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Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

November 15, 2013 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter. The nation's largest cable TV provider already rents movies and TV shows, but by selling content through set-top boxes, it will expand a market that remains a small fraction of home entertainment spending in the U.S.

Report: Worldwide pay TV subs tops 886.5 million

November 15, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite basic video subscriber losses in the United States, the worldwide pay TV subscriber base topped 886.5 million in the recent third quarter, which was a 6 percent increase year-over-year. According to a report by ABI Research, pay TV service revenues in the United States generated $62.6 billion in the third quarter.

FCC OKs Adaptrum + Google white space combo

November 14, 2013 2:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Adaptrum said this is the first pairing with Google TV the FCC has certified. A white space broadcaster can employ systems that work in one of two ways. The system can either analyze broadcast signals and select an unoccupied band, or it can check against a database of existing local broadcast signals and select an unused frequency. Adaptrum's ACRS 1.0 does the latter.

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Cisco's 1Q revenue falls below estimates

November 14, 2013 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tech bellwether Cisco Systems Inc. posted lower-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10 percent from a year ago. Cisco's shares tumbled 11 percent in extended trading after the company gave its guidance

NBCUniversal takes over Sprout network

November 14, 2013 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal says it has taken full control of Sprout, the pay TV channel for preschoolers that it had launched with joint venture partners PBS, Sesame Workshop and Hit Entertainment in 2005. NBCU had a 47 percent stake previously while remaining partners PBS had about 17 percent and Hit had about 35 percent.

Proposed bill will turn video business upside down

November 13, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Legislation to be proposed by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would guarantee equal access to cable network programming to over-the-top companies such as Netflix, Sony, and others. The bill assumes that OTT companies would use those rights to offer those channels on an a la carte basis.

Comcast Business expands network in Puget Sound area

November 13, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business has started a major network expansion to better serve businesses in the Puget Sound region. Once the expansion is completed in Kitsap County, local businesses will have access to Comcast’s commercial Internet service in addition to its Ethernet services.

Ericsson, BlackArrow forge alliance

November 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Pay TV companies are leaving money on the table. Content providers and pay TV service providers require a comprehensive advertising and audience data platform that can enable relevant and coordinated advertising campaigns across all devices, and they are interested in getting that sooner rather than later.

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WOW reaches for the cloud with Bluemile buy

November 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

WOW announced this morning that it had bought the data center, cloud and fiber assets of cloud service provider Bluemile for an undisclosed sum. The deal marked WOW’s entry into the cloud infrastructure space. With the addition of Bluemile, WOW will be able to offer data center-based services such as disaster recovery, cloud backup, managed security and cloud computing.

Dish Network returns to a profit in 3rd quarter

November 12, 2013 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network returned to profitability in its third quarter, beating analysts' expectations. The prior-year results had been weighed down by an expensive legal settlement. The satellite television provider said that subscriber-related revenue climbed 6.1 percent to $3.47 billion.

TWCB trials ‘Virtual Visit’ for telemedicine

November 11, 2013 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better serve patients in their homes, Time Warner Cable Business Class has launched a “Virtual Visit” telemedicine trial with Cleveland Clinic. As its name implies, Virtual Visit allows Cleveland Clinic healthcare professions to interact with patients in their homes via Time Warner Cable’s secure network. Virtual Visit is one element of Time Warner Cable Business Class’ Home Health Monitoring platform.

Report: Home media gateways shipments to top 24 million in 2017

November 11, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Home media gateways, which blend traditional linear TV with TV Everywhere services, will surpass 24 million units shipped by 2017, according to a recent study. This year global unit shipments of home media gateway products are on track to reach nearly 10 million, which would top the 7.7 million units that shipped in 2012, according to a report by MRG.

Start-up hawks Aereo alternative on Indiegogo

November 8, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Nuvyyo is developing a tablet-and-DVR combo that will record free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV for replay at any time. The new product, called Tablo, will include a tablet-based app to browse, record and stream broadcast TV content to any device, anytime, anywhere.

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OTT apps lined up for Xbox One, PS4

November 8, 2013 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Over the top video companies and game console makers are rushing to make sure that video streaming apps that were available on the last generation of game consoles will also be available on the new. Verizon’s Redbox Instant announced it will be on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony's Playstation4, while Sony released a list of video providers that will be resident on the new PS4.

Despite loss of subs, Cablevision posts Q3 profit

November 8, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision bled subscribers across its video, data, and voices services, but still posted a profit in the third quarter. On the video side, Cablevision lost 37,000 customers, which exceeded Street Account’s estimate of 17,200.

NetCracker signs up to support Cable Center committee

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced this morning that NetCracker Technology was named as a co-presenting sponsor of its Customer Experience Committee (C5.) As a part of The Cable Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives, the C5 is comprised of 25 invited members who represent leading cable operators in North America and Europe.

Comcast tees up "Sportstacular" promotion

November 7, 2013 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Xfinity TV customers will have the chance to watch content from networks such as NFL Network, Big Ten Network (BTN), Pac-12 Networks, ESPN Goal Line, FOX Sports 1, NBA TV, NHL Network and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). This programming is typically available only to subscribers of Comcast’s various sports packages.

Time Warner Cable wraps rights for A&E content

November 7, 2013 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and A&E have renewed their carriage agreements. With the new contract, which also covers Bright House Networks, the two MSOs will continue to air A&E, Lifetime, History, LMN, Bio, H2, History en Espanol, and several other A&E channels.

Aereo adds support for Android 4.1 devices

November 7, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aereo announced its app now supports Android devices that run 4.1 operating systems or higher. The free app, which was released in a public beta on Oct. 22 for 4.2 devices, is available to users where Aereo’s antenna and cloud-based TV service has launched.

Deutsch LA picks Comcast AdDelivery for TV commercial distribution

November 7, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Deutsch LA is serving up commercials for several clients via Comcast AdDelivery, the latter of which is a business unit of Comcast Wholesale. Deutsch LA, which is an interpublic company, is initially using Comcast AdDelivery for two of its clients, Volkswagen and the California Milk Advisory Board.

TWC, CBS squabble over TVE rights

November 7, 2013 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the interesting insights to emerge from the month-long standoff between CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. this summer was that the dispute wasn't over money. In fact, the two sides were squabbling over digital rights — the ability for Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch CBS content on the go on mobile devices if they prove, or "authenticate," that they are subscribers.

Mediacom increasing revenue but losing subs

November 6, 2013 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company lost a total of 12,000 revenue generating units during the quarter. During the same period in 2012, Mediacom lost 9,000. That puts the company down 59,000 RGUs since last year. The loss of video customers overwhelmed the increases in broadband and phone subscribers.

Jinni launches new iPad app, website

November 6, 2013 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jinni, whose search and recommendation engine helps users find video content intuitively, has launched a new, free iPad app and website. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said the new platforms delivered intuitive, personalized recommendations for movies, television and streaming content that match a user’s tastes and moods.

Synacor snaps up Android-based company

November 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Synacor, which is a TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor, announced this morning it had bought Android development company Teknision for an undisclosed sum. The addition of Ottawa-based Teknision will allow Synacor to branch out into the mobile arena while adding an Android-based platform for developers and users. 

DirecTV posts higher 3Q net income, revenue

November 6, 2013 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV, the No. 1 provider of satellite TV services in the U.S., posted a 24 percent jump in profit during the third quarter as it brought more subscribers on board. The company earned $699 million, or $1.28 per share, up from $565 million, or 90 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

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