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Review: Wal-Mart previews 'Disc to Digital' movie service

April 12, 2012 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart is testing the UltraViolet digital rights locker – it will provide free streaming rights to movies that customers can prove they own.

'Marley' to stream on Facebook while in theaters

April 12, 2012 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook keeps probing ways to get into the film rental biz.

BlackArrow’s software adds flexibility to dynamic ad insertion

April 11, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has released new software that was designed to help cable operators work with programming networks to expand the sale, placement and measurement of dynamic advertising insertion across IP and traditional pay-TV platforms.

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Dell creates CDN server system

April 11, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Dell servers running software from EdgeCast and Elemental will help service providers target the enterprise market.

Lightpath carrying uncompressed HD

April 11, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The new capability supports media companies used to sharing and working with unprocessed video.

Elemental Tech busy with collaborations

April 11, 2012 2:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The video processing specialist adds support for MPEG DASH and CALM Act compliance.

NCTC announces new hires, expanded agenda

April 11, 2012 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The organization makes a series of moves that will help its members better deal with IPTV, OTT and other recent networking issues.

Mediacom to top 100 HD channel mark in Iowa

April 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications will add 43 new HD channels to its lineup in Des Moines and surrounding areas, which will give it more than 100 HD offerings once the channels have been launched.

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Entone fuels hybrid TV deployment in Oklahoma

April 11, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Entone has hooked up with BTC Broadband to help provision a new hybrid TV service in Bixby, Okla.

Avail-TVN offers managed authentication

April 10, 2012 5:28 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The service will make it easier for some service providers to jump into TV Everywhere.

Tribune Broadcasting, DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 10, 2012 5:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deal restores broadcast signals in 19 DirecTV markets.

Boston regains power to regulate basic cable

April 10, 2012 5:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

And do we think the atmosphere at The Cable Show in Boston next month might be a little tense?

TiVo users in Bay Area tap into Comcast’s VOD streams

April 10, 2012 5:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

TiVo and Comcast’s long-term relationship has been somewhat consummated with the news that Comcast is letting subscribers in its San Francisco system access its Xfinity on-demand content through TiVo Premiere boxes.

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Hargray to acquire Charter system in South Carolina

April 9, 2012 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hargray Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy Charter Communications’ Beaufort County cable system in South Carolina that serves about 7,000 subscribers.

Key to Netflix's future: Better recommendations

April 9, 2012 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix executives John Ciancutti and Todd Yellin are trying to create a video recommendation system that knows you better than an old friend. It's a critical mission as Netflix faces pressure.

UXP powers multi-screen phone service for Trinidad cable op

April 5, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Why did bundle integration seem to stop with Caller ID on TV?

Mediacom cuts deal for HBO Go, Max Go

April 4, 2012 3:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Mediacom will extend the service to customers in the coming weeks.

Amazon Prime Instant Video appears on the PlayStation 3

April 4, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sony is stealthily making its game console one of the more versatile OTT boxes.

Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

April 4, 2012 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit.

RGB’s just-in-time packaging streamlines multi-screen delivery

April 3, 2012 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The approach has the potential to dramatically cut storage costs.

Pixelmetrix provides OTT traffic emulator

April 3, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

OMG! The system can be used to verify the performance of over-the-top delivery networks.

European Commission opens Motorola investigation

April 3, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Google awaits approval from China on its bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, the Internet giant will no doubt also be keeping an eye on two formal antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility.

MetroPCS axes 3 unlimited plans

April 3, 2012 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS wiped out all but one of its unlimited data plans today, capping usage on its three cheapest plans and leaving only its most expensive rate in place for all-you-can-eat LTE service.

Analyst sets $1,001 price target on Apple shares

April 3, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wall Street analyst set the highest price target yet for Apple shares, valuing them at $1,001 each, or about 62 percent more than their current price.

Tribune pulls its signals from DirecTV

April 2, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV thought it had forged a gentlemen’s agreement with Tribune just before their retrans contract expired, but. …

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