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Comcast intros set-top for UHD, another for HDR

May 6, 2015 9:40 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has announced a new set-top-box in its X1 platform series that will offer 4K UHD programming. In addition, Comcast will release the Xi5 HDR, which will provide increased picture color, contrast, and brightness.

Dolan suggests Cablevision merger with Time Warner Cable

May 6, 2015 9:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Not five minutes after taking the stage at the INTX general session today, Cablevision CEO James Dolan knocked the entire industry completely off balance by doing everything but explicitly asking Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus to buy Cablevision.

Cisco starts shipping a CCAP system

May 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cisco said it has begun commercial shipments of its new  cBR-8  converged cable access platform. The CCAP system allows broadband operators full DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities, and delivers both full spectrum video convergence and SDN.

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Comcast announces sleek new gateways for 2016

May 5, 2015 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Updated from INTX: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts revealed a line of gateways with a swanky new soft-edged polyhedral design; the official launch of its voice-based remote control; and a set of relationships with companies making automated home products.

DirecTV adds 60K subs in US in Q1

May 5, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV said it added 60,000 net subscribers in the U.S. market during the quarter, or 48,000 more than it added in last year's first quarter. Total enrollment in its largest market climbed about 1 percent to 20.4 million.

Handful of MSOs offering Hulu directly

May 5, 2015 10:36 am | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has cut deals to make both Netflix and Hulu directly available to its customers. Hulu entered similar deals with Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom Communications, Midcontinent Communications and WOW!

Meerkat wins Mayweather-Pacquiao match

May 4, 2015 5:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The match popped up, unauthorized, on new services like Twitter's Periscope and Meerkat, where people used the video function on their smartphones to relay the broadcast directly to the Internet.

Arris integrates TiVo interface in new set-top

May 4, 2015 5:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris has begun integrating TiVo software and cloud-based services with some of its set-top boxes, an interesting development given that TiVo and the huge chunk of Arris that used to be Motorola were at each other’s throats just a few years ago.

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Cablevision holds steady in Q1

May 4, 2015 2:26 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision’s net revenue in the first quarter grew 2.5 percent to $1.61 billion compared to last year’s first quarter net revenue, which was reported at $ 1.58 billion.

Cable operations pace Comcast's Q1

May 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shrugging off the aborted takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast turns in a solid Q1, paced by broadband additions and the enthusiastic reception to the X1 platform.

TWC turns in best ever quarter, operations-wise

May 1, 2015 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable turned in one of its most impressive quarters in terms of subscriber metrics in a very long time, as the rumor mill spun crazily about the company’s options now that Comcast has given up its takeover attempt.

Comcast puts dent in Charter's Q1

May 1, 2015 1:34 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter recorded an $81 million net loss, which the company attributed to expenses tied to Comcast’s Time Warner Cable buyout transaction. The company said it incurred $86 million in interest expense related to financing the Comcast transaction and $13 million in related costs.

Slowdown in telco sector crimps Arris' Q1

April 30, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris’ CPE segment retained its momentum in cable-related products in the quarter. Larry Robinson, president of CPE, noted Arris will continue to be affected by the pending AT&T and DirecTV transaction. Arris CPE sales were down due to a decrease in demand by its telecom customers for standalone HD digital set-tops boxes.

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Virgin, thriving with DAI for VOD, eyes linear

April 30, 2015 12:22 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media said it will be expanding its use of dynamic ad insertion in VOD, and expects to eventually bring its DAI platform to bear on linear content for ad replacement as well.

CenturyLink closing in on a TV franchise in Minneapolis

April 29, 2015 1:56 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink has been approved by a Minneapolis City Council panel to begin providing pay TV service. CenturyLink has agreed to extend the service to at least 15 percent of the city within two years.

Arris stitches in Akamai's CDN

April 29, 2015 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The expectation is that network operators will eventually rely heavily on CDNs to enable multi-screen and TV Everywhere offerings, or if they already have such offerings, to make them more efficient and cost effective.

Cablevision first MSO to offer Hulu directly

April 28, 2015 2:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has become the first cable or satellite operator to offer Hulu subscriptions directly. The company has not yet released details on pricing or when the service will become available to Optimum customers.

Verizon prepares for transition to SDN

April 28, 2015 2:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company has no specific timetable for its network conversion, but it's been working with several of its largest vendors to create a comprehensive SDN network architecture document, including APIs, reference architectures and more.

AT&T adds scores of channels to TVE lineup

April 28, 2015 12:51 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

A&T is boosting its TV Everywhere services by adding 41 live channels to its U-verse App. AT&T’s lineup has 236 channels available in the home and 173 that can be accessed outside of it.

Winners and losers in the wake of Comcast/TWC

April 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.

Mediacom adds channels

April 27, 2015 1:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has announced it will be adding the DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its lineup. The company has added a new tier to its service called the “Kids and Variety Digital Pak.” The new channels will be accessed through this tier.

ESPN sues Verizon over FiOS pick and pay

April 27, 2015 1:19 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon for breach of contract. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV service allows customers to subscribe to a fixed 36 channels before picking additional channels to add to . . .   

Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone involved, but all of the proposed benefits were nice-to-haves -- nothing associated with the deal was imperative or solved any particular problem for anybody.

Modest U-verse growth in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T’s broadband subscriber base grew by 440,000 to 12.6 million. The company’s pay TV subscriptions increased by 50,000 in the quarter. The company’s U-verse service makes up 69 percent of wireline consumer revenues, which is a 10 percent increase year over year.

Comcast activates Gigabit Pro in Florida markets

April 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast will bring Gigabit Pro to its customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Jacksonville early next month. In total, 1.3 million Florida customers will have access to the fiber to the home (FTTH) symmetrical 2Gbps service, if they want it.

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