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TWCBC checks in with new HD service for hotels

March 7, 2013 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class is provisioning a new HD platform for hotels that was designed to mimic in-home HD services without the expense of on-site headend equipment and bulky set-top boxes. Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) is offering a new version of its HD Video for Hospitality service across the greater New York City area, New York State, New England and the Carolinas.

Aurora closes $46 million deal with Harmonic

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Aurora Networks has closed its $46 million deal to buy Harmonic’s Cable Access unit that was first announced on Feb. 19. Aurora said the acquisition would increase its market share lead in the optical transport market by significantly increasing its installed base for next-generation service-providing products and create long-term strategic growth opportunities.

New Products: Pasternack, Multicom, Fujitsu

March 6, 2013 6:21 pm | by CED staff | Articles | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has a new line of 50-watt medium- power attenuators; Multicom has introduced a clear QAM SD/HD video distribution solution that eliminates the need for a set-top box; Fujitsu has announced the a Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for optical transport network (OTN) switching.

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In perspective: Wait... what?

March 6, 2013 5:54 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Once upon a time, Time Warner was a giant media company with both a programming arm and a distribution arm. Investors demanded Time Warner Cable be spun off. After buying the rest of NBC Universal, Comcast now looks pretty similar to 2008 Time Warner.

Capital Currents: FCC broadcast spectrum incentive auctions

March 6, 2013 5:42 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, President of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The big picture on FCC incentive auctions of broadcast spectrum, includes two key elements: 1) The transfer of at least 120 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband use; and 2) The generation of enough revenues to pay broadcaster relocation costs, the funding of a national broadband public safety network, as well as support for deficit reduction.

Ad platform startup gains $11M in vencap

March 6, 2013 3:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Innovid, a startup that specializes in equipment used to create and distribute interactive advertising, has just nailed down another $11 million in venture funding. The company develops tools to create, deliver and measure video campaigns, in any format, on any screen, publisher or ad network. The suite of products includes the Innovid's own Ad Server. 

In the Media: Verizon hiking DSL fees

March 6, 2013 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upping the price of its basic tier of DSL service by $5 a month. The price hikes are not universal. The price has not changed in some cities where they company has franchise obligations to not increase its rates. The company says the new rate will remain in effect for one year.

Roku adds headphones to latest online video player

March 6, 2013 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Roku 3 box going on sale Wednesday also includes a more powerful search engine to find movies, TV shows and music more quickly and a new menu for perusing the more than 750 online services available through the device. The new model will be sold for $100, initially only at Roku's website and Amazon.com.

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Memory Lane: When the sky was the limit

March 5, 2013 9:15 pm | by Stewart Schley Media & technology writer | Articles | Comments

On Dec. 13, 1975, RCA gave the cable industry a pre-Christmas gift to remember when the first of RCA’s Satcom series of geostationary satellites was launched by NASA from a Delta 3000 rocket. That satellite and its progeny have endured for decades as an essential conduit for cable programming.

DOCSIS theft and cloning

March 5, 2013 8:52 pm | by Owen Parsons, cable access ops engineer III at Cox Communications | Articles | Comments

As long as there are services, there will be service thieves. Preventing this theft may take some con­figuration changes in software, firmware upgrades and the removal of problematic cable modems, as well as adjustments to CMTS settings. Combating service theft has been a series of moves and countermoves, not unlike a game of chess.

Harmonic sets up cloud transcoding service

March 5, 2013 2:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Harmonic has launched a cloud-based transcoding service for professional applications. The service is available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Content creators, service providers, and media professionals can access the technology to convert broadcast-quality video content to virtually any standard media format.

The Weather Channel picks Elemental Technologies for TVE

March 5, 2013 12:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Weather Channel is powering its cross-platform video services with Elemental Technologies’ multi-screen platform. The Weather Channel is using Elemental video processing systems to support live programming and simulcasts to  more than 100 million U.S. households and to stream live content to the company’s YouTube channel.

In the media: Comcast plans free VOD promo

March 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is looking to promote increased use of its VOD service later this month with a week’s worth of free VOD access. The MSO hopes to draw consumer attention to its broad VOD catalog late this month by offering shows from its broadcast, cable, and premium cable networks for free for a week. 

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Omnitel extends fiber to the home

March 4, 2013 1:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Using Broadband Stimulus financing, OmniTel Communications has deployed Adtran’s Total Access broadband platform in parts of Iowa. Omnitel is a RUS grant winner; its network expansion is in accordance with efforts by the Iowa Broadband Deployment Governance board to make high-speed broadband service more widely available in rural areas of the state.

Imagine doubles the density of ICE

March 4, 2013 1:48 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Chief among the capabilities of the new version of the system – v4.3 – is a doubling of system density, which the company said leads to power savings per stream of up to 50 percent and significantly reduced total hardware costs. Other features include MPEG DASH streaming, enhanced usability, and remote diagnostic tools.

SCTE issues call for abstracts for Expo

March 4, 2013 12:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) today announced that it is seeking proposals for papers and presentations for the technical sessions at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013. The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee is looking for abstracts that address the evolution of cable networks, services and business processes for the Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24 event in Atlanta.

Time Warner Cable scores marketing deal with University of Kentucky

March 4, 2013 12:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has struck a multi-year sponsorship deal with the University of Kentucky’s athletic program centered around the men’s basketball and football teams. With the agreement, Time Warner Cable serves as the official sponsor of University of Kentucky athletics across its core video, high speed data, Wi-Fi and home phone products and services.

Videotron's streaming service challenged

March 1, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canadian Broadcaster Astral Media is attempting to force Videotron to drop or severely modify a streaming video service the latter recently announced. Astral filed a complaint with Canadian regulatory agencies claiming Videotron’s new illico Club Unlimited service violates a number of statutes. Videotron considers the complaint to be without legal merit.

Superstorm Sandy rains on Cablevision’s earnings

February 28, 2013 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s fourth quarter subscriber numbers and revenue took a hit in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The nation’s fifth-largest cable operator lost about 50,000 video subscribers, 5,000 data customers and 10,000 voice subscribers in the fourth quarter.

TDS forges deal to buy Baja Broadband

February 27, 2013 1:48 pm | News | Comments

The small cable operator market continues its wave of consolidation. Yesterday TDS Telecom announced a deal to buy all of the assets of Baja Broadband. Baja Broadband, which is headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico, offers triple play services to residential and business customers in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. 

Study: CMTS, edge QAM revenue to grow this year

February 27, 2013 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According a recent report by Infonetics Research, the cable broadband market is primed for a rebound this year. Infonetics recently completed is fourth-quarter and year-end study of the cable modem termination system (CMTS) and edge QAM sectors in the cable industry.

Verizon to test Ericsson’s TV over LTE

February 26, 2013 3:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

What Ericsson is calling an end-to-end LTE broadcast solution is based on the eMBMS standard covering broadcast video over LTE. It represents one of the first proposed uses of both HEVC and MPEG DASH. Telstra in Australia and Verizon Wireless will be among the first to trial the system.

Comcast Business, Baltimore Tech Park partner

February 26, 2013 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Baltimore Technology Park has partnered with Comcast to connect its colocation data center to Comcast’s private, optical network and fiber footprint. In addition to connecting to Comcast’s network, Baltimore Technology Park can also offer its customers Comcast Business’ Ethernet services.

Cablevision files antitrust suit against Viacom

February 26, 2013 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit against Viacom in a federal Manhattan court alleges Viacom illegally forced it to carry unwanted networks. The MSO says it was forced to carry and pay for lesser-watched ancillary networks, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to be allowed to carry popular networks such as MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.

Nielsen preparing to tally broadband TV viewing

February 25, 2013 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting in September, Nielsen will begin measuring viewership through broadband devices like game consoles for the first time. With DVRs, video on demand, game consoles and streaming services, tablets and smartphones, the way people watch TV is changing and the industry is struggling to keep on top of it all. Even the idea of "watching television" is in flux.

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