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Tivo settles up with Cisco, Motorola and Time Warner

June 7, 2013 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tivo settled patent dust ups with Cisco, Motorola Mobility and Time Warner Cable, averting a trial that was to begin next week and bringing to a close a string of long-running legal squabbles over its pioneering digital video recorder technology. The settlement fell well short of what most investors had expected, however, and shares of Tivo plunged 17 percent in early trading Friday.

Entropic buys mixed signal specialist

June 6, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entropic has acquired Mobius Semiconductor, which specializes in low power, high performance analog mixed-signal circuitry. Entropic said it will spend approximately $13 million in cash plus employee equity-based incentives to buy Mobius.  Separately, Access Co. said it is integrating its DLNA and HTML5 technologies with the latest set-top box chipset solution from Entropic.

ADB offers major revision of Commercial Video Solution

June 6, 2013 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ADB announced several new products, leading with its first major revision of its Commercial Video Solution, the company’s system for supplying video to hotels, universities, hospitals, and other commercial businesses. The company’s other introductions include set-top boxes and a gateway.

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Open Mic: Taking the tethers off of TV Everywhere services

June 5, 2013 11:25 pm | by Michael Willner | Articles | Comments

There is one more big challenge - TV Everywhere isn’t really everywhere is it? Unfortunately, if you’ve got a TVE app on your iPad, you still can’t access all those great shows and movies in lots of places. You’re out of luck if you’re traveling or simply not connected to a high-speed pipe, as is the case for most of us many times a day.

New Products: Sonus, Digital Rapids, Averna/Pace

June 5, 2013 9:11 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Sonus Networks has upgraded its session border control (SBC) portfolio with software and hardware enhancements; Digital Rapids recently started shipping version 3.8 of its the Digital Rapids Stream software; Averna has forged a design-validation partnership with Pace that it said would accelerate customer premise equipment certification (CPE) for cable operators. 

Conax offering SDK for PlayReady DRM client

June 5, 2013 2:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Developers can use the SDK to create a client capable of secure delivery of video content from the streaming server to the native player of the client device. The Conax security-hardened implementation for MS PlayReady fully conforms to Microsoft’s rules for Compliance and Robustness and is developed according to Conax’ security requirements including security requirements from  major Hollywood studios and content providers.

Casa Systems tallies another CMTS win

June 5, 2013 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Finland’s largest cable operator, DNA Ltd, has placed an order for Casa Systems’ C10G chassis. The C10G is the predecessor to the vendor’s purpose-built CCAP system, the C100G, but the use of C10G allows DNA to offer scalable broadband services to its more than 600,000 subscribers, while giving the operator a clear upgrade path to CCAP.

Comcast combines CMC, IP Services, into Wholesale unit

June 5, 2013 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast announced the reorganization of several operations dedicated to managing services on behalf of customers, essentially by folding the previously separate IP services operation with the Comcast Media Center under an umbrella unit called Comcast Wholesale. Comcast Wholesale now incorporates CMC units including Content Solutions, HITS and AdDelivery, with the IP Services unit, which provides data and voice services.

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The Cable Show hosts job fair for military personnel

June 5, 2013 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Through a partnership with Hiring our Heroes, the cable industry will host a job fair at next week’s Cable Show in Washington D.C. for military veterans, reservists and military spouses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in partnership with NCTA, the Cable & Telecommunications Human Resources Association (CTHRA) and other local and industry partners, is conducting the hiring event.  

Visible World, FourthWall Media draw a bead on targeted ads

June 5, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Targeted TV ad developer Visible World and interactive TV vendor FourthWall Media announced this morning that they have joined forces to create an addressable advertising platform for one-to-one set-top box targeting. FourthWall is extending the capabilities of its EBIF platform to support Visible World's addressable advertising offerings.

Rovi releases SDK for adding HEVC codecs

June 4, 2013 1:50 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The SDK includes the company’s patent-pending Smart Adaptive Bitrate Encoding Technology (SABET), which enables the generation of as many as ten simultaneous output streams from a single source, reducing CPU cycles by utilizing common encoding processes across all levels, Rovi explained. This facility should help lower the costs and reduce the time required for the mass transcoding of large video content libraries to HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding).

TWC: IntelligentHome rollouts nearly complete

June 4, 2013 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s home automation and security system, IntelligentHome, will make its way into the cable operator’s Ohio and Wisconsin service areas this month and then New York City in the fall. Once those launches are complete, Time Warner Cable said IntelligentHome would be deployed across all of the major markets in its footprint. 

T-Broad tunes in Alticast’s Windmill

June 4, 2013 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

T-Broad, which is Korea’s largest cable operator, has selected Alticast’s Windmill Ecosystem to provision its new user interface and next generation services. Alticast’s HTML5-based Windmill platform features a modular approach that allow cable operators to cost effectively build and deploy services.

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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.

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.

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. 

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