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Game on: Shaw launches TV Everywhere service with HBO content

September 20, 2012 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The new multi-screen service – which currently works with Apple iOS devices, including the new iPhone 5 – is called Shaw Go. Once Shaw cable and Shaw Direct satellite subscribers authenticate themselves, they can access HBO Canada and Movie Central programming on Internet-connected devices.

Synacor teams up with Comcast Spotlight for local ads

September 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TV Everywhere and Web portal vendor Synacor has joined forces with Comcast Spotlight, which is the advertising division for Comcast Cable, to provide a single point of contact for local online ads. Comcast Spotlight can now sell its advertising inventory on the Web portals that Synacor manages for cable operators.

Study: Despite Internet, global pay-TV subs to grow 5% this year

September 19, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Despite the threat of Internet video, coupled with a decline in the North American pay-TV market, global pay-TV subscribers will increase 5 percent this year to 858.1 million. The Asian-Pacific market, which is expected to add more than 27 million pay-TV subscribers this year, will drive the key growth area.

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Comcast updates wireless gateway; 305 launches in Northeast

September 18, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris and SMC Networks made the previous versions of the Xfinity Wireless Gateway, but Technicolor has been added into the mix. The gateway that Technicolor built for Comcast is available to Comcast customers who subscribe to its Performance, Blast, Extreme 50 and Extreme 105 data tiers.

UXP upgrades its multi-screen platform

September 18, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Mint version 2.5 includes extended abstraction for services leveraging a variety of authentication protocols, including OAuth, SAML, LDAP, and an integrated Presence engine to support companion devices and interactive and blended real-time experiences.

Grim analyst report delivers latest hit to Netflix

September 18, 2012 3:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's stock slid nearly 6 percent amid the latest round of investor concerns about the video subscription service's ability to make money and retain customers as it grapples with higher licensing costs and tougher competition from the likes of Amazon and Comcast.

CTAM announces Rainmaker, TAMI award winners

September 18, 2012 3:20 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

CTAM awards the Rainmaker to members who play an essential role in growing the cable business through participation in the association’s corporate partner initiatives. CTAM awards the TAMI to those who exhibit exceptional volunteer service and creativity in leading projects that benefit individual CTAM members.

BendBroadband deploys Arris’ Alpha iPad app

September 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Working in conjunction with Arris, BendBroadband has launched a free iPad application that allows its subscribers to browse channel listings while watching live TV and to control their DVR settings and recordings on the go. The Alpha app is available through iTunes.

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Arris’ SDV touches down in South Korea

September 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Arris’ switched digital video platform has made its first landing in South Korea with independent cable operator Areum Broadcasting Network (ABN). ABM will use the reclaimed bandwidth from SDV to offer more HD, as well as improve the clarity of its HD channels, and more VOD programming.

Commissioner: FCC has 'fallen behind' on spectrum promises

September 17, 2012 1:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the agency has "fallen behind" on a 2010 pledge to free up spectrum for the wireless industry. "The Commission has fallen behind schedule in meeting the goals set forth in the National Broadband Plan," Pai said before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Cox celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 17, 2012 1:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month by offering culturally relevant programming through video-on-demand and on the Music Choice network, as well as by launching a new Spanish-language page on its Internet safety website.

Comcast TV Everywhere scorecard: 1.5B and counting

September 14, 2012 3:06 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

With the fall TV season underway, Comcast issued a press release touting its TV Everywhere capabilities, which now includes a Web portal just for the fall shows, but what was notable in the release was that so far this year, Comcast said its Xfinity TV customers have already watched and streamed approximately 1.5 billion TV Everywhere shows across on-demand, online and apps.

Nintendo to launch Wii U in November

September 13, 2012 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo announced new entertainment features for the console. Called "Nintendo TVii," the service collects all the ways users have to watch movies, TV shows and sports. This includes pay-TV accounts, along with services such as Hulu and Netflix. The GamePad works as a fancy remote control.

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The iPhone 5: Thinner, lighter, faster, taller

September 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The display on Apple's new flagship phone is the same width as previous iPhones, but it is slightly taller. The iPhone 5 has lost some weight and slimmed down, as well. The new phone measures 8 mm thick and 114 grams, whereas the 4S was 9.6 mm thick and 146 grams.

Cox Business begins offering 80, 100 Mbps tiers

September 12, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cox Business has launched two new broadband tiers, 80 Mbps and 100 Mbps, in its Acadiana (southern Louisiana) network. Acadiana is the first of Cox Business’ markets to get the upgrade, which the company said was based on a $4.8 million upgrade to its fiber-based network in the area using DOCSIS 3.0-enabled technology.

Time Warner Cable opens Learning Lab in Manhattan

September 12, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Chinese-American Planning Council is the first community service organization in lower Manhattan to receive a Learning Lab, which is a Time Warner Cable-funded program providing New Yorkers with access to computers, e-learning programs and high-speed Internet.

Former Insight execs resurface at software firm

September 11, 2012 3:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Michael Willner and Sidney Knafel, who co-founded and ran Insight Communications prior to its sale earlier this year to Time Warner Cable, have transitioned into new leadership positions at software firm Penthera Partners. Willner is now CEO of Penthera, while Knafel will serve as the company’s vice chairman.

Kaltura expands reach to Google TV, Xbox

September 11, 2012 3:27 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Kaltura has introduced software development kits (SDKs) and reference applications for Google TV, integration with the Xbox gaming console, and native reference applications for iOS and Android devices. Kaltura will also work with service providers.

Janney Capital starts Comcast at 'Buy'

September 11, 2012 3:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast should benefit from the move toward usage-based billing for broadband. Charging by the gigabyte could encourage more households to sign up for cheap, basic tiers and start to bring in more money if wealthier households start adopting data-hungry "4K" or "Ultra HD" TV sets.

Nielsen shows how people use TV differently

September 11, 2012 3:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of U.S. homes that don't get traditional television service continues to increase, but that doesn't mean they don't have TVs. The Nielsen company said in a report that three-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway.

Tata Elxsi licenses Comcast RDK

September 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Integration and testing vendor Tata Elxsi announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit in order to speed up the development of next-generation TV products. Previously announced licensees for the RDK include itaas, Entropic, Broadcom, Motorola and S3 Group.

Time Warner Cable, Viacom strengthen TV Everywhere ties

September 10, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable subscribers already had access to Viacom programming via its TWC TV app, which serves up live show to computers, iOS and Android devices within a home, but now they have access to an expanded lineup of full-length episodes from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike and VH1.

FCC advances TV spectrum selloff plans

September 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency would vote on a "detailed proposal" for implementing the auctions at the meeting, "an important step toward pioneering the world’s first incentive auctions and freeing up significant spectrum for mobile broadband."

Sigma Designs’ chips pull in HPNA

September 10, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Sigma Designs has introduced a pair of media processors that integrate HPNA connectivity for IPTV and hybrid STBs. Both media processors feature 3-D video, integrated graphics processing, video scaling, DDR3 memory support, a customizable UI and a power-efficient CPU that can deliver OTT content.

Liberty Global out of the starting blocks with Horizon TV service

September 7, 2012 3:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.

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