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New ad zapper has TV networks worried about sales

May 23, 2012 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dish Network is letting consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button with its Auto Hop feature on its new DVRs.

Azuki, Arris team on TV Everywhere platform

May 23, 2012 11:41 am | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Service providers can now use the combination of the Azuki Media Platform and the Arris ConvergeMedia Management Suite (CMM) software to deploy on-premise, multi-screen video services to their subscribers.

Pace, TiVo partner on multi-tuner video gateway

May 23, 2012 11:09 am | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Pace and TiVo have collaborated on a six-tuner, hybrid QAM/IP video gateway, which is known as the XGI, that also features TiVo’s user interface.

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TCL licenses Hillcrest’s Freespace technology

May 23, 2012 11:01 am | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Android-based smart TVs from Chinese manufacturer TCL Multimedia will soon come with motion-sensing remotes using Hillcrest Labs’ Freespace technology.

Mosaik maps for operators

May 23, 2012 10:57 am | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Mosaik Solutions (formerly American Roamer) has updated the broadcast television intelligence that it compiles.

@ The Cable Show: Verizon debuts video portal; Comcast a partner

May 22, 2012 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless President and CEO Dan Mead announced his company’s new mobile video portal app, which is called “viewdini,” and he said that Comcast is the first announced cable operator partner.

@ The Cable Show: User interfaces that don’t stink?

May 21, 2012 4:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Even though HTML5 is still evolving, creating user interfaces using the Web-based markup language are perfectly feasible today.

@ The Cable Show: Cable ecosystem turbo-charges speed-to-market cycles

May 21, 2012 4:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There’s definitely a need for speed when it comes to the innovation cycles for new products and services.

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@ The Cable Show: Boston will soon get Xcalibur, renamed X1

May 21, 2012 2:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is set to commercialize the app, which turns the second screen into a remote control and a host for interactive applications complementing what’s on TV.

Suddenlink’s Kent sounds off on cable industry, Vanguard Award

May 21, 2012 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent will be honored with the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership during a luncheon and awards ceremony.

TWC taps BlackArrow for nationwide deployment of DAI in VOD

May 18, 2012 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has turned to BlackArrow in order to provision a system-wide rollout of dynamic ad insertion in video-on-demand content.

Cablevision promotes Kanouff to EVP of corporate engineering, tech

May 18, 2012 2:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kanouff worked her way up to president at SeaChange International prior to leaving the company to join Cablevision.

Azuki, D-Link partner on OTT sidecar

May 18, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The partners have devised a means to enable MSOs to provide multi-screen services without major upgrades to their existing QAM and set-top environment.

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SeaChange, Avail-TVN to demo VOD ad insertion

May 18, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The two have integrated their products to create a system that can place ads at any place within a VOD stream.

Comcast connects with Skype in 10 markets

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

Comcast’s HD video Skype service will be available to its subscribers in 10 markets, and it’s using an adapter box from Technicolor to provision the service.

Arris supports HTML5 in whole-home solution

May 17, 2012 1:58 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The Moxi box is getting an HTML5 browser, and the company is releasing a software development kit with the relevant APIs.

Affinegy, Sigma Systems bring TR-069 to DOCSIS

May 17, 2012 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

The two companies have combined their products to create a means of upgrading deployed DOCSIS 2.0 and DOCSIS 3.0 devices for management control.

Time Warner Cable blends Vutopia into TV Everywhere mix

May 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable MoviePass subscribers now have access to Vutopia’s movie service on their PC and Mac computers and laptops across the cable operator’s entire footprint.

Avail-TVN bows DAI tools

May 16, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Avail-TVN has come up with some new dynamic ad insertion (DAI) tools to help content providers monetize VOD viewing.

SeaChange, Tellabs cue up OTT ad targeting demo at Cable Show

May 16, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange and Tellabs will jointly demonstrate a new ad-targeting technology for over-the-top video that is based on Web browser activity.

Unity Telecom preparing another OTT challenger

May 16, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Based on Entone’s FusionTV platform, Unity TV will unite Web-based content with free-to-air channels using a scheme designed to avoid retrans agreements.

Olympics coverage to air on MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo

May 16, 2012 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

All three networks are owned by Comcast's NBCUniversal, which will use NBC and NBC Sports Network as the central platforms for the London Games.

Cox, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotion in Oklahoma

May 15, 2012 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After previous deployments by Comcast and Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications is on the scoreboard now that it has rolled out its cross-promotional effort with Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma.

ACA to FCC: Over-the-top companies are not MVPDs

May 15, 2012 2:41 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The legal distinction would give companies like Hulu and Netflix rights to programming they have not earned, the ACA argues.

Rogers launches SIP trunking for enterprise businesses

May 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Business Solutions is now offering its SIP trunking services to enterprises in Canada that are seeking scalable voice services while using less equipment.

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