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Rogers scores sports network for $167M

August 27, 2012 3:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Communications announced it was plunking down $167 million to buy Score Media. Once the deal is finalized, Rogers will wholly own theScore Television Network and related assets, which will be a significant content boost to its existing Sportsnet assets.

Tek upgrades Sentry with RF monitoring

August 27, 2012 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix expands its family of solutions for network-wide video quality monitoring to complement monitoring in the digital domain. Tektronix introduced a new version of its video quality monitors that adds the ability to monitor video post-QAM RF video, complementing the ability to evaluate video quality in the digital domain.

Report: $2B video delivery platforms market to double by 2017

August 27, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a study, revenues for video platforms that distribute video on behalf of media and entertainment companies, including cable and satellite distributors, will reach $2.1 billion this year and double to more than $4 billion by 2017.

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Disney delivers live streaming of channels to Comcast Web portal

August 24, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s programming deal with Walt Disney earlier this year continues to resonate with its customers. Comcast is now offering its authenticated subscribers live shows from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD on its Xfinity.com/tv Web portal.

Time Warner Cable stirs in live Fox content to TV Everywhere mix

August 24, 2012 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced this morning that it has added live streaming from Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network to its TV Everywhere lineup. The video content is available to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to the two channels.

Comcast agrees to carry new beIN Sport network

August 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new beIN Sport network has reached an agreement with Comcast to be carried on its Xfinity TV. Owned by the Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network, beIN Sport will be carried in English on the Xfinity TV Sports Entertainment Package and in Spanish on the Xfinity TV MultiLatino Package.

Cox promotes Wolfe to GM of New England/Cleveland market

August 24, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has promoted long-time employee John Wolfe to senior vice president and general manager of its New England/Cleveland market. In his new role at Cox, Wolfe now oversees the day-to-day operations for the company’s 1,400 employees in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio.

Carlson antenna a big gain for white spaces

August 24, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Carlson announced a new antenna specifically designed to support the use of white-space spectrum. The company’s new omnidirectional base station antenna provides high gain across the entire UHF spectrum, which will help improve overall performance of white space transmissions.

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South Korean court rules Samsung didn't copy iPhone

August 24, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Samsung won a home court ruling in its global smartphone battle against Apple on Friday when judges in Seoul said the company didn't copy the look and feel of the U.S. company's iPhone, and that Apple infringed on Samsung's wireless technology.

Concurrent strikes TV Everywhere deal with J:Com

August 23, 2012 3:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent landed a deal with J:Com, which is Japan’s largest cable operator, to help deliver TV Everywhere services to multiple devices. J:Com (Jupiter Communications) has deployed Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX to serve up multi-screen VOD services to mobile devices and PCs.

Envivio encoder bumps up efficiency

August 23, 2012 3:41 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The company claims the latest version of its transcoding software can improve transcoding speed by up to 35 percent. Envivio introduced a new version of its on-demand transcoding software that the company’s own testing indicates an improvement of up to 35 percent in file-to-file transcoding speed, as compared to competing platforms that require hardware acceleration.

MoCA ups Gelphman to VP of marketing, member relations

August 23, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) recently promoted Rob Gelphman to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and member relations. Prior to his promotion, Gelphman was chair of the marketing work group, a position he held for the last seven years. He continues to report to MoCA president Charles Cerino and the entire board of directors.

Comcast RDK picks up steam with addition of Motorola

August 22, 2012 3:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility became the latest feather in the cap the Comcast Reference Design Kit after announcing this morning that it had struck a licensing agreement with Comcast. Previously announced licensees for the Reference Design Kit (RDK) include itaas, Entropic, Broadcom and, just last week, S3 Group.

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Schooled: Cox Business connects students with enhanced technology

August 22, 2012 3:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business provides voice, video, data and Ethernet services to regional K-12 and higher education facilities across it footprint. It currently serves over 5,000 schools, representing more than 3.2 million students, with its services.

Comcast, Music Choice cue up Hispanic music in VOD

August 22, 2012 3:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast said the 500 videos, not all of which are available yet, represented the largest collection of Hispanic music videos and original artist content on a VOD platform. The videos span a variety of Spanish music genres, including pop, rock, romance, tropical, regional and children’s music.

Ericsson debuts encoder for mobile video

August 22, 2012 3:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson is on the verge of hitting the market with a new HEVC/H.265 encoder for the delivery of live and linear TV over mobile networks to mobile devices. The device, based on the H.265 proposed standard, nearly doubles compression rates, making it especially desirable for transmission of video on LTE networks, where bandwidth is an even more limited resource than elsewhere.

Lantiq prepares for VoLTE home gateway

August 22, 2012 3:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The chip designer is working with two software companies, D2 Technologies and Ecrio, to create a gateway reference design that will support voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in consumers’ homes. VoLTE, a software stack built around the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), provides native voice and other rich media services on LTE networks.

Harney takes helm at broadband start-up

August 21, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

INovo Broadband has hired former Cisco Systems executive Michael Harney as CEO. He’ll be reunited with a large handful of other veterans of the old Scientific Atlanta (acquired by Cisco) at the broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) start-up.

Harmonic media server adds solid-state memory

August 21, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has a new version of its integrated media server, this one including solid-state disk (SSD) storage. Otherwise, the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD four-channel media server is essentially the same system as the MediaDeck 7000.

Comcast promotes finance exec

August 21, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sarah Bryant will take over as senior vice president of finance for Comcast’s enormous Central Division. In her new role, Bryant will oversee budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting and analysis, purchasing, capital planning and information technology, and systems throughout the 15 states that comprise the Central Division.

TiVo strikes deal with GCI

August 21, 2012 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan telecommunications company GCI announced that it is going with TiVo for its next-generation whole-home TV platform. It will start deploying TiVo’s platform this year before offering it across its entire footprint next year. GCI will rely on TiVo to enable its whole-home platform.

Comcast Business Services connects distance learning initiatives for college

August 21, 2012 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services is fueling Community College of Baltimore County’s distance learning initiatives through its Ethernet services. CCBC is using Comcast’s Ethernet services in its “Fab Lab,” which is an interactive workshop that allows users to take advantage of digital fabrication technologies by using files of two- or three-dimensional computer drawings to replicate products onto different types of equipment.

AT&T’s FaceTime policy could violate FCC rules

August 21, 2012 12:44 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T's recent announcement that FaceTime over cellular will be reserved exclusively for those customers who switch to the company's new Mobile Share plans is sure to ruffle a few feathers, and some say it might even be in violation of the FCC’s Open Internet rules.

Best Buy profits plunge on weak sales, restructuring costs

August 21, 2012 12:36 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Best Buy's profits plummeted about 90 percent during its second fiscal quarter as weak sales and restructuring costs hit its bottom line. The weak financial results come after co-founder Richard Schulze walked away from an offer to move forward with talks to take the company private.

TWC lights up Empire State Building with fiber-based services

August 20, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class, the commercial services division of Time Warner Cable, recently scored a high-profile customer win after expanding its fiber-optic network to the Empire State Building. TWCBC is providing all tenants of the skyscraper with access to a dedicated Internet network that provides high-bandwidth capabilities and speeds that can reach 1,000 Mbps.

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