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Comcast all in on NBCUniversal; broadband subs drive Q4

February 13, 2013 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast announced that it was buying out General Electric’s 49 percent stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7 billion instead of waiting until next year’s previously scheduled date of July to take full control of NBCUniversal. Comcast earned $1.52 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the fourth quarter.

Intel working on TV set-top box to replace cable

February 13, 2013 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel said it will sell a set-top box that brings Internet-delivered movies and shows to a TV set this year. Erik Huggers, general manager of Intel Media, said the company plans to sell a box that will offer "a vastly superior experience" to today's cable boxes.

Ericsson preps unified CDN

February 13, 2013 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Ericsson is preparing a unified content delivery network designed to handle managed and unmanaged content over both fixed and mobile networks. Specifically, the approach aims to help companies manage the rising demand for OTT video.

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Ohio telco adopts Adtran’s video platform

February 13, 2013 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Glandorf Telephone has installed Adtran’s broadband platform to provide broadband and video services to its customers in the northwestern part of Ohio. Glandorf is using Adtran’s Total Access 5000 to deliver services both on its DSL network and via FTTH lines.

Comcast unlocks vault of Fox TV Everywhere content

February 12, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast and Fox Networks announced a multi-platform distribution deal that gives nearly 22 million Xfinity TV customers access to a wide range of video content from Fox across linear TV, online, tablets, mobile devices and gaming consoles.

Genband unifies product line, launches white label cloud service

February 12, 2013 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Genband launched a new white label cloud service, which is called “NUViA,” that it said will cut down on the amount of equipment service providers need to provision their services while also cutting down on time to market.

ThinkAnalytics doubles its revenue

February 12, 2013 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Bolstered by a nice run of new customer signings, ThinkAnalytics reported financials that saw a doubling of its revenue and profits over the previous year. Recent new customer signings include Cox, Swisscom, Unitymedia in Germany, Zon in Portugal and Nordic operator Canal Digital.

TWC adds VOD content for PCs, Macs on Web browser

February 11, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After offering VOD content on its TWC TV app for iPads, Time Warner Cable has upgraded its TWCTV.com Web portal to do the same on Macs and PCs. With the upgrade to TWCTV.com, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles to subscribers.

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Cablevision signs distribution deal with Telarus

February 11, 2013 2:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Sandy, Utah-based Telarus recently announced that it had entered into an agreement with Cablevision to distribute its triple-play business services. The deal opened the door to 1,200 independent commercial communication consultants who source through Telarus.

Milius and milestones

February 8, 2013 5:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Ray Milius and his team are responsible for engineering matters at Starz. Starz is not among the largest programmers, but it frequently is among the first programmers to adopt new technologies. Recently, Ray and his team got Starz into TV Everywhere with its Encore and MoviePlex On Demand And Play services.

Starz promotes Milius

February 8, 2013 4:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Starz has promoted Ray Milius to executive vice president of programming and IT operations. Milius and his team are responsible for the management of broadcast operations, post-production, engineering, transmission, media encoding, information technologies and more.

Charter bags former Bresnan systems for $1.625B

February 8, 2013 11:28 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications, which is the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator, emerged as the sweepstakes winner for the former Bresnan systems with a winning bid to Cablevision of $1.625 billion. The deal is slated to close in the third quarter.

Making the second screen work

February 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Years after Netflix, smartphones and tablets all hit the scene, even those service providers capable of multi-screen delivery continue to struggle with the multi-screen phenomenon. That’s because even as service providers respond to viewers’ increasing appetite for video on screens other than the TV, consumers’ multi-screen behavior continues to evolve.

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A kaleidoscope of moving parts

February 7, 2013 11:34 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The once heavily tech-driven business model of small Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable and broadband service providers is morphing into a kaleidoscope of moving, interchangeable parts. Smaller operators whose subscriber counts number in the four- and five-figure range are fiddling with and tweaking their business models like never before.

Managing the multi-screen video transformation

February 7, 2013 10:56 am | by Paul Casinelli, product manager at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

The multi-screen transformation has taken the video world by storm. Customers now expect the same video services they receive on their set-top box on their video-capable devices. Adoption of multi-screen services is occurring across the spectrum, running the gamut of service providers, content providers and enterprises.

Report: Mobile data traffic to increase 13-fold by 2017

February 6, 2013 3:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Global mobile data traffic is expected to increase 13-fold by 2017, reaching 11.2 exabytes per month, according to Cisco's Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast. The company says the growth in mobile data usage will be driven by the increase in mobile Internet connection, including M2M modules.

Disney’s Iger comments on Netflix deal

February 6, 2013 3:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. broke the pay-TV mold when it announced it is selling the rights to show its recent theatrical releases to Netflix beginning in 2016. The decision represented a major endorsement of Netflix's Internet video service, which is wresting the Disney rights away from the Starz cable channel.

Harnessing the power of interoperability

February 6, 2013 11:59 am | by Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum | Articles | Comments

Technology development is accelerating, and consumer and enterprise demand for bandwidth-hungry content and applications continues to expand. The need for global standardization has become an industry prerequisite, driven by the needs of service providers to deliver robust new services quickly and cost-effectively.

AT&T rebrands U-verse Live TV as Mobile TV, levels pricing

February 5, 2013 3:07 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T has renamed its U-verse Live TV app, now calling it Mobile TV. The carrier announced the change that will go along with improved video quality on LTE, direct billing to subscriber accounts and an even $9.99 charge for the service across the board.

Malone’s Liberty Global eyes Virgin Media

February 5, 2013 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global is in the process of cooking up a deal to buy Virgin Media. Virgin Media’s price tag could be in the range of $24 billion, while its market capitalization stands at $10.4 billion. Including debt, its enterprise value is around $19.4 billion.

TWC tips off multi-screen access to TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes

February 4, 2013 3:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated subscribers of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can now catch all of the Los Angeles Lakers games on their iOS devices, home computers, and Android tablets and phones. Time Warner Cable has made its TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes video content available for Internet and mobile viewing.

Axtel launches IPTV with Ericsson

February 4, 2013 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mexican telephony and broadband provider Axtel just fired up an IPTV. Ericsson said it is providing managed services, consulting and systems integration for the service. The initial launch is in Mexico's three largest cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

In Perspective - Stick a 4K in 3-D: It's done

February 4, 2013 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

The big thing in TV land at CES, in terms of both hype and actual size, was 4K TVs, aka ultra-high-def, or Ultra HDTVs. The great thing about shows like CES is that they show you exciting possible futures. Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that 4K TVs are pretty darn nifty.

Memory Lane - Broadband’s latest wrinkle

February 4, 2013 12:54 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

There is a movement toward usage-based pricing that borrows from an electrical utility model of the early 1900s. Today’s megabits are yesterday’s kilowatts, and like power companies before them, service providers appreciate the symbiotic relationship that device makers can deliver.

Open Mic - Showcasing the value of personalization

February 4, 2013 12:07 pm | by Peter Docherty, founder and CTO of ThinkAnalytics | Articles | Comments

There are so many TV choices available that it’s virtually impossible for consumers to discover what’s really there. The challenge is proactively presenting subscribers with personalized content recommendations, instead of forcing them to work hard to find something they like to watch.

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