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Time Warner Cable spices up home phone service with new features

October 11, 2012 3:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has added VoiceZone to its home phone service, which ties in the phone service to home computers, TVs and mobile devices. VoiceZone is free to Time Warner Cable customers that subscribe to its phone and voicemail services.

SeaWell expands management team

October 11, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaWell Networks has attracted two prominent executives to its management team. Jeff Huppertz has joined the company as senior vice president of business and corporate development, and Duncan Potter has been named chief marketing officer.

HEVC: Future video encoding landscape

October 11, 2012 9:11 am | by Harmonic | White Papers

The HEVC standard has the potential to have a revolutionary impact on video delivery, as it will dramatically reduce the bandwidth compared to existing H.264 delivery systems. This paper examines what HEVC is and reviews the development of the standard, how past and current compression standards are extended by HEVC, and which applications will benefit.


Cable One signs up for HBO Go, Max Go

October 10, 2012 3:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One, the nation’s ninth-largest cable operator that’s owned by The Washington Post Co., is now able to offer more than 1,400 HBO titles, including “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” to its subscribers via HBO Go, and more than 400 titles from Cinemax.

YouTube channels can start charging fees

October 10, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

YouTube currently gives content providers the opportunity to support their video with paid advertising. The option to charge subscription fees would be new, and it would the decision of content partners – such as BBC Worldwide, Endemol and FremantleMedia – to go that route.

Call of the wild: Outdoor Channel racks up 1M new subs

October 10, 2012 3:02 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to recent packaging upgrades by Comcast and RCN, the Outdoor Channel reached a milestone, with an increase of more than 1 million new subscribers. With the recent subscriber gains, the network is on pace to grow by nearly 2 million subscribers this year.

Cox launches mobile version of social media site for small biz

October 9, 2012 4:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox first launched the Blue Powered by Cox Business website in May as part of its strategy to help small business owners leverage technology to achieve their goals. The website was soft-launched near the end of March and marked the company’s first foray into engaging small businesses with a social media initiative.

Wipro paves way for prepaid broadband

October 9, 2012 3:59 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Wipro Technologies introduced a service that will enable cable operators to offer video, broadband and telephony on a prepaid basis. The prepaid approach, which aims to reduce cost and credit obstacles, has proven to be a practical option for many wireless telephony customers, including many in unserved or underserved markets.


Comcast names Fore as regional SVP for California

October 9, 2012 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Henry “Hank” Fore reports to Steve White and oversees Comcast’s video, data and telephone operations in both the Bay area and central California, which serve more than 2.2 million customers. He will also manage more than 5,500 employees.

This Technology opens doors on Denver office, hires more execs

October 9, 2012 3:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor This Technology recently opened a new office in Denver and hired three more executives. While This Technology will keep its original office in New York City, the Denver office opened in August. The Denver location puts This Tech closer to Broomfield, Colo.-based CableLabs.

Dish, Gannett reach agreement over TV fees

October 8, 2012 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish and Gannett said Monday that they have reached an agreement in a fee dispute that had threatened to leave more than 2 million Dish subscribers in 19 cities without access to local television stations owned by Gannett. The companies didn't give further details in announcing their long-term agreement.

Suddenlink launches TiVo Stream in Lubbock

October 8, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Suddenlink's new service is based on the new TiVo Stream box, which can stream both live channels and recorded content directly from TiVo Premiere digital video recorders (DVRs) to up to four iPods, iPads, and iPhones simultaneously. Support for other devices is promised.

Cox connects with new Starz TV Everywhere services

October 8, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox is now able to offer its authenticated subscribers Starz Play and Encore Play for free via Starz’s Websites. Starz also said it would launch MoviePlex and MoviePlex Play with Cox and announce additional launch agreements with its distribution partners in the future.


Toys R Us launches streaming service

October 5, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The toy retailer joins the swelling tide of companies offering over the top video services. The service, with a library of videos aimed at kids, is sourcing search and customer service from Rovi. supplements the company’s tabeo, a Wi-Fi tablet due to hit the market later this month.

Contec set to emerge from Chapter 11

October 5, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Set-top repair specialist Contec has won court of approval of a plan to reorganize and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings minus about $300 million in long-term debt. Senior lenders, led by Barclays, will end up with the majority of the new equity in the restructured company.

Arris posts solid Q2 CPE sales, Cisco still leads CMTS pack

October 5, 2012 1:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bolstered by DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades in North America, Arris posted strong revenue growth for customer premise equipment in the second quarter of this year while Cisco is still the leader of the pack for cable modem termination revenue.  ZTE edged Huawei to take the No. 1 spot for broadband CPE revenue market share.

Cisco signs on for Comcast RDK

October 5, 2012 1:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cisco has joined the roster of vendors that have licensed the Comcast Reference Design Kit, which was implemented to cut down the development cycle for new set-top boxes from two years to one year, or even under one year. Other licensees include Motorola, Evolution Digital, itaas, Entropic, Broadcom and S3 Group.

Forget 4K TVs for five years

October 4, 2012 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sales for ultrahigh definition TVs – aka 4K TVs – are likely to remain negligible for the foreseeable future, with shipments accounting for no more than 1 percent of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market during the next five years. Worldwide shipments of 4K LCD-TVs will rise to 2.1 million units in 2017, up from 4,000 in 2012, according to IHS.  

Cablevision cuts multi-screen deal with Disney

October 4, 2012 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cablevision is the latest MSO to announce multi-screen rights with The Walt Disney Company, enabling Cablevision to distribute various Disney owned channels not only to televisions but also to PCs, tablets, and handheld mobile devices. With a comprehensive distribution agreement with Disney now in place, Cablevision said it will launch several new services, including the full suite of authenticated Watch products 

Dish: We may have to sell AWS Spectrum

October 4, 2012 1:27 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen pushed the FCC in a speech yesterday to pass rules allowing it to use its AWS spectrum for a mobile broadband network. Further delays could hamper its ability to compete with existing operators like AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Ergen said.

Google raises estimate on Motorola restructuring cost

October 4, 2012 12:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Overhauling Motorola Mobility is proving more expensive than expected for its new parent company, Google. The Internet search giant has increased its previous estimate on the cost of Motorola's restructuring to $300 million and warned it could take an additional $40 million hit as it closes facilities and lays off workers.

In the media: Charter’s move to Stamford hits a snag

October 4, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Members of Charter Communications’ executive team can hold off on packing their bags for now as the headquarters move from St. Louis to Stamford, Conn. hit a temporary delay. A package to aid Charter’s move from Missouri to Stamford was pulled off of the State Bond Commission’s agenda yesterday due to inaccurate numbers

Edgeware, Skytide ally on CDN monitoring

October 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have developed a system aimed at CDN operators looking to measure quality of experience (QoE), especially wholesale CDN services where the operator needs to report specific metrics to the wholesale customer.

ThinkAnalytics joins Mediaroom ecosystem

October 3, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

ThinkAnalytics has signed up to integrate its TV recommendations engine with Microsoft’s Mediaroom IPTV partner program. With ThinkAnalytics’ recommendations engine, IPTV providers will be able to deliver more meaningful content recommendations and navigation features across multiple screens.

Juniper Networks unveils new products for edge router

October 2, 2012 1:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Juniper Networks has announced a slate of hardware and software products for its edge router that were designed to deliver consumer and business services at a rate up to 69 percent faster than competing solutions. The new set of software and hardware products run on the Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router

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