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Gore sues Al Jazeera America for unpaid millions

August 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. David Boies, Gore's attorney, said in a statement that Al Jazeera America "wants to give itself a discount on the purchase price that was agreed to nearly two years ago." 

Report: Cable’s broadband subs out number video for 1st time

August 15, 2014 11:47 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The second quarter proved to be a milestone of sorts for the top cable operators across the nation. For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers exceeded the number of video subscribers among the largest cable operators in the nation, according to a report by Leichtman Research Group.

Mediacom tees up deal to carry SEC Networks

August 14, 2014 5:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

And then there were two. Just prior to Thursday's launch of the SEC Network, Mediacom Communications announced it had reached a carriage agreement with ESPN, which left Cablevision and Verizon FiOS as the remaining large service providers without SEC Network deals. With the deal, Mediacom subscribers, which include viewers in seven SEC states, joined more than 90 million homes across the nation that have access to the SEC Network.

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RCN joins SEC Network roster

August 14, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the SEC Network set to make its debut later today, RCN announced this morning that it would be carrying the college sports action via a multi-year distribution agreement between the NCTC and the Walt Disney Company. As of this morning, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS and Mediacom Communications hadn’t struck deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

TWC, BHN dive deeper into NBCUniversal TVE pool

August 14, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks can now offer up more TV Everywhere video content from NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks to their subscribers. Time Warner Cable and Bright House authenticated subscribers now have access to live and on demand content from NBCUniversal’s suite of cable networks including USA Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, and Golf Channel.

Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

August 14, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring. The company, which makes routers, switches and software, said the layoffs will affect workers in operations around the world. 

Time Warner Cable techs pitch in on AMBER alerts

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of a partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), all of Time Warner Cable’s 18,000 cable technicians across its footprint can now receive AMBER alerts. Along with the new technology that allows them to receive the AMBER alerts, the techs will receive training on how to be on the look out during an alert and to contact law enforcement if they see an abducted child.

Comcast, NBCUniversal hire 3,000 veterans

August 13, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 3,000 veterans since January of 2012 as part their ongoing partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative. NBCUniversal and Comcast’s goal was to hire 2,000 veterans through the program by 2015. 

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Conviva signs deal with EchoStar

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

Conviva announced this morning that it had signed a deal with EchoStar Technologies to use its video optimization platform on Dish Network’s IP-based Dish Anywhere and DishWorld services. Dish Network will use Conviva’s Intelligent Control Platform to help ensure high-quality streaming delivery for Dish Anywhere and DishWorld.

Delivering OTT Services Under Your Own Brand

August 13, 2014 12:12 am | by Jim Anderson, COO, aio TV | Articles | Comments

We hear talk of “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” but the bottom line is that people actually like TV, with individual TV shows being a big part of people’s lives, regardless if it comes from traditional cable or an OTT source. So consumers are forming their loyalties to programming, not providers.

Engagement Driving A Resurgence In Multi-Screen Advertising

August 12, 2014 11:45 pm | by Craig Kuhl, contributing editor | Articles | Comments

Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.

Resolving Transport Stream Errors in 10GigE Infrastructure

August 12, 2014 11:37 pm | by Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing, Triveni Digital | Articles | Comments

Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.

Life After CableCard: It’s so Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

August 12, 2014 11:16 pm | by John Carlucci, CTO, Alticast U.S. operations | Articles | Comments

Open Mic: The FCC has recommended striking the “integration ban” portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the success that Cablevision and Charter have had getting the necessary waivers to sidestep the ban, it’s not unrealistic to hope for a change.

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Verizon bets on video, VoLTE and tablets for growth

August 12, 2014 1:52 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.

Don't bet the farm on 4K

August 12, 2014 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

There are a lot of people insisting that 4K is the next big thing. 4K is demonstrably one of the technologies coming up next, and it is inevitable that 4K will eventually be big, but “next” and “big” both at the same time? You might want to adjust your expectations for the longer term.

Mediacom Communications, CSG extend contract

August 12, 2014 12:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications and CSG International have extended their 15-year partnership with a new multi-year contract extension. With the new deal, Mediacom will broaden the end-to-end customer care and billing solutions provided by CSG to expand beyond triple play services into home automation and other lines of business.

SCTE to provide details on Energy 2020 during Expo session

August 12, 2014 12:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Spearheaded by Comcast’s John Schanz and other industry thought leaders, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) will provide more details on its recently announced Energy 2020 initiative at Cable-Tec Expo next month in Denver. Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast Cable, will speak about the cable industry’s new collaborative energy program that was first announced in June. 

Senators propose a la carte for broadcast stations

August 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two Senators have floated an idea for fixing the retransmission consent mess; they are proposing a la carte for broadcast stations. The idea would be that broadcasters who charge too much might find themselves losing viewers and therefore money.   

MetroCast lights up fiber in Miss.

August 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

MetroCast Communications has fired up a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in two communities that it serves in Mississippi. The recent FTTH deployments in the Mississippi towns of Starkville and Oxford followed on the heels of a deployment in Carthage, Mississippi earlier this year.

Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 8, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A CBS survey of 700 people in the U.S. with Internet and television connections last year found that 28 percent said they're watching more television than they did a year ago.  That may not seem like much, but there's a long history of people saying they are watching, or plan to watch, less TV — even as Nielsen measurements proved the opposite is true. In other words, liking television is becoming more socially acceptable.

RCN locks up more Showtime VOD content

August 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After announcing a TV Everywhere deal last month, RCN said it had significantly expanded the number of available VOD choices from Showtime. Authenticated RCN subscribers now have access to “10 times” the number of programming from Showtime On Demand.

Univision Communications promotes Cuddihy, Rodriquez to executive team

August 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Univision Communications Inc. announced that it had promoted Kevin Cuddihy and Jessica Rodriguez to its executive team. Cuddihy, a former Comcast Spotlight exec, was named president of local media while Rodriguez was appointed chief marketing officer, effective immediately.

AMC Networks 2Q profit falls 57 percent

August 8, 2014 12:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AMC Networks Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that decreased by 57 percent in its second quarter, but beat analysts' expectations. The New York-based company said net income fell to $58.7 million, or 81 cents per share, from $135.7 million, or $1.87 per share, in the same quarter one year earlier.

Multiplay OKs Arris' new all-digital box

August 7, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Multiplay in Brazil is the first pay TV operator to certify Arris' DCX525e and to offer the new all-digital box to its subscribers. The box can handle both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/H.264 video. It has a 1 GHz tuner, has integrated MediaCipher conditional access.

Charter lines up SEC Network deal with ESPN

August 7, 2014 12:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the clock ticking down on the SEC Network’s launch on Aug. 14, Charter Communications reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the network. With the recent additions of DirecTV, Suddenlink Communications, WOW! and Cable One, pretty much all of the dominos have fallen for SEC Network carriage agreements with the exception of Verizon FiOS.

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