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Another name change: Versus to NBC Sports Network

January 3, 2012 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cable channel with three names in five and a half years is getting its new identity from one of the most recognizable brands in sports broadcasting.

CED Video & Product Showcase - December 2011

January 1, 2012 3:57 am | by CED Magazine | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Televation; Lindsay Broadband LBR-ONU Series; Textronic award-winning Sentry; Corning Cable Systems OptiSheath MF2; APEX3000 Universal Edge QAM; AMT's Whole Home DVR; RFMD's RFCM2680...

THE BROADBAND 50 - 2011

January 1, 2012 2:57 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

Here at CED, the results of our annual Broadband 50 are unpredictable, with a different No. 1 for four years running now. The Broadband 50 celebrates the companies, trends and occurrences, and people...

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CED’s 2011 Pacesetter Awards

January 1, 2012 1:45 am | by CED Staff | Articles | Comments

The 2011 class of Pacesetter Award recipients represent innovators in a number of endeavors crucial to the competitive viability of cable operators around the world...

In Perspective - Six degrees of … no, wait …

January 1, 2012 1:30 am | by Brian Santo, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

If it isn’t directly connected, odds are that it would take only a few steps to get to the technology. Call it Six Degrees of Multi-Screen.

Memory Lane - An Impulsive Solution

January 1, 2012 1:10 am | by Stewart Schley Media & Technology Writer, Denver, Colo. | Articles | Comments

It was that backdrop that helped put cable on the map as a legitimate force in the boxing business, through an emerging delivery technology saddled with the indelicate name of “pay-per-view.”

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

Capital Currents - Enhancing Energy Conservation

January 1, 2012 12:38 am | by Jeffrey Krauss, Telecommunications and Technology Policy | Articles | Comments

There is a lot of effort underway in the cable and consumer electronics industries to develop methods for conserving energy. Some of this is driven by the Energy Star 3.0 requirements for TVs, DVD players and set-top boxes.

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New Products - January, 2012

January 1, 2012 12:27 am | CED | Product Releases | Comments

Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, an application that synchronizes secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming; ECI Telecom has converged the packet and optical layers in the network with its Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system; Gefen's next-generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3-D TV is designed for easy mobility...

AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

Concurrent gains patent for ads during trick play

December 21, 2011 1:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ads can still appear, even while viewers pause, fast forward or rewind through content – including through embedded commercials.

Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

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Report: Worldwide pay-TV revenue to hit $236B at end of 2012

December 21, 2011 1:34 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The worldwide pay-TV market will generate service revenues of $236 billion by the end of next year, but cable’s share of the revenue pie will be down slightly, according to a study by ABI Research.

Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Report: LTE experience varies by device, network

December 21, 2011 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Metrico released its full-year report on the state of LTE and the customer experience in 2011. The report gauges various aspects of LTE-capable devices on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless' networks.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Cox launches El Mix, 62 HD nets in Hampton Roads

December 20, 2011 2:07 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications digital video subscribers in Hampton Roads, Va., now have 62 new high-definition channels on their lineups, as well as access to a new Spanish language package called El Mix.

Bill aims to eliminate retrans rules

December 19, 2011 2:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Passing the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act is highly unlikely for a number of reasons, however.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

Rogers launches beta version of iPad app for live streaming

December 16, 2011 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its overall TV anywhere strategy, Rogers Communications announced the beta launch of its Rogers Live TV app for iPads, which enables live streaming of shows in subscribers’ homes.

Time Warner Cable tunes in 20 new HD channels in Dallas

December 16, 2011 2:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable recently added 20 new HD channels in the Dallas area to give it a total offering of 134 HD channels.

Shaw Communications adds 5 new HD channels to its lineup

December 16, 2011 2:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications announced that it had launched five new HD channels: Space, Business News Network (BNN), Bravo, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

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