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The L.A. Dodgers TV Situation - The Bad, the Ugly and the Unspeakable
July 30, 2014 - 2:25 PM - Just when you thought there was a break in fan-unfriendly deadlock between Time Warner Cable (which aid for the rights to carry L.A. Dodgers channel games) and other potential distributors, sports powerhouse DIRECTV waved it off.
Dynamic Ad Insertion Set to Spike with HD and VOD Uptake
July 29, 2014 - 5:21 PM - Broadcasters and cable operators are migrating from analog to digital networks in an effort to cater to subscribers' growing demand for digital content. With the transition from standard to high definition (HD) and video on demand (VOD) content shifting the focus to interactive, addressable advertising commercials, the global adoption of video and ad insertion servers is set to escalate.
Nokia Runs Munich Field Test for LTE Broadcast
July 29, 2014 - 5:07 PM - Nokia Networks is field-testing the use of LTE for nationwide TV broadcasting with a trial in Munich.
Digiturk Teams with AirTies and Octoshape for Premium Programming OTT
July 29, 2014 - 12:19 PM - Digiturk, a satellite television provider in Turkey, recently signed an agreement with AirTies Wireless Networks, a company serving the broadcast and broadband industry, and Octoshape, a provider of cloud-based OTT streaming technology for broadcasters, to deploy their joint OTT/IPTV solution, which will help the company deliver premium programming over-the-top to its international customers.
Online Video Drives Exponential Growth for Qwilt Analytics
July 28, 2014 - 5:19 PM - Demand for live and on-demand streaming video into the home continues to escalate, driving more business across the ecosystem. One case in point is Qwilt, the online video delivery and network analytics provider, which said that it has seen more than 400 percent growth in new North American customers over the past 12 months.
Cable Technology Week in Review
July 26, 2014 - 7:15 AM - The news this week seemed to hinge on user consumption trends for cable and video services, starting with an interesting piece of research: The "man's best friend" status has traditionally been claimed by our canine companions, but something entirely more technological (and less in need of maintenance) is apparently questing after the role: in a new national consumer study, many Americans said they see their TV sets less as entertainment devices and more as companions, with 60 percent of U.S. consumers leaving the TV on whether they're actively watching or not.
'Brand Effect Study' Reveals Impacts of TV Advertising
July 25, 2014 - 6:26 PM - Viggle, a company that focuses on entertainment marketing and rewards, has released a report that it is calling the Brand Effect Study. This report has, according to the company, illustrated that exposure to advertisements that are shown on television as well as the Viggle app resulted in higher brand recall. The report also indicates that an ad buy that took place in May, would lead to brand, message, likeability and purchase intent increases as long as a TV advertising buy was also being extended to Viggle's platform.
Move Over Rover: TV Becomes the Top Household Companion
July 25, 2014 - 12:07 PM - The "man's best friend" status has traditionally been claimed by our canine companions, but something entirely more technological (and less in need of maintenance) is apparently questing after the role: in a new national consumer study, many Americans said they see their TV sets less as entertainment devices and more as companions, with 60 percent of U.S. consumers leaving the TV on whether they're actively watching or not.
Samsung Enables Hoteliers to Deliver Premium Entertainment
July 25, 2014 - 9:05 AM - The needs of leisure travelers are changing, and hoteliers the world over have to provide the superior-quality in-room experience that today's travelers expect. Providing guests with premium content is no longer a luxury, but a 'must have', for the hospitality industry. Samsung Electronics is setting the pace in premium guest entertainment by partnering with industry-leading system integrators.
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.