Regional provider C Spire Wireless has switched on its LTE network in Mississippi after problems getting equipment compatible with its 700 MHz A-block spectrum caused a nine-month delay in the service's launch. The network went live in Greenville, Miss.
The U.S. cable industry appears to have decided what its wireless strategy is: It is going to create a vast public Wi-Fi network that requisitions bandwidth from all the home routers it has installed and allocate it to public access. Broadcom is ready with software to enable the approach.
It has taken a village of vendors, but Liberty Global’s Horizon TV platform, which enables home networking, TV Everywhere services, personal recommendations and Internet applications to TVs, is now available to subscribers in the Netherlands.
The service is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multi-screen hosting service is already in use by Spanish broadcasters for their HbbTV-based services and will be enhanced to become what is expected to be the world’s first commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.
Rovi has been very, very busy. It has revised its DivX codec, which was written for file-based transfer, to support streaming, and it has arranged for Broadcom to support the upgraded DivX Plus Streaming in one of its major set-top box chips, the BCM7241.
The carrier lit up LTE in Anchorage, Ala.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Modesto, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; and Syracuse, N.Y. The company expanded markets in northern New Jersey and the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.
Yospace is also jumping into the cloud services space, hoping to stand out by virtue of being able to provide dynamic, live ad insertion. The Yospace CSM Cloud Network is geographically diverse, which it said means loads are balanced while ensuring that end users are serviced from the Yospace servers closest to them.
When MetroPCS rolled out the country’s first smartphone to route voice calls over an LTE network, its primary objective wasn't finding a new way to compete with the big guys. Instead, its top priority was making the most efficient use of its scarce spectrum resources.
Cogeco Cable has expanded its relationship with Rovi by signing on to use Rovi Video, which provides metadata collections for TV shows and movies across set-top boxes, mobile devices and on the Internet. Using Rovi Video, Cogeco customers can access English and French profiles of Canadian and international celebrities.
TiVo plans to integrate Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) to protect content delivered through hybrid set-top boxes (STBs) that use TiVo’s user interface. That includes content protection for content ultimately consumed on tablets, smartphones and other browser-based devices.
The FCC is stepping up its data collection on mobile broadband service, bringing its information on wireless on par with the statistics it holds on fixed Internet access. The Commission has already taken steps to produce accurate measurements of fixed broadband service, but its data on the performance of mobile broadband has been limited.
Pace is taking a deeper dive into personalization by adding ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Cobalt Media Head End and software. Recommendation engines are still somewhat of a novelty to cable operators, but ThinkAnalytics deployed its first multi-platform personalized recommendation engine years ago.
Amino Communications will be offering a USB Wi-Fi dongle, built around Celeno’s Wi-Fi chipsets and including software for HD multimedia home networking applications, with its A140/A540 set-top boxes. These models are designed for the retail market for IP-based services.
T-Mobile USA has gone live with a new unlimited data plan that could help it compete with rival Sprint, the only other top-tier provider in the country to offer all-you-can-eat plans. The plan differs from T-Mobile's other data plans by not "throttling."
Assembling a network from scratch in 60 days isn’t for the faint of heart. Rarely, if ever, has it been done before on the scale of the Pac-12 Enterprises networks that will begin this month, delivering more than 850 events annually to seven linear channels, and eventually beyond.