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Hulu Plus ends year with 1.5M subscribers

January 13, 2012 3:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hulu Plus, the online video subscription service owned by major broadcast networks ABC, Fox and NBC, reached a new milestone at the end of the year, with 1.5 million paying subscribers a little more than a year after its formal launch.

Showtime gets ready to launch iPad app

January 13, 2012 3:35 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The programmer purchases content preparation and delivery platforms from Azuki Systems to set up an app similar to HBO's.

Cisco allies with ActiveVideo

January 12, 2012 2:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Cisco adds ActiveVideo technology to enable cloud services through its Videoscape TV platform. Meanwhile, ActiveVideo offers support for the HTML5 environment.

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Samsung-connected TVs to host Verizon FiOS

January 12, 2012 2:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Another nail in the coffin for set-top boxes: Samsung cuts a deal to host Verizon FiOS channels directly on its broadband-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

@ CES: Customer data will drive TV 3.0

January 11, 2012 8:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are a lot of different scenarios for what the TV of tomorrow may look like, but a panel session at CES did drive home the point that collecting customer data can play a key role.

@ CES: Cable One testing EchoStar's Aria platform

January 11, 2012 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable One looks like it's the first customer for EchoStar's Aria platform, which was designed for Tier 2 and Tier 3 cable operators.

@ CES: DLNA bows Premium Video; Comcast, Intel demo it

January 11, 2012 2:36 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At CES, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) unveiled its Premium Video platform, which enables networking to various DLNA-certified devices in the home, while Comcast and Intel demonstrated it over on the show floor.

@ CES: More TV Everywhere at IP&TV World Forum

January 11, 2012 2:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Video service providers and a Sony exec detailed how they are keeping up with customer demands for TV Everywhere services at the IP&TV World Forum.

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Amazon gets on board with UltraViolet for online movie 'lockers'

January 11, 2012 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon executive said that the retailer has signed a deal with a Hollywood studio to sell movies that can be downloaded from an online "locker" system five studios have put together.

Entropic connects MoCA to Wi-Fi with ECAs

January 11, 2012 2:31 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Entropic is introducing a line of products connecting MoCA to Wi-Fi, which the company is calling Ethernet-to-coax adapters (ECAs).

Elemental systems help operators CALM down

January 11, 2012 2:29 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

A new audio management system helps operators detect audio variations between content and commercials and corrects to normalize loudness, in compliance with noise mitigation demands enforced by the CALM Act.

Motorola pledges to use Intel chips in smartphones

January 11, 2012 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility and Lenovo said they will use Intel processors in smartphones and other devices, giving the chipmaker its first entry into a market it has long coveted.

@ CES: Cisco's Videoscape TV platform reaches for the cloud

January 10, 2012 3:00 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

After making its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011, Cisco's blended Videoscape TV platform is set to offer "video in the cloud" services via a host of new product offerings.

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@ CES: Comcast adds Myriad's JVM to tru2way STB platform

January 10, 2012 2:58 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is boosting its tru2way set-top box platform with the addition of Myriad Group's Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

@ CES: Dish gets a makeover, new kangaroo mascot

January 10, 2012 2:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a variation on the dog and pony show, Dish Network re-launched itself at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with the help of a kangaroo.

Comcast's AnyPlay to debut in Denver, Nashville

January 10, 2012 2:54 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The operator is ready to commercialize the ability to deliver live TV to mobile devices within the home, first announced at The Cable Show in 2011.

Humax gateway leverages new SeaChange software

January 10, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The South Korean box maker hopes to break into the U.S. cable market in a big way with a deluxe gateway with eight tuners, DOCSIS 3.0, and support for DLNA and MoCA.

Hollywood's UltraViolet to make its way to TVs

January 10, 2012 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flixster, a unit of Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., said that its app will be available on Panasonic televisions and Blu-ray players that use its Viera Connect system of connecting to the Internet.

Netflix unveils video service in U.K., Ireland

January 10, 2012 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix's Internet video service made its debut in the United Kingdom and Ireland Monday as part of a previously announced expansion that is expected to saddle the company with its first annual loss in a decade.

@ CES: TVs you can talk to, without sounding crazy

January 10, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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

@ 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.

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.

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