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ARRIS' Solutions Offer Subscribers Engaging, Personalized Media Experiences
July 23, 2014 - 3:04 PM - ARRIS, a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology, reportedly has many firsts to its credit: it invented digital TV, the first wireless broadband gateway, and was responsible for the first set-top with HD and DVR and more. Consolidated Communications, deciding to give its Kansas City market subscribers the best home entertainment and communications experiences, chose to deploy solutions from ARRIS.
Broadcom Corporation's DOCSIS 3.0-Based Chipset Selected by Hathway Cable and Telecom
July 23, 2014 - 10:32 AM - Hathway Cable and Telecom, India's largest cable broadband service provider, recently selected Broadcom Corporation's DOCSIS 3.0-based chipset to power its new high-speed broadband.
Vbox Launches Home Network Storage for DVR
July 22, 2014 - 12:15 PM - Capacity for storing recorded TV shows for viewing later has become a differentiation point for many pay-TV providers and standalone set-top box providers, especially with many families having different queues for different members. VBox Communications has announced an unusual approach to DVR capacity: its TV gateways now support whole-house recording of live TV to a Windows network shared folder or Network Attached Storage (NAS).
Wurl and ARRIS Team Introduce Unified OTT & Linear Experience to Set-Tops
July 22, 2014 - 10:57 AM - ARRIS Group, Inc., a company specializing in IP, video and broadband technology has recently partnered with Wurl, Inc., to debut a new open platform for cable operators that merges over-the-top (OTT) content with traditional programming services on Arris' set-top boxes.
Newsmax Media and Float Left Partner to Provide Newsmax TV on OTT and Android Smart Phone
July 21, 2014 - 8:58 AM - As the media and entertainment advertising sectors continue to evolve, Float Left Interactive and Newsmax Media have announced that Newsmax Media's Newsmax TV has expanded its soft launch of the new multi-platform news and information channel to Android, smartphone, and OTT devices, making it available to an estimated 100 million devices nationwide.
Cable Technology Week in Review
July 19, 2014 - 7:34 AM - The popularity and demographics of a television program are often based upon ratings determined through statistics gathered on those who tune in to the program. This information is vital for television stations and producers in order to decide on when and what programs should be aired, along with what type of advertisements should be played during airtime.
Facebook and Nielsen Join Forces to Gather Mobile TV Ratings
July 17, 2014 - 3:32 PM - The popularity and demographics of a television program are often based upon ratings determined through statistics gathered on those who tune in to the program. This information is vital for television stations and producers in order to decide on when and what programs should be aired, along with what type of advertisements should be played during airtime. Unfortunately for Nielsen, the company that has been gathering these ratings for decades, mobile devices have recently thrown a wrench into their data collection system. In steps social media giant Facebook, with a recently announced partnership with Nielsen that will give the data management company access to important demographics.
Hands Off Consoles - Experience Interactive Entertainment on VIZIO Smart TVs
July 17, 2014 - 10:23 AM - Smart TVs and gaming developers are fueling disruptive innovation across many areas of consumer technology. It comes as no surprise then that TransGaming, the smart TV gaming pioneer, has launched its GameTree TV cloud gaming service on VIZIO smart TVs.
FOX Failure to Equate DISH Anywhere with Aereo a Boon for Cloud Precedent
July 16, 2014 - 11:55 AM - After seeing satisfaction in Aereo's failure to win favor in the US Supreme Court, FOX has been handed a defeat in its bid to tear down DISH Network's Slingbox-based DISH Anywhere offering on the same grounds.
Comcast Positions for the Connected Home with PowerCloud Acquisition
July 16, 2014 - 11:51 AM - Comcast has purchased PowerCloud Systems, which makes the popular Skydog Wi-Fi router and a corresponding app that lets users control broadband usage within the home zone.
Time Warner is 'In Play'
July 16, 2014 - 9:59 AM - When does a rejected acquisition bid nevertheless have consequences? When a big rejected bid means a target company is 'in play'. The rejected $80 billion bid by 21st Century Fox to buy Time Warner signals 'game on'.
Comcast Business Selected by Choice Hotels International as Qualified Vendor
July 14, 2014 - 11:03 AM - Choice Hotels International recently selected Comcast Business as a Qualified Vendor for business data, video and voice services.
Cable Technology Week in Review
July 12, 2014 - 7:55 AM - News in entertainment video this past week focused on the deluge of new and returning original series launching now and opportunities for advertisers. The big original series story, however, is what the future holds for one-time "movie channels" that are under attack by online streamers and are also competing with non-premium channels.
The Original Series Deluge: Can Premium Movie Channels Hold On?
July 11, 2014 - 7:38 AM - News this past week focused on the deluge of new and returning original series launching now and opportunities for advertisers. The big original series story, however, is what the future holds for one-time "movie channels" that are under attack by online streamers and are also competing with non-premium channels.
Could Aereo Reemerge as a Cable TV Company?
July 10, 2014 - 10:48 AM - In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that determined Aereo is essentially a cable TV system retransmitting off-air TV signals, and therefore must pay TV broadcasters fees to retransmit to Aereo customers. Now, Aereo has asked permission to do just that.
RCH Partners with MSI to Mobilize Workforce Field Data Collection for Cable Operator Customers
July 9, 2014 - 10:36 AM - RCH, a company providing teams of trained professionals for residential and commercial sales targets and field service, has recently forged a new partnership agreement with MSI, a company that develops enterprise, scheduling and mobile software.
FCC Names Comcast-TWC Merger Review Board
July 9, 2014 - 6:00 AM - The battle of public opinion has been playing out when it comes to the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and whether or not it will be a good thing for consumers-and everyone has an opinion. But real regulatory review will now commence thanks to the Federal Communications Commission naming its review committee for the deal.
Level 3 Communications Launches Channel Origination Solution for Broadcasters
July 8, 2014 - 6:14 PM - Level 3 Communications, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers, has launched its Channel Origination solution to address demand for the simplified global delivery of broadcasted content.
Comings and Goings: SpinCo Gets Its CFO
July 8, 2014 - 3:08 PM - SpinCo is a new company, spinned off Comcast as a way to meet the requirements laid down by regulators. Comcast announced its plan to acquire Time Warner Cable for an estimated $45.2 billion, and as a part of its deal, it agreed to divest three million of its subscribers, to appease the regulators. These customers would be sold to Charter for a sum of $7.3 billion if the merger is approved. Along with this exchange, SpinCo would be created. These measures were undertaken to ensure that no company had more than 30 percent of market share.
Online Video Service Fragmentation Will Drive Demand for New Forms of Bundling
July 2, 2014 - 12:11 PM - Some 77 percent of U.S. adults say they regularly watch television shows using either cable TV (55 percent) or satellite TV (23 percent), while 43 percent view streamed video. About 67 percent of Millennials report they watch streamed video, according to Harris Interactive.
HD Voice: Free Market vs. Regulation
July 2, 2014 - 11:56 AM - A circle of telecom voices has been pushing to mandate HD voice quality-whatever that is on any particular day of the week-as a part of the PSTN to IP transition. By the time the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gets around to deciding when that transition takes place, carriers may have little option but to offer HD voice as a part of the upgrade.
Aereo Takes a 'Pause' but Vows to Fight On
July 1, 2014 - 2:28 PM - Aereo may have lost in the Supreme Court decision in the case of ABC. v. Aereo, but the Barry Diller-backed start-up service isn't fading gently into that good night.
Cablevision Launches Home HD Voice
July 1, 2014 - 7:00 AM - Without a lot of fanfare, Cablevision is rolling out an HD voice service to its home subscribers in New York and surrounding areas. This marks the first time a large cable company has introduced HD voice to its consumers and could indicate how the rest of the cable industry will go over the next 12 to 18 months.
How Much Extra Energy Will New Dual-Mode Comcast Public Wi-Fi Routers Consume?
June 30, 2014 - 4:52 PM - As it rolls out new consumer Wi-Fi routers that support a private network for the high-speed access customer and also create a separate public Wi-Fi node, there will be cost implications for consumers, much as use of TV set-top boxes draws energy from the consumer's home account.
Cable Technology Week in Review
June 28, 2014 - 7:30 AM - It's been a busy week for the cable and pay-TV sector, starting with a big court case.