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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.