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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.

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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.

Liberty Global goes live in Germany with Arris E6000

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

Liberty Global-owned Unitymedia Kabel has deployed Arris’ E6000 converged edge router en route to offering its customers a 1 Gbps service. The customer win has the potential of getting the E6000 into Liberty Global’s additional cable operations in the 13 other countries across its European footprint.

RST Fiber lights up 100G-fiber backbone in N.C.

March 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RST Fiber is laying claim to being the first privately-owned company in the nation to fire up a 100-gigabit backbone network using carrier-grade IPv6. The 3,100-mile underground network, which is supplemented by Wi-Fi, stretches across RST Fiber’s home state of North Carolina.

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In the media: Comcast might take on YouTube

March 11, 2014 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reports have been fueled by Comcast’s recent acquisition of FreeWheel, which specializes in delivering ads in streaming content. Of course that would be helpful with Comcast’s current multi-screen delivery services, but it could just as easily be for a channel providing mostly short-form video, a la YouTube.

BHN, Fujitsu take 400G, 800G for a trial spin

March 11, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and Fujitsu teamed up to trial the vendor’s 400 G technology over a live network. The backbone trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G outing with a cable operator. Once the 400G trial was completed, an error-free rate of 800G was also attempted and achieved.

Cable Center names Hall of Fame Honorary Committee

March 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Cable Center unveiled the members of its 2014 Cable Hall of Fame Honorary Committee this morning. The committee members will serve as the official ambassadors for the upcoming Cable Hall of Fame event at The Cable Show and The Cable Center in Denver.

Comcast content deal with Sony tweaks Netflix

March 10, 2014 1:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has cut a deal to sell content from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which gives Comcast the right to sell Sony movies and TV Series. In an intriguing twist, that deal gives Comcast the rights to sell the first season of “House of Cards” – the show that helped turn Netflix into a prominent programmer, on par with traditional cable networks.  

Conax, PayWizard integrate product lines

March 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PayWizard and Conax have created a flexible ecosystem for monetizing multiscreen content, by combining he former’s subscriber management platform with the latter’s Contego Unite multiscreen security solution. The combination will enable operators to register and manage subscriber accounts and process payment across all devices.

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TiVo hires former Dish exec as CMO

March 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has hired former Dish Network executive Ira Bahr as its new chief marketing officer. Bahr, who will start his new job immediately, will be in charge of the company's global marketing efforts. He will be based TiVo's San Jose corporate headquarters and report directly to TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers.

Aereo shut down in Denver, Salt Lake City

March 10, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a recent court ruling, Aereo was forced to shut down its service in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday morning. On Friday the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel turned down Aereo’s request to suspend a federal judge’s preliminary injunction order to stop its service in six states.

Charter makes move to all digital in three states

March 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ all digital conversion initiative is now underway in Southern California, Alabama and Georgia. With the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion, which is scheduled to be completed across Charters footprint this year, Charter will serve up more than 200 HD channels, offer 10,000 VOD options and increase its data speeds.

Charter tees up Showtime Anytime

March 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications has launched Showtime Anytime to give its authenticated subscribers free access to on demand content, live broadcasts of Showtime’s East and West Coast feeds and original programming. Showtime Anytime streams across computers, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets and Roku streaming players anywhere in the nation.

FCC set to bar TV stations from retrans "collusion"

March 6, 2014 10:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a proposal among his fellow Commissioners recommending several measures, including the elimination of a certain loophole in current rules that allows media companies to circumvent ownership consolidation rules, and prohibiting multiple local broadcasters from negotiating together.

Harmonic introduces first in line of new IRDs

March 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The ProView 8100 is suitable for use for everything from basic monitoring to end-point delivery from the distribution network. The IRD can act as a stand-alone unit or as part of a widely dispersed primary distribution network under the control of Harmonic's DMS video distribution management system, the company said.

Dish adds Kindle Fire HDX to app

March 5, 2014 1:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network recently upgraded its Dish Anywhere app to support Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The app, which first launched last year, previously worked only on Android and iOS devices. Dish has been active on the TV Everywhere front, and its app gives subscribers the ability to watch all of their live TV programs, DVR recordings and VO titles on-the-go.

Cablevision adds beIN sports networks to lineup

March 5, 2014 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced this morning that it would add beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Español to its channel lineup. In order to prime the pump, Cablevision will serve up a free preview of both channels to all of its subscribers March 20-23.

Report: Router market rebounds last year

March 5, 2014 1:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The service provider router market clawed its way to a 5 percent increase for all of last year after shrinking in 2012. Sales of service provider routers rebounded to a record level of $9.7 billion last year and are expected to accelerate this year, according to a report by Dell’Oro Group. 

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose. Dish Network took a big step toward such a future with a deal announced Monday with Disney. 

Roku gets into streaming-stick fight with Google

March 5, 2014 1:14 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku is getting into an Internet video-streaming stick fight with Google's Chromecast. Like the similarly shaped Chromecast, Roku's thumb-sized device plugs into a TV's HDMI port and feeds Internet video through a Wi-Fi connection. The Roku device, announced Tuesday, sells for $50 compared with $35 for the Chromecast. 

Demystifying Technology: Stream Management and Policy Enforcement in Multiscreen Delivery

March 4, 2014 7:04 pm | by CED | Videos | Comments

CED editor-in-chief Brian Santo discusses the lack of control features for congestion management, quality of service, rate-shaping and other considerations in multi-screen delivery. In this episode, we discuss how session delivery management systems enable service providers to collect metrics on the session, and then control the delivery process -- including rights policies, quality, and the delivery of ads.

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