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Provider taps Minerva, Edgeware for enhanced IPTV

April 16, 2012 2:28 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Indiana telecom company Smithville has enhanced its IPTV service by putting into place a system that records live broadcast TV and enables on-demand and restart viewing.

OptiComm picks Casa Systems’ CMTSs

April 16, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Australia-based OptiComm will use cable modem termination systems from Casa Systems to build out the country’s first wholesale, DOCSIS 3.0-based HFC network to deliver data services.

Chyron and ConnecTV combo on multi-screen

April 16, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two are set to integrate their systems to enable broadcasters to add interactivity that brings together TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones.

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Kiosks go mainstream for companies selling DVDs, iPads

April 16, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Streaming? Many people favor renting DVDs from a box – and they’re increasingly buying goods from kiosks.

Verizon’s tech switch interrupts FiOS VOD service

April 13, 2012 2:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Meanwhile, the city of Philadelphia will hold a hearing about Verizon’s foot-dragging on its FiOS rollout plans.

Windstream opens doors on Little Rock data center

April 13, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream opened its newest data center in Little Rock, Ark., in order to help provision its business customers’ needs via cloud-based and dedicated managed services.

Time Warner Cable, Verizon Wireless debut cross-promotional bundles

April 12, 2012 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable and Verizon Wireless are now offering cross-promotional bundles in Raleigh, N.C.; Kansas City; and Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Charter gears up for interactive ads with FourthWall’s widgets

April 12, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter Communications is setting the stage for interactive advertising by deploying FourthWall Media’s Ad Widgets in 800,000 digital homes across five markets.

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Comcast gives Fenway Park a Metro E makeover

April 12, 2012 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

One of the nation’s most hallowed baseball parks has stepped into the future with the installation of Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet service.

Motorola Mobility combines IRDs, transcoders

April 12, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated systems will help MSOs handle incoming MPEG-4 video as they upgrade networks built for MPEG-2.

Wal-Mart debuts $60 OTT box from D-Link

April 12, 2012 2:50 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

You do that Vudu that you do so well – Wal-Mart gets an exclusive on a box that will support its video service.

VTel to expand IPTV reach

April 12, 2012 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The carrier will use equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to bring fiber-based broadband to rural Vermont customers.

Sony to ax 10,000 workers in restructuring

April 12, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As expected, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai plans to slash 10,000 jobs from the company’s workforce as Sony works to turn around its business amid worst-ever projected losses.

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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.

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.

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?

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