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CES: ActiveVideo unveils CloudTV Access developer’s program

January 8, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ActiveVideo announced the launch of its CloudTV Access developer’s program at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The developer program was conceived to boost the design and deployment of HTML5-based user experiences on ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform.

Netgear adds Sling; Sling expands features

January 8, 2013 3:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netgear has added Sling technology to a line of streaming media players. Meanwhile, Sling Media has upgraded the search and navigation software for its own Slingbox products. Netgear has added the SlingPlayer to its NeoTV OTT boxes, including the NeoTV Prime with Google TV.

Samsung sees record-high Q4 profit

January 8, 2013 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said its operating profit for the October-December quarter would be about 8.8 trillion won ($8.3 billion).

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CES: Time Warner Cable hooks up with Roku for streaming

January 7, 2013 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Time Warner Cable announced it has added Roku to its roster of partners that can stream the MSO’s TWC TV service. The TWC TV service is free to authenticated subscribers and will launch on Roku this quarter.

CES: Celeno demos video bridge, IP camera

January 7, 2013 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Celeno has partnered with Edimax on a video bridge that supports 802.11ac and boasts a peak radio throughput of 866 Mbps. The video bridge is capable of provisioning uninterrupted streaming of HD IPTV, as well as data streams to multiple screens within a user’s home, while also insuring QoS and QoE.

Blockbuster On Demand to use Moto encryption

January 7, 2013 2:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

With the deal, Motorola Mobility has scored a notable trifecta for its Medios+ encryption technology, having struck deals in the past year with a major satellite company – Blockbuster is owned by EchoStar/Dish – a major IPTV provider – Verizon FiOS – and a major MSO – Time Warner Cable.

Kilar to quit as CEO of Hulu by March

January 7, 2013 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jason Kilar will step down as the chief executive of Hulu, the online video service owned by the parents of ABC, NBC and Fox. NBC parent Comcast is required to be a silent partner in Hulu as part of the government signing off on its purchase of NBCUniversal.

Netflix, Warner Bros. in licensing agreement

January 7, 2013 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Online video company Netflix and Warner Bros. Television Group have signed a licensing deal that gives Netflix members access to prior seasons of certain television shows produced by Warner Bros. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Can MVNOs help peel the cap off Big Data?

January 7, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Imaginative minds have sometimes pegged the Internet as the new Wild West, a vast land of opportunity fraught with peril. That’s a bit of a stretch, but if there’s one ideal that should hold as true in this new frontier as it did in the old, it’s Roy Rogers’ plea to never fence him in

Broadcasters intro MyDTV multi-screen service

January 4, 2013 2:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Fisher Communications and Hubbard Broadcasting announced what they are calling a soft consumer launch of a mobile digital television service, called MyDTV, in Seattle and Minneapolis, respectively. Both are initially distributing 750 receivers in each of their respective markets.

Flingo tunes in new Samba multi-screen platform

January 4, 2013 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Flingo announced it will be showing its new interactive TV platform - called Samba, which instantly syncs live TV shows across TVs, PCs, phones and tablets without downloading an app or logging in - at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Report: Ultra HD pricing prohibitive for years

January 4, 2013 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ultra-high-definition (Ultra HD) television sets are likely to remain far too expensive to merit more than a few million sales in the next few years, though adoption rates are likely to accelerate starting in 2016, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics.

CED Person of the Year

January 4, 2013 12:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.

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The future of MPEG video transport over QAM

January 4, 2013 11:52 am | by Conrad Clemson, director of strategy and product management for Cisco’s Service Provider Video Technology Group | Articles | Comments

In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.

Time Warner Cable renews contract with CSG

January 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has extended its customer care and billing contract with CSG International through March 2017. Financial terms of the new deal weren’t available. Time Warner Cable accounted for 10 percent of CSG’s revenue in the third quarter of last year.

Motorola wins Emmy for ad insertion

January 3, 2013 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving Motorola Mobility an Emmy Award. The Academy is honoring Motorola’s use of its CherryPicker video processor for digital program insertion (DPI), specifically for serving localized ads across digital programming.

Alticast casts lot with ThinkAnalytics

January 3, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.

Epix tees up apps on PlayStation

January 3, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

January 3, 2013 2:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal. Current TV is carried by Comcast and DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.

Upfront - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:55 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

LRG: The 13 largest MVPDs lost about 53,500 net additional video subscribers in Q3 2012; TDG Research: 13 percent of broadband subscribers do not subscribe to cable-like pay-TV services; Ericsson: Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones; and IIA: Broadband-enabled savings increased nearly $1,200 per American household from last year.

New Products - January 2013

January 2, 2013 5:14 pm | by CED Magazine | CED | Product Releases | Comments

ZyXel announced a turnkey commercial Wi-Fi hotspot upgrade to its CloudEnabled Business Access Point, Cycle30 developed commercial business billing software designed for cable ops and Concurrent modified its video system to deliver content directly to Smart TVs.

In the media: TWC also a player for former Bresnan properties

January 2, 2013 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is also in the running to buy the former Bresnan systems from Cablevision. Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Suddenlink Communications have all submitted first-round bids to Cablevision for the systems, now called Optimum West.

Charter, Disney renew distribution agreement, add TV Everywhere services

January 2, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.

LodgeNet to reorganize

January 2, 2013 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LodgeNet, which provides Internet and on-demand movies to hotels and hospital rooms, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be acquired by investment firm Colony Capital. LodgeNet says it will form a strategic partnership with DirecTV.

Memory Lane - An instant hit

January 2, 2013 1:23 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

It was only six years ago that Netflix, then known mainly as a mail-order distributor of DVD movies, launched a novel streaming video service it called, blandly enough, the “instant watching” feature – later to be rebranded “Watch Instantly.” The rest is, of course, history.

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