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Sense and Copyrightability

March 24, 2014 6:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

The fact that OTA broadcast stations are also carried on cable systems is thoroughly and absolutely irrelevant to Aereo – Cablevision is absolutely irrelevant to Aereo, and even if five Supreme Court Justices disagree I still won’t buy the argument.

Apple-Comcast! Hurry! Everybody Over-React!

March 24, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

This ends up being less than The WSJ makes it out to be… at first. After paragraphs and paragraphs of speculation, the paper reports that Apple is asking for an arrangement Comcast has no doubt already laughed off, assuming the report has all the details.

Bright House Networks rebrands commercial services division

March 24, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has re-branded its business services division as Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions. The former name was Bright House Networks Business Solutions, but Bright House said in a press release that the premise for the new name was “we’re wired differently.”

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Aurora Networks bows new transmitter system

March 24, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks took the wraps off of a new transmitter system that was designed to reduce power consumption for DOCSIS 3.1 services. Aurora Networks said the HT3300H Series Double-Density 1310 nm Transmitter System also included 1.2 GHZ transmitters and featured high rack density. 

Virgin Media sticking with TiVo

March 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it will be sticking with its TiVo-based service, rather than adopt the Horizon platform developed by new owner Liberty Global. Virgin Media elected to use the TiVo box in part because it enables the company to offer Netflix. The company has also talked to Amazon about adding Amazon Prime.

Midcontinent gets green light in Fargo

March 21, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Midcontinent Communications is now able to move forward with its plan of offering services in Fargo, N.D. now that a franchise agreement with the city commission has been reached. Earlier this week, the city commission voted in favor of the 15-year franchise agreement, which allowed Midcontinent to start on its $55 million expansion into Fargo

Column: Plenty to worry about in Comcast/TWC deal

March 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

The herky-jerkiness of my Netflix video stream is nothing compared with my jittery nerves. I've been fretting since news broke last month that Comcast, the nation's reigning cable colossus, plans to swallow titanic runner-up Time Warner Cable. 

BlackBerry selling most Canadian real estate

March 21, 2014 11:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling most of its real estate holdings in Canada as the struggling smartphone company continues to look for ways to improve its business. BlackBerry Ltd. did not disclose the buyer or purchase price, but said Friday that it will sell more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant lands.

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Sony demos virtual reality headset for PS4

March 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The prototype headset is capable of surrounding a wearer's vision with interactive virtual worlds. Codenamed Project Morpheus, it utilizes a 1080p head-mounted display with head-tracking capabilities and works in concert with the PlayStation 4 console to display imagery on the headset's screen, providing a 90-degree field of view.

White-label portal combos OTT and linear

March 20, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Unified Video Technologies said it will introduce a new front-end interface for its video-on-demand portal service. While there are multiple white-label portal services, United Video claims its uVOD is differentiated in that it now also enables consumers to search and stream linear TV programming, in addition to over-the-top content.

AT&T’s Digital Life to go live in five more markets

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting tomorrow, AT&T will have its home automation and security platform, which is called Digital Life, live in four more markets. The new markets will include Greensboro, N.C., Bakersfield, Calif., Columbia, S.C., Fresno, Calif., and Knoxville, Tenn.

Mobile devices add allure to March Madness at work

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote so-called TV Everywhere services.

TP Vision adopts streaming content security system

March 19, 2014 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TP Vision said it will integrate Elliptic Technologies’ tVault, which is based on DTCP-IP, which protects audiovisual content, when transmitted between digital entertainment products, against unauthorized copying, interception and tampering, while ensuring that content can be viewed and copied on home networked devices.

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Comcast adds 18 networks into live streaming lineup

March 19, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of 18 live streaming networks on its Xfinity TV Go app. With the latest additions, Comcast now offers 53 live channels that can be viewed on the go via a Wi-Fi connection.

Europe's telecom tie-ups signal big shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications is driving a raft of tie-ups between mobile and cable operators that is only expected to accelerate.

Harris Broadcast Imagines a new way for broadcasters to evolve

March 18, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jim Barthold, special to CED | News | Comments

Harris is splitting Imagine Communications and GatesAir, standalone companies under the guidance of CEO Charlie Vogt. Imagine will develop technology that helps broadcasters join cable, telco and wireless operators serving the needs of connected consumers via IP, the cloud and TV Everywhere. Both are expected to drive broadcasters into the 21st century by developing technologies that address a new breed of television viewers.

DLNA extension enables multi-screen delivery through set-tops

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Service providers have long been able to securely distribute IP-based content through broadband networks and broadband routers and still maintain security for the content. Previously, secure multi-screen distribution of MPEG-based pay TV content delivered through the set-top was not possible. DLNA CVP-2 will enable that.

Arris’ WorkAssure clocks in on Time Warner Cable’s one-hour service windows

March 18, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to provide its subscribers with a better customer experience, Time Warner Cable has deployed Arris’ WorkAssure Field Management platform to help schedule one-hour service appointments by its technicians. By using WorkAssure, Time Warner Cable can schedule and manage its service appointments with real-time updates.

Vodaphone to buy Ono in Spain for $10B

March 17, 2014 1:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed to buy Spain's Ono for about $10 billion as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where the mobile industry is split among some 150 major operators crisscrossing national lines — compared to just four in the United States.

Suddenlink to make $232 million in capital investments across four states

March 17, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications expects to make approximately $232 million in capital investments this year in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas. The biggest investment out of the four states is the $140 million that is slated for Suddenlink’s east Texas operation.

Liberty Global buys rest of VTR

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global announced that it has acquired the remaining 20 percent stake in Chile’s largest cable operator for $422 million in Liberty Global stock. Liberty Global bought the outstanding shares in both VTR GlobalCom SpA and VTR Wireless SpA from a subsidiary of Corp Group Holding Inversiones Limitada in exchange for 10.1 million Liberty Global Class C ordinary shares. 

Report: 2013 a downer for set-top boxes, but gateways strong

March 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The global set-top box market slumped last year, but shipments of cable and satellite video gateways continued to surge. According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, the global set-top box market, which included IP, cable, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) media servers, totaled $18 billion last year, which was a 10 percent decline from 2012.

Video industry racks up first annual overall loss of subscribers

March 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

How much cord-cutting was there in 2013? Not a lot, apparently. The bottom line for the year was the first industry-wide net loss of video subscribers, though the loss was incredibly modest –only about 105,000 in total. The top multi-channel video providers account for over 94.6 million subscribers.

Bright House Networks fuels 1-Gig service to homes in Tampa

March 13, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks has jumped into the residential 1 Gigabit arena with an EPON-based fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service that will launch this summer in three Tampa Bay housing developments. Bright House Networks partnered with Florida developer Metro Development Group (MDG) and The Broadband Group for a greenfield deployment of a symmetrical 1 Gbps service to the homeowners.

Finnish op DNA fires up multi-screen service

March 12, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system is built on SeaChange’s Adrenalin multi-screen platform. Other vendors and the technology they contributed included SF Anytime content, Harmonic transcoding, Edgeware streaming and storage, ATES single sign-on, Conax conditional access, Cubiware set-top client, and Intek set-tops.

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