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Quickplay draws another $45M

March 26, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Quickplay has attracted another $45 million  in capital. The new infusion ups the amount of financing the company has attracted since it was founded in 2003 to $150 million.

Epix pops up on the Xbox

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Multiplatform VOD online movie channel Epix hopes to reach more people by introducing its app on...

Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

March 25, 2015 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Elemental Statmux is a multi-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexer that operators can...

Details on PlayStation Vue, comparison with Sling TV

March 25, 2015 12:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony's new PlayStation Vue online TV service launched in three cities last week with more than...

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Internet video - free or fee?

March 24, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Would you pay to see some of the Internet's best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting . . .

Euro carriers accelerate DSL to 170 Mbps

March 23, 2015 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Telefonica, BT, and Orange, have wrapped lab trials of G.fast technology, in which they were able to accelerate DSL on local loops to 170 Mbps. BT is about to move into field trials, and a group of companies is looking to adapt the technology for cellular backhaul.

Canada orders MSOs to offer pick-and-pay options

March 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.

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Piksel revamps workflow management tool

March 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Piksel said it has fully redesigned its cloud-based asset management system with a new interface and a process that enables video companies to create single-page workflows.

HBO, Sony looking to skirt network neutrality

March 20, 2015 1:17 pm | News | Comments

In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."

MSOs plumb the depths of another consumer poll

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.

PlayStationVue is live, for $50 to $70

March 18, 2015 2:32 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.

Canoe's cable ad insertion now reaches most major markets

March 18, 2015 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Canoe said its video on demand dynamic ad insertion technology is now available in over 130 DMAs, including 48 of the top 50, reaching approximately two-thirds of all cable TV households.

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The new TV world: can you really save money?

March 18, 2015 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers want to be able to choose the channels they pay for. The industry is responding with smaller bundles and a few direct-to-consumer services, such as HBO Now. But that approach is shaping up to cost consumers more money, not less.

Imagine unveils single system for live and on-demand content delivery

March 18, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.

Sling TV arrives on Xbox

March 17, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

At the same time the OTT service said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime, all A+E Networks. The core package will remain at $20.

DirecTV offers room service with a twist

March 17, 2015 11:54 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.

FCC proposal would virtually eliminate cable rate regulation

March 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Commission today issued an NPRM that asks if the availability of DirecTV and Dish Network in a market automatically qualifies as “effective competition.” If yes (the FCC argues "yes"), rate regulation would automatically be dropped.

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FCC's reviews of Comcast, AT&T megamergers back on hold

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.

Four out of five households choose HD

March 16, 2015 12:47 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV. This showed a steep increase since 2011 as 46 percent of households possessed at least one during that time.

Alcatel-Lucent adds switches for metro networks

March 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new photonic switches were designed specifically for service providers who need to cater to enterprise customers, supporting increasing video, cloud and data center traffic.

MSOs making headway with search, discovery improvements

March 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Last year MSOs tested and implemented content discovery solutions with apps, smart TVs, and more, achieving incremental progress in allaying the frustration many of their subscribers have trying to find relevant content.  

OTT video providers losing money to cord cheating

March 13, 2015 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The percentage of people sharing access to their subscriptions to OTT services ranges from 10 percent to 25 percent, The Diffusion Group has found, which means a lot of companies are forsaking a lot of potential revenue.

Charter in talks to buy Bright House

March 12, 2015 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.

FCC publishes Open Internet Order

March 12, 2015 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The FCC has finally published its order reclassifying broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act – the Open Internet Order. Commissioner Pai’s dissent from the decision charges that the action itself violates the Communications Act.

FTC sues DirecTV for deceptive advertising

March 12, 2015 12:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

DirecTV was offering a 12-month discount, without adequate notice that the discount comes only with a 24-month contract. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed in a conspicuous way, the FTC said, charging the company with hiding the details of the offer in fine print.

AT&T: DirecTV will give us new leverage with content providers

March 11, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T CFO John Stephens, speaking at a Deutsche Bank conference, said one of the synergies from the DirecTV deal will be AT&T’s enhanced leverage with content providers.

MSOs making slow progress with VOD

March 11, 2015 2:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

MSOs are getting their subscribers to use their VOD services a little more often, but progress on this front remains modest, in part because operators are still failing to entice their subscribers away from Netflix.  

ACA to FCC: help us reduce rising program costs

March 10, 2015 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The ACA has petitioned the FCC to make it easier for its members to collectively bargain with programmers, which the organization argues will help smaller operators maintain margins, in turn giving them greater latitude to extend and improve broadband services.

HBO's streaming service available only through Apple TV

March 9, 2015 4:50 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.

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