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Liberty Global out of the starting blocks with Horizon TV service

September 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.

Harmonic, Nagra join forces on MPEG-DASH multi-screen service

September 7, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.

Rovi updates DivX for streaming

September 7, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi has been very, very busy. It has revised its DivX codec, which was written for file-based transfer, to support streaming, and it has arranged for Broadcom to support the upgraded DivX Plus Streaming in one of its major set-top box chips, the BCM7241.

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EchoStar to use Entropic chip in another set-top

September 7, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EchoStar is now shipping three set-top models that incorporate Entropic Communications’ set-top silicon and demodulator technology. The boxes are currently being deployed at Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus, one model per company: the EchoStar 6400FG (Bell Canada), the EchoStar M211HDR (Dish Mexico) and the EchoStar 6400T (Telus).

SeaWell adds support for MPEG-DASH

September 7, 2012 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

With new support for DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), along with previous support for Smooth Streaming, HLS and HDS, network operators are now able to use SeaWell’s Spectrum software to convert all major streaming formats dynamically and deliver IP video content to any connected device.

HBO Europe picks RGB for TV Everywhere service

September 7, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Europe is using RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) and TransAct Packager for transcoding and packaging video for its HBO Go live streaming service. The transcoded and packaged video content is delivered via Microsoft Smooth Streaming.

SCTE picks Comcast Business Services for scalable Ethernet bandwidth

September 6, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SCTE makes its headquarters in Exton, Pa., which is part of Comcast’s Freedom Region. The SCTE is using Comcast Business Class Ethernet and Business Class Trunks to provision advanced data and voice capabilities across multiple offices in its headquarters.

Ziggo enters ActiveVideo’s cloud

September 6, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ziggo will deploy ActiveVideo Networks’ CloudTV platform. Ziggo has begun providing interactive services on set-tops from Humax. The initial deployment will include video-on-demand (VOD) navigation and guide functionality, including enhanced search, discovery and previews.

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Synacor authenticates through social sites

September 6, 2012 3:17 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Synacor’s Cloud ID enables consumers to authenticate, authorize and/or register, at any time or location, on any device. The new Social Login capability gives Synacor customers the flexibility to offer consumers access to online pay-TV content simultaneous with their access to social accounts such as Facebook, Twitter or Google.

Yospace delivers ad insertion through the cloud

September 6, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Yospace is also jumping into the cloud services space, hoping to stand out by virtue of being able to provide dynamic, live ad insertion. The Yospace CSM Cloud Network is geographically diverse, which it said means loads are balanced while ensuring that end users are serviced from the Yospace servers closest to them.

Suddenlink names Graff SVP of sales

September 6, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications has hired former Insight Communications executive Gregg Graff as its senior vice president of sales. Graff, who will be based in Suddenlink’s St. Louis headquarters, is in charge of all of Suddenlink’s residential sales-related activities across all channels.

Cogeco gets personal with Rovi

September 5, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cogeco Cable has expanded its relationship with Rovi by signing on to use Rovi Video, which provides metadata collections for TV shows and movies across set-top boxes, mobile devices and on the Internet. Using Rovi Video, Cogeco customers can access English and French profiles of Canadian and international celebrities.

Google taps Avail-TVN to deliver video

September 5, 2012 2:57 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Avail-TVN said it will provide a range of content, including studio, broadcast and cable content, providing access to live and on-demand content across multiple devices. Avail-TVN will also arrange for digital licensing and enabling technologies.

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Verimatrix wins two more multi-screen deals

September 5, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TiVo plans to integrate Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) to protect content delivered through hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) that use TiVo’s user interface. That includes content protection for content ultimately consumed on tablets, smartphones and other browser-based devices.

Pace blends in ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine

September 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace is taking a deeper dive into personalization by adding ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Cobalt Media Head End and software. Recommendation engines are still somewhat of a novelty to cable operators, but ThinkAnalytics deployed its first multi-platform personalized recommendation engine years ago.

Envivio bulks up encoder density

September 5, 2012 2:42 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The Envivio 4Caster G4 encoding appliance for the Envivio Muse software-based encoder family offers six times the density compared to the current platform – up to 72 SD or 12 HD channels per 2RU chassis, with the potential for further future density improvements.

Harmonic upgrades contribution system

September 5, 2012 2:38 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

By integrating 4:2:2 decoding for DVB-S/S2, IP and DVB-ASI input interfaces into the ProView 7100, Harmonic said it allows content providers to cost-effectively decode SD and HD content presented as either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC compressed streams with improved picture fidelity.

Amino gets add-on Wi-Fi from Celeno

September 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amino Communications will be offering a USB Wi-Fi dongle, built around Celeno’s Wi-Fi chipsets and including software for HD multimedia home networking applications, with its A140/A540 set-top boxes. These models are designed for the retail market for IP-based services.

Fast and furious: Building a network in 60 days

September 5, 2012 12:55 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Assembling a network from scratch in 60 days isn’t for the faint of heart. Rarely, if ever, has it been done before on the scale of the Pac-12 Enterprises networks that will begin this month, delivering more than 850 events annually to seven linear channels, and eventually beyond.

FPGAs: The “G” doesn’t stand for “Green” – but it could

September 5, 2012 11:40 am | by Aaron Behman, senior marketing manager, and Joe Palermo, systems architect for the broadcast and consumer segment, of Xilinx | Articles | Comments

In the last couple of years, service providers have developed a greater awareness of how they can take better control of their energy use and energy costs. For every piece of cable equipment produced, there is an associated, additional cost to cool that equipment.

Open Mic - Next-gen campaign management systems

September 4, 2012 10:36 pm | by Jeffrey Sherwin, CEO of This Technology | Articles | Comments

Cable has steadily pursued dynamic ad insertion (DAI) to achieve better ad targeting and monetization. There have been learning moments along the way as vendors and operators have worked to make DAI a reality in different ways. One key learning that has come from this initial work is that the next phase of DAI needs to be built on campaign management systems (CMSs).

Engineering-Wise - Putting lessons learned to work

September 4, 2012 10:15 pm | by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the SCTE | Articles | Comments

You have to work pretty hard to make a connection between yard work and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but Shawn and I moved into a new – more on that in a minute – home, and the last several months have been spent transitioning from chaos to order.

Capital Currents - The FCC’s ‘annual’ report on video competition

September 4, 2012 10:05 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

The FCC recently released its 14th “Annual Assessment of the Status of Competition in the Market for the Delivery of Video Programming.” The most interesting part to me was the back story, and the nearly five-year interval between the 13th report and the 14th.

New Products - September 2012

September 4, 2012 9:54 pm | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video platform has been enhanced with new features, SeaChange demonstrated the latest innovations of its Nucleus soft box gateway, and Volicon’s loudness monitoring and logging solution is now available on its Observer Scout platform.

Alcatel-Lucent, Concurrent combine forces on expanding VOD catalogs

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The expanded VOD offerings can be delivered to traditional set-top boxes, as well as tablets, PCs and smartphones, using Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Unified Origin and TV-VOD edge servers. The new TV Everywhere architecture has been put through its paces via a trial with a large cable MSO.

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