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Monetizing Multi-Screen Deployments

November 4, 2011 12:22 am | by Steve Davi, senior vice president of advanced technology at SeaChange | Articles | Comments

The push for multi-screen video services is creating new players in the digital content value chain, including over-the-top providers, and creating opportunities and challenges for service providers, advertisers, content providers and consumers.

Memory Lane - That’s Intertainment!

November 3, 2011 11:33 pm | by Stewart Schley, media and technology writer | Articles | Comments

Populating the annals of the digital media business are hundreds of individuals who were ahead of their time. They’re the early-stage impresarios and on-the-cusp dreamers who introduced grand ideas and evangelized categories before getting steamrolled by the realities of the day: limited technology footprints, a skeptical investment community or the inability to captivate mainstream consumers.

Open Mic - Expo: Something for Everyone

November 3, 2011 10:31 pm | by Terry Cordova, senior vice president and CTO at Suddenlink Communications | Articles | Comments

When the curtain goes up on Expo and a companion event, the Capacity Management Symposium, during the week of Nov. 14, it will mark the culmination of a year of intense discussion among CTOs, other industry thought leaders, the Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee and SCTE officials.

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Capital Currents - New Video Description Rules

November 3, 2011 9:58 pm | by Jeffrey Krauss, president of Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

In late August, the FCC released new rules for “video description.” This is the audio track for visually impaired viewers that carries both the main program audio and a narrative description of the onscreen action of a TV program or movie.

New Products - Nov/Dec 2011

November 3, 2011 9:34 pm | by Traci Patterson | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix Upgrades Sentry for Improved QoE ... Integra Telecom Bows Cloud Security Services ... Irdeto intros TV Services ... IBBS Helps Operators with Capacity Planning ... Anritsu Bows New Software for MP2100A BERTWave Series.

AT&T extends deal to redistribute DirecTV

November 3, 2011 3:15 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T has signed a three-year extension with DirecTV to continue to be able to resell the latter's TV service across the 22 states where AT&T offers residential broadband and voice service.

NFL Sunday Ticket is big draw for DirecTV in Q3

November 3, 2011 3:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

DirecTV Group, the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster, raked in more subscribers than ever in the third quarter, helped by the NFL Sunday Ticket.

Comcast stems video sub losses in Q3; Xcalibur heads to 'major market'

November 2, 2011 4:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast is still mulling the fine print of its Xcalibur service, including price point and whether it will be a premium-only offering, but the IP- and cloud-based service is headed to a major market next year.

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Satellite, IPTV video services gaining ground on cable

November 2, 2011 4:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

While the OTT threat seems to be waning, satellite and IPTV video service providers are gaining ground on cable operators' share of the video pie, according to a recent report.

Charter enables Netflix, Hulu, Amazon searches on Web portal

November 1, 2011 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rather than keeping over-the-top streaming videos from the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon at arm's length, Charter is embracing them.

Time Warner Cable close to TV app for Android tablets

November 1, 2011 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Following up on its iPad app release from March, Time Warner Cable is putting the finishing touches on a similar app for Android tablets.

Fox, DirecTV sign retrans accord

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

On the day their extended retransmission contract ran out, Fox Networks and DirecTV reached an agreement.

Bright House’s iPad app hits iTunes store

October 31, 2011 2:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks’ iPad app lets digital basic service or higher subscribers watch up to 100 live channels.

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ABI: Cable video gateway deployments to reach 10M by 2016

October 31, 2011 2:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable video gateway deployments will grow from less than 700,000 units in North America and Europe to more than 10 million by 2016.

YouTube launches broad entertainment venture

October 31, 2011 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is making a bold step into original programming in an entertainment venture with some 100 content creators.

Amazon ads fuel to fire with Disney-ABC content

October 31, 2011 2:46 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Netflix struggles, Amazon's streaming service has inked brand new deals with major studios to bring more content to its Kindle Fire tablets.

Convergys consolidates Virgin Media inventory control

October 31, 2011 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Virgin Media has consolidated 20 different equipment inventories onto a single inventory control system provided by Convergys.

Cablevision’s profits sink 65 percent in Q3

October 28, 2011 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

But Cablevision’s revenues did get a boost from the inclusion of the former Bresnan Communications customers.

Retrans negotiations get ugly with ad claims

October 28, 2011 2:58 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV is accusing Fox of creating misleading advertising as the two renegotiate their retransmission contract.

MobiTV offers cloud-based TV Everywhere service

October 28, 2011 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

MobiTV is banking on its cloud-based video platform to provision TV Everywhere-type services for cable, satellite and IPTV video providers.

Samsung’s Q3 profit slides 23%

October 28, 2011 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics said quarterly profit slid 23 percent as weaker demand for flat panels and computer chips offset booming smartphone shipments.

Redbox gains from Netflix's pain

October 28, 2011 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Redbox's DVD rental kiosks are attracting movie lovers fed up with Netflix's video subscription service.

Cablevision putting finishing touches on fiber ring

October 28, 2011 1:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Cablevision chief operating officer Tom Rutledge said the company is on track to complete a fiber ring in the former Bresnan Communications systems by year’s end.

BigBand draws a bead on targeted ads for IPTV

October 27, 2011 2:55 pm | by Mike Robuck | CED | Product Releases | Comments

BigBand has taken the wraps off of a targeted advertising application that lets IPTV video providers use “virtual zoning” to deliver ads to ad zones over linear TV.

Broadband, business services shine in TWC’s Q3 results

October 27, 2011 2:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

To borrow a phrase from an infamous actor, Time Warner Cable’s high-speed Internet services were “winning” in the third quarter.

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