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Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

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Report: Global pay-TV market to grow 5 percent in 2014

February 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

While the final numbers are still pending, ABI Research said in a report that the worldwide pay-TV market was expected to grow 5 percent in 2013 while topping 924.4 million subscribers. On a global scale, IPTV is the driving force behind the increased in subscribers.

Sling TV offer discounts on Roku, Amazon

February 12, 2015 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

After making its national debut on Monday, Sling TV has sweetened its cord-cutting streaming service by offering deals on Roku and Amazon streaming sticks and devices. By aligning itself with Roku and Amazon, Sling TV has strengthened its appeal for cord-cutters who are looking to unbundle their video services from traditional pay-TV providers.

Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

Mediacom turbo charges speeds at Iowa race track

February 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway and Mediacom Business announced a renewed partnership that will help the racetrack address growing bandwidth demand, onsite high speed Internet in the Mediacom Media Center, and high definition video powered by Mediacom Business. 

Streaming video platform ViewLift launches

February 12, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Backed by investments from former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis, as well as Comcast Ventures, ViewLift launched its “B2B” streaming video platform today. ViewLift is positioning itself as a “one-stop-shop” for creating, launching and monetizing video applications that are designed for distribution across various devices, including smartphones, TVs, tablets, over-the-top boxes and game consoles.

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Time Warner Cable partners with BestBuy on smart home gear

February 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

By partnering with BestBuy, Time Warner Cable is providing an online retail route for users of its IntelligentHome monitoring and automation service. The deal with BestBuy allows IntelligentHome users to buy “smart” door locks, light bulbs and in-wall light switches that they can then self-install via a touchscreen.  

Cablevision, Discovery strike multi-platform distribution deal

February 11, 2015 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has signed off on the renewal of its long-term distribution agreement with Discovery Communications. The new multi-platform deal covered Discovery’s suite of 13 U.S. networks as well as TV Everywhere rights for authenticated Cablevision subscribers.

TWC performing DAI in multi-screen on-demand content

February 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to add the ability to perform DAI with on-demand content delivered to IP-based devices. TWC has set itself up to enable advertisers to run unified ad campaigns that could cut across all three platforms: traditional VOD, linear over IP, and on-demand over IP.

Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

February 10, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations. 

Netflix launching in Cuba

February 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users.

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Sling TV available to everyone, adds AMC Networks

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

As of today, Sling TV’s cord-cutting service is open for business to everyone, and it also announced that AMC Networks has joined its roster of content providers. Sling TV, a subsidiary of Dish, started out as an invitation-only offering when it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

Calix helps deliver Alabama’s first gigabit service

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Calix has lit up the state of Alabama’s first 1-gigabit service through a deal with Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC.) After launching last week, FTC, which is Alabama's largest member-owned telephone cooperative, is providing symmetrical 1-gig speeds to customers in DeKalb and Jackson counties.

Apple exploring an over the top TV service

February 6, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Apple is reportedly reviving discussions with programmers about creating a streaming TV service. The company is in early stages of negotiations with programmers about securing rights to content, and has been demonstrating the ability to deliver TV, according to re/code.

Texas two-step: TWC Maxx rolls into Dallas area

February 6, 2015 12:15 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has started notifying its subscribers in Dallas and surrounding areas that its TWC Maxx project, which includes the conversion to all-digital, will soon be underway. By early summer of this year, those Dallas area subscribers will be able to tap into speeds of up to 300 Mbps down with the reclaimed bandwidth from the analog-to-digital conversion.

Bright House Networks delivers BabyFirst programming

February 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

BabyFirst, which is a TV channel targeted at toddlers and their parents, has launched on Bright House Networks, the nation’s sixth-largest cable operator. The launch added 2.5 million Bright House Networks customers in Detroit, Indianapolis, Central Florida, Tampa, Birmingham and Bakersfield to BabyFirst’s distribution, which now stands at more than 50 million U.S. homes, in English and, via SAP, Spanish.

Chunghwa using Envivio encoders to test 4K streaming

February 5, 2015 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Chunghwa Telecom will be using Envivio’s Muse Ultra HD software to support two modes of 4K HEVC delivery to a wide range of devices: video-on-demand content delivered via unicast transfer, and NVOD through multicast to HwaCom set-top boxes.

Video, data, advertising fuel Charter’s fourth quarter results

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ fourth quarter results were driven by robust video and advertising revenues, and a continued increase in data subscribers. Charter’s residential video subscribers grew by 3,000, as opposed to a loss of 2,000 a year ago, while it added 104,000 high-speed Internet customers in the quarter.

Netflix heads to Japan

February 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is expanding into Japan this fall, marking the first time that the Internet video service will be available in Asia. The move announced late Wednesday marks another step toward reaching Netflix's goal to stream video on Internet-connected TVs, phones, tablets and computer throughout the world.

Report: Service provider router market to top $11.5 billon in 2019

February 4, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to a recently published report by Dell’Oro Group, the global service provider market is projected to top $11.5 billion in four years. The service provider market includes core and edge routers while the report also examined the enterprise router market.

Comcast, Charter bottom dwellers of Harris reputation poll

February 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Blogs | Comments

In the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study that was released today, Charter Communications and Comcast ranked 92nd and 93rd, respectively out of the 100 companies on the list. Given Comcast’s slate of customer service debacles, including the news last week that a customer’s name was changed to “A**hole Brown” on his bill, it’s no surprise to see it near the bottom.

It's official: the FCC intends to reclassify broadband

February 4, 2015 12:49 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In order to enforce network neutrality, the FCC will propose reclassifying broadband under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to raise network neutrality principles from general tenets to explicit rules, and he intends to include mobile broadband for the first time.

Sony trims full-year loss forecast to $1.4 billion

February 4, 2015 12:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. trimmed its forecast of losses and gave a figure for damages from the Sony Pictures hack, but said it would suffer no significant harm from the cyberattack in the long run. The entertainment and electronics giant delayed the announcement of its earnings for the October-December quarter because the hack affected its ability to compile its complete results in time.

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