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Buckeye, Sinclair break 7-month retrans impasse

July 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a seven-month long standoff, Buckeye CableSystem viewers can now watch NBC again after a new agreement was reached with Sinclair Broadcast Group. According to The Toledo Blade, which, like Buckeye, is owned by Block Communications, the new two-year agreement was reached yesterday.

Envivio putting on the hits in 4K for French music channel

July 15, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology to test a broadcast of the NRJ Hits music channel in 4K. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris, NRJ Hits, which is a leading French music channel, is distributed over the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) service.

Epix reaches carriage agreement with AT&T

July 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, AT&T is now distributing Epix’s movies and original programming to its U-verse subscribers. AT&T has added Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-In to its channel lineup, and is offering a free preview of Epix that will run from July 25-27.

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Cox doles out promotions to Woisard, Richter, others

July 14, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This month Cox Communications promoted Leigh Woisard and George Richter—the company’s top execs for communications and supply chain, respectively—to senior vice president positions. Woisard was promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications and public affairs while Richter was upped to senior vice president of supply chain management.

Cogeco's decision to drop IPTV project cuts profit

July 11, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has abandoned an IPTV project after failing to meet performance expectations, resulting in a Q3 writedown. Instead, the Canadian operator will roll out a TiVo-based service to subscribers in Quebec and Ontario within the next year, similar to that offered by subsidiary Atlantic Broadband. 

Cineplex Store moves to Deluxe multi-screen delivery

July 11, 2014 12:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has contracted wth Deluxe OnDemand to power its video-on-demand service, the Cineplex Store. Cineplex’s online subscribers will be able to stream or download content to iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 8-supported devices.

TWC, Tennis Channel serve up U.S. Open contest

July 11, 2014 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers can enter a contest to win a VIP trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships in early September. Two grand-prize winners can win a five-day trip to New York for two to watch U.S. Open Tennis action in Flushing, New York.

Aereo: We're a cable company

July 11, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Aereo, the television-over-the-Internet service that suspended operations after the Supreme Court ruled against it, is refusing to disband for good. The company is now using the Supreme Court's own language to force broadcasters to treat it just like a cable TV company. In Aereo's view, that means broadcasters must license their signals to Aereo under a 1976 copyright law.

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LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

July 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up.

FTC sues Amazon over kids' app charges

July 11, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. 

Comcast Business wraps up Choice hospitality deal

July 9, 2014 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Choice Hotels International has picked Comcast Business as a qualified vendor for its triple play service offerings. Choice Hotels has more than 5,000 franchises located across the nation including brands such as Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotels.

Cox scores deal with SEC Networks

July 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With a little over a month left before the kickoff of the SEC Network, ESPN announced it had reached a carriage agreement with Cox Communications. Southeastern Conference college sports action will be available on multiple platforms and across Cox’s entire footprint when it launches. Aug. 14.

Buckeye Cablesystem's parent buys MSO in Mississippi

July 9, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Block Communications is buying MetroCast, which it will operate as a subsidiary. The combination of MetroCast and Buckeye Cablesystem would give Block control of roughly 176,000 subscribers. Metrocast is in the midst of an upgrade to all-digital.

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Comcast to kick off ‘People’s Hotlist’ voting campaign next week

July 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has come up with yet another way of engaging customers across its vast VOD library with next week’s kick off of “The People’s Hot list on Xfinity On Demand” campaign, which allows subscribers to vote for their favorite summer movies and shows. July 14 Comcast will post a mashup of the 200 "must-see" movies and TV shows from this summer.

Charter bows 55 new Latino channels in New England

July 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications recently added its Latin View video tier in its New England footprint. With the addition of Latin View, Charter subscribers now have access to 55 digital channels, including 15 in HD, comprised of news, movies, sports, family and children’s programs from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. 

GCI adds to TV Everywhere stable

July 9, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alaskan cable operator GCI has beefed up its TV Everywhere lineup with the recent additions of Fox Network, BTN2Go, MTV, VH1 and Spike on its GCI Go TV Everywhere service. Authenticated GCI TV subscribers can access the channels, at no additional cost, from any device, anywhere. GCI customers can also watch the Fox programming online through the programmer’s web portal and on Hulu through Fox apps on GCI Go.

10-year sentence for ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

July 9, 2014 12:21 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former New Orleans Mayor and Cox Communications executive Ray Nagin was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering and other corruption that spanned his two terms as mayor — including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan handed down the sentence Wednesday morning.

Level 3 adds playout service for broadcasters

July 8, 2014 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Level 3 introduced asystem designed for broadcasters to use to create linear channels for secure distribution to cable headends and satellite TV network operations centers. Content owners provide their channel playlist and digital video files, and Level 3 will format and store those files until they’re ready for distribution over satellite or via fiber.

Data: Half of your subscribers don't know what TV Everywhere is

July 7, 2014 4:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

About half of all MVPD subscribers have never heard the term TV Everywhere, though half are aware that they can use their subscription service to get access to programming on PCs and mobile devices -- they know what TVE is, they just don't know that it's called "TV Everywhere."

Hitron gateway achieves D3.0 certification from CableLabs

July 7, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company has introduced a new DOCSIS 3.0 gateway, with a 24x8 configuration, and incorporating both the latest version of Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and MoCA 2.0. Hitron believes this is the first gateway with this combination of features. In the same Cablelabs testing wave, A-L earned DPoE certification for its OLTs.

Standards catching up with 4K market

July 7, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Several sets of DVB-related standards have been approved that will help accelerate the adoption of Ultra HD, and promote multi-screen video usage: 1) the DVB-UHDTV Phase 1 specification, which includes an HEVC Profile for DVB broadcasting, 2) a spec for delivery to second screens, and 3) a profile supporting the use of MPEG-DASH.

The Continuing Evolution of Video Codecs

July 1, 2014 6:39 pm | by Stephen Wright, Software Architect, Openwave Mobility | Articles | Comments

The current dominant codec for Internet video is H.264, but there are influential companies dedicated to alternatives. With the advent of 4K (aka Ultra HD), new codecs will be useful. H.265 (aka HEVC) and VP9 could split the market, and another approach from Mozilla, called Daala, may prove to be a wild card.

Aereo CEO ask customers to appeal to lawmakers

July 1, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After the Supreme Court ruled against its over-the-air video service last week, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia is trying to kicks start a grass roots effort by asking the company’s subscribers to contact their lawmakers. Broadcasters had sued Aereo over its service that relied on cloud DVR and antennas to capture over-the-air video signals and deliver them to its customers. 

Lightpath adds managed videoconferencing service

June 30, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The cloud-based service provides virtual meeting rooms and managed video services that enable mid-market and large businesses to conference and connect with up to 25 attendees worldwide from nearly any device. Lightpath will design and install videoconferencing systems for their customers.

Charter teams with Recruit Military to hire more veterans

June 30, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has broadened its outreach to the nation’s military veterans through a new partnership with Recruit Military. Recruit Military is a full-service military-to-civilian recruiting firm for all branches and ranks of the armed forces. Its services are provided for free to veterans.

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