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RDK takes center stage at Denver conference

February 7, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Roughly 200 attendees are expected to be on hand at next week’s second RDK User’s Conference in Denver. The private conference, which is slated for Tuesday, will mark the public debut of sorts for RDK Management, the joint venture between Time Warner Cable and Comcast that was formed last year to help manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative.

Qualcomm touts Broadcast LTE for video and more

February 7, 2014 12:34 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.

Google unveils box for business videoconferences

February 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations. The device, called "Chromebox For Meetings," goes on sale for $999 Thursday in the U.S. and will be available in the coming weeks in Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.

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Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

February 7, 2014 12:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia. Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years, things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds. 

Canoe certifies This Technology's MetaMore

February 6, 2014 1:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Canoe’s certification assures programmers that they can use This Technology’s cloud-based metadata asset management system to efficiently create and distribute information about video assets for VOD and advanced advertising. The result is streamlined metadata authoring, automated input for multiple system types and efficient delivery of dynamic ads on VOD.

Cochran to take over as CEO at WOW

February 6, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Steve Cochran will take over the tiller at WOW when he succeeds current CEO Colleen Abdoulah on April 1. Abdoulah, who has led WOW since 2002, will continue in her role as chair of the company’s board of directors. Cochran is currently president of WOW. Marketing officer Cathy Kuo will take over Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as chief operating officer.

Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable tap into Univision’s TVE app

February 5, 2014 12:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are now offering their authenticated digital customers access to Univision’s TV Everywhere video content. Univision’s UVideos bilingual digital video network is now available on iOS and Android devices at no additional cost for the cable operators’ subscribers. 

Comcast bows cloud DVR; live, in-home streaming in Boston

February 4, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is launching the next phase of its X1 platform in Boston by offering a cloud-based DVR service and the ability to watch live, in-home streaming on mobile devices via a new app. The cloud-based DVR recordings are provisioned over Comcast’s managed IP network, and are another element of its IP-based Viper platform.

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Armstrong signs up for Rovi DTA Guide

February 4, 2014 1:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a deployment with Cablevision in Argentina late last year, Armstrong is the first North American cable operator to sign up to use the Rovi DTA Guide. Armstrong will deploy the DTA guide, which has richer features and more functionality than previous DTA guides, as part of its all-digital conversion project.

US cable merger foreshadows Internet TV's rise

February 4, 2014 12:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Charter Communications Inc.'s $38 billion bid to take over the much-larger Time Warner Cable Inc. is an attempt to future-proof its business by getting its foot in the door of millions more homes wired for Internet service. As people use more mobile devices, watch more online video and connect everything from thermostats to refrigerators to the Internet, delivering those Internet services will become increasingly valuable.

Aereo heads to San Antonio; runs out of capacity in NYC

February 3, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After confirming Friday that it was out of capacity in New York City, Aereo announced this morning that it’s antenna and cloud-based TV service would launch in San Antonio on Feb. 19. On Friday, Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia confirmed on his Twitter account that the company was out of capacity in the New York City area, which is where the service first launched.

Report: IPTV, satellite video revenue rise, cable falls

February 3, 2014 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to new subscribers and increased ARPU in North America and Western Europe, worldwide telco IPTV and satellite revenues increased in the first half of last year. Conversely, Infonetics Research said cable revenue was down a percent over the same period, mainly due to loss of subscribers in North America.

TWCBC first NA provider to garner MEF 2.0 certification for all 6 retail services

January 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. 

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WBL Services picks RCN Business to help provision Super Bowl

January 31, 2014 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RCN Business announced that WBL Services has selected it to provide connectivity for the media center’s communications and data transport in the New York tri-state area for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As part of the agreement, RCN Business is providing big data circuits to WBL Services to enable HDTV live video and advanced voice communications.

Penthera elects Griffith to board

January 31, 2014 12:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Penthera’s board of directors recently elected Melani Griffith to its board of directors. Penthera hired Griffith, who formerly worked with Penthera president and CEO Michel Willner at Insight Communications, last year as its executive vice president of business development.

Shaw deploying Arris' universal edge QAM

January 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has deployed Arris’ universal edge QAM to support its TV everywhere operations, specifically for support delivering content from its VOD libraries. The deployment clears a path for the MSO to implement a modular CCAP architecture.

TWC outlines operating game plan, reports Q4 and year-end results

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In his first earnings call as CEO of Time Warner Cable, Rob Marcus outlined the company’s operating plan going forward and further rebutted Charter Communications’ attempt to takeover the nation’s second-largest cable operator. Time Warner Cable executives went to great lengths to refute Charter Communications’ position that the company was poorly managed and likely to see a further erosion of its subscriber base. 

TiVo forks out $135 million in cash to buy Digitalsmiths

January 29, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to speed up its evolution to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, TiVo announced this morning that was buying search and recommendation vendor Digitalsmiths for $135 million in cash. Once it passes the customary closing conditions, the deal is slated to close in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.

Former Moto exec Moloney joins Lantiq’s board

January 29, 2014 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Motorola executive Dan Moloney has been named to Lantiq’s board of directors. Munich-based Lantiq is a supplier of chips and software for broadband access and home networking, which is right up Moloney’s alley after his time at Motorola.

Comcast adds video subs in Q4; Cox kicks tires on X1

January 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In its first quarterly gain of basic video subscribers in six and half years, Comcast announced this morning that it had added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter. Comcast’s robust fourth quarter earnings came on the heels of rumors that it was in talks with Charter Communications to divide up Time Warner Cable.

Suddenlink promotes Pflantz, Sonne

January 28, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications announced it has promoted Mike Pflantz to senior vice president of corporate finance and accounting at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis. Suddenlink also announced that Jared Sonne was promoted to the position of vice president of operations for the company’s Texoma Region.

Liberty Global snaps up rest of Ziggo for $13.7 billion

January 27, 2014 12:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone can scratch Ziggo off of his “to do” list now that his Liberty Global has picked up the rest of Ziggo that it didn’t already own in a $13.7 billion cash and stock deal. After purchasing a 28.5 percent stake in Ziggo in March of last year, Malone and Liberty Global had been in hot pursuit of the rest of Netherlands-based Ziggo since August. 

Comcast to bring online Olympics coverage to TV

January 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past few Olympics, NBC has shown more live coverage over the Internet than it has on TV. For the upcoming Winter Games, Comcast's Xfinity TV subscribers will be able to tap the breadth of that online coverage on their big screens. 

FCC inundated with pleas to save LPTV

January 24, 2014 1:11 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC next year will embark on the complicated process of auctioning off 600 MHz spectrum licenses. Part of that entails compensating and relocating/repacking the many low-power TV (LPTV) broadcasters that currently occupy those airwaves. For many, it’s become a legitimate concern that many of the free TV stations simply won’t continue on after the auction.

Time Warner, Bright House expand TV-E rosters

January 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

MSOs continue to gradually accrete more networks for their TV Everywhere line-ups. Time Warner Cable and ally Bright House Networks said they have just signed A&E, History and Lifetime.  TWC is already hosting the apps for those networks as part of its TV Everywhere offerings. Bright House Networks will follow next week.

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