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Comcast’s next-gen X1 platform heads west to Calif.

December 10, 2012 1:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s X1 platform, which was originally called “Xcalibur” internally, represents the future of video because it combines cloud-based navigation, personalization and search functions, and an interactive programming guide with customized apps and social media features.

Solekai Systems signs up for Comcast RDK program

December 10, 2012 1:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The base layer of the RDK stack is comprised of the system-on-a-chip companies, such as Broadcom and Entropic, which do the basic porting to make sure the RDK works on their platforms. The end result is a shortened development cycler for set-top boxes.

Cablevision hikes data cost by $5 a month

December 7, 2012 2:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cost of Cablevision’s video and voice services will remain the same, and the price increase doesn’t apply to subscribers who are currently part of a promotional package, but the new pricing will go into effect once a customer’s promotion ends.

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Vendors, video service providers onboard energy conservation agreement for STBs

December 6, 2012 12:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The companies involved are Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Verizon, Charter Communications, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola Mobility, EchoStar Technologies and Arris.

Time Warner Cable turbo charges Standard tier for free

December 6, 2012 12:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable started boosting the downstream speed of its most popular Internet tier from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps in the Carolinas, Virginia, Alabama, New York, New Jersey and New England. Like other cable operators, Time Warner Cable knows that its profit margins are in broadband, as opposed to video.

Customers at the center

December 6, 2012 9:35 am | by Jessica Zimet, special to CED | Blogs | Comments

Just as cable operators are looking to provide a consistent viewer experience across screens, they are interested in ensuring a consistent experience when it comes to all aspects of customer care. There is as much innovation going on in business and operations support systems (B/OSS) as there is in the delivery network itself.

Cablevision changes name of business services division to Lightpath

December 5, 2012 3:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision announced that it was rebranding its business services division as Lightpath. Lightpath was formerly known as Optimum Lightpath, but the name change separates the commercial service offerings from Cablevision’s Optimum-branded residential services.

AT&T to offer personalized ‘video bills’ to wireless customers

December 5, 2012 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Going it alone against a long, winding wireless bill can be scary and confusing. It’s an affliction AT&T will look to alleviate as it rolls out “video bills,” personalized online videos explaining account statements with a soothing voiceover, graphics and music.

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Netflix outbids Starz for rights to Disney movies

December 5, 2012 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service has landed the U.S. rights to show Disney movies shortly after they leave theaters, a coup that could turn into a costly mistake if the deal doesn't bring in more customers. It's a multi-year licensing agreement.

RGB taps former Envivio exec Pranger as VP of global channels

December 5, 2012 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to boost the worldwide presence of its TV Everywhere and IP video offerings, RGB Networks has hired Scott Pranger as its new vice president of global channels. Pranger comes to RGB from rival Envivio, where he was vice president of global channels.

NCTA, SCTE, CableLabs put out call for papers for Spring Technical Forum

December 5, 2012 3:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CableLabs and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced that technical paper submissions were open for the Spring Technical Forum, which is part of The Cable Show in Washington D.C.

Samsung promotes chairman's son to vice chairman

December 5, 2012 3:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics promoted its chairman's only son, Jay Y. Lee, to vice chairman, putting the 44 year old closer to the top leadership position at the world's largest maker of memory chips, mobile phones and TVs. Lee contributed to the growth of its smartphone and TV businesses.

Cablevision enables select Android devices on Optimum App

December 4, 2012 3:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has enabled its Optimum App for select Android devices to stream live and on-demand programming, as well as remote DVR programming capabilities, to its customers. The free app currently works with some Android devices from Motorola and Samsung.

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Rogers debuts second screen app

December 4, 2012 3:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rogers Communications has introduced a second screen app for its video services that enables subscribers to use their mobile devices as a remote control, to perform navigation and search, to program their video recorders, and to stream live video.

Universal Sports Network moves some operations to Comcast Media Center

December 4, 2012 3:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Universal Sports Network announced it was moving its production and broadcast operations to the Comcast Media Center. The move, which is slated to be completed the first of next year, will bring 44 new jobs to the Comcast Media Center (CMC).

N.Y. appeals court skeptical about start-up's live TV

December 3, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A start-up company trying to defend the legality of how it sends live TV programming to laptop computers, iPhones and other mobile devices encountered a skeptical appeals court panel. Three judges of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seemed poised to reverse a lower court judge.

Done deal: Cogeco wraps up deal to buy Atlantic Broadband

December 3, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has officially planted its flag in the United States now that its $1.36 billion purchase of Atlantic Broadband is complete. Cogeco, the fourth-largest cable operator in Canada, announced back in July that it had a deal in place.

Study shows growth in second screen users

December 3, 2012 2:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.

Sony introduces ultra-high-definition video player

December 3, 2012 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New content is coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs.

Study: DVRs now in half of U.S. pay-TV homes

November 30, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leichtman Research Group's survey of 1,300 households found that 52 percent of the ones that have pay-TV service also have a DVR. That translates to about 45 percent of all households and is up from 13.5 percent of all households surveyed five years ago by another firm.

Colorado op adds broadband TV package

November 29, 2012 3:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

PC Telcom, which operates in Phillips County in Colorado, is providing its broadband subscribers with a video service that combines live HDTV and over-the-top (OTT) services. The service is enabled by Entone’s FusionTV and Connected Home technologies.

Concurrent has Smart TVs covered

November 28, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Concurrent has modified its video system so that it will now be able to deliver content directly to Smart TVs. The company expanded the software for its MediaHawk platform to enable the delivery of on-demand content to Internet-connected devices.

SeaChange’s Davi moves to Synacor

November 28, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange CTO Steve Davi has jumped ship for Synacor, where he will serve as senior vice president of software engineering. The move was apparently precipitated by SeaChange’s decision to eliminate the position of a corporate chief technology officer.

Comm giants respond to Chicago broadband RFI

November 28, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Chicago may end up succeeding where so many other cities have failed with its plan to build a municipal broadband network. Two dozen communications companies have responded to the city’s request for interest (RFI), including Cisco, Alcatel, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Mobility.

Apps World - Feb. 7-8, 2013

November 28, 2012 11:58 am | by CED Magazine | Events

Apps World will be returning to North America for two days of engagement and high-level insight and discussion around one of the largest-growing industries – mobile apps. More than 5,000 developers, mobile marketers, mobile operators, device manufacturers, platform owners and industry professionals are expected.

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