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Comcast hires former Cisco exec Klaer

May 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has hired former Cisco executive Ken Klaer to the position of senior vice president, premises technology where he will lead the cable operator’s customer premise equipment team. Klaer’s hiring filled the gap from Steve Reynolds’ departure from the same role last year to become CTO of what later became Imagine Communications. 

Clearleap hires Oesterling as COO

May 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Oesterling will further develop and scale Clearleap’s engineering and operational processes and systems, while assisting in managing the company’s global expansion. He will also lead recruiting efforts for technology professionals. Clearleap last November raised $20 million. The company said it plans to add 150 new employees this year.

Liberty Media spinning off cable holdings

May 9, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Liberty Media said it is spinning off its cable and broadband properties into a new publicly traded company that will be called Liberty Broadband. At the same time, the company also said it bought 897,000 shares of Charter for $124.5 million, giving it a 26.4 percent beneficial ownership of Charter’s equity.

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Cogent CEO blames Comcast for prior Netflix slowdown

May 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief executive of one of the nation's largest providers of the Internet's backbone on Thursday blamed cable giant Comcast for a slowdown in Netflix streaming traffic over the last two years. Cogent Communications Group Inc. CEO Dave Schaeffer made the comments at a congressional hearing about Comcast's proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday.

Netflix raises prices by a $1 for new subscribers

May 9, 2014 11:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates. The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S.

Bright House Networks launches Web page for disabled customers

May 9, 2014 11:46 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks recently launched a centralized Web page that was designed to better serve its subscribers with disabilities. The “accessibility” Web page provides information on the cable operator’s products and services for disabled customers and their families including hearing/speech, mobility, vision, and assistive offerings.

C Spire kicks off 1 Gbps in Mississippi

May 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The first phase of C Spire’s fiber initiative will see the rapid home broadband deployed in nine Mississippi cities: Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland and Starkville. C Spire anticipates laying 4,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure and spending millions to finish the first steps of the project.

Comcast branches out cloud DVR, live streaming service

May 8, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Comcast has launched its cloud DVR and live in-home streaming service in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. The live in-home streaming part of the service was rolled out in the San Francisco area in the middle of last month with the network DVR element to follow. 

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ATX goes license-free with new transcoders

May 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

ATX Networks is dropping the license-based model for selling transcoders with the launch of its new VersAtivePro transcoding platform. The company said its goal with VersAtivePro is to make it the most budget-friendly solution in the professional quality transcoder market.

NBC extends Olympic deal through 2032 for $7.75B

May 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC. In a stunning, pre-emptive deal negotiated secretly over six months, the International Olympic Committee awarded the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to NBC on Wednesday for an additional six games.

AT&T conceives new app for babies

May 8, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the birth of AT&T’s new app for babies, users will be covered by apps from the cradle to the grave. AT&T’s BabyFirst’s U-verse app allows kids to create images on iPhone and iPad devices. From there they can see their handiwork on TV screens that are tuned to the BabyFirst channel.

thePlatform shuffles leadership team

May 8, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast-owned thePlatform announced this morning that co-founder Ian Blaine was leaving his CEO post effective June 20 to move into a strategic advisor role with the white-label video publishing company. The Seattle-based company is replacing Blaine internally with co-CEOs Marty Roberts, its current head of sales and marketing, and COO and CFO Jamie Miller.

Alticast taps industry veteran Schutte for EMEA team

May 7, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Telecommunications veteran Tiann Schutte has joined Alticast as the president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team. Schutte's background includes interactive video, IPTV, mobile TV, cable, DTT, VoIP, satellite and OTT services. 

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Suddenlink to provide Netflix direct through its set-tops

May 6, 2014 5:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator follows a trio of other TiVo customers who recently announced they’d be doing the same. Suddenlink was the first cable operator to begin offering TiVo digital video recorders (DVRs) integrated with Suddenlink’s on-demand library and using TiVo’s user interface, search and discovery functions.

KPN, Ericsson, test broadcast video over LTE

May 6, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

KPN became the first network operator in the Netherlands to conduct live tests with LTE Broadcast. The test over the weekend was done with Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung and IBM. The trial took place in the Amsterdam Arena stadium during the soccer game of Ajax against NEC.

Mediacom boost revenues in 1Q; video subs decline

May 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning privately-held Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for the first quarter, which included increased revenues amid a continued decline in video subscribers. The nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, which reports its subscriber and revenue numbers under two subsidiaries, lost a total of 8,000 video subscribers in the quarter that ended March 31.

DirecTV 1Q profit falls on Venezuela charges

May 6, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV, stung by a volatile currency situation in Venezuela, reported that its first-quarter profit fell 19 percent. Removing those one-time charges, however, the company beat Wall Street expectations and shares rose before the opening bell.

Comcast expanding customer service in NH

May 6, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast is expected to employ about 200 people at a new customer service center by the end of the year in Hudson, New Hampshire. The center, located at the former home of Presstek, a printing equipment company, can employ up to 600 agents.

Elemental sets live 4K stream of opera from Vienna

May 5, 2014 12:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies has arranged to stream a live production from the Vienna State Opera in 4K HEVC delivered via MPEG-DASH over the Internet. The production is of Verdi’s “Nabucco,” and will feature Plácido Domingo. [Included here is an invitation from Domingo to watch.]

RBI acquires Cass Cable in Illinois

May 5, 2014 12:31 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rural Broadband Investments continued its program of consolidating rural cable operators with the acquisition of several cable systems in Illinois from Cass Cable TV. RBI’s goal is to buy enough systems in small-to-mid sized rural markets to give it a total of 300,000-400,000 cable subscribers.

Media: Comcast close to streaming EA games

May 5, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is close to completing a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) that would allow its XI subscribers to buy and stream games, such as “Madden,” through their TVs, according to a story by Reuters. Citing five unnamed sources, Reuters reported that Comcast and EA have worked on testing the service for the past two years. Instead of a game console, the service would allow gamers to use their tablets as the controllers for the games.

Envivio powers MSO's multi-screen effort

May 2, 2014 1:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said a Tier 1 U.S. operator is using its Muse encoding software to power more than 10,000 live linear cable TV channels in a fully virtualized software environment, outputting nearly 33,000 live adaptive bitrate (ABR) streams delivered to millions of subscribers for multi-screen video services.

TDS plunks down $261 million to buy BendBroadband

May 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Another one bites the dust. Telephone and Data Systems (TDS) is buying cable operator BendBroadband for $261 million. BendBroadband will strengthen TDS’ hand in the cable operator sector. Last year TDS Telecom bought Baja Broadband.

Bright House Networks, iControl hook up on home security

May 2, 2014 12:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks is the latest announced customer for home automation and home security vendor iControl. The nation’s sixth-largest cable operator is using the iControl Converge software platform for its home security and control service that was first offered two years ago in Florida. 

Cox strikes TVE deal with Showtime Anytime

May 2, 2014 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Authenticated Cox Communications subscribers now have Showtime Anytime choices on their TV Everywhere menus. CBS-owned Showtime Anytime offers access to the company's on demand programming as well as live East Coast and West Coast feeds.

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