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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Harmonic, Nagra join forces on MPEG-DASH multi-screen service

September 7, 2012 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.

Rovi updates DivX for streaming

September 7, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi has been very, very busy. It has revised its DivX codec, which was written for file-based transfer, to support streaming, and it has arranged for Broadcom to support the upgraded DivX Plus Streaming in one of its major set-top box chips, the BCM7241.

EchoStar to use Entropic chip in another set-top

September 7, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

EchoStar is now shipping three set-top models that incorporate Entropic Communications’ set-top silicon and demodulator technology. The boxes are currently being deployed at Bell Canada, Dish Mexico and Telus, one model per company: the EchoStar 6400FG (Bell Canada), the EchoStar M211HDR (Dish Mexico) and the EchoStar 6400T (Telus).

SeaWell adds support for MPEG-DASH

September 7, 2012 2:56 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

With new support for DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP), along with previous support for Smooth Streaming, HLS and HDS, network operators are now able to use SeaWell’s Spectrum software to convert all major streaming formats dynamically and deliver IP video content to any connected device.

HBO Europe picks RGB for TV Everywhere service

September 7, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

HBO Europe is using RGB’s Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG) and TransAct Packager for transcoding and packaging video for its HBO Go live streaming service. The transcoded and packaged video content is delivered via Microsoft Smooth Streaming.

SCTE picks Comcast Business Services for scalable Ethernet bandwidth

September 6, 2012 3:32 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SCTE makes its headquarters in Exton, Pa., which is part of Comcast’s Freedom Region. The SCTE is using Comcast Business Class Ethernet and Business Class Trunks to provision advanced data and voice capabilities across multiple offices in its headquarters.

Ziggo enters ActiveVideo’s cloud

September 6, 2012 3:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ziggo will deploy ActiveVideo Networks’ CloudTV platform. Ziggo has begun providing interactive services on set-tops from Humax. The initial deployment will include video-on-demand (VOD) navigation and guide functionality, including enhanced search, discovery and previews.

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