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Home network penetration tops 75%

March 23, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report by The Diffusion Group, eight out of 10 broadband-enabled households across the nation have home networks in place.

Comcast: We tried to sell AWS to 'virtually every' U.S. carrier

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top Comcast executive said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it had tried to sell its AWS spectrum to "virtually every wireless carrier in the country" before forging a multi-billion-dollar deal with Verizon Wireless.

College sports network signs with CMC

March 22, 2012 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Raycom Sports has selected the Comcast Media Center to manage and deliver its ACC games on-demand.

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Review: New iPad screen is eye-opening upgrade

March 22, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beware the new iPad: Not because it's an inferior product, but because it's a superior one. Using one is like living the life of a millionaire for a day, then getting dumped back in your regular life. Your eyes are now opened to how miserable your existence is.

Time Warner Cable Media pumps up tourism in N.C

March 21, 2012 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The North Carolina Division of Tourism has forged a partnership with Time Warner Cable Media that will promote tourism across the state via on-demand long-form videos.

SeaChange divests server and storage unit

March 21, 2012 2:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

An investment group bought the operation, which will be operated as a standalone company named XOR Media.

New set-tops could save millions of kilowatts a year

March 20, 2012 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The inclusion of a “light sleep” mode can help set-tops consume more than 20 percent less energy than boxes lacking the option.

Motorola Mobility, EdgeCast partner up on CDN offering

March 20, 2012 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has added a content delivery network option into its roster through a partnership with EdgeCast Networks that will also extend its reach globally.

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BT picks IneoQuest system for service quality

March 20, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BT Wholesale will use IneoQuest’s Video Service Assurance solution to ensure the reliability and quality of its new TV Connect service

Olympics to strain U.K. broadband infrastructure

March 20, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Olympic sprinters race down the tracks, will London's Internet infrastructure be able to keep up? Let's hope so.

Presto chango: IP&TV World Forum rebrands as TV Connect

March 20, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The IP&TV World Forum kicks off in London with the new name of TV Connect.

RVU protocol incorporated in DLNA

March 19, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move makes it easier for members, such as DirecTV, to keep a consistent interface across DLNA products in a home network.

Nielsen launches cross-platform ad measurement tool with GroupM

March 19, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advertisers and ad agencies have long yearned for a system that standardizes ratings across both TV and Internet ads, and Nielsen has launched its cross-platform advertising measurement service with GroupM.

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Verizon offering EBIF-based NCAA bracket app

March 16, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app, built by Ensequence for ESPN, allows FiOS subs to fill out and follow brackets for the college hoops tourney.

The CW will cut streaming window

March 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A significant minority of fans refuse to wait three days, and instead visit illegal sites to watch CW shows.

Cisco snags NDS in $5B deal

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

The continued video-based evolution of Cisco took a major leap forward with the news that it will buy digital TV software and security vendor NDS for $5 billion.

Dish Network’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform available

March 15, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network said that its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which it first introduced at CES earlier this year, is now available to its customers.

Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

Swisscom taps Net Insight for contribution system

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom Broadcast will use Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to transport live HD video, voice and data content.

Buckeye gears up with Arris for home networking

March 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is gearing up for its long-term IP migration while attempting to win back customers in the short term with Arris’ hybrid QAM/IP video gateways.

Imagine revises ICE system for IPTV, multi-screen

March 14, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine Communications has reengineered its ICE video platform so that it can simultaneously process HD and SD IPTV streams; options include adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming.  The upgrade makes the ICE system suitable for IPTV, a bit of a repositioning for the company. And, of course, the new combination of capabilities makes ICE suitable for multi-screen delivery, as well.

Twin Lakes Telephone selects Entone’s managed TV system

March 14, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone announced that Twin Lakes Telephone will use the vendor’s FusionTV system to provide a unified set of video services for its customers.

Ericsson snaps up Technicolor broadcast operation

March 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A relatively modest $25 million investment buys Ericsson a dominant position in the European broadcast market.

Kanouff joins Cablevision as an EVP

March 13, 2012 3:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The former SeaChange executive will be responsible for consumer-facing technologies.

In the media: Intel mulls ‘virtual cable operator’ play

March 13, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to break free of its computer-based roots, Intel is said to be soliciting programmers on a plan to create a “virtual cable operator” service that would stream video over the Internet.

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