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Cable Technology Week in Review
April 18, 2014 - 6:00 AM - The news was highly varied this week, ranging from megamergers (Comcast-Time Warner) to rural IPTV deployments.
Vodafone Netherlands Preps VOD and IPTV Launch
April 17, 2014 - 3:49 PM - Vodafone Netherlands is planning to add advanced television services to its portfolio, including pause live TV (PLTV) and a video-on-demand (VOD) library from public broadcasters, HBO, Videoland and others.
FourthWall Chases 'Googlenomics' with Targeted Advertising Patent
April 17, 2014 - 2:09 PM - FourthWall Media, an independent provider of set-top box (STB) viewing data for advertising, is beefing up its monetization capabilities with a new intellectual property win: It has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent office for its Method of Targeting Broadcast Messages Using Embedded Sets. The technology allows advertisers to target ads to a STB via the MAC address, without downloading information to the box in advance. Execs say the company is thus well on its way of making good on the promise of "Googlenomics."
DISH Locks Down TV Everywhere with NAGRA Content Security Deal
April 17, 2014 - 2:04 PM - When it comes to multiscreen services and TV Everywhere, securing content and ensuring digital rights management (DRM) is a key to winning carriage rights if you're a pay-TV provider. To that end, DISH Network and EchoStar have deployed content security platforms from NAGRA to lock down its DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand (VOD) service.
Skitter TV to Offer Compelling Entertainment to East Texas
April 16, 2014 - 6:08 PM - Several counties and communities in East Texas are in for an entertainment treat. Peoples Communications, Inc. (PCI), a provider of advanced telecommunications services, has decided to add Skitter TV to its product portfolio.
AT&T Might Not Bid for Former Broadcast Spectrum if Set-Asides are Used
April 16, 2014 - 5:26 PM - AT&T now says the rumored spectrum set-asides being considered by the Federal Communications Commission for upcoming auctions of former broadcast TV spectrum are obnoxious enough that AT&T might not even bid.
El Garage TV Intros Automotive Channels Using Octoshape Powered Cloud-Based Video Streaming Solution
April 16, 2014 - 4:08 PM - El Garage TV, an Argentine-based content provider, has recently adapted Grupo DATCO's cloud-based video streaming solution, "Sersat Alive," powered by Octoshape. The company has selected this robust solution for the direct and on-demand delivery of its content to broadband multiscreen devices worldwide.
Artesyn Embedded Technologies Debuts SharpCaster Accelerator Engine
April 16, 2014 - 11:41 AM - Operators looking out for a broadcast video accelerator that delivers the maximum density solution with no compromise in video quality, now have an option to consider Artesyn Embedded Technologies' newly released SharpCaster video transcode acceleration engine.
Cable Provides Greater Share of Fastest Connections
April 15, 2014 - 3:45 PM - As U.S. regulators evaluate the proposed Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable, much will be made of the merger's impact on video market share. Comcast arguably will be able to make a case that is not a big issue, principally because local competition really will not be affected. Comcast and Time Warner Cable do not overlap in local markets.
Highwinds Becomes Exclusive CDN Provider of LiveRail
April 15, 2014 - 11:35 AM - LiveRail, a video monetization platform for publishers, will now be able to make use of the content delivery network from Highwinds to seamlessly stream video ads.
FCC Chairman Wheeler Warns Legacy TV Industry of Online Providers
April 15, 2014 - 7:25 AM - At the recent National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the broadcast industry has reached an inflection point in which licensees "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor."
4K Studios Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Red Bull Media House
April 14, 2014 - 9:41 AM - Subscribers of UltraFlix, the NanoTech's all 4K IPTV and Over-the-Top (OTT) Ultra HD streaming video service, will now be able to watch some of the latest Red Bull Media House catalog offerings - made possible under the terms of a recently signed global distribution agreement between 4K Studios, a NanoTech subsidiary and Red Bull Media House.
Vantrix, Kontron Partners to Redefine Multiscreen Video Transcoding Performance
April 11, 2014 - 11:21 AM - In today's new media market, an on-demand transcoding solution transforms the process of repurposing video and solves the problem of distributing content across multiple screens. Embedded computing developer Kontron partnered with network optimization and analytics firm Vantrix to build two new high performance transcoding products -- Vantrix's Multiscreen Live Transcoder and VoD (Video-on-Demand) Transcoder.
Tektronix Showcases Sentry ABR Digital Content Monitor
April 11, 2014 - 9:43 AM - Tektronix has taken the wraps off of its Sentry adaptive bit rate (ABR) digital content monitor, which enables broadcasters and other content creators to ensure the quality of their ABR-based TV Everywhere and over-the-top over-the-top (OTT) services.
SundaySky Empowers Marketers with End-to-End SmartVideo Lifecycle Marketing Platform
April 10, 2014 - 11:04 AM - SundaySky, a company that takes credit for introducing SmartVideo, is helping customer-centric brands engage people with personalized, real-time video experiences at every point of the customer lifecycle.
Sesame Street Joins Video-on-Demand Market with 'Sesame GO'
April 9, 2014 - 6:03 PM - Like Walt Disney Studios, World Wrestling Entertainment and other media organizations before it, Sesame Workshop is testing an independent video-on-demand (VOD) subscription service that is marketed directly to fans of the nonprofit's educational show.
Cisco Collaborates with Sony for 4K Live Streaming at NAB 2014
April 9, 2014 - 2:24 PM - IT specialist Cisco and Sony Electronics recently confirmed they will be collaborating for the first time to publicly demonstrate the live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content.
Ventev Announces New TerraWave Wi-Fi Antennas
April 9, 2014 - 12:59 PM - Ventev Wireless Infrastructure recently broadened its TerraWave portfolio of high-density solutions by adding three new antenna products to its product line. The new releases are an ideal fit for Wi-Fi deployments in large venues with several concurrent users.
Elemental Upgrades Video Processing Software
April 9, 2014 - 12:39 PM - These days, the success of a video processing application is defined by the number of processing architectures it can run on. As numerous video processing architectures invade the markets, makers of video processing applications are having a hard time coping with these changes.
Snell Unveils New Dynamic 4K Pan-and-Scan Technology
April 9, 2014 - 12:36 PM - Ultra high definition (4K) video broadcasting is the new standard for ultimate quality videos. In spite of the lack of 4K video content, many companies are offering products and services to customers that leverage 4K video qualities. Meanwhile, a host of other companies are providing supporting technologies that will help 4K video content providers to deliver their service better.
GameTree Now Available on Sharp AQUOS LED Smart TVs
April 9, 2014 - 12:34 PM - The immense popularity of smartphones has given rise to a new breed of televisions called smart TVs. Apart from displaying high quality pictures; these advanced television sets provide lots of interactive features to users, such as playing cloud based games. But playing on-demand games on your TV requires a platform and there are many available in the market.
Wowza Intros Partner Program
April 9, 2014 - 12:30 PM - Video streaming is a big business. With individuals and corporations resorting to video streaming online for various purposes, companies that provide associated services and solutions have been experiencing a growing demand.
AMD Intros AMD FirePro W9100 Professional Graphics Card
April 9, 2014 - 11:43 AM - AMD unveiled its new professional graphics card, the AMD FirePro W9100-most suitable for 4K workstations accelerated by OpenCL or open computing language.
Skitter Partners with Sierra Telephone to Launch IPTV Services in Oakhurst,California
April 9, 2014 - 10:34 AM - Atlanta, GA based Skitter announced that Sierra Telephone, a company offering telecom services for nearly hundred years, has chosen the company's converged IPTV platform to deliver next generation TV services to customers of Sierra Telephone of Oakhurst, California.
Snell Provides QPTV with Digital Overhaul
April 8, 2014 - 4:51 PM - Queen's Public TV (QPTV) is getting a high-definition makeover, thanks to global image processing company Snell. While many stations have been running on up-to-date equipment for some time now, QPTV has been stuck in the past, using an analog video, tape-based production set-up. Snell announced on April 6 that it will be kicking QPTV into the future, forming the backbone by giving the not-for-profit TV stations' system a complete overhaul.