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Videotron unleashes ‘revolutionary’ iPad app

June 6, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a press release that seemingly just lacked legendary hype man Flavor Flav, Videotron unveiled its new “revolutionary” iPad app this week with features such as customized search recommendations and social media integration. Videotron developed the newest version of its illico app for iPad, which it claimed was a first in Canada.

School’s in session: Concurrent offers cert program on OTT

June 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to help video engineers provision and maintain emerging multi-screen video technologies, Concurrent announced a new training and certification program this morning. Concurrent’s multi-screen video certification program was designed to educate engineers on IP content delivery networks, adaptive bit rate technologies, OTT architectures and multi-screen applications.

Verizon to Netflix: Stop blaming us for bad video

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications Inc., the country's fourth-largest home Internet service provider, sent a letter to Netflix Inc. on Thursday, telling it to stop blaming Verizon for bad video quality or face a lawsuit. Verizon is reacting to messages appearing on the screens of some Netflix subscribers, blaming Internet service providers for poor video quality.

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Leadership change at PeerApp

June 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company did not give a reason for the departure of Mayer, who as PeerApp’s founder ran the company for 9 years. Tamari said, “I want to thank Robert Mayer for his many significant contributions to the company during his tenure as founder and CEO.”

Cablevision adds ‘TV to Go’ on Optimum App

June 3, 2014 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s video content is going mobile thanks to an update to its app that allows its subscribers to watch more than 100 networks out of their homes. The cable operator has integrated a new “TV to Go” feature into its Optimum App for on the go viewing of TV Everywhere services from HBO Go, Watch Disney and WatchESPN, among others. 

RCN unwraps TiVo’s T6 DVR platform

June 3, 2014 4:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN has started offering its subscribers the TiVo T6 HD DVR that comes with six tuners and a 1 terabyte hard drive for storage. In addition to being able to record six HD shows simultaneously, TiVo Stream is built into the T6 box to allow subscribers to stream live TV and recorded shows to other TVs and devices within a home. 

BHN pushes ‘play’ on Epix nets

June 3, 2014 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on a carriage agreement with corporate cousin Time Warner Cable earlier this year, Bright House Networks is now serving up four channels of Epix to its digital subscribers. The service, which started on Sunday, includes linear and on demand programming from Epix, Epix 2, Epix 3 and Epix Drive-in with online access coming soon. 

Pirate sites use subterfuge to nab legit advertising

June 3, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movie and music piracy web operations are thriving by using deceptive practices to lure legitimate advertising from companies like Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Walmart and Ford, often concealing their illicit activities so advertising brands remain unaware.

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Samsung IP set-top hosts Espial's HTML 5 client

June 3, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Espial and Samsung Electronics have combined the latter’s RDK-based IP set-top box and home media gateway with the latter’s STB Client, which is built using HTML 5, to provide a multi-platform environment capable of supporting a rich user experience and new service features.

Vubiquity offering combo MPEG-2/MPEG-4 service

June 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vubiquity is offering the service, called LiveVU, as a means for cable operators who are now delivering video in MPEG-2 to migrate gradually to MPEG-4 delivery by enabling them to deliver channels in both formats. Americable is the first customer.

Report: CDN spending up, VOD servers down last year

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

The OTT broadcast and video streaming equipment market grew 5.6 percent worldwide last year thanks to increased spending on content delivery networks (CDNs.) On the flip side, spending on contribution encoders and VOD playout servers declined last year, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.

Apple’s HomeKit vs. Comcast’s Xfinity Home

June 3, 2014 11:40 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While Apple was busy trumpeting its new home automation software platform yesterday, which is called HomeKit, Comcast provided an update on new features for its Xfinity Home service. Apple announced that HomeKit would give users the ability to adjust their thermostats, lock doors, control and dim lights, among other home automated features, by using the new iOS 8 on their iPads or iPhones.

New Apple Mac, home automation features coming this fall

June 2, 2014 5:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's Mac operating system will have easier ways to share and search, while the iOS software for iPhones and iPads is getting new features for keeping tabs on your health and controlling home devices. Apple is also making it easier for various devices to work together, even though the Mac and mobile systems are separate. 

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TDS lights 1-Gig service in N.H.

June 2, 2014 12:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TDS Telecom has fired up its first 1-Gig service offering in Hollis, New Hampshire for less than $100 a month as part of a bundle. The 1 Gbps service, which features 400 Mbps on the upstream, came on the heels of TDS launching a 300 Mbps service on its fiber network that serves Hollis in December. 

Nordic provider Viaplay picks ThinkAnalytics

June 2, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Viaplay will be providing a cloud-based search and recommendation engine from ThinkAnalytics to its subscribers in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Through an intergration with Comcast-owned thePlatform, ThinkAnalytics is providing multi-language search and recommendation capabilities across Viaplay’s service as well as metadata capabilities.

AT&T signs up to provide GigaPower near UT campus

May 30, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting Aug. 1, AT&T will be delivering its GigaPower service to a new student housing complex near the University of Texas in Austin. AT&T will provision its GigaPower service over a fiber-to-the-premise network to the housing complex, which is called “The Villas on 26th.”

Kansai TV, Elemental Tech, demo 4K on ISDB-T network

May 29, 2014 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kansai TV, a commercial broadcaster in Osaka, demonstrated the delivery of HEVC-encoded 4K video over ISDB-T to an Ultra HD TV. The demo used Elemental Technologies’ video processing equipment. The off-air demonstration took place during a 4K educational event hosted by Kansai TV and system integrator CTCSP last week.

ESPN unconcerned by SEC Net's limited distribution

May 29, 2014 1:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the SEC Network says ESPN is unconcerned about the new network's limited cable and satellite distribution deals with 2½ months to go before its launch. ESPN has reached deals with satellite TV company Dish Network along with cable providers AT&T U-verse, Google Fiber and NRTC to carry the SEC Network.

Report: CCAP evolution underway

May 29, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, cable operators are starting to embrace the cable industry’s converged cable access platform (CCAP) over traditional cable modem termination systems (CMTS.) The recent first quarter was another record setter for CCAP revenue, which jumped 177 percent sequentially while CMTS revenue dropped 76 percent.

Report: STB sector ripe for consolidation

May 29, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Set-top box vendors have traditionally weighted their efforts more heavily towards specific sectors of cable, satellite or IPTV services, but today’s video operators are busy expanding their video offerings over multiple networks. The move towards more video over multiple networks means the set-top box and gateway vendor sector is headed for consolidation, according to a report by ABI Research. 

Buckeye uncorks live streaming of sports nets

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem has launched its first mobile streaming app, which provides live sports programming to its authenticated subscribers across iOS and Android devices. The “Watch BCSN” app, which went live last month, serves up local sports from Buckeye’s BCSN, BCSN 2 and BCSN Erie networks across the cable operator’s Toledo area and Erie County footprint.

Videotron offers new 802.11ac router to subscribers

May 28, 2014 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Videotron is serving up a new Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks simultaneously. The router was developed exclusively for Videotron in partnership with ZyXEL. Videotron said that supporting 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless networks limited interference and lag. 

Envivio delivering 50fps HEVC 4K for French Open

May 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

French broadcaster TDF is using Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology for live streaming of the French Open 2014 tennis championship to compatible 4K TV sets in France. Envivio is enabling transmission of 4K using HEVC compression, at 50 frames per second.

Vubiquity adds to VOD arsenal with FilmFlex buy

May 28, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen video vendor Vubiquity announced this morning that it was buying UK-based FilmFlex, the latter of which is one of the largest white label VOD and multiplatform providers outside of the United States. Prior to the purchase, FilmFlex was a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company.

Virgin Media takes small cells for a spin in Leeds

May 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Virgin Media Business partnered with vendor Siklu for a small cell trial in Leeds, which is the third-largest city in the United Kingdom. To showcase the ease of the installs, Siklu’s radios were installed on various types of light poles by technicians that didn’t have any telecommunications experience.

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