Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”
Rentrak said it is partnering with Kantar Shopcom to integrate retail purchase data and information into its television viewing data. The combined data should give advertisers a vastly more detailed ability to not only target ads to viewers, but also to monitor the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
Alticast has promoted John Carlucci to the new position of president of Alticast North America. He has been Alticast’s CTO for the last three years, and he will keep that title as well. Carlucci joined the company from Time Warner Cable.
Vubiquity has signed a deal to provide National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members with its integrated MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 linear platform, which is called “LiveVU.” Vubiquity's LiveVU hosted MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 service enables NCTC members to retire aging MPEG-2 transcoding systems while moving from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 for improved bandwidth.
Bright House Networks and NetCracker have checked off the first phase of a large-scale BSS and customer experience upgrade off of their to-do list. The project includes consolidating and replacing Bright House Networks’ billing system as well as new CRM and e-commerce implementations.
Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies" annually.
Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show.
MSOs have benefited by providing content for defined ethnic communities in their footprints, either broadcasting in heritage languages or sourcing content produced in ancestral countries. The move by ICS should make it easier for international partners to provide Japanese content to Japanese-speaking audiences.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.
Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.
The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.
MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.
Verizon has gone live with a new multi-screen portal for FiOS that is enabled by Synacor’s platform. The guide provides a unified view of, and the ability to search through, all content available to FiOS customers across all platforms – TV, PC, mobile devices.
Shaw Communications reported this morning that its first quarter profits were down year-over-year, partially due to the start up cost associated with its streaming service that launched in November. Shaw and Rogers Communications both own a 50 percent stake in shomi, which is a new subscription VOD service that was designed to compete against Netflix, but Shaw lost $13 million on the joint venture in the first quarter.
Clearleap has wrapped up a deal to power A+E Networks’ on-demand video distribution across the programmer’s brands and networks, including A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, LMS and H2. The partnership, which launched this month, is the first agreement reached between the two companies, and included the opportunity for Clearleap to help provision multiplatform services.
The axed NBC sitcom "Community" will make its Yahoo debut in March. Yahoo announced Tuesday that the sitcom will begin its online life with a pair of episodes. Then it will air once weekly. Last June, Yahoo, Sony Pictures Television and series creator Dan Harmon reached a deal for a 13-episode sixth season.
The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content.
Starting next week, Time Warner Cable will start informing its Kansas City-based subscribers that the company’s all-digital “TWC Maxx” project will begin its first phase. After upgrading networks in Los Angeles, New York City and Austin last year via TWC Maxx initiatives, Kansas City was one of the cities on the shortlist for this year, along with Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego.
Comcast customers can follow through on those New Year’s fitness resolutions with the addition of Gaiam TV to the cable operator’s subscription VOD service. Comcast’s digital TV subscribers with Xfinity On Demand can access the streaming fitness and yoga video content from Gaiam TV for an additional $6.99 per month.
The migration to generic hardware and network functions virtualization (NFV) is putting a strain on current video equipment prices, according to a recent report. Overall, global broadcast and streaming video equipment revenue decreased 4 percent to $810 million in the first half of 2014 with nearly all product segments down, according to a report by Infonetics Research.
The vast majority of the Emmys for Technical / Engineering Achievement went to companies that in one way or another were involved in broadband video, with an unprecedented emphasis on technologies frequently associated with over the top (OTT) video.
Proximus is preparing to tie its fortunes more closely with the vendor, not only continuing to deliver video services based on Cisco products, but to explore expanding the relationship into smart/connected cities, service orchestration for business customers, SDN, and more.
Yesterday Mexican broadcaster and media company Grupo Television announced it had wrapped up the sale of its 50 percent stake in wireless operator Iusacell back to joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas. The deal paved the way for AT&T to close on its acquisition to buy Iusacell for $2.5 billion, which was announced in November of last year.
AT&T announced it will trial LTE Broadcast at the College Football Championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday. The carrier will use the technology to give customers with compatible devices access to additional feeds, alternate camera angles or bonus footage.
Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things — that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet connectivity to start thinking and acting for themselves. Here's a review of the connected and smart home devices that were on display at CES this week.