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HBO signs 6-year deal with Conviva to provision TV Everywhere services

January 23, 2013 3:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO has signed a new six-year deal with online video streaming company Conviva to keep the fires burning on its HBO Go and Max Go TV Everywhere services. The new deal builds upon a previous one between Time Warner’s HBO and Conviva that helped HBO become an early mover in the TV Everywhere initiative.

Columbus constructs a SeaWell

January 23, 2013 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Columbus International will install SeaWell Networks’ session delivery controller to expand its IPTV service. Columbus will integrate SeaWell's Spectrum solution to help deliver its hybrid IP video services, which will include TV Everywhere services and IP video on-demand to more than 450,000 customers across any IP-connected device.

Cox’s home security platform launches in Virginia

January 22, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After piloting its home automation and security service last year in Arizona, and launching it in four additional markets in 2012, Cox’s Home Security service is now available to its customers in Virginia. Despite competition from entrenched providers, home automation and security services are becoming a big business for cable operators.

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Verizon posts record Q4 loss on pension adjustment

January 22, 2013 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon strengthened its position as the top dog of the wireless industry in its latest quarter by raking in new subscribers and selling millions of iPhones, but it also posted a record loss. The loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, for the fourth quarter was mainly due to adjustments to the value of its pension funds and obligations.

Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in U.S.

January 22, 2013 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network says it plans to close about 300 Blockbuster stores across the country, losing about 3,000 employees. The closures will leave about 500 Blockbuster locations in the U.S. Dish Network last year also shuttered about 500 underperforming Blockbuster locations.

Study: TV Everywhere still hamstrung by licensing issues

January 22, 2013 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Consumers want to watch their videos anytime, anywhere and on any device, but content licensing issues are shackling those efforts, according to a recent study. Infonetics Research pinged pay-TV operators in regard to their multi-screen video services and delivering live and file-based content to subscribers across multiple devices.

Mediacom adds 27 Spanish channels to digital tier

January 22, 2013 1:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications has added 27 new Spanish-language channels in its Quad Cities service area along the Iowa/Illinois boundary. The 27 channels were from Canales Latinos and replaced Mediacom’s previous set of Spanish-language channels.

In the media: Time Warner Cable targets former subs in new ad campaign

January 21, 2013 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is taking aim at winning back former customers through a new marketing campaign. The operator is targeting video customers that it has lost to the likes of Verizon and AT&T. The marketing campaign is called “The Better Guarantee” and is an extension of the cable operator’s “Enjoy Better” campaign.

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Cablevision launches Spanish Web portal

January 18, 2013 3:25 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In order to better connect its Hispanic customer base with its services, Cablevision announced that it has launched a new Web portal, Optimum.net en Español. The new Web portal knits together Cablevision’s Optimum services with full Spanish-language features.

FCC launches website to keep broadcasters informed on auctions

January 18, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC launched a website that aims to keep broadcasters informed and engaged in the upcoming incentive auctions. The new LEARN website provides access to a range of information and resources that the FCC hopes will help broadcasters and other stakeholders make more informed business decisions.

Comcast upgrades core network with Ciena

January 17, 2013 1:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is future-proofing its core network with the addition of Ciena’s newest 100G technology, which will allow the nation’s largest ISP and cable operator to scale to 400G at some point. Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform is equipped with third-generation WaveLogic coherent optical line interfaces.

BCI buys Allegiance Communications

January 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BCI, a new company formed by several former executives of Bresnan Communications, said it has purchased Allegiance Communications. No purchase price was provided. BCI and its venture partner said they expect this will be the first move in what they termed “an aggressive growth plan.”

Suddenlink promotes Stephens to division president

January 16, 2013 2:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink has promoted Kevin Stephens to president of the company’s Commercial & Advertising Operations (CAO) organization, headquartered in Dallas. Two other Suddenlink executives were promoted to vice president: Brian May and Bradley Cooke.

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Shaw enters into $700M deal with Rogers that includes AWS, Mountain Cable

January 15, 2013 1:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have signed a series of agreements that include the sale of Hamilton-based Mountain Cablevision and Shaw’s AWS wireless spectrum to Rogers. The agreements total $700 million and also include Shaw gaining Rogers’ one-third stake in TVtropolis.

Time Warner Cable, Vudu among customer wins for Jinni

January 14, 2013 1:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Jinni, whose search engine helps users find video content intuitively, announced seven customer wins for the fourth quarter of last year, including Time Warner Cable and Vudu. Vudu’s streaming service is available through Wal-Mart. The Jinni service is powered by the Entertainment Genome.

Netflix licenses more Warner Bros. content

January 14, 2013 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Netflix has wrangled an agreement for rights to a set of shows from both Turner Broadcasting System and The Warner Bros. Television Group. It appeared that programmers were freezing out Netflix, even to the point of dealing instead with over-the-top (OTT) rivals such as Amazon.com.

Cabovisão adopts Nagra’s content security

January 14, 2013 1:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cabovisão is using Nagra’s content protection system to secure premium content on its next-generation pay-TV service. Cabovisão had earlier turned to OpenTV, Nagra’s sister company under the Kudelski umbrella, to provide middleware for its interactive cable and IPTV services.

Time Warner Cable promotes Lui to SVP for HR

January 14, 2013 1:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable’s Alan Lui has been named senior vice president for HR Centers of Expertise and now assumes overall responsibility for guiding the human resource operations and benefits, talent acquisition and movement, learning and development, and diversity and inclusion teams for the company.

CED's Broadband 50

January 14, 2013 1:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

Before we Start Over with a New Year, here’s a Look Back at 2012 through the prism of CED’s Broadband 50, which is now 12 years old. We have scoured the cable world to come up with the people, stories and trends that were the most meaningful.

TWC cuts ribbon on new concept store in Wilmington, N.C.

January 11, 2013 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The nation’s second-largest cable operator is taking a more hands-on approach with its customers by allowing them to interact with its products and triple-play services at the new experiential store. The Wilmington store is the first of its kind, but Time Warner Cable plans on expanding the concept nationally over the next few years.

Biden seeks video game industry input on guns

January 11, 2013 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading a task force that will present recommendations to President Barack Obama, met with representatives from the entertainment industry, including Comcast and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Time Warner Cable cuts through search clutter with Digitalsmiths

January 10, 2013 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to finding a specific TV show or movie, it’s a jungle out there. Time Warner Cable has turned to Digitalsmiths to help its subscribers find the content they’re looking for, as well as make recommendations on related shows or movies.

Humax intros Comcast-defined IP set-top

January 10, 2013 3:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Humax has introduced a new IP set-top box based on the Comcast RDK and developed with input from the MSO. Humax will also start including support for the Opera TV Store in its new set-top boxes this year. Opera Software, meanwhile, announced that it has upgraded its Opera TV Store.

Comcast cues up live ESPN Buzzer Beater stream

January 10, 2013 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast said it’s the first multichannel provider to bring its authenticated subscribers live streaming of ESPN Buzzer Beater via its Xfinity.com/TV Web portal. ESPN Buzzer Beater is ESPN’s weekly HD college basketball live cut-in and highlights network.

Wave Broadband buys fiber partner

January 10, 2013 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Expanding its Northwest footprint, Wave Broadband has acquired a fiber network operator that specializes in high-capacity links to public and business customers. Wave Broadband’s parent, WaveDivision Holdings, paid $50 million for Black Rock Cable, which provides fiber connectivity in northwest Washington State.

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