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Netflix Opens Viewer Options with TiVo Integration
April 24, 2014 - 3:32 PM - Netflix recently announced in a quarterly earnings report that it was expanding its presence by integrating with TiVo. This move could be a huge breakthrough for home entertainment technology as it expands the options for viewing TV shows and movies to viewers, putting another nail in the coffin of appointment television.
Comcast Adds Q1 Subs, Talks to Charter about Divesting Others
April 23, 2014 - 5:19 PM - No. 1 cable MSO Comcast has managed to claw its way out of the cable churn bucket, adding basic video subscribers for the second consecutive quarter. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting that Comcast is close to a deal to sell 1.5 million subs to Charter Communications, with plans to spin off another 2.5 million into a new, publicly-traded company in which Charter will have a minority stake.
Wheelings & Dealings: FilmOn Acquires One of the Largest Privately Owned Film Libraries
April 22, 2014 - 6:09 PM - FilmOn Networks, a free TV service and live TV app with 40 million downloads and counting, has acquired CineBx Library, which has 40 other collections including Allied Entertainment, A1 Entertainment, Four Star, and HanVideo.
Wheelings & Dealings: Tubular Video Marketing Software Attracts $11M in Funding
April 22, 2014 - 4:52 PM - Video remains one of the hottest online marketing methods, and investors are taking notice. As such, Tubular announced its online video marketing platform has received $11 million in Series B financing for the company from Canaan Partners.
Time-shifted TV: TiVo Says Broadcasters Losing Millions in Ad Revenue
April 22, 2014 - 8:41 AM - A new look at time-shifted primetime TV viewing from TiVo Research, studying what was watched between four to seven days after a program's live airing (Live+4 to Live+7), has revealed large increases in commercial viewership when the ratings windows are increased beyond the three-day mark. It's a finding that could have ramifications on advertising models going forward.
Mobile and Online Video Begins to Redefine TV
April 22, 2014 - 7:00 AM - Streaming video-and more specifically mobile video-is on the rise as consumers are increasingly watching streamed or downloaded video when and where they want. According to Experian Marketing Services, as of October 2013, 48 percent of all U.S. adults and 67 percent of those under the age of 35 watch streaming or downloaded video during a typical week, up from 45 percent and 64 percent, respectively, just six months earlier.
QuickLogic Announces Immediate Availability of its IrDA Remote Control Proven System Block
April 21, 2014 - 3:35 PM - QuickLogic Corporation, the innovator in low-power Customer Specific Standard Products, recently introduced its IrDA Remote Control Proven System Block.
PeerApp Demonstrates Its Implementation of Content Service Extension (CSE) Architecture
April 21, 2014 - 2:42 PM - Along with Limelight Networks and EdgeCast Networks, PeerApp, a provider of solutions for internet caching infrastructure, recently showcased its implementation of content service extension (CSE) architecture that has the capability to enable broadband operators to collaborate with internet service providers to efficiently deliver services over the network.
SBBS, Gilat Announce Expansion of Consumer Ka-Band Services to Germany and Italy
April 21, 2014 - 1:58 PM - SES Broadband Services (SBBS), a provider of high-speed broadband solutions via satellites, along with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications, has announced the expansion of consumer Ka-band services to Germany and Italy over SES's ASTRA 2E satellite.
4K UltraHD Reference Tool Looks to Accelerate HEVC Rollout
April 21, 2014 - 12:11 PM - 4K UltraHD-which quadruples the resolution of today's 1080p HD television format-has created a buzz over the last year, ever since LG, Samsung and others took the wraps off UltraHD TV sets at CES in January. But challenges to actually delivering 4K remain, considering that it takes eight times the bandwidth of HD to deliver. Media processing specialist ViXS Systems is tackling some of the hurdles, with the launch of the UltraHD 4K Golden Reference Decoder tool to test, validate and debug 4K UltraHD content and deployment plans for the broadcast industry.
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.