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Comcast app to let viewers store, replay movies

December 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast says its tablet and phone app now lets subscribers download and store movies and TV shows from some channels for offline viewing. Cable companies have rushed out applications that let viewers stream TV content, but this is the first one that allows offline viewing.

Comcast building last-mile fiber in Houston to service businesses

December 14, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services is beefing up its infrastructure in Houston with a last-mile fiber-optic build-out that will connect more than 3,000 small- and medium-size businesses to its Ethernet, Internet, voice and cloud-based services. The fiber build started in August and is slated to be finished early next year.

Disney strikes long-term carriage deal with Cox

December 14, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. began the year with a long-term carriage deal with Comcast, and it’s ending it with a similar agreement with Cox Communications. Cox is now able to carry Disney programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and Internet-enabled televisions.

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Verizon expands NFL coverage to Web portals

December 14, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has extended the reach of its NFL coverage with the addition of “Watch NFL Network” to its FiOS TV Online Web portal. “Watch NFL Network” provides FiOS TV customers with live streaming access to NFL Network and RedZone programming.

Comcast’s rollout of Streampix nearly complete

December 13, 2012 10:24 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast’s Xfinity Streampix, which features a deeper dive into older movies and TV shows, is now rolled out across more than 95 percent of the MSO’s footprint. Earlier this year, Comcast added library servers in most of its Pittsburgh market.

Cablevision scores One World Sports distribution

December 13, 2012 10:21 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision is now offering One World Sports Network, which covers golf, baseball and soccer from Asia, the Pacific and around the world, to its New York tri-state area video subscribers. The network provides exclusive live and same-day coverage of international sporting events.

Shhhh! A new law says TV ads can't blare anymore

December 13, 2012 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

TV viewing could soon sound a little calmer. The CALM Act, which limits the volume of TV commercials, goes into effect. The act is designed to prevent TV commercials from blaring at louder volumes than the program content they accompany.

U.S. airlines adding Internet on overseas flights

December 13, 2012 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Airline passengers can already get online 30,000 feet over Oklahoma. Soon, U.S. airlines will offer Internet connections over the ocean, too. United, Delta and American – the nation's three biggest airlines – said that they're within weeks of having their first international flights with Internet service.

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Redbox takes on Netflix

December 12, 2012 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The DVD kiosk operator is launching a challenge to Netflix's streaming-video supremacy. Later this month, Redbox will offer an unlimited streaming-video plan that includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix, along with four nights of physical DVD rentals, for $8 a month, or $9 a month if customers want Blu-ray discs.

Report: Sprint, Clearwire deal could come soon

December 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by Ben Munsen, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and Clearwire are nearing a deal that would allow Sprint to buy the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own, according to a report from CNBC. In October, Sprint acquired a 4.5 percent stake in Clearwire from Eagle River Holdings LLC to push it up to a 50.8 percent controlling interest in the company.

SeaChange names GM of platform unit

December 12, 2012 2:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The company announced that it has hired George Kajos as the new general manager for its platform business unit. In his new job, Kajos heads the product development organization that includes SeaChange's Adrenalin video platform and Nitro subscriber offering.

Cisco’s CMTS modules step toward CCAP

December 12, 2012 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco today introduced a new line card, the 3 Gigabit Shared Port Adapter (3GSPA), that increases not only the downstream capacity of its flagship CMTS, the uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router (uBR10K), but also capacity back to the core. The company also introduced a new processing engine for the uBR10K called the Performance Routing Engine (PRE5).

Time Warner Cable updates app to include VOD

December 12, 2012 1:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the update, Time Warner Cable is now serving up 4,000 VOD titles on iPad, iPhone and iPad touch devices to subscribers. The movies and shows come in both SD and HD formats from 91 providers. Users have access to the VOD programming associated with their subscription packages. Other cable operators, such as Cablevision, also offer subscribers access to their VOD libraries across multiple screens.

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In the media: Cablevision seeking bids on former Bresnan systems

December 11, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to a published report, the clock is ticking on bids for the former Bresnan Communications systems - which Cablevision renamed Optimum West - with Charter Communications expected to make an offer to Cablevision in the first round of bidding.

Celtics team up with Comcast Business Services

December 11, 2012 2:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With an assist from Comcast Business Services, the Boston Celtics have upgraded their data and voice services between their administrative and practice facilities. The Celtics are using Comcast’s Ethernet service to download and transfer bandwidth-intensive video files and images.

New DirecTV customers to pay $3 a month for sports

December 11, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The charge went into effect nationally with little fanfare in September, a couple months before DirecTV agreed to pay more for new sports channels provided by competitor Time Warner Cable that have exclusive coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Microsoft cranking out TV apps for Xbox

December 11, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out dozens of new apps for the Xbox 360, building on statistics that show members of its paid online subscription service spend more time on it watching video than they do playing multi-player games over the Internet.

Avvasi enables ops to improve video QoE

December 10, 2012 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Avvasi has introduced a new system network operators can use to actively adjust the quality of video – per subscriber and per device. While the system could be used by any broadband provider, Avvasi’s new product (like its previous products) are aimed at LTE network operators.

Imagine upgrades ICE engine

December 10, 2012 1:33 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Version 4.2 of Imagine’s ICE Video Platform aims to increase service resiliency with input source redundancy based on PID loss, service degradation and continuity count errors. It also provides a full mesh output for ensuring no one physical point of failure within the platform.

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.

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.

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