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AT&T tees up LTE broadcast trial at championship game

January 9, 2015 12:48 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage. 

CES: A few gems in smart home sector

January 9, 2015 12:39 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. Here's a review of the connected and smart home devices that were on display at CES this week. 

Sony CEO: 'No playbook' for hack

January 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was dumped online, including Social Security numbers and the purported salaries of top executives. More than six weeks later, the studio's network is still down as techs work to get it back online.

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Netflix mum on how many people watch their series

January 8, 2015 1:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings "arms race" on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, said Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content executive. 

Frontier names SVP of video

January 8, 2015 12:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Frontier Communications has promoted Stephen D. LeVan to senior vice president, video content and delivery, a move that signals the company’s intent to unify the company’s disparate video operations. Frontier operates both FiOS and U-verse platforms, as well as reselling Dish Network.

DSL-accelerating G.fast technology demonstrated at CES

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Two companies involved in G.fast said they have conducted the first public demonstrations of the technology that promises to accelerate ordinary DSL networks up to rates fast enough to support the delivery of 4K ultra high definition (UHD) video, and possibly on even to a gigabit per second.

Ateme demo's LiveSphere on a set-top

January 7, 2015 1:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company showed the LiveSphere application running on an Android set-top box reference design based on the STMicroelectronics Cannes chipset, which supports 4K video. The dynamic selection of the field of view relies on a remote by 4MOD Technology.

Suddenlink signs up to deploy Rovi’s DTA Guide

January 7, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has signed up to use Rovi’s DTA guide for its subscribers that are using HD digital terminal adapters (DTAs.) The Rovi DTA Guide provides more digital-like features in viewers’ living rooms while freeing up bandwidth for more HD channels and faster broadband speeds.

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Charter shows new hybrid "Worldbox"

January 7, 2015 12:25 pm | by Steven Hawley, special to CED | News | Comments

Cisco was directly involved in the design and software integration of the Broadcom-based hybrid set-top box. Charter is using ActiveVideo’s Cloud TV platform, which renders the entire user experience server-side, including the EPG video thumbnails, and delivers it as an MPEG stream.

Microsoft adds Harmonic's ProMedia to Playready DRM

January 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The combination of ProMedia Origin solutions with Microsoft PlayReady, can enable video content and service providers to distribute secure content to a wide range of devices via a single DRM technology. That can significantly reduce the time to market for while minimizing workflow complexity and points of failure.

Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

January 6, 2015 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom announced this morning at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it was the first vendor to debut a DOCSIS 3.1-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) for cable operators. Cable operators have been frothing at the mouth for DOCSIS 3.1 gear and today’s announcement from Broadcom included executive quotes from the two largest cable operators in the world, Comcast and Liberty Global. 

Ericsson to resell UXP's customer profile suite

January 6, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ericsson has cut a deal to resell UXP Systems’ Mint Unified Services Platform.  Mint is used to create profiles of customers, supporting a common user experience across all screens. The capabilities of the system then extend to personalizing the user experience for each customer.

CES roundup: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN, the cable TV sports network. 

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CES: TV makers take aim at streaming video

January 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

At the International CES gadget show this week in Las Vegas, TV makers unveiled new models with 4K resolution, or four times the clarity offered by today's high definition TVs. They are pushing the features even though not a single TV channel is yet available in 4K. But Internet services such as Netflix, Amazon and M-Go are starting to offer 4K video.

Roku sets plans for 4K streaming

January 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Roku said it has produced a reference design it is licensing to TV manufacturers, who can begin development of Roku TV 4K models of their own. TCL is the first to announce it has licensed the design. Meanwhile Netflix will be the company's  initial 4K content partner.

NeuLion buying DivX for $62.5M

January 5, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the combination, NeuLion aims to give customers additional options for managing content, giving customers the choice of either building and managing digital video platforms internally or licensing an integrated managed services solution.

TWC Sports kicks tires on 4K tests

January 5, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Sports partnered with IMS Productions on two proof-of-concept 4K tests last month. The first test of ultra-high-definition (UHDTV) broadcasting in 4K was a high school football game on Dec. 19 in California while the second took place during a Dec. 23 broadcast of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. 

TiVo to debut OnePass, partners with iHeartRadio

January 5, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo announced this morning that it had partnered with iHeartRadio to bring the streaming music service to its Roamio, Mini and Premiere devices. The DVR pioneer also announced it would roll out its “OnePass” feature next month. OnePass was designed to gather and track every episode of a TV series instantly across live or recorded TV, VOD and streaming apps.

DVR adoption, on-demand usage keep increasing

January 2, 2015 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

By the numbers: Three-quarters of U.S. households have a DVR, or subscribe to Netflix, or use on-demand (VOD) from a cable or Telco provider. A full quarter of households use some combination of two of the services, and one-tenth use all three.

Charter, Nexstar kick off year with new retrans deal

January 2, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The New Year got off to a positive start with Charter Communications announcing on Thursday that it had reached a new carriage agreement with Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Charter said it had wrapped up the new retransmission agreement with Nexstar prior to the previous one expiring just before midnight on Dec. 31. 

Cable to FCC: start assessing fees on DBS duo

December 30, 2014 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The FCC today started taking comments for the next report it will prepare on competition in the satellite market, and the cable industry responded promptly, again requesting that the FCC assess fees on DirecTV and Dish Network commensurate with the fees the FCC levies on every other MVPD.

Liberty CEO Maffei garners job security

December 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Media and Liberty Interactive announced that their respective board of directors had reached agreements to keep Greg Maffei as their president and CEO through 2019. Maffei’s prior contract was close to expiring before the new deal was announced on Monday. 

RCN adds Watch Disney, ABC apps to digital roster

December 30, 2014 11:26 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is now offering its digital video customers live access to Disney and ABC networks at home or on-the-go via Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney XD, Watch Disney Junior, Watch ABC Family and Watch ABC. The deal allows RCN’s authenticated subscribers to access the Disney Channel and ABC networks on their iOS and Android devices, as well as online by downloading the respective apps.

Defiant Sony will release "The Interview" after all

December 23, 2014 5:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

"The Interview" was put back into theaters Thursday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its cancelled release. Sony also is continuing its efforts to release the film on more platforms and in more theaters.

FCC again stops the clock on the Comcast-TWC merger

December 23, 2014 5:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TWC told the FCC that it had withheld the documents on an incorrect claim of attorney-client privilege, according to the agency. TWC should have turned over those documents in September, but did not until earlier this month (December). Furthermore, there are another 30,000 documents that were misplaced due to some unspecified vendor error.

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