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Comcast Media Center shoots, scores deal with NHL Network

November 10, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Comcast Media Center is now handling channel origination and transmission services for the NHL Network, the two organizations announced.

Lack of cellular in tablets begs use case question

November 10, 2011 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are shaping up to be potential big sellers over the holidays, but their lack of a cellular connection points to an interesting contradiction.

Shaw lights up Canada's 1st 100 Gbps network

November 9, 2011 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has laid claim to the fastest data service in Canada with the launch of the nation's first 100 Gbps fiber-optic network.

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Former Cox CTO Hatfield lands new job with Syniverse

November 9, 2011 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hatfield will be based in Syniverse's global headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will lead a global organization with operations in more than 25 countries.

Cass Cable TV picks Adara for SDV upgrade

November 9, 2011 2:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cass Cable TV, a triple-play service provider that serves central Illinois, has opted to use Adara Technologies' hosted switched digital video platform for its network upgrade.

Report: Telecom capex up nearly 6%

November 9, 2011 2:28 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The nearly 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex Infonetics expects in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to AT&T's ramping LTE deployments, HSPA+ upgrades and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload.

Knology adds video subs in Q3, mulls usage-based data billing

November 8, 2011 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology's aggressive approach for adding revenue-generating units paid off in the third quarter, as the cable operator bucked the trend of its bigger cable brethren by actually adding video customers in the quarter.

Comcast wraps digital migration in Sacramento

November 8, 2011 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's California Region said it has completed a migration, begun last summer, to a full digital delivery system in a region anchored by Sacramento.

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Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs' death

November 8, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator despite allegations from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the Internet search giant stole ideas from Apple's iPhone.

Dish Network's Q3 earnings climb 30%

November 7, 2011 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network posted another loss of subscribers from its slowly dwindling satellite TV business, even as larger competitor DirecTV adds to its base.

Tek offers monitor for ad loudness

November 7, 2011 3:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix expanded its Sentry digital monitoring line with a new product that MVPDs can use to evaluate compliance with legal requirements to prevent ads from getting louder than surrounding programs.

Time Warner Cable offers free preview of TV Japan in Ohio

November 7, 2011 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Japan is a Japanese language channel from Japan-based NHK. TV Japan broadcasts many of its live news programs with English translation as a secondary audio service or with English crawl.

Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

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Time Warner Cable beefs up iPad lineup with 37 Spanish channels

November 4, 2011 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.

Google angling to enter MVPD biz

November 4, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The company has long talked about being in the TV business. The issue was whether it would voluntarily restrict itself to over-the-top (OTT) content or attempt to compete with multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

Upfront – LRG: Nearly half of all U.S. households have a DVR

November 4, 2011 2:26 am | by Traci Patterson | Articles | Comments

New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 44 percent of TV households in the United States have at least one DVR, and one-third of DVR households have more than one DVR.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

Multi-Screen Challenges and Benefits

November 4, 2011 12:41 am | by Jim Elayan, vice president of marketing at itaas | Articles | Comments

With the launch of new consumer services, companies face business and technical challenges that impede time to market and successful deployments. Multi-screen app development for the cable TV industry is no different. Some unique business and technical challenges must be addressed to take advantage of the “appmania” that is sweeping the CE industry.

Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Articles | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

Capital Currents - New Video Description Rules

November 3, 2011 9:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

In late August, the FCC released new rules for “video description.” This is the audio track for visually impaired viewers that carries both the main program audio and a narrative description of the onscreen action of a TV program or movie.

New Products - Nov/Dec 2011

November 3, 2011 9:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix Upgrades Sentry for Improved QoE ... Integra Telecom Bows Cloud Security Services ... Irdeto intros TV Services ... IBBS Helps Operators with Capacity Planning ... Anritsu Bows New Software for MP2100A BERTWave Series.

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

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