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Title II means $15B in consumer fees? "Baloney"!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Communications companies claim that applying Title II regulation to broadband would inevitably lead to up to $15 billion in regulatory fees being passed on to consumers. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act, says the claim is "baloney."

Submit those SCTE Cable-Tec Expo abstracts now

December 19, 2014 11:33 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is actively recruiting abstracts for...

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

December 19, 2014 11:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies...

Comcast joins 4K club

December 18, 2014 1:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has officially dipped its large toe into the 4K waters with today’s announcement that it...

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Dish welcomes Netflix in

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

Dish said it is integrating Netflix into its service, available as an app to customers who have a second-generation Hopper DVR. The company plans to also roll out the app out on its Joey, Super Joey and Wireless Joey clients. Dish is still considering integrating Netflix content directly into its search functionality.

NYC premiere of ‘The Interview’ canceled as threats fly

December 17, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The blow that the hacking attack has dealt Sony is spreading beyond the entertainment corporation itself to theater chains and movie goers alike. And the financial toll is adding up too. Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.

Vudu releases Jinni for search and discovery

December 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Vudu is adding features that other services introduced some time ago, but is going further than many rivals by letting viewers select sub-genres (action comedies, buddy comedies, etc.), or all movies by plot (heros, romance, time travel, etc.), or mood, or years (the ‘30s, the ‘70s, etc.)

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Roku, Comcast do deal on HBO Go, Showtime streaming

December 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After an impasse that stretched back several years, Comcast finally has brokered a deal with Roku that allows its subscribers to access HBO Go and Showtime Anytime streams on their Roku devices. The new deal was announced on Tuesday in a blog posting by Comcast’s Matt Strauss, senior vice president and general manager, video services, and came the day after HBO announced its streaming service was live on the Amazon Fire TV. 

CES: Alticast gears up with IoT, CableCard-less demos

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Multi-screen vendor Alticast will bring its cloud-based and Internet of Things (IoT) demos and products to next month’s Consumer Electronics Show as well as its CableCard-less security technology offering. With the recent passage of the STELA bill that dropped the mandate for CableCards, Alitcast’s AltiProtect demo at CES is noteworthy as the U.S. cable industry considers other security options that have been deployed abroad for years. 

Cox close to wrapping up Homelife roll out

December 15, 2014 1:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

With Baton Rouge, La. going live last week, Cox Communications is close to having its home automation and security service launched across its entire footprint. The Cox Homelife service, which was first trialed in Phoenix three years ago, will be completely launched once Cox deploys it in Florida and Georgia in early February.

Deluxe expands 4K capabilities of on demand platform

December 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Ahead of a launch with a large North American cable operator, Deluxe announced today that it has added key 4K features and capabilities to its cloud-based content supply and video-on-demand (VOD) management platform. New 4K features for Deluxe OnDemand include digital re-mastering using High Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) or H.265, and Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) displays, such as Dolby Vision.

RCN nets carriage deal with One World Sports

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable over builder RCN has scored a multiplatform carriage agreement with One World Sports. Starting Tuesday, current and new RCN digital subscribers will be able to access One World Sports’ video content in RCN’s New York market and in most of the other sustems in its footprint.

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Windstream appoints Thomas as new CEO

December 12, 2014 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Windstream Holdings announced on Thursday that Tony Thomas was replacing Jeff Gardner as the company’s new president and CEO. In order to smooth over the transition, Gardner will stay on board as a senior adviser to Thomas and as a member of the company’s board through Feb. 1 of next year. Thomas was also named a director.

Hearst forks out $81.3M for stake in AwesomenessTV

December 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hearst Corp. is betting $81.3 million that Internet video network AwesomenessTV will live up to its name. The investment announced Thursday gives Hearst a 25 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, which DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. acquired in May 2013.

Arris stocks OTT Market with Portico TV

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Starting early next year, Arris will add N2TV’s streaming TV service, which is called Portico TV, to its over-the-top streaming platform for cable operators. Arris introduced “Arris Market,” which blends over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on its set-top boxes, earlier this year as part of its Whole Home Solution.

Imagine upgrades Egypt’s Rotana TV

December 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Imagine Communications recently completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities for Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project allowed Rotana TV, which broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, to migrate all of its channels to HD, which allowed the playout center to operate in the file domain.

HBO, Showtime dominate Golden Globe nominations

December 11, 2014 1:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HBO and Showtime dominated the television nominations for Golden Globe awards on Thursday, illustrating how the archrival pay cable networks have evolved to have very specific strengths. HBO programs and actors were responsible for 15 nominations, with two-thirds of them in the movie or miniseries category. 

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Taking care of business: a Cable-Tec Expo recap

December 10, 2014 11:03 pm | by CED | Articles | Comments

Today it remains somewhat murky where the whole pay TV business is going, or precisely what it will look like when it gets there, but MSOs know for certain they need to prepare their networks to deliver whatever has to be delivered, and Cable-Tec Expo made it crystal clear that those networks will still depend heavily on DOCSIS 3.1.

Liberty Global, Searchlight buy Puerto Rico’s Choice Cable TV

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

John Malone’s Liberty Global has expanded its footprint in Puerto Rico by teaming up with Searchlight Capital Partners to buy Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Co., which does business as Choice Cable TV, for about $272.5 million. Choice TV, which is the second largest cable and broadband provider in Puerto Rico, will be folded into Liberty Cablevision with Liberty Global owning a 60 percent stake and Searchlight owning 40 percent.

Bright House Networks lands 3 hospitality deals in Fla.

December 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has signed up three new hotels in Tampa Bay, Fla. for its business class voice, video and data services. Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions is providing the Epicurean, Le Meridien and Aloft Hotel Tampa Downtown with its fiber-based dedicated Internet access (DIA), High HD video, and telephone trunking services.

Atlantic Broadband names new CEO, presidents

December 10, 2014 12:51 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Effective Jan. 1, Richard Shea will take over as Atlantic Broadband’s president and CEO while David Isengberg was promoted to president and chief revenue office. Both Shea and Isenberg have worked at Atlantic Broadband since it was founded in 2003. Cogeco, Atlantic Broadband’s parent company, said current CEO and president Edward Holleran agreed to stay on as vice president of industry relations on a part-time basis.

Sweden knocks out Pirate Bay

December 10, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pirate Bay is one of the world's biggest free file-sharing websites offers millions of users a forum for downloading music, movies and computer games. The entertainment industry has failed to shut it down, even after its operators were convicted of copyright violations.

Charter hires former Starz exec

December 10, 2014 12:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former Starz executive Jodi Robinson was hired by Charter Communications as its senior vice president, user experience design and development. Robinson will oversee the user experience design and development for all of Charter's products and will to report to Rich DiGeronimo, senior vice president, product and strategy.

Two more towns go gigabit with Calix

December 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Calix has added two more towns to its list municipal customers: the city of Sandy, OR, and the village of Sebewaing, MI. Both are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to deliver broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps to residential and business subscribers.

Qwilt unveils caching to improve mobile video QoS

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Video is rapidly becoming the most dominant application in mobile networks, which were not architected to support the level of demand they’re seeing. The resulting problems include RAN congestion, buffer bloat, latency and packet loss in both RAN and mobile backhaul.

Turtle Power: Comcast adds Paramount to digital store

December 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast will add Paramount Pictures’ library of films into its online digital store this month. The Paramount library is the latest addition to Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand electronic video store, which made its debut in November of last year. 

Senior living network to launch on Buckeye

December 9, 2014 12:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Thanks to a new carriage agreement, Buckeye CableSystem will be offering RLTV to its Ohio-area subscribers on Dec. 15. RLTV is a cable network that provides news and entertainment for viewers over the age of 50. RLTV’s programming is available in more than 32 million homes across the nation.

Envivio bows service-orientated monitoring

December 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Envivio has taken the wraps off of a new “service orientated” monitoring feature that was designed to help cable, IPTV, satellite and over-the-top (OTT) service providers troubleshoot their networks more efficiently. The new feature, which is available through a separate purchase, is part of Envivio's Guru headend monitoring platform. 

G.fast chip startup Sckipio draws $17M in funding

December 8, 2014 1:36 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

G.fast was approved last week as an ITU-T standard (G.9701). It’s considered a last mile technology designed to deliver data at up to 1 Gbps over existing twisted copper pair (TCP). The technology requires fiber-connected distribution points.

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