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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.

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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. 

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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.

Skitter TV in with North Dakota co-op

March 4, 2014 1:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Skitter TV's platform allows for the integration of local broadcast channels with a growing number of cable programming channels and various web-based sources of video. Skitter TV can deliver services to a variety of consumer premise equipment, including Roku boxes and similar retail devices.

Time Warner Cable to launch Epix channels

March 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting March 18, Time Warner Cable will offer four channels from Epix, and give its digital basic tier customers a free three-month trial. The four channels are Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in. Epix will be available in HD and SD, and on Time Warner Cable’s VOD service, while Epix Drive-In will be offered in SD.

TWCBC tunes in HD video for healthcare facilities

March 4, 2014 12:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is now offering healthcare facilities an HD video service that mimics the in-home viewing experience for patients. The service, which is called “HD Video for Healthcare,” provides HD video, free VOD programming, an interactive program guide and the ability to pause live TV to hospitals, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities and other medical facilities.

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In the media: Comcast to buy FreeWheel

March 3, 2014 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The reported price is $320 million. Where many ad insertion systems tend to focus on the delivery of ads that are appropriate for subscribers, Freewheel gives MVPDs like Comcast the ability to control who can sell ads into their content. Freewheel has associated tools for managing the financial aspects of the ad streaming business. 

Report: Apps on set-top boxes a booming business

March 3, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, last year one out of every 10 pay TV households had access to applications on set-top boxes, including apps for news and information services, service provider specific apps, over-the-top (OTT) video, games, and music services. By 2019, nearly 40 percent of pay TV households should have access to similar services and features, according to ABI Research’s report on set-top box applications. 

AT&T adds more live channels to U-verse app

March 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T’s authenticated subscribers can now view 27 additional live channels with the U-verse App for tablets and smartphones. With the latest additions, U-verse TV customers can now watch a total of 136 live channels inside the home and 44 live channel outside of their homes. 

Bright House Networks promotes Wade to VP/GM in Bakersfield

February 28, 2014 12:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently announced that it has promoted Danielle Wade to vice president and general manager of its Bakersfield service area. In her new job, Wade is responsible for managing all aspects of Bakersfield’s cable operations, as well as ongoing local execution of new products and services. 

Academy Awards ceremony to stream live online for first time in select cities

February 28, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The Academy Awards ceremony will stream live online for the first time to select cable providers in eight U.S. cities. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and ABC announced Thursday that Sunday's telecast will be available online and on mobile devices. A cable or satellite subscription login is required for the live stream at Oscar.com and ABC.com, or via the mobile app WatchABC.com. 

Hulu selling Japan business to Nippon TV

February 28, 2014 11:54 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Video streaming company Hulu says it's selling its business in Japan to Nippon TV. A price wasn't disclosed. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says Hulu had grown to a point where it believed the best path forward was to sell its Japan business to a strategic buyer.

Cox culls some call centers

February 27, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications will close the doors on some of the smaller call centers across its footprint in order to centralize operations into seven large call centers. Streamlining its call center operations could lead to a 3 percent cut, or roughly 436 employees, in Cox’s overall work force, but some of those laid off employees could migrate to the larger call centers.

Dish blends in volume, power, and recommendation features on app

February 27, 2014 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network has added some bells and whistles to its Dish Explorer app that works with its whole-home Hopper DVR platform. Dish subscribers with the app can now use their iPads for volume and power control on their TVs, and now there are also personalized program recommendations based on viewing habits.

Alticast enables KT's satellite-based on-demand

February 26, 2014 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

At the heart of SkyLife's SOD service is the Alticast Media Cloud Platform, which is comprised of four major components:  a Cloud content ingest/delivery system, a Cloud service system, a Cloud media storage system and a Cloud streaming system. 

Disney launches digital movies app with Apple

February 26, 2014 12:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Disney is launching a digital movies app that allows fans to store movie purchases online and play them back over Apple devices and computers. The app is built on The Walt Disney Co.'s KeyChest technology, which stores and records consumers' purchases of digital movies on distant servers.

Vyve Broadband picks TiVo, Evolution Digital for DTAs

February 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Vyve Broadband, which recently changed its name from BCI Broadband, will make its move from analog to digital by working with TiVo and Evolution Digital. The deal marks the first time that DVR pioneer TiVo has used digital transport adapters to provision its service with a cable operator. 

TiVo founders try to reprogram Internet video with Qplay

February 25, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Qplay is controlled through an application that can be installed on an iPad or iPhone to select video separated into categories, or "Qs." All the video is stored in remote data centers so the line-up remains in sync even when a user switches from watching on a TV screen to viewing on an iPad or another device.

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