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RVU protocol incorporated in DLNA

March 19, 2012 2:46 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The move makes it easier for members, such as DirecTV, to keep a consistent interface across DLNA products in a home network.

Nielsen launches cross-platform ad measurement tool with GroupM

March 19, 2012 2:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advertisers and ad agencies have long yearned for a system that standardizes ratings across both TV and Internet ads, and Nielsen has launched its cross-platform advertising measurement service with GroupM.

Verizon offering EBIF-based NCAA bracket app

March 16, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app, built by Ensequence for ESPN, allows FiOS subs to fill out and follow brackets for the college hoops tourney.

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The CW will cut streaming window

March 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A significant minority of fans refuse to wait three days, and instead visit illegal sites to watch CW shows.

Cisco snags NDS in $5B deal

March 15, 2012 3:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The continued video-based evolution of Cisco took a major leap forward with the news that it will buy digital TV software and security vendor NDS for $5 billion.

Dish Network’s Hopper whole-home DVR platform available

March 15, 2012 3:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Dish Network said that its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which it first introduced at CES earlier this year, is now available to its customers.

Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

Swisscom taps Net Insight for contribution system

March 15, 2012 3:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Swisscom Broadcast will use Net Insight’s Nimbra platform to transport live HD video, voice and data content.

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Buckeye gears up with Arris for home networking

March 14, 2012 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Buckeye CableSystem is gearing up for its long-term IP migration while attempting to win back customers in the short term with Arris’ hybrid QAM/IP video gateways.

Imagine revises ICE system for IPTV, multi-screen

March 14, 2012 2:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Imagine Communications has reengineered its ICE video platform so that it can simultaneously process HD and SD IPTV streams; options include adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming.  The upgrade makes the ICE system suitable for IPTV, a bit of a repositioning for the company. And, of course, the new combination of capabilities makes ICE suitable for multi-screen delivery, as well.

Twin Lakes Telephone selects Entone’s managed TV system

March 14, 2012 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Entone announced that Twin Lakes Telephone will use the vendor’s FusionTV system to provide a unified set of video services for its customers.

Ericsson snaps up Technicolor broadcast operation

March 13, 2012 3:22 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A relatively modest $25 million investment buys Ericsson a dominant position in the European broadcast market.

Kanouff joins Cablevision as an EVP

March 13, 2012 3:20 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The former SeaChange executive will be responsible for consumer-facing technologies.

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In the media: Intel mulls ‘virtual cable operator’ play

March 13, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to break free of its computer-based roots, Intel is said to be soliciting programmers on a plan to create a “virtual cable operator” service that would stream video over the Internet.

Barnes & Noble hires former Cablevision exec as CFO

March 13, 2012 3:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Barnes & Noble has named former Cablevision chief financial officer Michael Huseby as its new CFO.

Charter all in with new customer guarantee program

March 12, 2012 2:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter said its Customer Guarantee program is backing up its dedication to customer service with financial commitments.

TWCBC completes Hudson Valley fiber project

March 12, 2012 2:13 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Business Class has wrapped up a fiber-optics project for TechCity Properties in the Hudson Valley that included installing fiber access points.

San Jose doubles down on free public Wi-Fi

March 12, 2012 2:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The city will install equipment from Ruckus Wireless, covering its business district.

Mediacom’s Q4 revenues up; video subscribers down

March 9, 2012 4:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Mediacom Communications released unaudited financial results for last year and the fourth quarter, which included an increase in revenues and a loss of 67,000 basic video subscribers.

Synacor to power Cable One’s TV Everywhere services

March 9, 2012 3:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One has tabbed Synacor for the launch of its TV Everywhere services, as well as its customer Web portal.

Panasonic’s Viera Connect goes live with debut of HDTVs

March 9, 2012 3:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Viera Connect also includes a first foray into home broadband networking – with a fitness application.

Vevo launches redesign with Facebook in mind

March 9, 2012 3:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Vevo is also planning to do "a lot" to migrate to TV screens and will soon be connected to game consoles.

thePlatform tunes up TV Everywhere with new tools

March 8, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In an effort to bring more value to cable operators’ TV Everywhere services, thePlatform has added new features to its mpx system that enable customized content bundles and the ability to segment subscribers.

Time Warner Cable spiffs up iTV with new brand, targeting features

March 8, 2012 2:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable Media launched a new brand, Enhanced iTV, and new targeting features for its iTV suite of services.

Apple lets movies into iCloud, upgrades Apple TV

March 8, 2012 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Movies from Sony and Disney will work on iCloud, but films from Comcast's Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox won't, at least initially.

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