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Comcast taps ActiveVideo to enable VOD trial

June 12, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO will test ActiveVideo’s cloud-based system to provide a VOD user interface in Chattanooga.

FCC effectively kills 'viewability' rule

June 12, 2012 3:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Commission votes to extend the rule for only six months, essentially allowing it to lapse in December.

Harmonic carries Olympic torch for Virgin Media on 24 HD channels

June 12, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Harmonic scored a deal with Virgin Media to enable HD channel delivery across the United Kingdom to Virgin Media’s TV viewers.

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VZW unveils new shared data plans

June 12, 2012 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless promised shared data plans this summer, and now it’s delivered with today’s announcement of its new "Share Everything Plans."

Cable tests HTML5, new CableLabs tru2way tool

June 8, 2012 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

HTML5 is shaping up to be the point where cable companies, which have long prospered using standards common amongst themselves, begin to employ standards commonly used by the electronics industry at large.

Xfinity Home settles in Santa Barbara, Pittsburgh

June 8, 2012 3:14 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast now has Xfinity Home available in all of its California markets.

Comcast’s Xfinity Home App now available on Android devices

June 7, 2012 2:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast customers that use its Xfinity Home service can now control their systems remotely via selected Android devices with the company’s Xfinity Home app.

Citrix aims at mobile ops with Bytemobile buy

June 7, 2012 2:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The deal is designed to give Citrix access to Bytemobile’s potentially lucrative customer base of 130 mobile operators in 60 countries.

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SmarDTV, Wiztivi intro solution for VOD on connected TVs

June 7, 2012 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The system, designed for the European HbbTV approach, relies on a set of open standards.

News From The Cable Show - Edgeware

June 6, 2012 4:16 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Edgeware CMO Duncan Potter discusses Edgeware's evolution from the server market to the market for distributed delivery networks. Potter also explains Edgeware’s partnership with SeaChange International that the company announced at The Cable Show.

Verizon argues against PCS fix for LTE traffic

June 6, 2012 2:44 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said re-farming its PCS spectrum won't give it the capacity it needs to handle rising traffic on its LTE network

Comcast Media Center, In Demand provision new Pac-12 Networks

June 6, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The CMC and In Demand have been picked by Pac-12 Enterprises to work together to provision a broad range of technical distribution services for the Pac-12 Networks.

Breakdown in Beantown

June 6, 2012 1:19 am | by Brian Santo and Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

The cable industry is responding to consumer demands and countering the competition with a heavy arsenal of services and features. At The Cable Show, there were numerous examples of how the cable industry is rapidly evolving to improve the consumers experience while adding cash to the bottom line.

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Under construction: The multi-screen video business model

June 6, 2012 12:57 am | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

The evolution of a working business model for multi-screen and content is accelerating. Different companies coming from different angles have got many of the moving parts together, but those parts aren’t yet perfectly aligned.

Leveraging Big Data to improve subscriber service management

June 6, 2012 12:06 am | by Stephen Collins, vice president of product marketing and business development at Active Broadband Networks | Articles | Comments

Broadband companies are already working with enormous volumes of data. Moving forward, those volumes are only going to increase, and to deal with it all, service providers are going to need to gain a more thorough understanding of how to handle “Big Data.”

In Perspective - Interior decorators

June 5, 2012 5:57 pm | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

Cable operators may soon end up doing double duty for their subscribers, acting not only as their service providers, but also as their perpetual interior decorators – sort of like Elgin from the old "Murphy Brown" show.

Memory Lane - Nightmare on DVR Street

June 5, 2012 5:46 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

From the evil Dr. Caligari of the silent film era to the freaky Ghostface of the modern “Scream” film series, Hollywood has produced an impressive lineup of scary characters over a 90-year run of horror movie-making. But no fictitious villain ever elevated Hollywood’s chill meter as high as a real-life industry entrant that made its premiere 13 years ago at CES.

Ciciora's Corner - Fast history: Part II

June 5, 2012 5:32 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

The book “High Definition Television: The Creation, Development and Implementation of HDTV Technology” by Philip J. Cianci is an excellent book on the fascinating history of HDTV.

Open Mic - Network DVR vs. TV Everywhere

June 5, 2012 5:22 pm | by Bob Scheffler, senior director of next-generation video solutions at Motorola Mobility | Articles | Comments

Since the advent of home entertainment technology – from the phonograph to radio to TV – the living room has long been the gathering place for the family. But in today’s world, the proliferation of smartphones and tablets has created an insatiable consumer appetite for anytime, anyplace content.

Engineering-Wise - Getting smart(er)

June 5, 2012 5:02 pm | by Tom Russell, senior director of standards at the SCTE | Articles | Comments

The Digital Revolution has enabled and promulgated advances in systems management, reliability and delivery of services undreamed of, or relatively primitive in implementation, only a few short decades ago.

Capital Currents - Online video uncertainties

June 5, 2012 4:48 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

When it comes to online delivery of video programming services, the uncertainties still haven’t been resolved, but more entities with a variety of business plans have entered the marketplace.

Upfront - June 2012

June 5, 2012 4:33 pm | by CED Magazine | Articles | Comments

A new study, commissioned by Broadcom, of nearly 900 Americans highlights the country’s growing dependence on Wi-Fi connectivity.

Knology drops 12 new HD channels into Montgomery, Ala., lineup

June 5, 2012 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Knology is continuing to add HD channels to its systems while it waits for its $1.5 billion acquisition by Wide Open West to close.

Last lawsuit dropped against FCC white space order

June 5, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The last remaining court challenge to the FCC's white space order was withdrawn when the wireless microphone industry formally dismissed its petition for review of the regulations.

Akamai drops on Netflix plan

June 5, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has chosen Intequus to lead the development of its content delivery network (CDN).

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