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Time Warner Cable wraps up all-digital conversion pilot in Maine

January 18, 2012 1:45 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable's analog-to-digital conversion pilot project went live in Augusta, Maine, and surrounding communities as the final analog channels were converted to an all-digital format.

Verizon Wireless teams with StrataCache

January 18, 2012 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two collaborate on a cloud-based approach to updating digital signs in retail outlets, updated via Verizon's LTE network.

Outdoor Channel HD now available across nation's top 25 markets

January 18, 2012 1:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following a deployment in Cox's Arizona system, which serves Phoenix and Tucson, the Outdoor Channel said that Outdoor Channel HD is now available in the nation's top 25 markets.

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Comcast, Verizon kick-start joint marketing effort in Pacific Northwest

January 17, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and Comcast are jumpstarting their new partnership with the cross-selling of each other’s services in Seattle and Portland.

Cheetah upgrades its network monitoring system

January 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The company adds the ability to analyze QAM video carriers and expands spectrum coverage to 1 GHz.

BlackArrow beefs up exec team with Matarese, Iboshi, McCormick

January 17, 2012 1:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Advanced advertising vendor BlackArrow has added three new executives to its team as the company broadens its reach into multi-platform advertising opportunities.

Rogers launches free sports barker channel to digital subs

January 16, 2012 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Claiming an industry first in Canada, Rogers Communications has rolled out a barker channel, Sportsnews, for free to its digital customers.

Hulu to launch 1st original scripted show

January 16, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu will broadcast its first original scripted series, a political comedy that will debut during the real-life Republican presidential primary.

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Rural turns to white space

January 16, 2012 2:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Like most wireless Internet service providers, Jab Broadband relies on unlicensed spectrum to get its service out to sparsely populated areas where there's only dial-up service.

Cox, Time Warner Cable tee up 3-D viewing of Sony Open

January 13, 2012 3:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable will provide four rounds of coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii in 3-D.

Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

Showtime gets ready to launch iPad app

January 13, 2012 3:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer purchases content preparation and delivery platforms from Azuki Systems to set up an app similar to HBO's.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

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Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

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

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

@ CES: DLNA bows Premium Video; Comcast, Intel demo it

January 11, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At CES, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) unveiled its Premium Video platform, which enables networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home, while Comcast and Intel demonstrated it over on the show floor.

@ CES: More TV Everywhere at IP&TV World Forum

January 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video service providers and a Sony exec detailed how they are keeping up with customer demands for TV Everywhere services at the IP&TV World Forum.

Amazon gets on board with UltraViolet for online movie 'lockers'

January 11, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon executive said that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

Entropic connects MoCA to Wi-Fi with ECAs

January 11, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Entropic is introducing a line of products connecting MoCA to Wi-Fi, which the company is calling Ethernet-to-coax adapters (ECAs).

Elemental systems help operators CALM down

January 11, 2012 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new audio management system helps operators detect audio variations between content and commercials and corrects to normalize loudness, in compliance with noise mitigation demands enforced by the CALM Act.

Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphones

January 11, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility and Lenovo said they will use Intel processors in smartphones and other devices, giving the chipmaker its first entry into a market it has long coveted.

@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

@ CES: Comcast adds Myriad's JVM to tru2way STB platform

January 10, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is boosting its tru2way set-top box platform with the addition of Myriad Group's Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

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