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Entropic files patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS

May 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Semiconductor vendor Entropic has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against ViXS that relates to its use of MoCA technology. ViXS responded by saying that Entropic’s patent infringement claim was entirely without merit and that it planned to defend itself. 

CFO Bornak departs from SeaChange

May 9, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International announced that Michael Bornak has resigned from his role as chief financial officer to take a job at another publicly traded company. Anthony Dias, SeaChange’s chief accounting officer, will be promoted to senior vice president and will serve as interim chief financial officer while SeaChange searches for a permanent CFO.

Comcast’s Pick joins ValueVision board

May 9, 2013 12:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Robert Pick, senior vice president of corporate development,  joined ValueVision Media’s board of directors. ValueVision, which Comcast owns a stake in, is a multi-channel retailer that operates under the ShopNBC name.

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Amino names Wilks director of engineering

May 9, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Amino Communications announced this morning that Martin Wilks has joined the company as its director of Engineering. With over 10 years’ experience in the set-top box market, Martin joined the company’s executive team with responsibility for both software and hardware development.

TiVo ups the ante on viewer data mining

May 8, 2013 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Taking TV advertising metrics to yet another new level, TiVo’s research subsidiary has signed up 48K TiVo users who have agreed to provide far more information about their individual viewing and buying habits. The service can give advertisers an even more detailed view correlating ad spending and buying behavior.

TWC updates app for Android devices to include out-of-home viewing

May 8, 2013 12:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWC TV app for Android devices, which includes access to some content out of subscribers’ homes. Last month Time Warner Cable announced some of its VOD content and live programming were available to customers outside of their homes on Apple’s iOS devices.

Liberty Global appoints Mockridge as CEO of Virgin Media

May 8, 2013 12:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global announced that it has picked former News Corp. executive Tom Mockridge as Virgin Media’s new CEO. Mockridge will take over for current Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett once the $23 billion deal, which is subject to shareholder approvals, closes

Technicolor picks MaxLinear’s chipset to power hybrid box

May 8, 2013 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Technicolor is going with Max Linear’s chips to power its new hybrid satellite / terrestrial (ISDB-T) HD set-top boxes for the Latin America market. Specifically, Technicolor will be using MaxLinear’s MxL683 chip in the box that was designed for direct-to-home satellite operators in Latin America. 

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The 2013 CTO Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:35 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Mike LaJoie, Cablevision’s Yvette Kanouff, Cox Communications’ Kevin Hart, and Buckeye Cablesystem’s Joe Jensen share their thoughts on some of the most prominent technological challenges they are dealing with today, and a few they might have to contend with tomorrow.

Second-screen CTO Vendor Roundtable

May 8, 2013 1:10 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

CED’s CTO roundtable has mined the thoughts of cable operator executives for years now, but this is the first iteration of a vendor CTO roundtable. CED narrowed the field to chief technical officers, or the equivalent, that play a part in the multi-screen ecosystem.

Open Mic: Cable’s best strategy for winning the multi-screen numbers game

May 8, 2013 12:23 am | by Buddy Snow, President, CEO, Morega Systems | Articles | Comments

Service providers are transitioning to a multi-screen service model, offering subscribers access to media content at home and on the go across TVs, PCs, and mobile devices. These media mobility services remain annoyingly cumbersome today, but the industry recognizes the need to push forward and smooth out the wrinkles as quickly as possible.

Engineering-Wise: Cable’s place atop the operations world

May 7, 2013 8:26 pm | by Marty Davidson, VP Engineering & Network Operations, SCTE | Articles | Comments

Cable has made incredible progress in network and service reliability/availability. From vast improvements of the early days to the introduction of lifeline services like voice, we have reduced customer reported troubles from 40 percent to under 3 percent in an amazingly short time. Network troubles have followed a similar trajectory.

YouTube reportedly set to carry pay channels

May 7, 2013 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is reportedly set to announce within a few weeks a series of channels that will require payment. The content on the new pay channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It's not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising.

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Active Broadband heads to IMS over DOCSIS

May 7, 2013 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Active Broadband Networks said its service management system now supports the IMS Rx interface as specified in PacketCable 2.0. The support for the interface paves the way for the delivery of IMS services over DOCSIS networks by providing support for PCMM policy control via the Diameter-based Rx interface.

Charter moves ahead with cloud-based UI

May 7, 2013 12:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With over a year at the helm of Charter Communications, Tom Rutledge’s vision for the nation’s fourth-largest cable operators is firming up across multiple fronts. Rutledge said on this morning’s first quarter earnings call that Charter’s all-digital conversion project and cloud-based user interface (UI) were two of the company’s biggest objectives this year.

thePlatform cues up live events console for broadcasters

May 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Today video publishing vendor thePlatform, which is owned by Comcast, released a Web-based console that was designed to help programmers and broadcasters manage live events across multi-screen devices. The console, which is an add-on to thePlatform’s mpx video publishing system, allows thePlatform’s customers to schedule and manage live events, such as sports, news or award shows.

Mediacom’s revenues increase in first quarter

May 6, 2013 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning privately held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included revenue increases from the same period a year ago. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator reported basic video subscriber losses, but continued the trend of adding data customers into the fold.

Former Insight, Mediacom execs clock in at BCI

May 6, 2013 12:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BCI Broadband has hired Vin Zachariah as its senior vice president of residential services while Diane Quennoz has joined the executive team as senior vice president of marketing. Starting today, both Zachariah and Quennoz report to BCI Broadband CEO and President Jeffrey DeMond.

Report: Residential gateways key to multi-screen video delivery

May 6, 2013 12:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a recent report, residential gateways are taking on added importance when it comes to the delivery of multi-screen video in subscribers’ homes. The report by Infonetics Research also said that the number of operators offering home automation services via residential gateways would grow to 44 percent by next year.

Cablevision tunes into Sprout

May 3, 2013 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has inked a distribution deal with kids’ network Sprout that includes access to TV Everywhere programming. Sprout’s content is geared towards children from the ages of 2 to 5 and its currently available in more than 50 million homes.

Shawnee approves Google Fiber

May 3, 2013 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb. The Shawnee City Council said in a release that council members approved the agreement Thursday, making Shawnee the fifth Johnson County municipality to strike a deal with Google.

SEC's new network with ESPN to debut in 2014

May 3, 2013 12:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN on Thursday announced a 20-year agreement to operate a SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August, 2014. ESPN said AT&T Inc.'s U-Verse has signed on as the network's first distributor. 

Avgiris promoted to CFO of Comcast Cable

May 2, 2013 12:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a promotion last year, Comcast’s Cathy Avgiris continues to climb the corporate ladder with today’s news that she was promoted to chief financial officer for Comcast Cable Avgiris will start her new job July 1 and report to Comcast Cable president and CEO Neil Smit.

Liberty Media wraps up $2.6 billion investment in Charter

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and Liberty Media said on Wednesday that they had wrapped up Liberty Media’s $2.6 billion investment in the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator. The investment was first announced in March and now that its completed John Malone’s Liberty Media has a 27.3 percent stake in Charter. 

CBS' Moonves disses Aereo as 1Q earns top views

May 2, 2013 11:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CBS Corp. Chief Executive Les Moonves gave an upbeat view of the health of broadcast TV Wednesday as the company reported strong results for the first three months of the year. He also dismissed startup Aereo as an "insignificant player" that was stealing CBS' signal. Moonves told investors that Aereo has "gotten way too much attention" from the news media

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