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Virgin Media testing MPEG-DASH

June 3, 2013 1:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media is trying out Harmonic's ProMedia Suite as a delivery mechanism for MPEG-DASH. Harmonic's ProMedia Live transcodes MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC H.264 content to multiple adaptive bit-rate streams optimized for the Virgin Media MPEG-DASH service. Virgin Media and Harmonic are demonstrating the MPEG-DASH workflow at the ANGA show this week in Germany.

Mobile video consumption growing at 60 percent / year

June 3, 2013 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video consumption on mobile devices continues to increase at an extraordinary rate – 60 percent annually, and it is expected to continue to grow at that clip for at least another 5 years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. Video consumption is on average 2.6GB per subscription per month in some networks.

Concurrent software manages VOD / CDN storage

June 3, 2013 1:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has developed a video archiving system that matches the popularity of any given video asset to the most cost-efficient storage option available as that asset waxes and wanes in popularity. The company said an unidentified major customer is testing the product, a software element of Concurrent’s MediaHawk video processing platform.

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AT&T goes country with new interactive app

June 3, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

AT&T, accompanied by support from the Country Music Association (CMA), has released a new interactive TV app for fans of county music. The app, which is called “Country Deep,” is currently available only on U-verse customers’ TVs, but content will soon be available on AT&T’s web portal and on the U-verse app for smartphones and tablets.

Numericable picks Casa Systems’ CMTS

June 3, 2013 12:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Numericable, which is France’s largest cable operator, has selected Casa Systems C10G cable modem termination system (CMTS) to support the deployment of its 100 Mbps data tier and VoIP service. Usin the C10G puts Numericable on the evolutionary pathway to the cable industry’s CCAP architecture that combines an edge QAM and CMTS onto one dense platform. 

Time Warner Cable offers one-hour service windows in NYC

May 31, 2013 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ime Warner Cable is polishing up its customer service by offering its subscribers in some areas of New York City one-hour appointment windows for installation of its triple play services. The nation’s second-largest cable operator is also offering expanded nighttime appointment time slots daily from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Lower and Midtown Manhattan

AMC has second screen app for "The Killing"

May 31, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Encouraged by the response to its first two second screen apps associated with specific shows, AMC is releasing a third, this one launching in conjunction with the premiere of the third season of “The Killing.” “The Killing: Story Sync” will be available on computers, tablets and mobile devices.  AMC previously offered Story Sync apps with “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad.”

Time Warner Cable, Starz extend TV Everywhere pact

May 31, 2013 12:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Starz have reached a new agreement that allows the cable operator’s customers access to 12 multiplex networks plus MoviePlex, Retroplex and Indieplex as well as more TV Everywhere access and VOD titles. Time Warner Cable’s subscribers can expect to have access to the new video content within the next month.

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Comcast gives a voice to X1 Remote app

May 30, 2013 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast subscribers that live in the areas where the cable operator’s next generation X1 platform has been deployed can now bark orders at their TVs by using Comcast’s X1 Remote app. The update to the X1 Remote app lets Comcast X1 customers change channels by saying the network name, or search for program titles, sports teams and actors by speaking into their iPhone microphones.

BlackArrow targets ads to IP devices, forges new partnerships

May 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

BlackArrow announced the availability of a new product, BlackArrow Linear, that will help cable operators extend live and linear TV programming into IP devices. In tandem with the new product release, BlackArrow also announced partnerships with encoding, transcoding and packaging vendors to create an ecosystem for splicing ads into the live streams.

Comcast blends Cisco’s WebEx into Upware marketplace

May 30, 2013 12:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business announced this morning that it has added Cisco’s WebEx Meeting center into its cloud-based Upware virtual marketplace that was designed to serve the needs of small and medium-sized (SMBs) businesses. With WebEx Meeting Center, businesses can conduct online meetings with customers, vendors, partners and colleagues across their organization or around the world

Dish ups bid for Clearwire

May 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has raised its bid for Clearwire to $4.40 per share, representing a 29 percent premium over the revised offer of $3.40 per share Sprint last week submitted to the internet wholesaler. The bid caused Clearwire’s stock to skyrocket in after hours trading. 

Roku raises $60M from Hearst, News Corp, others

May 29, 2013 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roku Inc., the streaming video device maker, said Wednesday that it has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined existing backers such as News Corp. and its subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting in the round.

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Cablemas adds VOD features, including multiscreen

May 29, 2013 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablemás is adopting Conax’s Xtend Multiscreen, which will give the Mexican cable operator the ability to extend the VOD services it has been offering with additional VOD content, and also advanced features such as Catch up, Live TV, nPVR and multiscreen. The Mexican MSO is also adopting enabling products from Evolution Digital, Cubiware, Harmonic and Vubiquity.

Cisco: M2M manifests; video still driving global traffic

May 29, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

According to the company's latest global Internet traffic report, M2M Internet traffic has begun to have a measurable impact on global IP networks. The latest version of the annual Visual Networking Index also attested to the ongoing nature of other well-known trends: on a global basis, more people are getting connected, data consumption is increasing, and video represents a growing constituent element of global traffic.

Hillcrest Labs joins Comcast RDK lineup

May 29, 2013 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Add another player to the list of vendors that have signed up to license Comcast’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) with today’s addition of Hillcrest Labs to the RDK lineup. With the agreement in hand, Hillcrest will be able to provide software development, integration and testing services to OEMs, semiconductor manufacturers, software vendors, software integrators and MVPDs who are taking part in the RDK effort.

Alterna'TV picks CMC to deliver VOD programming

May 29, 2013 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Alterna'TV has drafted Comcast Media Center to launch its lineup of VOD programming for six Spanish-language networks. Comcast Media Center (CMC) will serve up VOD video content from its distribution platform from Canal 22 Internacional, Canal Once TV Mexico, Ecuavisa Internacional, CBTV canal Michoacan, Telemicro Internacional, and LAS (Latin American Sports).

Adara racks up two more customer wins

May 29, 2013 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Adara Technologies announced this morning it had successfully launched its digital video network upgrade platform with two additional service providers—Darien Communications of Georgia and Beaver Creek Telephone (BCT) of Oregon. By using the platform’s switched digital video capability, both service providers can clear up enough capacity to add hundreds of additional HD channels.

Casa Systems debuts CCAP platform

May 28, 2013 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

When fully loaded, the C100G can support 8,000 downstreams. The system is a highly available, fully redundant, integrated CCAP (I-CCAP) platform does exactly what CCAP was meant to do: it enables MSOs to deploy MPEG video, IP video (IPTV) and/or DOCSIS broadband over any single port. 

Bell launches Canada’s first wireless TV receiver

May 28, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bell took the wraps of its new Fibe TV Wireless Receiver yesterday, which sends HD quality video services to up to five additional TVs in customers’ homes without the need for more cable runs or the use of existing wall jacks. Bell is laying claim to being the first video provider in Canada to launch a wireless receiver.

Report: Some smart TV owners not connecting to Internet

May 28, 2013 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Smart TVs are making their way into living rooms, but fewer than half of them are actually connecting to the Internet, according to a recent study by Analysys Mason. The consumer survey included five responses from five European companies and the United States, 

Verizon kick starts Memorial Day weekend with VOD marathon

May 24, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has booted up its “On Demand Marathon,” which is offering its 4.9 million FiOS subscribers free access to 1,700 movies and more than 50 full seasons of TV series. The VOD marathon, which started today and runs through Tuesday, is the single largest free on demand event that Verizon has hosted.

Canoe licenses BlackArrow ad management tool

May 23, 2013 1:44 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canoe has licensed BlackArrow Affiliate, the toolset from BlackArrow that enables programmers to manage ad avails in video on demand (VOD) services. MSOs can use BlackArrow Affiliate to schedule ad campaigns by criteria including day of week, time of day, and by program or series.

Cox steps up to aid Oklahoma tornado victims

May 23, 2013 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and parent company Cox Enterprises have stepped up to the plate to help customers that were impacted by the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City area on Monday. Cox is offering its TV Everywhere app outside of customers' homes in the affected area.

TWC promotes Picciolo to SVP of technical operations, residential

May 23, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective immediately, Time Warner Cable executive Deborah Picciolo was promoted to the newly created position of senior vice president of technical operations, residential. In her new role, Picciolo reports to John Keib, executive vice president, chief care and technical operations officer.

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