The NBA has extended its television deals with ESPN and TNT for nine years. The contract with ESPN may have a provision that will allow the channel to distribute out-of-market games on the web, outside its typical cable-channel basketball package, and in competition with the NBA’s own League Pass.
Verizon and Outerwall’s Redbox announced over the weekend that they would be pulling the plug on the Redbox Instant streaming video service on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The two companies said the service, which tied the Redbox DVD rental kiosk business with streaming video capabilities from Verizon, wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped it would be.
thePlatform has appointed Michael Kurtzman as vice president of sales for the Americas, where he will be responsible for leading the company’s sales in North, South and Central America. Jouari Santiago, formerly with Shaw Communications, has joined the company as director of sales for Latin America.
BabyFirst, which is a TV channel targeted at toddlers and their parents, announced today that it had launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator. BabyFirst’s programming is now available to nearly all of Suddenlink’s 1.4 million video subscribers.
Windstream plans to begin providing residential TV service in Lincoln starting next year. It will be delivered using Ericsson’s Mediaroom platform, and it will be available bundled with Internet and phone service. The company said the service will be available to about 50,000 homes.
For many years, effective voice-based search technologies have eluded businesses that have tried to introduce next-generation input methods to customers. Confined to basic navigation and so-called “magic words,” speech-based commands have been ineffective and often hard for consumers to use. The widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, as will as Apple's Siri, has led to a renewed interest in this genre of technology.
While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.
In order to more easily scale video services across various devices, Concurrent has added software to its UpShift to enable flexible cache capacity at the edge of networks. Concurrent said UpShift supports video content delivery to any device, which allows commercial video services to be streamed to viewers inside and outside of their homes, and over fixed line or mobile broadband networks.
Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming service. Netflix announced early Thursday that it has landed one of Hollywood's biggest comedic stars in its growing push into original movies. The films will premiere exclusively on Netflix.
Product Showcase: VeEX CEO Cyrille Morelle discusses the company's latest products, including the new RXT-1200 CWDM OTDR, the new 24x8 Cable Modem option for the CX380S-D3, testers designed for core networks up to 100 Gbps, as well as the new VeSion cloud-based, one system platform.
The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.
The channels are being packaged as apps by Opera. The addition of little-known and little-watched channels will have little immediate consequence for either Amazon or Opera, but the maneuver is something both Amazon and Opera no doubt hope to build on.
Comcast has turned on out-of-home streaming for its cloud DVR service that is now live in eight markets across the cable operator’s footprint. The news about the out-of-home streaming element was announced in conjunction with rollouts of the cloud DVR service in San Francisco and Houston.
The plug has been pulled on the 24 Viacom channels that Suddenlink Communications was carrying after the two sides failed to reach a new retransmission agreement. As to who is to blame for a new carriage agreement not being reached yesterday, both sides pointed fingers at each other.
Live From The Show: Envivio vice president of strategy and corporate development Arnaud Perrier on how multi-screen delivery is moving to the cloud, driven by consumer behavior. Envivio has moved the entire process to the cloud, making multi-screen delivery an opex-only proposition, accessible to cable operators of every size.
Live From The Show: Verimatrix CTO Petr Peterka on providing security for Ultra HD content, while also supporting the transition toward cloud delivery of content. Included is an in-depth discussion of how digital watermarking can be used to protect content in all formats, including Ultra HD.
Live From The Show: RGB Networks VP of Product Management Andy Salo is building on its background in open source cloud computing with what he says will be the industry's first commercial-grade, open-source transcoder. The company considers the combination of its RipCode transcoder and open APIs a pathway to software defined networking.
Live From The Show: All Systems Broadband CEO Jason Skeoch on drivers for his company's product development, including the increasing use of fiber connectivity among business customers. One issue, Skeoch explains, is helping businesses build on the assets they already have in place.
The FCC has revived an obscure complaint by Sky Angel against Discovery. If the FCC changes policy in favor of Sky Angel, online providers would have the same ability to negotiate for carriage of local broadcast TV stations that cable and satellite TV providers have.
The blackout rule was put in place at a time when attendance was still the major source of revenue for most professional teams. In the decades since, ticket sales have been reduced to a minority percentage of proceeds. In the NFL especially, teams’ revenue from the sale of TV rights has far exceeded income at the gate.
Android users rejoice: TiVo has updated its app to include support for Android devices and Atlantic Broadband is offering the newest version of the app to its TiVo users. Starting today, TiVo users can download the TiVo Android App from the Google Play Store with availability to soon follow on the Amazon App Store.
The Belgian operator, which renamed its service Proximus, said it would make Netflix available to its customers before the end of the year. There will be two tiers of service, one for 7.99 Euros for access on a single device and one for 8.99 Euros allowing access to HD content on two different devices.
The company has strung 2,200 miles of fiber across a 2,000 square mile area that includes parts of Far North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country and the Gonzales, area. More than 40,000 rooftops are connected to GVTC's network, with another 2,600 to be connected soon.
The cable industry’s dismal customer satisfaction ratings have become a stereotype for the industry, but Comcast is vowing, again, to improve customer service with the promotion of Charlie Herrin to senior vice president, customer experience. On Friday Comcast Cable CEO and president Neil Smit took to company’s blog page to tout Herrin’s new role.
The clock is ticking on a new retransmission agreement between Suddenlink Communications and Viacom, with the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator saying it will no longer carry Viacom networks starting Wednesday if a new deal isn’t reached. Suddenlink said that Viacom was demanding a 50 percent increase in payments despite viewership declining by almost 30 percent on some of Viacom’s networks over the past few years.