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Dish, CBS agree to second extension

November 26, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Video blackouts are a real buzz kill for those tryptophan-induced Thanksgiving comas, so on that note CBS and Dish Network agreed to extend their retransmission talks for the second time. The two sides had settled on a five-day extension on Nov. 20 before the second extension was announced Tuesday night.

A Perry Mason twist in the FCC's favor

November 25, 2014 8:40 pm | by Brian Santo | Blogs | Comments

In Washington, D.C., a set of programmers are holding up two major corporate takeovers because...

Denhart steps down as CEO at BlackArrow

November 25, 2014 7:16 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

BlackArrow’s Dean Denhart is stepping down as the company’s chief executive officer. He’d held...

Building A Converged Video Architecture: A Panacea for Multi-platform Woes

November 25, 2014 5:54 pm | by Les Carter, vice president/chief architect, BlackArrow | Articles | Comments

A scalable converged video architecture lets the pay-TV service provider rise above the...

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Kids’ VOD network Kabillion lands deal with Cablevision

November 25, 2014 4:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kabillion, a VOD network that features content for kids, recently reached a carriage agreement with Cablevision. With the Cablevision deal, Kabillion is now available to more than 50 million homes across the United States. Other programming partners for Kabillion include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Verizon and Bright House Networks.

Report: DOCSIS channel shipments up 85 percent YoY in 3Q

November 25, 2014 12:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Pushed along by investments in high-bandwidth services, DOCSIS channels shipments were up 95 percent year-over-year in the third quarter. The move from CMTS platforms to the cable industry’s Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) is also well underway with CCAP revenue increasing 7 percent in the third quarter to $360 million, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent

November 25, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Redbox is raising its DVD rental prices by 25 percent in an effort to wring more revenue from the shrinking audience that still watches movies on discs rather than online. The increase announced Monday means the price to check out a DVD from one of Redbox's nearly 44,000 in-store kiosks will climb from $1.20 per day to $1.50 effective Dec. 2. Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2.

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AT&T dangles prospect of Shop While You Watch app

November 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

The idea has been kicking around for years: give viewers the ability to buy whatever they see on their screens being worn, used, eaten, or in any other way displayed. AT&T is considering doing that for U-verse. AT&T is calling the concept Shop While You Watch, and it seems to be floating the idea to see if anyone will bite.

Conviva improves QoE for Liberty Global’s Horizon Go

November 24, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Liberty Global, the largest international cable operator, has tapped into real-time data processing and quality of experience reporting for its Horizon Go app via a deal with Conviva. Liberty Global currently has Horizon Go launched in seven European countries with more to come, according to Conviva.

Edgeware, Mirada ally on multi-screen delivery system

November 21, 2014 1:26 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The two have integrated Edgeware’s VCP, a content delivery system, with Mirada's Iris, which provides the user experience. Service providers can use the combined solution to deliver a unified user experience across multiple devices, including STBs, computers, smartphones and tablets.

Cablevision adds 12 nets to Optimum en Español

November 21, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision has spiced up its Spanish-language TV package with the addition of 12 new networks, which brought its total number of channels in its Optimum en Español tier to 55. Cablevision said the new channels were added to the lineup at no additional cost to subscribers of Optimum en Español.

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

November 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo operates like a cable TV company. As a result, the court said the service violates copyright law unless Aereo pays broadcasters licensing fees for offering TV station programs to customers' devices. 

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Mobile still a struggle for Intel; PC doing better

November 21, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel Corp. is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015. Intel's business has suffered as consumers have increasingly turned to smartphones and tablets that mostly use lower-power chips made by other companies. 

STELA bill passes House; ends CableCard mandate

November 21, 2014 12:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

This version of the bill eliminates the integration ban, and also includes provisions that ban broadcasters from banding together to negotiate retransmission consent deals with MVPDs. The bill heads to the Senate, where passage is expected to be automatic. The President is expected to sign the bill.

Harnessing Big Data Analytics

November 20, 2014 4:01 pm | by Chris Menier, vice president client services – IP media and cable, Guavus | Articles | Comments

Using Big Data analytics, service providers can gain invaluable insights that can help them to stay ahead of the competition, improve customer services and drive new revenues. So how can service providers best harness Big Data analytics, and what do they stand to gain from doing so?

Comcast trials tech tracker

November 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

There are probably few things more annoying than being held hostage over a four-hour window for a cable installer to arrive at a customer’s home. Comcast has winnowed down that window to around two hours, but now its trialing a new real-time solution that it hopes will alleviate subscribers’ frustrations.

OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018

November 20, 2014 12:59 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018. Overall, the global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of this year, which was an increase of 4 percent from the first half of last year, according to a report by Infonetics Research.

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Xfinity Home for X1 puts app on the TV screen

November 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The app allows Comcast customers to do the same things with their remote controls that they’ve previously been able to do only on their iOS and Android mobile devices: manage and monitor their home systems, including controlling includes security sensors, video cameras, lighting fixtures, and thermostats.

Former Arris exec Elder takes helm at Concurrent

November 19, 2014 12:54 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Concurrent announced that Derek Elder will take over as the company’s CEO on Friday, replacing Dan Mondor. Elder, a former Arris executive, will also join Concurrent’s board of directors. Mondor had served as Concurrent’s CEO since April 2008.

Amazon Fire TV Stick ships, sort of

November 19, 2014 12:42 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

Amazon announced that its Fire TV Stick has started shipping today, and said that the stick was its fastest selling Amazon device ever. But it looks as though you’ll have to wait until after the holidays to get your hands on one. Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. 

Netflix heads down under

November 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix says it plans to expand into Australia and New Zealand in March. The online movie and television provider said Tuesday that details on pricing will be available later. In the most recent quarter, subscriber growth fell short of company forecasts because of a price increase in the U.S., and Netflix is dealing with tougher competition from Amazon and Hulu.

Atlantic Broadband makes video available from any PC

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Atlantic Broadband has launched an online portal that gives customers direct access to content on any personal computer. Atlantic Broadband customers can log in with their user names and passwords, anywhere in the U.S. where they have an Internet connection.

Appeals court holds up megamergers; decision challenged

November 17, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The U.S. Court of appeals ruled that programmers do not have to share details of their transmission contracts with a set of MVPDs because some of the MVPDs want to hire outside legal counsel to review the documents. The ACA challenged the decision as unjustified.

Comcast building data center in Oregon

November 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast is building a data center in Hillsboro, OR, which the company said will provide support for video, Internet and phone services for Oregon and southwest Washington customers. The company has a headend and a large sales center nearby.

RCN updates TiVo user interface

November 17, 2014 12:43 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

RCN viewers now have the option to create categories in which they can file their “My Shows” selections. Users are also able to customize searches using their remote. New to any company using the TiVo interface is a feature that enables streaming to Android devices within the home.

Sony's TV service to go commercial early next year

November 14, 2014 2:17 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The service is called Vue, and will be delivered at first through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony intends to offer Vue commercially starting early next year.

Infographic: Pay TV industry loses 150K customers in Q3

November 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Infographic: The thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the U.S. lost 148,876 net video subscribers in the third quarter. Given gains in earlier quarters, that leaves the group down 105,000 for the year to date. Those companies represent about 95 percent of the market.

Time Warner Cable finishes TWC Maxx upgrades in NYC, LA

November 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable announced it has applied the finishing touches to its “TWC Maxx” project upgrades in Los Angeles and New York. TWC Maxx, which was first outlined by CEO Rob Marcus in January, includes all digital conversions in both markets, which has led to faster data tiers, including 300 Mbps down, more VOD choices and an improved whole-home DVR offering.

Cable One to spin off from Graham Holdings

November 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Graham Holdings’ board of directors has decided that its Cable One division would be more successful on its own with the spinoff slated for next year. Graham Holdings board of directors gave management its nod of approval to proceed with plans for the complete legal and structural separation of Cable One, which will result in the cable operator being a publicly traded company.

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