RCN has launched a mobile app that allows its subscribers to check their home voicemails remotely. The app, which is called MyRCN, also lets users update contact information, manage passwords and security questions, pay bills, set up auto payment, view current and past statements and view RCN phone call history.
A federal appeals judge warned Tuesday that the revenue streams that finance free television were being undermined by court rulings permitting Barry Diller-backed Aereo to offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.
Buckeye CableSystem is preparing to upgrade its installed provisioning system, in advance of initiating a migration to support for IPv6. The company uses Incognito Software’s Broadband Command Center to activate and provision voice and data services for its approximately 130,000 subscribers.
Volia, Ukraine's top pay TV operator, has selected Envivio Muse transcoders for its new over-the-top (OTT) Internet TV services. Volia expects to use the capability to compete not only within its footprint, but to provide competitive OTT services outside its operating area.
In an effort to spur development on smartphones and tablets, Dish Network announced this morning that it has opened up its third-party application programming interface (API) to developers. Starting today, developers that gain Dish’s approval can access many of the same multi-screen APIS that Dish uses on its Dish Explorer mobile app for the satellite company’s whole-home Hopper DVR platform.
According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming and HTML5 topped the list of important streaming services for operators that are delivering over-the-top (OTT) video. Study participants also rated video on demand (VOD), OTT/broadband video, remote programming via tablet/mobile device, and whole-home DVR as the top IP set-top box (STB) apps.
Comcast has launched its X1 product in three cities in Florida, and one in Georgia. The service is based on a hybrid set-top with a DVR through which Comcast delivers linear and on-demand content, the web-based elements of its new user interface, and access to web-based services such as Facebook and Pandora.
Casa Systems has racked up another customer win for its converged cable access platform (CCAP) with one of China’s largest cable operators. Guangzhou Digital Media Group, which is located in the city of Guangzhou, had previously signed on with Casa to use its C10G platform, and will now combine it with Casa’s DS8x96 module.
Despite the cancellation of an auction by Hulu’s owners to sell of the business on Friday, Time Warner Cable is reportedly still in pursuit of the over-the-top video company. Bloomberg, citing three unnamed sources, reported that Time Warner Cable and Hulu’s owners (Walt Disney, Comcast and 21st Century Fox) could reach a deal over the next two weeks to buy a stake in the streaming service company.
The on-again, off-again sale of Hulu is off again. The parent companies of ABC, NBC and Fox said Friday that they would stay owners of Hulu, while providing a cash infusion of about $750 million to ensure future growth. The owners had accepted formal bids for the online video service last week. The announcement Friday suggests the bids were too low.
Comcast recently promoted BJ Daisey to the position of area vice president, Sacramento Valley. Daisey, who started out as an installer at Comcast, previously held the position of director of technical operations in Comcast’s West Division.
Striking its second major deal north of the border this year, Rovi announced that Canadian cable operator Eastlink has signed up to use its iPad app. Rovi also announced that Freescale Semiconductor was releasing an Android chipset certified for it DivX Plus Streaming, which Rovi uses to deliver video to multi-screen devices.
Following nine long months of bids, revised bids, public beefs and lawsuits, Sprint late yesterday announced the completion of its merger with Japanese carrier SoftBank. With Sprint absorbing Internet wholesaler Clearwire in a deal finalized Monday, both Sprint and Clearwire are now effectively under the control of SoftBank.
Tivli, a startup TV service founded specifically to provide multi-screen delivery of video on college campuses, just picked up $6.3 million in investments from a coalition of investors that include HBO and Mark Cuban. Tivli takes a live feed from an MVPD and encodes it to provide unicast streams to student devices on high-speed university data networks.
Cable pioneer and Liberty Media chairman John Malone believes there needs to be a wave of consolidation among large cable operators in order to achieve economies of scale. Malone, who was interviewed by a Reuter’s reporter during a conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, pointed at Time Warner Cable as a potential buyer.
Adtec Digital and Encompass Digital Media have partnered to provide compression solutions for next Tuesday’s Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in New York City. Adtec said it would also provide compression, multiplexing and decoding for MLB Network’s exclusive telecast of the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show earlier the same day.
Cablevision Systems has added Starz Play and Encore Play to its Optimum TV to GO line-up, upping the total number of channels available through Cablevision’s mobile access service to 55. Optimum TV customers whose service includes Starz and Encore now get unlimited online access to the networks’ more than 1,000 monthly titles at no additional cost.
The National Cable Television Cooperative announced that more than 100 of its members were using its TV Everywhere platform, which is known as WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE). Since most smaller cable operators lack the resources to build and deploy their own multi-screen service, the NCTC came up with its own authenticated platform to offer to its affiliates.
Cox Communications and Verizon Wireless have launched their combined offering of cable, phone, Internet and wireless services in the Gulf Coast area, which includes South Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. The bundling deal, which was first announced in December of 2011, allows subscribers to pick their service preferences from a range of offers that include video, Internet, home phone and 4G LTE wireless services.
Driven by the need for new guide software, metadata and technologies related to DVR and VOD services, the traditional middleware TV market is undergoing a growth spurt. A recent report by ABI Research found that the middleware market, which had been relatively flat between 2010 and 2011, grew 11 percent through last year to reach $1.13 billion.
Amino’s A140 and A540 HD devices are now fully certified with Minerva’s 5.4 client. The platform enables operators to deliver linear and on-demand video services to iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Pay TV subscribers can also use these devices to search for content via a unified user interface.
CI Broadband announced yesterday that it had completed its deal to buy James Cable, which was first announced in April. BCI Broadband, which was formed by former executives from Bresnan Communications, also announced that it has added cable pioneer Alan Gerry to its advisory board.
Tokyo-based Access announced this morning that it has licensed Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK.) Access plans on using the RDK ecosystem to further develop its HTML5 and DLNA-based products. Access said its DLNA offering, NetFront Living Connect, and its HTML5 software, NetFront Browser NX, support DLNA’s Premium Video Profile.
Live Events can acquire event feeds from any source – including satellite, terrestrial fiber and Internet – then transcode and deliver the content to broadcasters and other commercial customers. The service also provides proactive monitoring and redundancy over Verizon's global network.
Cable set-top box shipments and revenues were able to shake off the traditional first quarter lull this year to post modest gains across both categories. Cisco had its best first quarter on record while extending its worldwide set-top box revenue lead, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.