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New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

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Concurrent gains patent for ads during trick play

December 21, 2011 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ads can still appear, even while viewers pause, fast forward or rewind through content – including through embedded commercials.

Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

Report: Worldwide pay-TV revenue to hit $236B at end of 2012

December 21, 2011 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide pay-TV market will generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, but cable’s share of the revenue pie will be down slightly, according to a study by ABI Research.

Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Report: LTE experience varies by device, network

December 21, 2011 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Metrico released its full-year report on the state of LTE and the customer experience in 2011. The report gauges various aspects of LTE-capable devices on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless' networks.

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This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Cox launches El Mix, 62 HD nets in Hampton Roads

December 20, 2011 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications digital video subscribers in Hampton Roads, Va., now have 62 new high-definition channels on their lineups, as well as access to a new Spanish language package called El Mix.

Bill aims to eliminate retrans rules

December 19, 2011 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act is highly unlikely for a number of reasons, however.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

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Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

Rogers launches beta version of iPad app for live streaming

December 16, 2011 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its overall TV anywhere strategy, Rogers Communications announced the beta launch of its Rogers Live TV app for iPads, which enables live streaming of shows in subscribers’ homes.

Time Warner Cable tunes in 20 new HD channels in Dallas

December 16, 2011 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently added 20 new HD channels in the Dallas area to give it a total offering of 134 HD channels.

Shaw Communications adds 5 new HD channels to its lineup

December 16, 2011 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced that it had launched five new HD channels: Space, Business News Network (BNN), Bravo, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Time Warner Cable in an Android state of mind

December 15, 2011 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has released its second Android-based app in as many weeks, with the latest, My TWC, taking flight.

Suddenlink offers any-room DVR with TiVo Premiere

December 15, 2011 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications subscribers that currently enjoy TiVo Premiere in their homes can now pause a recorded program in one room and resume watching it in another.

TV companies have a year to pipe down loud ads

December 15, 2011 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Shush, already. That's the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the volume on blaring TV commercials.

Alcatel-Lucent provisions 100 Gbps network in S. Amer.

December 15, 2011 1:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to gear from Alcatel-Lucent, Cablevision Argentina is laying claim to being the first cable operator in South America to deliver 100 Gbps speeds over an optical network.

Networks shell out billions for NFL

December 15, 2011 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Netflix increases Q3 spending to woo lawmakers

December 15, 2011 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix spent more money currying favor with U.S. lawmakers and regulators in the third quarter while the video subscription service's customers rebelled against a price increase.

Rumors swirl around Verizon acquisition of Netflix

December 14, 2011 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If LTE is set to usher in the age of mobile video in 2012, Verizon might be preparing to dive right in with an acquisition of DVD and streaming video provider Netflix. At least, that's the gist of the rumors being reported recently.

Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

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