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Vendor CTOs: abstract expressionism

June 27, 2014 12:31 am | Articles | Comments

If you want to know what is going on in technology, from macro trends to specific innovations, and how they interrelate, CTOs are the people to talk to. Thexton, Ferris, Reynolds, Carlucci, and Brockman on the joys of virtualization, the cloud, and software defined networking.

2014 CTO Roundtable cuts a wide swath across the industry

June 26, 2014 11:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

This year’s roundtable is chock full of the cable industry’s hot topics and trends from the CTOs that are the movers and shakers across the cable landscape. Werner, LaJoie, Hart, Nair, Kanouff, Jensen, and Brown on where Gigasphere, CCAP, Wi-Fi and other innovative technologies are heading.

New Products: Envivio, RGB Networks

June 26, 2014 8:45 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC (H.265) compression using its Muse encoding software. | RGB Networks recently launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR.

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Google previews Android “L” update, announces Android TV

June 26, 2014 1:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android TV, an extension of the Android SDK designed to fit bigger screens. The UI compiles streaming services, games and relevant information while enabling voice controls, search, and Google Cast support.  Android TV can leverage an Android Wear device as a directional pad for navigating the screen.

Aereo loss is a very big deal

June 26, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Another thing the average viewer doesn’t get is that Aereo and its approach was a hedge against rising cable costs. Retrans fees are going to keep going up. Cable fees are going to keep going up. That’s a win for broadcasters, but for no one else. It’s a clear loss for viewers, larger than most realize.

What's next for Aereo after Supreme Court ruling?

June 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Although the Supreme Court expressed its thinking on the law, it's the lower court that must issue a preliminary injunction stopping the service, as requested by broadcasters. That could take a few weeks. It's not guaranteed that the lower court will halt Aereo's operations, but it's very likely.

After Aereo, what's next for Internet TV?

June 26, 2014 11:51 am | by ASSociated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court shot down Aereo's business model this week, but that doesn't mean customers' desire for a better TV experience is gone. Industry watchers say the pay TV business must continue to evolve to win over unhappy customers, even if the nation's top court said grabbing signals from the airwaves and distributing them online without content-owner permission isn't the way.

SCTE announces new, wide-ranging energy program

June 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning a new power and energy program that was designed to insure that cable operators remain competitive over the coming years. The new program is called “Energy 2020” and it’s under the auspice of the SCTE Energy Management program. Energy 2020 replaces the SCTE’s SEMI with a much more inclusive energy management program.

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Google Fiber’s greatest success -- In Perspective

June 25, 2014 9:20 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Google’s biggest success was getting customers to redline themselves, while inducing cities that want Google Fiber to compete with each other to see who will go farthest to weaken and/or jettison regulations that involve providing services, and building and operating infrastructure.

Tuesdays with Terry -- Engineering-Wise

June 25, 2014 8:57 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Suddenlink CTO Terry Cordova was elected chairman of the SCTE Board of Directors at the end of 2013. We recently caught up with him for a Q&A. "We have large, complex networks that have evolved from stand-alone systems to centralized platforms riding on highly capable, efficient networks. Customers have high expectations that we must meet and exceed."

Google said to be prepping another set-top

June 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Google is working with several OEMs to create a market of Android-based set-top boxes to compete with other retail devices such as the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple's Apple TV. The success these other boxes suggests there is a basis for building a business for versatile home gateways.

TDS launches Max Go, HBO Go

June 25, 2014 12:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom became the latest in a long line of service providers to offer authenticated streaming services from HBO Go and Max Go to its subscribers across various devices.
 TDS Telecom, the nation’s seventh-largest local exchange telephone company, is now able to offer more than 1,700 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.



Another former Cablevision exec joins Charter’s management team

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

James Nuzzo is the latest former Cablevision executive to join his former Cablevision boss, Tom Rutledge, at Charter Communications. Nuzzo has boarded Charter as executive vice president, business planning and will report to Charter COO John Bickham, who is also another former Cablevision executive.

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Supremes shoot down Aereo

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes television programs from the airwaves and allows subscribers to watch them on smartphones and other portable devices. The ruling preserves the ability of the television networks to collect huge fees from cable and satellite systems that transmit their programming.

Analysts expect Shaw's subscriber base continued to erode in latest quarter

June 25, 2014 11:49 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Shaw Communications is fighting an uphill battle according to analysts, who say its heavy reliance on television puts it at a disadvantage to other telecommunications companies that also offer wireless services. The Calgary-based company is expected to report Thursday an improvement on the three previous quarters, but opinion is split on whether the third quarter will be a blip or signal a return to growth.

AT&T says DirecTV deal could slow price hikes

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T's CEO has told Congress that his company's purchase of DirecTV will help slow increases in programming prices, but won't lead to a decrease in prices. CEO Randall Stephenson spoke to two Congressional committees Tuesday to defend AT&T's $48.5 billion deal to buy the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster.

Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

TE expands VAM optical line for FTTx applications

June 24, 2014 12:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TE Connectivity has added several new products to its NG4access value-added module (VAM) line, including splitter modules with 1x32 split ratios, and DWDM modules to meet 40-channel applications. For the outside plant, TE added a CWDM module for use in fiber distribution hubs in 8-, 10- and 16-channel configurations.

Globosat using Tek monitor for 4K video

June 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Globosat is among the first companies to use a waveform monitor from Tektronix to ensure the quality of its 4K broadcasts in Brazil of the World Cup. Globosat is using Tek’s WVR8300 to monitor the signal from its 4K cameras shooting the World Cup games.

Swisscom to use ThinkAnalytics search, recommendation

June 24, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has landed a deal with Swisscom to power search and recommendation features on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom is leveraging ThinkAnalytics’ platform across its live, linear, replay TV and VOD services. 

Brazilian carrier taps Entone, Minerva for new TV service

June 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TIM Brasil is using Entone’s Hybrid TV system as the basis for a video service it has tested in two cities and plans to launch commercially later this year that will blend free to air and over the top (OTT) content. The carrier has also deployed Minerva Networks’ platform to define and manage content from multiple sources.

Comcast broadens TVE reach with support for Google Chrome

June 23, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has added an official extension for Google Chrome that supports more than 50 live TV channels and on demand content from its Xfinity TV Go web portal. The Chrome feature is the latest enhancement to Comcast’s stable of TV Everywhere products and services that are available to its authenticated subscribers.

NAB CTO joins One Media

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

Kevin Gage has left his chief technical officer position (CTO) at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to join One Media as its new executive vice president and CTO. Gage, who was also executive vice president at NAB, was a founder and head of NAB Labs.

Report: Client-side TV software to top $800 million by 2017

June 23, 2014 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Driven by growth in software for home media gateways client-side TV software is projected to top $800 million by 2017. The report by SNL Kagan said that the significant growth projected for home media gateways would be driven by increased demand in North America and Western Europe, which will account for the majority of shipments between last year and 2017.

UPC Hungary delivering YouTube app hosted in the cloud

June 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

UPC Hungary is delivering YouTube content to its subscribers entirely through the cloud, using ActiveVideo’s StreamCast platform and associated cloud service. While delivery is through UPC Hungary’s set-top boxes, there is no software resident in the box to enable the delivery, according to the companies involved.

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