports Network

January 3, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cable channel with three names in five and a half years is getting its new identity from one of the most recognizable brands in sports broadcasting.

CED Video & Product Showcase - December 2011

January 1, 2012 3:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Televation; Lindsay Broadband LBR-ONU Series; Textronic award-winning Sentry; Corning Cable Systems OptiSheath MF2; APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM; AMT's Whole Home DVR; RFMD's RFCM2680...

THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world...

In Perspective - Six degrees of … no, wait …

January 1, 2012 1:30 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it isn’t directly connected, odds are that it would take only a few steps to get to the technology. Call it Six Degrees of Multi-Screen.

Memory Lane - An Impulsive Solution

January 1, 2012 1:10 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Articles | Comments

It was that backdrop that helped put cable on the map as a legitimate force in the boxing business, through an emerging delivery technology saddled with the indelicate name of “pay-per-view.”

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

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