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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Charter narrows losses; announces cloud UI test

November 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Charter will begin to field test the ActiveVideo / Zodiac UI in Fort Worth in the next few days. It will roll out with employees and then the general public.If that cloud-based UI works as expected, Charter will do a commercial rollout later in the second quarter of next year.

AT&T reveals Austin areas to get gigabit broadband

November 5, 2013 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

 The company has not yet announced pricing for the service. AT&T did say that the initial maximum speed for the network would be 300 Mbps, and that subscribers to the 300 Mbps tier would automatically get a free boost to 1 Gbps when AT&T accelerates the network to those speeds, sometime in 2014.

AT&T’s Digital Life service drops into six more markets

November 4, 2013 12:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s home automation and security service, which is called “Digital Life,” will soon be available in six new markets. Starting Friday, Digital Life, which made its debut earlier this year, will launch in Bridgeport, Conn., Colorado Springs, Colo., Memphis, Mobile, Ala., New Haven, Conn., and Pensacola, Fla.

Former Moto execs to exit Arris’ executive team

November 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris announced Friday afternoon that former Motorola Home executives Rob McLaughlin and John Burke were leaving the company at the end of the month to “pursue other opportunities.” McLaughlin is the leader of Arris’ North America sales and global marketing and communications team while  Burke is in charge of the company’s cloud solutions team and its corporate strategy and development team.

Cable One begins whole-home service

November 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With this new Whole Home DVR service, Cable One customers can start watching a recorded show in one room, hit pause, and finish in another; record four HD shows at once with up to 650 hours of recording time; and search for content by title, actor, category or keyword using the Advanced TiVo Guide.

TWC, BHN extend carriage deal with Sprout

November 1, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have extended their carriage agreement with children’s network Sprout. The deal brought Sprout into new cable operator markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla.; Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, N.Y.; Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Kansas City, Miss. and more.

Live From the Show: SeaChange International

October 31, 2013 8:56 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

SeaChange VP of Strategic Marketing Alan Hoff explains how the new Cloud Adrenalin product is particularly appropriate for smaller companies looking to fend off over-the-top competition with a multi-screen product they can deploy quickly and economically.

Live From the Show: RGB Networks

October 31, 2013 8:21 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

RGB Networks introduced a new service that enables its customers to develop and implement their own cloud-based services, relying on RGB expertise gained from providing products that include cloud-based nDVR and cloud-based multi-screen digital ad insertion.

CableLabs publishes DOCSIS spec

October 31, 2013 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization just posted its DOCSIS 3.1 PHY (physical layer) and MULPI (MAC and upper layer protocol) specifications. DOCSIS 3.1 is the technological underpinning of the cable industry’s roadmap for providing competitive IP-based services for the next 10 to 20 years. It provides for an expansion of capabilities and features in the IP portion of cable operators’ networks.

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