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Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

NXP adds integrated gateway tuner

December 6, 2011 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced a silicon tuner that can handle any terrestrial TV signal anywhere in the world, as well as cable TV reception.

Cox's iPad app lifts off

December 5, 2011 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Cox President Pat Esser said his company would deliver on its iPad app during the holiday season. The free app, which Cox calls Cox TV Connect, is available for downloading from the Apple App Store.

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Comcast's Smit, TWC's Britt saddle up on Verizon Wireless deal

December 5, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While the shockwaves from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' decision to sell their wireless spectrum - through their joint venture of SpectrumCo – continue to settle, company execs hit their respective blogs to provide additional insights.

Verizon sees opportunity with online ID service

December 5, 2011 2:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has achieved a certification for a digital credentials program that in the short term will give the company a big advantage competing for work with the federal government, and in the long term might point the way toward the establishment of secure digital IDs in the consumer market.

Microsoft rolls out Xbox TV platform

December 5, 2011 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

Deal with Verizon Wireless could have many implications

December 2, 2011 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The $3.6 billion sale of AWS spectrum by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Verizon is mind-boggling on many levels, so here are a few additional thoughts.

Ad watchdog slaps Verizon for FiOS quality claim

December 2, 2011 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Comcast challenged Verizon Communications’ claim and asked the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus to investigate it.

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TVs are hot sellers this holiday season

December 2, 2011 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In an unexpected twist, TVs are topping many Christmas shopping lists this year.

Armstrong Cable cues up Funimation Channel in VOD

December 2, 2011 1:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Funimation Channel, which is an anime digital cable network, has struck a deal with Armstrong Cable to put its video content on Armstrong’s VOD platform.

Comcast, TWC, Bright House sell wireless spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B

December 2, 2011 12:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Strange days indeed. Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announced that they are selling their wireless spectrum, which was held under the guise of joint venture SpectrumCo, to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion.

Rogers Cable signs carriage agreement with Shaw Media

December 1, 2011 2:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers Cable has inked a long-term distribution deal with Shaw Media that covers on-demand, online, mobile (through linear) VOD and mobile content rights.

Styslinger retires from SeaChange

December 1, 2011 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

SeaChange International founder, chairman and CEO William Styslinger, 65, has retired, and board member Raghu Rau will take over, serving on an interim basis.

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Pace to offer hybrid gateway with Rovi guide

December 1, 2011 2:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Rovi and Pace said they are teaming to develop a hybrid gateway featuring the former's Total Guide, which emphasizes search and discovery capabilities.

Game on: Verizon, Longhorn Network launch live online streaming

December 1, 2011 2:08 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon has launched a national online simulcast of the Longhorn Network's University of Texas-related sports programming.

Comcast Business Services to hook up San Mateo with faster data

November 30, 2011 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

San Mateo's Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Comcast Business Services to upgrade the broadband network in San Mateo's downtown underground utility district.

Time Warner Cable's Android app out of the starting blocks

November 30, 2011 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For now, the Android version of the app doesn't support live streaming. A spokesman said there wasn't a timeframe for when live streaming would become available on the Android tablets.

Flingo creates smart TV app for Linkin Park

November 30, 2011 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The inevitable is happening as apps start coming directly to smart TVs. Linkin Park is releasing its own app specifically for smart TVs to distribute its own content directly to fans.

Congressman: 'Sooner the better' on spectrum inventory

November 30, 2011 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns called the United States' standing in global broadband deployment and speeds "embarrassing."

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - Alpha Technologies

November 29, 2011 10:26 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Alpha Technologies, a member of The Alpha Group, provides the cable industry with the most reliable, technologically advanced and cost-effective powering solutions available.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - EchoStar

November 29, 2011 10:22 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

EchoStar is a multiple Emmy Award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the TV industry for nearly 30 years. Over the last three decades, EchoStar’s focus on video technology has been a major contributor to shifts in the way consumers view, receive and interact with TV content.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - Fujitsu

November 29, 2011 10:07 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

Fujitsu's cable-ready, carrier-grade optical and professional services solutions are helping MSOs across North America deliver video, data and telecom services over a single, high-speed network.

Live From Cable-Tec Expo - VeEx

November 29, 2011 10:01 pm | by CED Magazine | Videos | Comments

VeEx builds products that blend advanced technology and vast technical expertise with the discerning measurement needs of customers. VeEx's core expertise is embodied in an array of products that test DSL, metro Ethernet, cable TV and transport networks.

Cloud traffic changing the network

November 29, 2011 1:49 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Internet-based content pouring through your pipes is certain to increase; the only question is by how much? And the answer is: to just under trillions of hours a year by 2015.

Cox drops more international programming into Hampton Roads

November 29, 2011 1:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With the expansion of the new digital international programming offerings, Cox subscribers now have access to more than 25 international channels.

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