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TWC gears up for epic blizzard

January 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

With up to 3 feet of snow forecast Monday night into Tuesday, Time Warner Cable has geared up for the blizzard of historic proportions. Time Warner Cable has been down this road before in its New York City footprint after 9/11 in 2001 and Super Storm Sandy three years ago, so the nation’s second largest cable operator started mobilizing its techs. 

Imagine scoops up RGB Networks

January 26, 2015 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

[Updated 6:00PM Eastern] Imagine Communications is buying RGB Networks, which specializes in software-based dynamic ad insertion (DAI), just-in-time (JIT) packaging, and cloud DVR. No price was set. Imagine said it will bring on board the majority of RGB’s employees.

Charter ups DiGeronimo to EVP, product and strategy

January 26, 2015 12:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Charter Communications announced today that Rich DiGeronimo has been promoted to executive vice president, product and strategy where he will continue to report to COO John Bickham. DiGeronimo previously served as senior vice president, product and strategy since 2011.

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Review: Good price, limited functions with online Sling TV

January 26, 2015 12:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. Based on a few days of viewing, Sling TV comes across as a good stopgap for those who don't already pay for cable or satellite — but it's not compelling enough for most people to cut the cord.

OpenVault, Fourthwall combine modem, set-top diagnostics

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Customers of both OpenVault and FourthWall will be able to get an integrated view of the data from both their cable modems and set-top boxes now that OpenVault has licensed the use of STB diagnostics from FourthWall’s MassiveData division.

Research: 17% of broadband households ‘likely’ to tap into HBO’s OTT service

January 23, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 17 percent of the broadband homes across the nation were likely to subscribe to HBO’s standalone, over-the-top service. Out of that group of would be HBO users—the service is supposed to launch sometime this year—91 percent were currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would drop their pay-tv service after subscribing to HBO’s new OTT service.

Suddenlink adds Showtime Anytime to TVE lineup

January 23, 2015 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications customers that subscribe to Showtime Networks can now tap into Showtime Anytime TV Everywhere programming anywhere in the United States. Suddenlink’s authenticated subscribers can access Showtime Anytime’s on demand video content on their computer, tablet, mobile device, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, or Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles.

Verizon hints at OTT product; reports Internet of Things revenue

January 22, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CFO Fran Shammo teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced in the summer.  He said the IoT is now a defined, growing business with specific revenue attached. He also reiterated Verizon’s opposition to Title II reclassification.

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Cox promotes Roberts to SVP of field services

January 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cox Communications had promoted Janice Roberts to senior vice president of field services. With the promotion, Roberts now manages all residential and Cox Business field operations across Cox’s footprint, including regional call centers and operations support at the company’s Atlanta headquarters.

Bell Media says it'd love to have a CraveTV app but Apple hasn't allowed it

January 22, 2015 12:57 pm | by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Read through the tweets posted by CraveTV and Shomi and you'll see suggestions that users might finally get Apple TV apps to access the Canadian streaming services. If it was up to Bell Media, CraveTV would've launched with an Apple TV app, so users could stream content to their big screen TVs easily. But Apple didn't allow it to happen.

Cable Center announces Anstrom as Bresnan Ethics in Business Award winner

January 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Cable Center announced Wednesday morning that former National Cable & Telecommunications CEO Decker Anstrom was named its 2015 Bresnan Ethics in Business Award recipient. The award was named in honor of Bresnan Communications founder and chairman William J. Bresnan, who was also the long-time chairman of the Cable Center board. 

Newsmax TV signs distribution deal with NCTC

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Newsmax TV, which targets baby boomers, announced it has struck a distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), providing the news and information service access to 900-plus member cable systems, encompassing nearly 12 million MVPD subscribers. Newsmax TV also has deals in place with Dish Network and DirecTV that cover approximately 35 million homes.

Liberty Global names Strong chief transformation officer

January 21, 2015 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Virgin Media chief operating officer Dana Strong will move into a new role at the end of this month as senior vice president, chief transformation officer at corporate parent Liberty Global. In her new position, Strong will report directly to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries and she’ll also join Liberty’s executive management committee.

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Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers in 4Q

January 21, 2015 12:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service. Netflix Inc. added 13 million worldwide subscribers last year, including 4.3 million during the final three months, according to figures released Tuesday in the company's fourth-quarter earnings report. 

Net neutrality, cybersecurity on State of the Union agenda

January 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Network neutrality, cybersecurity, and paid sick leave are likely topics for this evening’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama. The President in November announced his support of net neutrality, and what he calls “lowering the cost of launching a new idea.”

Rentrak, Kantar integrate TV viewership, shopping data

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Rentrak said it is partnering with Kantar Shopcom to integrate retail purchase data and information into its television viewing data. The combined data should give advertisers a vastly more detailed ability to not only target ads to viewers, but also to monitor the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Carlucci promoted to CEO at Alticast North America

January 20, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Alticast has promoted John Carlucci to the new position of president of Alticast North America. He has been Alticast’s CTO for the last three years, and he will keep that title as well. Carlucci joined the company from Time Warner Cable.

Vubiquity inks deal with NCTC

January 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Vubiquity has signed a deal to provide National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members with its integrated MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 linear platform, which is called “LiveVU.” Vubiquity's LiveVU hosted MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 service enables NCTC members to retire aging MPEG-2 transcoding systems while moving from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 for improved bandwidth. 

Bright House Networks, NetCracker complete 1st phase of BSS upgrade

January 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Bright House Networks and NetCracker have checked off the first phase of a large-scale BSS and customer experience upgrade off of their to-do list. The project includes consolidating and replacing Bright House Networks’ billing system as well as new CRM and e-commerce implementations.

Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin producing motion pictures this year and aims to release a dozen original "prestige movies" annually.

NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

January 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs. The stream will include a total of 11 hours of content, including the game itself and the halftime show. 

Itochu, Amagi, to stream Japanese channels worldwide

January 15, 2015 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

MSOs have benefited by providing content for defined ethnic communities in their footprints, either broadcasting in heritage languages or sourcing content produced in ancestral countries. The move by ICS should make it easier for international partners to provide Japanese content to Japanese-speaking audiences.

Nair joins Schanz as co-chair of SCTE’s Energy 2020 initiative

January 15, 2015 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has brought an international presence to its “Energy 2020” program by announcing this morning that Liberty Global CTO and executive vice president Balan Nair was named co-chair. Nair joined John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president, Comcast as co-chair of Energy 2020.

Cable One promotes Laulis, Silverman

January 15, 2015 1:24 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Cable One has handed out promotions to long-time company employees Julie Laulis and Alan Silverman. Laulis was promoted from chief operational officer, to president and chief operating officer. In a similar vein  Cable One announced the promotion ofvice president, general counsel, and secretary Silverman to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary.

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Articles | Comments

The House Tuesday voted in favor of legislation that if passed by the Senate would limit the power of nearly all regulatory agencies, including the FCC. The White House said the President would ultimately veto the bill if it makes it through the Senate.

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