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@ CES: Ballmer, Microsoft keynote a farewell to CES

January 10, 2012 2:28 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer delivered his company's final keynote at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

High court weighs policy against curse words on TV

January 10, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is considering whether government regulators may still police the airwaves for curse words and other coarse content at a time when so many Americans have unregulated cable television and the Internet is awash in easily accessible adult material.

SeaChange gateway software supports QAM, IP delivery

January 9, 2012 3:07 pm | by Brian Santo | CED | Product Releases | Comments

SeaChange International announced new gateway software that it designed to support service providers' transition from QAM-based video to IP-based video.

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Amino debuts Intel Atom-based hybrid gateway

January 9, 2012 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Amino is set to introduce a hybrid media gateway based on Intel's 32nm Atom chip for consumer electronics at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

Motorola throws its support behind G.hn

January 9, 2012 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company is the most consumer-oriented of the standard's supporters thus far, heartening the standard's other backers.

LG: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 9, 2012 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Talking to the TV is usually a sign of extreme agitation, mental instability or loneliness. LG Electronics is set to make it a more rational behavior, with a range of TVs that respond to speech.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

Cox Business hooks up college football fans in New Orleans

January 6, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Business has got college football fans' backs during the BCS Championship Game between LSU and Alabama at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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Cable scofflaws beware: SubscriberWise sees you

January 6, 2012 2:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

SubscriberWise has come up with an interesting way of tracking down people who are viewing cable services after previously being disconnected for non-payment.

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

More than 200M watched NFL this season

January 6, 2012 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200 million viewers saw NFL games this season, with an average of 17.5 million per game.

The 'CES curse'?

January 6, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. It's quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

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Disney and Comcast reach a long-term deal

January 5, 2012 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Walt Disney Co. reached a long-term agreement with the nation's largest TV signal provider, Comcast, that extends their partnership into the next decade.

Moto gateway supports new home control services

January 5, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility will be showing a new gateway in its 4Home series at CES that is designed to integrate a wider range of broadband-based services, including home automation and energy management.

Netflix stock surges with Internet video streaming

January 5, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix has released some statistics that indicate the video subscription service must be doing something right, even though investors and customers have been ridiculing it for much of the past six months.

Comcast hires Mendiola as VP, GM of multicultural services

January 5, 2012 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Cable has hired Ruben Mendiola as its vice president and general manager of multicultural video services.

Celeno bows new video-grade Wi-Fi chip

January 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Celeno Communications will be showing off its new video-grade Wi-Fi chip at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Sigma Designs, Quantenna team on design for networked STB

January 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is offering a reference design for a set-top box that incorporates a Wi-Fi router based on Quantenna's 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

AT&T to pay $215M to TiVo to settle patent suit

January 4, 2012 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T will pay TiVo at least $215 million through June 2018, becoming the latest TV signal provider to settle a patent lawsuit involving the digital video recorder pioneer.

MetroPCS inks broadcast mobile TV deal

January 4, 2012 1:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company will start selling an Android-based Samsung smartphone later this year equipped with an ATSC chip, the hardware needed to receive broadcast mobile television signals in the United States.

Broadcom gears up for CES with Sling, MoCA 2.0 SoC

January 4, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom has a full dance card of TV Everywhere and connected home offerings for the International Consumer Electronics Show, including six system-on-a-chip (SoC) MoCA 2.0 products and the integration of Sling Media into a SoC platform.

Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes

January 4, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

Former Charter CTO Fawaz joins Synacor's board

January 4, 2012 1:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Charter Communications executive vice president and chief technical officer Marwan Fawaz, along with Time Warner exec Gary Ginsberg, was recently appointed to Synacor's board of directors.

'Tis the season to be jerked around

January 3, 2012 2:03 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

Time Warner Cable once again has found itself in a nasty retransmission rights battle, this time with the MSG Network, which pulled its programming from the MSO's lineup.

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