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Espial appoints VP of smart TV

June 26, 2012 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company intends to work with consumer electronics manufacturers to get broadband-based TV integrated into a wide range of consumer products.

Sony readies Google TV box

June 25, 2012 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Sony will double down on the Google TV concept with a similar box that also incorporates a Blu-ray player, due during the holiday season.

Cable still king of pay TV; satellite, IPTV usurpers plot takeover

June 25, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable operators still rule the roost when it comes to the number of worldwide pay-TV subscribers, but satellite and IPTV providers are poised for a takeover.


Knology adds 11 HD channels in Auburn; WOW vote tomorrow

June 25, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The cable over-builder recently added 11 HD channels in its Auburn, Ala., system.

DirecTV’s 3-D channel going part-time

June 25, 2012 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Between a lack of content and a lack of consumer interest, the 3-D juggernaut is looking more like an M1 Abrams body on a Yugo chassis.

Study: N. Amer. No. 1 in home networking devices, thanks to MoCA

June 25, 2012 2:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

When it comes to home networking devices, North America is the worldwide leader.

Analyst upgrades Netflix

June 25, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A low share price coupled with a favorable competitive environment could make the company a good buy.

Study: Digital TV subs to reach nearly 129M by 2016

June 22, 2012 2:48 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

According to recent research, digital TV subscribers in North America will increase from 114 million last year to 129 million in 2016.


A battle for Internet freedom as U.N. meeting nears

June 22, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secret negotiations among dozens of countries preparing for a United Nations summit could lead to changes in a global treaty that would diminish the Internet's role in economic growth and restrict the free flow of information.

Charter sponsors 2nd Battle of the Bands

June 22, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

For the second year, Charter Communications is hosting Charter Center Stage 2012 Battle of the Bands, with the winner performing at the Taste of St. Louis.

Comcast offers Verizon Wireless in more markets

June 21, 2012 3:25 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The MSO has begun offering the wireless service in several areas in Michigan and in a number of cities in states across the Southeast.

Verizon CEO: Video is 'the future' of wireless

June 21, 2012 3:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon's top executive is aiming to use the company's spectrum deal with the cable industry as a key entry point for what he sees as the next major part of its business: mobile video.

LG, TP Vision offer smart TV developers kit

June 21, 2012 3:23 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two argue that TV makers need to create a common development ecosystem for smart TVs, similar to development platforms in the PC and cable industries.


South Korea sees big demand for fastest mobile network

June 21, 2012 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea is forecasting blistering growth in the use of a network technology that gives the fastest speeds for connecting to the Internet from a mobile device.

Shaw Direct bows streaming VOD service

June 20, 2012 1:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Direct is laying claim to being the first direct-to-home provider in Canada to use adaptive streaming technology to deliver video-on-demand content directly to subscribers’ set-top boxes.

SeaChange snaps up iTV software developer Flashlight

June 19, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SeaChange International is continuing in its evolution as a software-based company with the purchase of interactive TV software developer Flashlight Engineering and Consulting.

Netflix appears to be eating into pay-TV VOD

June 19, 2012 3:12 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new report suggests that even with limited viewing options, Netflix remains a highly viable option for many viewers vis-à-vis VOD.

Chunghwa doubles down on Envivio equipment

June 19, 2012 3:11 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The Taiwanese service provider expands its Envivio infrastructure to enable the delivery of Olympics content to subscribers viewing on PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Cable broadband pioneer wins Marconi Prize

June 19, 2012 3:03 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli is recognized for his development of analog and mixed-signal circuitry that helped enable cable modem technology.

Liberty Global hits refresh on corporate identity

June 19, 2012 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

International cable operator Liberty Global announced that all of its corporate offices will now operate under the Liberty Global banner.

Microsoft's long and tortured history in tablets

June 19, 2012 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has been trying to introduce a successful tablet for years. Maybe this time it’s done it.

Connections Europe - Nov. 13-14, 2012

June 18, 2012 5:48 pm | by CED Magazine | Events

Connections Europe, produced by Parks Associates, offers high-level analysis and consumer research, networking opportunities, and information on emerging connected home services and technologies.

Xfinity Home surfaces in Arizona, Virginia

June 18, 2012 3:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast has introduced the home security, monitoring and control services in four more markets.

Q&A: Breaking down AT&T’s cloud services

June 18, 2012 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As vice president of hosting and cloud services for AT&T, Steve Caniano knows a thing or two about the cloud.

Phones gain ability to learn by touching

June 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a form of extrasensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them.

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