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Winners and losers in the wake of Comcast/TWC

April 27, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The breakdown of the deal is being seen as a blow to Comcast and the cable industry in general. Conversely, it's being hailed as a victory for consumer advocates and the competitors of the two companies.

Mediacom adds channels

April 27, 2015 1:27 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Mediacom has announced it will be adding the DIY Network and Cooking Channel to its lineup. The...

ESPN sues Verizon over FiOS pick and pay

April 27, 2015 1:19 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon for breach of contract. Verizon's FiOS Custom TV...

Comcast walking away from TWC deal

April 23, 2015 7:25 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

From the beginning, the company vigorously defended the merger as a great deal for everyone...

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Modest U-verse growth in AT&T's Q1

April 23, 2015 2:23 pm | by Helena Fahnrich @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

AT&T’s broadband subscriber base grew by 440,000 to 12.6 million. The company’s pay TV subscriptions increased by 50,000 in the quarter. The company’s U-verse service makes up 69 percent of wireline consumer revenues, which is a 10 percent increase year over year.

Comcast activates Gigabit Pro in Florida markets

April 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast will bring Gigabit Pro to its customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, and Jacksonville early next month. In total, 1.3 million Florida customers will have access to the fiber to the home (FTTH) symmetrical 2Gbps service, if they want it.

Comcast quietly cuts X1 upgrade charge

April 21, 2015 1:54 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Comcast has lowered the cost for upgrades to its cloud based X1 operating system from $49.99 to $19.99 for certain customers. In early March, the company quietly began offering the price drop to customers in Philadelphia, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

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Verizon increases FiOS penetration in Q1

April 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The company addressed several controversies, including one associated with its its new pick-and-pay plans for FiOS TV, and the other about AT&T’s response to the FCC’s reclassifying broadband under Title II.

CenturyLink helping Utah expand gigabit connectivity

April 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

CenturyLink is assisting Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) in constructing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to deliver broadband connectivity at gigabit speeds.

Justice Dept. reported skeptical of Comcast-TWC deal

April 17, 2015 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Justice’s formal review of the deal is not due until next week, but Bloomberg – relying on unnamed sources – is reporting that that those reviewing the case at Justice are disinclined to approve the deal even with conditions.

FiOS adopting Canadian pick and pay model

April 17, 2015 1:07 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Verizon FiOS is breaking down its programming bundle, offering the option to subscribe to a basic tier of channels which can be supplemented with mini-bundles of channels – essentially theme-based tiers – for an incremental fee.

Verizon bets on college sports for its mobile video offer

April 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The carrier today revealed new deals with ESPN, CBS Sports, 120 Sports, ACC Digital Network and Campus Insiders that will all center around NCAA content.

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Mediacom going all-digital in MO

April 16, 2015 2:35 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

In Missouri, Mediacom is upgrading its TV service to all-digital. The transition will begin next month and end in early June.

Alternate Content Reality

April 15, 2015 3:32 pm | by Denise MacDonell, vice president of product management, This Technology | Articles | Comments

The lengths that operators are willing to go in order to successfully migrate to an all-IP network speak volumes about the rewards that that can be reaped once the journey is finished. At every turn . . .

Dish adding voice input to its apps

April 15, 2015 1:11 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Dish is building Rovi Conversation Services into its Explorer iPad app, Hopper Voice remote, and Dish Anywhere app for viewing from mobile devices. Dish customers will be able to use voice commands to search for live and on-demand content.  

Demystifying cloud computing for video workflows

April 14, 2015 5:39 pm | by Sudeep Bose, product and business development manager of video network monitoring, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Cloud computing has been around for years, but only recently has it begun playing a significant role in the video workflow as operators turn cloud-based management, processing and distribution of . . .

OLED’s future is lighting up

April 14, 2015 5:09 pm | by Craig Kuhl, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology provides amazing picture quality, but OLED displays have the added benefit of conserving energy. Yet, the OLED market is not pushing forward due to . . .

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Ultra HD won’t be simple after all

April 14, 2015 4:31 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The key benefit of Ultra HD, or 4K, is that it offers twice the resolution of HD. However, this may not be as big of a deal as originally assumed. What may be considered the most impressive . . .

Imagine devises single system for Linear and on-demand delivery

April 14, 2015 4:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Imagine Communications now offers a cloud-based video platform for multi-screen video distribution. The CloudXtream enables the delivery of VOD, cloud DVR, and live video. Components of the modular . . .

This releases major upgrade for SwitchStream

April 14, 2015 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Version 3.0 introduces several new features for MVPDs and programmers including Audit Central, a tool for event verification and audit reporting; Map View for zone creation and event execution mapping; and an Event Dashboard for monitoring event execution status and system health management.

Hiawatha Broadband going gig speed in MN

April 14, 2015 2:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The new gigabit service will be deployed across four counties in south central Minnesota. A total of ten cities and seventeen townships will be included in the network.

Arris, Charter buy ActiveVideo for $135M

April 14, 2015 1:42 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Arris and Charter formed a joint venture for the purpose of buying ActiveVideo. Arris will own 65 percent of the venture. Current ActiveVideo management, including CEO Jeff Miller, will continue to run the operation.

Mediacom doubles HD channels in Illinois systems

April 13, 2015 8:03 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Over the next few months, Mediacom will be reclaiming all channels except for the basic tier in the Illinois counties of Morgan, Sangamon, and Menard. The company is looking to compete with demands for HD and faster internet speeds.

Elemental adds software-based statmuxing

April 13, 2015 5:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @ CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Elemental Technologies has added statistical multiplexing to its bag of tricks with a software-based, multi-codec, multi-resolution statmuxer. The company is positioning the Elemental Statmux as a . . .

Netgear 802.11ac router supports 10+ devices

April 13, 2015 4:22 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

The AC1600 modem router by Netgear is for VDSL/ADSL networks, and is compatible with ADSL2+ connections. It can support more than ten devices including smartphones, laptops, smart TVs, and Blu-ray . . .

Harmonic’s new IRD supports HEVC

April 13, 2015 4:01 pm | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | Articles | Comments

Harmonic's ProView 7100 is a multi-format integrated receiver-decoder, MPEG stream processor and transcoder that supports the HEVC standard. The new model offers MPEG-2 and AVC transcoding within . . .

Ericsson offering cloud DVR

April 13, 2015 2:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Ericsson already had live, linear and on-demand video capabilities, as well as traditional DVR capabilities with its Mediaroom TV Platform. But with the $95 million acquisition of cloud-based video specialist Fabrix Systems last fall, the company picked up the ability to help operators shift all DVR functions from the home to the cloud.

Disney/ABC Imagines taking linear broadcast to the cloud

April 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

Disney/ABC is in the process of shifting its linear broadcast operations to an IP-based architecture, using technology from Imagine Communications. The company is ditching the classic broadcast center model in favor of running operations out of data centers.

Network Neuterality: Ciciora's Corner

April 10, 2015 5:42 pm | by Walt S. Ciciora, expert on cable and consumer electronics issues | Articles | Comments

Ciciora compares the differences, and similarities, between cable companies and newspapers when debating network neutrality by drawing comparisons between operators and editors . . .  

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