Cisco has joined the roster of vendors that have licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit, which was implemented to cut down the development cycle for new set-top boxes from two years to one year, or even under one year. Other licensees include Motorola, Evolution Digital, itaas, Entropic, Broadcom and S3 Group.
Sales for ultrahigh definition TVs – aka 4K TVs – are likely to remain negligible for the foreseeable future, with shipments accounting for no more than 1 percent of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market during the next five years. Worldwide shipments of 4K LCD-TVs will rise to 2.1 million units in 2017, up from 4,000 in 2012, according to IHS.
Cablevision is the latest MSO to announce multi-screen rights with The Walt Disney Company, enabling Cablevision to distribute various Disney owned channels not only to televisions but also to PCs, tablets, and handheld mobile devices. With a comprehensive distribution agreement with Disney now in place, Cablevision said it will launch several new services, including the full suite of authenticated Watch products
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen pushed the FCC in a speech yesterday to pass rules allowing it to use its AWS spectrum for a mobile broadband network. Further delays could hamper its ability to compete with existing operators like AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Ergen said.
Overhauling Motorola Mobility is proving more expensive than expected for its new parent company, Google. The Internet search giant has increased its previous estimate on the cost of Motorola's restructuring to $300 million and warned it could take an additional $40 million hit as it closes facilities and lays off workers.
Members of Charter Communications’ executive team can hold off on packing their bags for now as the headquarters move from St. Louis to Stamford, Conn. hit a temporary delay. A package to aid Charter’s move from Missouri to Stamford was pulled off of the State Bond Commission’s agenda yesterday due to inaccurate numbers
The two have developed a system aimed at CDN operators looking to measure quality of experience (QoE), especially wholesale CDN services where the operator needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer.
ThinkAnalytics has signed up to integrate its TV recommendations engine with Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV partner program. With ThinkAnalytics’ recommendations engine, IPTV providers will be able to deliver more meaningful content recommendations and navigation features across multiple screens.
Juniper Networks has announced a slate of hardware and software products for its edge router that were designed to deliver consumer and business services at a rate up to 69 percent faster than competing solutions. The new set of software and hardware products run on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router
Charter Communications is pulling up stakes and moving its headquarters from the St. Louis area to Stamford, Conn over the coming weeks. Charter will transfer the majority of its executive officers, along with members of their staffs, to the new 70,000 square-foot office space at 400 Atlantic Street.
The nation's No. 4 TV distributor bought the regional TV rights for the Los Angeles Lakers and pro soccer's LA Galaxy last year for an estimated $3 billion over 20 years. It's launching two new channels based on those rights on Monday. To help pay for them, it is demanding payment from other TV distributors like Dish Network Corp. and DirecTV.
Accenture specified that it purchased IPTV software, assets and capabilities from Nokia Siemens. The acquired IPTV assets will complement and be integrated with with the company’s Accenture Video Solution, a software product and a suite of services that enables companies to launch new over-the-top (OTT) services.
Telemundo Media and Comcast Spotlight announced a new advertising platform, called Telemundo+, that lets marketers geo-target Hispanic households across multiple screens with English, Spanish or bilingual messages. The two are exploring means to measure the impact of the media strategy.
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (LREC) has hired Pulse Broadband to design and manage the construction of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband trial, using a distributed tap design and CommScope’s EPON architecture. Lake Region will be one of the first electric coops in the U.S. to take advantage of a combined distributed tap and EPON architecture.
With IP-based video technology maturing, there is a growing number of smaller companies able to provide subscribers in their typically exurban-to-rural areas with services and features that include larger packages of top-ranked channels (with more of those channels in HD), multi-room DVR, TV Everywhere-type services and hybrid features like Caller ID on TV.
Cable operators, telecom carriers, satellite providers and other service providers are racing to build the infrastructure necessary for delivering any program, on-demand or live, to any device at any time and over any access network. Being first to market with that ability could be a tremendous advantage.
The ultimate product in the TV business is not content. It is the presumed attention of the viewers of that content, sold in aggregate to advertisers. Advertising has been the cornerstone of the TV business since back when the only screens available were the dials on radios.
Whether the delivery agent is Coca-Cola, coffee or chocolate, a solid jolt of caffeine has fueled the creation of many a technology breakthrough. So it’s only fitting that the first known demonstration of an Internet-delivered photo stream involved the popular stimulant.
While not every operator has rolled out a complete multi-screen TV Everywhere service offering, there is certainly sufficient activity worldwide for us to say that TV Everywhere is truly here. In fact, forward-thinking operators are already planning “what’s next” when it comes to TV Everywhere.
Nagra and Harmonic are working on the first commercial MPEG-DASH OTT service, Verimatrix unveiled VCAS for DASH, SeaWell introduced an MPEG-DASH-based system that provides ad insertion, Miranda launched the Nvision 920 and an upgraded Nvision 8140, RGB showed off its new TransAct Encoder/Transcoder, and GreenPeak launched the new GP710.
Harmonic released the Spectrum MediaDeck 7000 SSD integrated media server, Incognito Software announced the latest version of its Service Activation Center, and Broadcom introduced a chip for DOCSIS 3.0 gateways that offer 1 Gbps Wi-Fi.
Boston-based Ramp pulled in $15 million in a recent round of financing, which included Comcast Ventures among the investors. The Series C round of financing brought the total capital raised to date to $40 million for Ramp. Ramp specializes in software-as-a-service (SaaS).
Cable One has picked SubscriberWise’s subscriber analytics and decision management platform in order to improve customer service to its subscribers. Cable One will use SubscriberWise’s risk management and target marketing system to support its growing cable and digital technology goals and operations.
Phil Orlins, an ESPN producer, knows everything about producing TV in three dimensions. But he can only guess how well his shows resonate with viewers. That's because 3-D audiences are so small they can't be measured by Nielsen's rating system.
In the family of customer premises equipment (CPE), digital transport adapters (DTAs) may lack cachet when compared with the latest set-top boxes, digital video recorders (DVRs) and gateways, but DTAs are playing an increasingly important role in cable operator deployments.