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Netflix outbids Starz for rights to Disney movies

December 5, 2012 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service has landed the U.S. rights to show Disney movies shortly after they leave theaters, a coup that could turn into a costly mistake if the deal doesn't bring in more customers. It's a multi-year licensing agreement.

RGB taps former Envivio exec Pranger as VP of global channels

December 5, 2012 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to boost the worldwide presence of its TV Everywhere and IP video offerings, RGB Networks has hired Scott Pranger as its new vice president of global channels. Pranger comes to RGB from rival Envivio, where he was vice president of global channels.

NCTA, SCTE, CableLabs put out call for papers for Spring Technical Forum

December 5, 2012 3:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that technical paper submissions were open for the Spring Technical Forum, which is part of The Cable Show in Washington D.C.

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Samsung promotes chairman's son to vice chairman

December 5, 2012 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics promoted its chairman's only son, Jay Y. Lee, to vice chairman, putting the 44 year old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. Lee contributed to the growth of its smartphone and TV businesses.

Cablevision enables select Android devices on Optimum App

December 4, 2012 3:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.

Rogers debuts second screen app

December 4, 2012 3:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.

Universal Sports Network moves some operations to Comcast Media Center

December 4, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Universal Sports Network announced it was moving its production and broadcast operations to the Comcast Media Center. The move, which is slated to be completed the first of next year, will bring 44 new jobs to the Comcast Media Center (CMC).

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

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Done deal: Cogeco wraps up deal to buy Atlantic Broadband

December 3, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has officially planted its flag in the United States now that its $1.36 billion purchase of Atlantic Broadband is complete. Cogeco, the fourth-largest cable operator in Canada, announced back in July that it had a deal in place.

Study shows growth in second screen users

December 3, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.

Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player

December 3, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New content is coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.

Study: DVRs now in half of U.S. pay-TV homes

November 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leichtman Research Group's survey of 1,300 households found that 52 percent of the ones that have pay-TV service also have a DVR. That translates to about 45 percent of all households and is up from 13.5 percent of all households surveyed five years ago by another firm.

Colorado op adds broadband TV package

November 29, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PC Telcom, which operates in Phillips County in Colorado, is providing its broadband subscribers with a video service that combines live HDTV and over-the-top (OTT) services. The service is enabled by Entone’s FusionTV and Connected Home technologies.

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Concurrent has Smart TVs covered

November 28, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has modified its video system so that it will now be able to deliver content directly to Smart TVs. The company expanded the software for its MediaHawk platform to enable the delivery of on-demand content to Internet-connected devices.

SeaChange’s Davi moves to Synacor

November 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange CTO Steve Davi has jumped ship for Synacor, where he will serve as senior vice president of software engineering. The move was apparently precipitated by SeaChange’s decision to eliminate the position of a corporate chief technology officer.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

Apps World - Feb. 7-8, 2013

November 28, 2012 11:58 am | by CED Magazine | Events

Apps World will be returning to North America for two days of engagement and high-level insight and discussion around one of the largest-growing industries – mobile apps. More than 5,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals are expected.

TWC wraps its ad arm around AT&T

November 27, 2012 3:21 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The action is essentially an enhancement of a relationship the two struck more than a year ago. TWCM described the move as hardwiring U-verse homes into the fixed scheduling network grids in I+. The agreement will be effective for the 2013 broadcast year.

Mediacom serves up customer care on mobile devices

November 27, 2012 3:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications subscribers can troubleshoot and resolve service issues, schedule service appointments, and view or pay their bills on a new mobile customer care app that the cable operator provisioned with Synchronoss Technologies.

TiVo connects with Cable One on DVR deal

November 27, 2012 3:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo has landed yet another cable operator customer: It has signed a deal with Cable One to provide its DVR software and multi-screen video applications to the nation’s 10th-largest cable operator, which will start rolling out its TiVo offering next year.

TVNZ sets on-demand catch-up TV app

November 27, 2012 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

New Zealand’s national broadcaster is preparing to launch an on-demand catch-up TV app for both Apple iOS and Google Android devices. TVNZ’s onDemand catch-up app will be built to use Brightcove’s App Cloud mobile app platform, allowing TVNZ to securely deliver content.

RCN offers holiday promo in NYC

November 26, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN is offering a holiday promotion of reduced rates on its voice and data services in the New York City boroughs that it serves. Over-builder RCN offers its services in Manhattan and Queens, as well as in parts of downtown Brooklyn, where it competes against Time Warner Cable.

Gigabit access networks up and running

November 21, 2012 12:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) has 1 Gigabit broadband service now available to all of its 33,000 residential and business electric customers, while RST Global Communications in North Carolina has completed the first phase of its fiber network that will eventually go up to 10 Gbps

Report: Satellite pay TV revenue will top cable’s by 2016

November 21, 2012 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators have been bleeding out basic video subscribers over the past few years, and a research firm predicts that satellite pay TV revenues will exceed cable’s for the first time by 2016.  MSOs are attempting to combat the basic video subscriber losses with promotional efforts of their own, such as the quad play deals.

Xfinity app adds downloadable viewing

November 21, 2012 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast soft-launched the latest version of its Xfinity TV Player app to include downloads from Starz, Encore and MoviePlex on devices running either Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems. Authenticated subscribers can view shows and movies anywhere and offline.

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