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4K goes live in South Korea

April 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

All MSOs in South Korea are now providing a channel of Ultra High Definition (UHD) content. The service went live April 10. Ateme is providing the encoders for Homechoice, the programmer providing the channel, called UMAX. Homechoice is offering 4K content at 60p each day.

Alaska chapter hoists SCTE Chapter of the Year award

April 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced this morning that the chapter in Alaska was the winner of its Chapter of the Year award. Over the course of last year, the Anchorage-based Alaska Chapter distinguished itself by implementing a virtual training program throughout the state and by boosting its attendance by 260 percent, both of which helped it win the award.

NCAA semis on TNT draws millions of viewers

April 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Final Four broadcasts on TNT on Saturday drew millions of viewers, even though the main coverage was on TBS. Were the new "TeamCasts" that popular? Or did some viewers never realize — or not care — that they weren't watching the regular telecast? Turner Sports executive Christina Miller suspects it's all of the above.

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Cablevision promotes Brian Sweeney to president

April 9, 2014 5:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cablevision says CEO James Dolan is giving up his title as president of the company, and it promoted two long-time executives. Cablevision says Brian Sweeney will replace James Dolan as president of the company, and it named Kristin Dolan chief operating officer. 

Charter Spectrum makes North Texas debut

April 9, 2014 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications’ “Charter Spectrum” brand has made its debut in North Texas with increased data speeds and more than 200 HD channels. The simultaneous launches in the Forth Worth area and in Greenville, S.C. marked the first time that Charter used the new brand. 

Comcast argues benefits of Time Warner Cable deal

April 9, 2014 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Tuesday presented its case to government regulators arguing that its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition.nThe company filed hundreds of pages of documents with the Federal Communications Commission after filing a notice Monday with the Justice Department.

Weather Channel cuts reality shows in DirecTV deal

April 9, 2014 12:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Weather Channel is returning to DirecTV with a significant compromise that affects all of its viewers: it promises to focus more on the weather. After a three-month dispute with DirecTV that saw the channel dropped to some 20 million U.S. viewers, the two sides came to a new deal that will restore service on Wednesday.

Charter TV App goes live on iOS, Android and Kindle devices

April 8, 2014 4:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Today Charter Communications launched its Charter TV App, which provisions 130 live TV channels inside of subscribers’ homes. The app is now available for free downloading from Apple iTunes App Store, Amazon App store and Android Apps on Google Play. 

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Game on: Comcast, TWC file deal with FCC

April 8, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This morning Time Warner Cable and Comcast filed their applications and public interest statement with the Federal Communications Commission. Today’s FCC filing isn’t the first salvo in Comcast’s $45 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable—last week both companies filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the Department of Justice, but it provides a game plan for answering critics’ concerns over the deal.

Pace hires former cable operator exec Henderson

April 8, 2014 1:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pace announced that it has hired Jim Henderson as president of its Pace International business unit. Henderson, who replaced Shane McCarthy, is now responsible for Pace’s International business in EMEA and APAC. As president, he will lead a team of over 500 people, delivering revenues of around $800 million.

Shaw launches Family/Disney apps for kids

April 8, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications has launched three new TV Everywhere apps for its Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers. The new Shaw Go Kids apps provide authenticated subscribers access to Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior programs anywhere, anytime on iOS and Android devices. 

Samsung's profit falls as smartphones get cheaper

April 8, 2014 12:59 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier.

Imagine Communications snaps up Digital Rapids

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications announced this morning that it had acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed sum. Digital Rapids will add a range of IP and file-based media processing systems and software-based workflow management technologies to Imagine’s TV Everywhere war chest.

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NAB: RGB Networks bows ad insertion for multi-screen video

April 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

RGB Networks has launched its CloudXstream ad insertion for multi-screen (AIM) and network DVR at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week. The cloud-based platform provides a turnkey approach for the deployment of AIM or network DVR (nDVR) in an operator’s own data center or hosted private cloud. 

Elemental Tech debuts software-only approach

April 5, 2014 7:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Elemental Technologies has revised its video processing software so that it runs on multiple processing architectures, including appliances, blade solutions, virtual machines and the cloud. Ericsson has endorsed the idea by adopting Elemental’s software to operate in its Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.   

Harmonic allies with Adobe for multi-screen ad insertion

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Harmonic’s multiscreen transcoding and delivery system now supports workflows compatible with Adobe Primetime's ad insertion capabilities. This workflow is compatible with the Adobe Primetime platform, which enables pay-TV service providers and broadcasters to insert advertising as well as manage program substitution and blackouts for any device with access to the web. 

Envivio enhances 4K encoding software

April 4, 2014 1:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio introduced a new multiprocessor software approach for real-time 4K Ultra HD HEVC compression using its Muse encoding software. The approach relies on distributing HEVC encoding across multiple server nodes. This architecture is designed to provide the power to perform high quality Ultra HD compression on industry-standard servers. 

Boxfish aims to change TV with really big data

April 4, 2014 12:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Boxfish has been processing, in real time, every single word spoken on 1,000 different TV channels worldwide, compiling a database of more than 86 million(!) topics that can be used to categorize and sort all broadcast content. The database is so vast and so versatile the company can barely figure out what aspect of the video industry revolutionize first. Program guides? Audience analysis? Targeted advertising?

CED Demystifying Technology: Netflix and Network Neutrality

April 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Brian Santo | Videos | Comments

CED Editor-in-Chief Brian Santo looks at the Netflix and Comcast relationship, and examines why network neutrality rules apply, but not the way some people might think they do.  Along the way, Vint and Tim help invent the Internet, the big kids on the block form a gang, and nobody's drawing skills improve. 

Clearleap, iStreamPlanet ally to deliver live video

April 3, 2014 1:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

iStreamPlanet and Clearleap have integrated the former’s cloud-based live video streaming platform, Aventus, with the latter’s modular platform. The combined system enables the capture, management and retransmission of live video to virtually any connected device, from live sporting events to reality TV show competitions to breaking news.  

Digital Rapids to market support for MPEG-DASH, UltraViolet

April 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company said it is preparing to release a set of new software components and updates to its Transcode Manager 2 automated file-based media processing software and its underlying Kayak workflow platform that will enable those capabilities. Digital Rapids has been testing the options in beta with some customers, and is now ready to commercialize them.

Amazon introduces FireTV its own streaming video box

April 2, 2014 8:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Amazon Fire TV is joining an increasingly crowded market for OTT set-tops, all offering access to pretty much the same set of services and apps, such as Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon's own Amazon Prime streaming service. The Fire TV arrives with a $99 price tag, the same at the AppleTV, and the most expensive Roku box.

Verizon FiOS rolling out new 6-tuner DVR

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

FiOS Quantum TV is now available to customers in North Texas and Harrisburg, Pa. Verizon will roll out the service through the rest of its footprint in phases over the next few months. The DVR Verizon is using, which it calls the Video Media Server, is manufactured by Arris. The company is offering a double-DVR option. 

Envivio streaming HD sports to AppleTVs

April 2, 2014 1:05 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Envivio announced that it is powering premium live HD sports channels on Apple TV for a European Tier 1 service provider. The content is being compressed using Envivio’s Muse Live encoders, protected using a new encryption mode by Envivio Halo network media processors, and delivered to Apple TVs.

Sprint, T-Mobile caution FCC on AT&T all-IP trials

April 1, 2014 1:57 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile are calling into question AT&T's recently approved IP-network trials in Florida and Alabama, saying the initiative is holding back the rest of the industry's move to develop cross-carrier IP interconnections. "AT&T’s proposed experiment is putting the cart before the horse," Sprint wrote...

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