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Comcast mulls ways to monetize Wi-Fi

February 24, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast executives Neil Smit and CEO Brian Roberts said on this morning’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings call that Comcast was looking at ways to monetize Wi-Fi/wireless that could result in a launch over the coming months. Both Roberts and Smit declined to provide specifics on what the new Wi-Fi products or services would be.

With help from Arris, RDK now supports DVB

February 23, 2015 1:08 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Thanks to “significant contributions” from Arris, RDK Management announced this morning that it was adding more support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard that is widely employed in Europe and other parts of the world. The Reference Design Kit (RDK), which is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common platform for CPE devices, now supports in-band DVB Service Information (DVB-SI) elements.

Ergen back as Dish’s CEO: Clayton to retire

February 23, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charles Ergen is returning to the helm of the satellite TV provider as the company faces declining subscribers and a changing pay-TV industry. CEO Joseph Clayton, 64, said Monday he will retire March 31. He had been CEO since June 2011 and also holds the president title.

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FairPoint back to work this week in northern New England

February 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

FairPoint Communications workers have a new contract, and they're ready to return to work this week. More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont report for duty Wednesday for the first time since going on strike four months ago. Officials announced Sunday that they'd ratified a new contract.

Comcast revs up NASCAR coverage ahead of Daytona race

February 20, 2015 12:48 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500, Comcast has added some NASCAR-related enhancements to its X1 operating platform as well new NASCAR VOD content. Comcast, which took over as the title sponsor of NASCAR back in September, also expanded its X1 Sports App to include scheduling information for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Frontier Communications posts 4Q profit

February 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Frontier Communications Corp. (FTR) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $13.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said it had net income of 1 cent. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 4 cents per share.

What Operators Need to Know About RDK Development

February 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by Mark Johnson, senior global product and program manager, Alticast | Articles | Comments

RDK is continuing to mature with each release, but it’s important to understand the architecture and what other functionality an operator might need to complete the offering. A thoughtful approach to building an RDK solution will benefit the operator both during and after deployment, making future support and subsequent releases a much smoother process.

Channels using compression to create more ad space

February 19, 2015 1:27 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Falling ratings are leading many top cable networks to jam more ads in “to meet audience guarantees made to advertisers and prop up revenue despite falling ad prices,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Mediacom, Discovery ink long-term distribution agreement

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Discovery Communications and Mediacom Communications announced this morning that they’ve renewed their long-term distribution agreement. The latest deal included TV Everywhere rights across multiple platforms for authenticated Mediacom subscribers of Discovery’s 13 networks.

DirecTV’s 4th-quarter performance tops analysts' expectations

February 19, 2015 12:52 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV's fourth-quarter results beat analysts' estimates as it added more subscribers in the U.S. The El Segundo, California-based company earned $778 million, or $1.53 per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with $810 million, or $1.53 per share, a year earlier.

CED’s Persons of the Year: Time Warner Cable’s Mike and Mike take a curtain call

February 18, 2015 4:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

As of the end of last year, both Mike Hayashi and Mike LaJoie officially retired from Time Warner Cable, but over the course of 25 years or so, the two Mikes were cable’s own version of a dynamic duo. (Just don’t ask them which one was Batman and which was Robin.) For their long, distinguished careers at Time Warner Cable, Hayashi and LaJoie were named CED’s Persons of the Year.

Comcast reports TV Everywhere success data

February 18, 2015 12:48 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The MSO said that in the past year or so, it has more than doubled its catalog of live streaming networks on the Xfinity TV Go app, and more than 30 percent of Xfinity TV customers are using TV Everywhere monthly.

Sony outlines 3-year recovery plan, targets $4.2B earnings

February 18, 2015 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and a 10 percent return on equity for the fiscal year through March 2018.

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SCTE names Howard SCTE Fellow; search on for new CTO

February 17, 2015 5:11 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced Tuesday afternoon that Daniel Howard was named to the newly created staff position of SCTE Fellow. Howard joined SCTE five years ago as the organization’s first chief technology officer.

Shaw to shuffle call center operations

February 13, 2015 1:03 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced this week that it was closing its call centers in Calgary and Edmonton while also closing part of its operations in Kelowna. All told, 1,600 employees in those call centers will have to either re-locate, accept severance packages or take on new jobs at their current locations.

Report: Global pay-TV market to grow 5 percent in 2014

February 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

While the final numbers are still pending, ABI Research said in a report that the worldwide pay-TV market was expected to grow 5 percent in 2013 while topping 924.4 million subscribers. On a global scale, IPTV is the driving force behind the increased in subscribers.

Sling TV offer discounts on Roku, Amazon

February 12, 2015 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

After making its national debut on Monday, Sling TV has sweetened its cord-cutting streaming service by offering deals on Roku and Amazon streaming sticks and devices. By aligning itself with Roku and Amazon, Sling TV has strengthened its appeal for cord-cutters who are looking to unbundle their video services from traditional pay-TV providers.

Charter beefs up product and strategy team

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications has beefed up its product and strategy team with the addition of three new employees as well as a promotion for another. Peter Brown was promoted to vice president, user experience design where he will be responsible for the development of user experiences for all of Charter’s customer-facing products.

Mediacom turbo charges speeds at Iowa race track

February 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

NASCAR-owned Iowa Speedway and Mediacom Business announced a renewed partnership that will help the racetrack address growing bandwidth demand, onsite high speed Internet in the Mediacom Media Center, and high definition video powered by Mediacom Business. 

Streaming video platform ViewLift launches

February 12, 2015 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Backed by investments from former AOL executives Steve Case and Ted Leonsis, as well as Comcast Ventures, ViewLift launched its “B2B” streaming video platform today. ViewLift is positioning itself as a “one-stop-shop” for creating, launching and monetizing video applications that are designed for distribution across various devices, including smartphones, TVs, tablets, over-the-top boxes and game consoles.

Time Warner Cable partners with BestBuy on smart home gear

February 11, 2015 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

By partnering with BestBuy, Time Warner Cable is providing an online retail route for users of its IntelligentHome monitoring and automation service. The deal with BestBuy allows IntelligentHome users to buy “smart” door locks, light bulbs and in-wall light switches that they can then self-install via a touchscreen.  

Cablevision, Discovery strike multi-platform distribution deal

February 11, 2015 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cablevision has signed off on the renewal of its long-term distribution agreement with Discovery Communications. The new multi-platform deal covered Discovery’s suite of 13 U.S. networks as well as TV Everywhere rights for authenticated Cablevision subscribers.

TWC performing DAI in multi-screen on-demand content

February 10, 2015 1:56 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is preparing to add the ability to perform DAI with on-demand content delivered to IP-based devices. TWC has set itself up to enable advertisers to run unified ad campaigns that could cut across all three platforms: traditional VOD, linear over IP, and on-demand over IP.

Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop

February 10, 2015 12:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations. 

Netflix launching in Cuba

February 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Only about 27 percent of Cuba's population currently has access to the Internet, according to Internet Live Stats, which uses information from the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations and the World Bank to estimate the world's Internet users.

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