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Thursday, July 26, 2012

UTStarcom to Divest IPTV Business

UTStarcom will divest its IPTV business into a privately-held, standalone company. Jack Lu will leave UTStarcom to lead the IPTV equipment business. In addition, UTStarcom will seek to accelerate the growth of its media operational support services business. http://www.utstar.com

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

NBC to Use Ericsson's Video Solutions for Olympics

NBC Sports Group will use video processing solutions from Ericsson during its coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games from London, England July 27 - August 12, 2012. The equipment will be used to deliver HD content across both contribution and distribution feeds to ensure the highest picture quality from the Olympic venues to millions of viewers in the United States. Ericsson is providing a range of products including MPEG-4 AVC encoders, professional receivers, multiplexers and satellite modulators as well as a team of support engineers in both London and New York. http://www.ericsson.com

Monday, March 19, 2012

Motorola Mobility to Resell EdgeCast CDN Solutions

Motorola Mobility announced plans to EdgeCast Networks' content delivery network (CDN) solutions to service providers worldwide. This new relationship combines Motorola’s leading portfolio of on-demand, network DVR and IP CPE solutions, driving the evolution of multiscreen TV and the smart, simple connected home, with a leader in the world of CDN development and deployment of intelligent global CDN networks.


EdgeCast’s CDN platform includes advanced network provisioning, monitoring and management capabilities.


"Motorola is driving the evolution of TV and the smart, simple connect home. Working with EdgeCast provides us the ability to offer our customers simple and fast access to a proven CDN environment that enables the delivery of IP video on-demand and nDVR cloud based services directly to the multi-device, multi screen enabled consumer,�? said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager, Network Infrastructure Solutions, Motorola Mobility. “EdgeCast’s CDN solution will immediately enable service providers the ability to efficiently delivery multi-screen IP content, and if desired, an option to generate additional revenue by offering their CDN services directly to content providers."
http://mediacenter.motorola.com

Sunday, March 18, 2012

UNH-IOL to Conduct IPv6 Home Gateway Tests

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will conduct interoperability testing of IPv6 enable home gateways next month. The deadline for companies to register for the test event is April 9, 2012.
http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/ipv6/grouptest/april_16_2012/

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Qwilt Unveils its Unified, Transparent Video Caching

Qwilt, a start-up based in Redwood Shores, California, unveiled its QB-Series transparent-video delivery appliance for helping carriers gain control over Internet-video traffic on their networks. The company claims its QB-Series appliance can help operators reduce video traffic demands by 60-80%.


Qwilt is using proprietary video-content classification and analysis technology to transparently detect video content in an operator's Internet-traffic stream. Qwilt then adds optimized storage and delivery capabilities in a unified appliance.
http://www.qwilt.com
  • In October 2011, raised $24 million in two rounds of funding for its development of video infrastructure products. The company's mission is to help Internet Service Providers to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver high-quality video to their customers from sources like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. The platform will identify, monitor, store and deliver Internet video. Qwilt's funding comes from Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Crescent Point Group and other investors. The company, founded in 2010 by veterans of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.


  • Qwilt is headed by Alon Maor, who previously was at Cisco where he oversaw the development and operations of the Service Control Engine (SCE) product line. Alon joined Cisco following the $200M acquisition of P-Cube.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Comcast Launches "Xfinity Streampix" Streaming Service

Comcast introduced its "Xfinity Streampix" subscription video service that enables its customers to instantly stream movies and TV shows in and out of their homes. Comcast has licensing agreements with leading movie studios and programming providers including Disney-ABC Television Group*, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Cookie Jar Entertainment to begin streaming this week.


The streaming service, which is priced at $4.99 a month when purchased with other Comcast video packages, complements the 75,000 TV shows and movies currently available on Xfinity On Demand, XfinityTV.com and through the Xfinity TV app.
http://www.comcast.com

Monday, February 13, 2012

Aereo Readies TV Streaming in NYC - Tiny Antennas in Data Centers

Aereo, a start-up formerly known Bamboom Labs, announced $20.25 million in venture funding to support its upcoming launch of a TV streaming service in New York City.


Aereo concept is to provide each subscriber with a dedicated, miniaturized antenna and DVR installed in its data center. The antenna captures free, over-the-air TV content, which is then streamed over IP to the subscriber's laptop, tablet, smartphone, AppleTV or Roku set-top-box. Aereo’s members will have access to all of the major networks including CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, CW and PBS, as well as other local channels and will have the ability to store up to 40 hours of programming through their Remote DVR.


The new Series A financing was led by IAC. Previous investors, including FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, High Line Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners and select individuals, participated in the round, bringing Aereo’s total funding to approximately $25 million.


Aereo will begin signing up members in NYC on March 14. The service is priced at $12 per month.https://aereo.com

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Google TV Announcement Expected Feb. 13

Google is expected to make a big announcement on Monday, February 13th concerning Google TV and possibly a home entertainment product, according to Facebook postings from the firm.
http://www.google.com

Monday, February 6, 2012

AT&T's U-verse App for iPad Offers Wi-Fi Streaming on the Go

AT&T released an updated iPad App for its U-verse customers with the following new features:


  • extra content and information about the TV show you're watching, including series overview, episode synopsis, photos, cast and crew information, related TV shows and more.


  • a full-featured, intuitive U-verse remote control with channel, guide, DVR, interactive app and on-demand controls, eliminating the need for extra (or lost) remotes throughout the home.


  • advanced search functionality to help you find the content you want.


  • recommendations on what to watch with ratings and reviews.


  • ability to share information about what you are watching with friends on Facebook.


  • the ability to watch hit TV shows and movies over any Wi-Fi connection while on the go. The library of popular content is based on the customer's U-verse TV package, including shows and movies from STARZ, ENCORE, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, with more choices added on an ongoing basis.


  • the ability to access the U-verse programming guide and DVR scheduling on the go, similar to the functionality available on the U-verse app for iPhone and iPod touch.
http://www.att.com

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Verizon and Redbox Target VOD

Verizon has formed a joint venture partnership with Coinstar's Redbox division with the aim of launching a DVD + video-on-demand streaming and download entertainment service. The joint venture plans to debut in the second half of 2012. The venture plans to offer subscription services to consumers across the U.S. by leveraging Verizon's industry-wide relationships with entertainment content providers, its cloud computing technologies and state-of-the-art IP network infrastructure to distribute video on-demand content Additional brand and product information will be revealed in the coming months.


"When you consider the core elements the parties bring to this venture - our powerful brands; our national rental kiosk footprint; our anytime, anywhere network presence; and our mutual commitment to customer-focused innovation - it's clear that Verizon and Redbox are a powerful entertainment team," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon consumer and mass business markets.


The joint venture is a limited liability company with Verizon holding a 65 percent ownership share and Redbox holding a 35 percent ownership share at the outset.
http://www.verizon.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Netflix Delivered 2 Billion Streaming Hours in Q4

Netflix delivered over 2 billion hours of streaming video in Q4 2011, which is approximately 30 hours per member per month on average. The company had 21.67 million streaming subscriptions as of the end of 2011, of which 1.86 million were international streaming subscribers.
http://www.netflix.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time Warner Cable's iPhone App Allows In-home Live TV

Time Warner Cable launched an iPhone app that allows its cable customers to watch live TV from within the home, change channels on their set-top box and manage their DVR right from their iPhone. The features are available at no additional cost to Time Warner Cable video customers that have a broadband connection.


Features on TWC TV include:

  • Interactive program guide (IPG) – up to 7 days of listings. View detailed show descriptions including box art. Option to display “HD only�? or “favorites only�? by creating a favorite channel list.


  • Search – search for programming by title or episode name and filter results by genre


  • Set-top box tuning – tap on a network logo or “watch on TV�? button within the program description to tune compatible set-top boxes directly to the channel


  • DVR management – schedule one-time and series recordings on compatible DVRs directly from the IPG. Tap on the “DVR�? button to see a list of all upcoming recordings and make changes or cancel recordings.
http://www.twcableuntangled.comwww.timewarnercable.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Samsung to Add Verizon FiOS TV App to Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players

Samsung will be the first consumer electronics manufacturer to commercially introduce a Verizon FiOS TV App to its line of Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray Players in 2012. The app will allow Verizon FiOS TV subscribers to instantly access 26 live TV channels, including HD channels, directly through the subscribers' connected Samsung Smart TV or Smart Blu-ray Player. No additional hardware is required. Users will also have access to more than 10,000 video-on-demand titles available through Verizon Flex View – the company's anytime, anywhere on-demand entertainment service for TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.


"Our companies are squarely focused on two objectives: adding tangible value and excitement to our customers' entertainment experience," said Eric Anderson, vice president of content and product solutions, Samsung Electronics America. "By combining our respective capabilities and technologies, we are advancing our goals to transform entertainment throughout the home."http://www.samsung.com

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Netflix: 2 Billion Hours of Streaming in Q4

Netflix streamed more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies to its members in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company said it now has more than 20 million streaming members, including international customers.
http://www.netflix.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Reuters: Verizon Takes Aim at Netflix

Verizon is preparing to launch an over-the-top subscription video service to compete with Netflix, according to a report from Reuters. Verizon, which has not commented on the report, currently has about 5 million FiOS TV subscribers.


Verizon has recently begun streaming content to Microsoft Xbox consoles. It also recently began streaming a livesimulcast of the Longhorn Network – the 24/7 channel devoted to athletic programming and related activities at the University of Texas – and is making it available to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the country. http://www.reuters.com

Reuters: Verizon Takes Aim at Netflix

Verizon is preparing to launch an over-the-top subscription video service to compete with Netflix, according to a report from Reuters. Verizon, which has not commented on the report, currently has about 5 million FiOS TV subscribers.


Verizon has recently begun streaming content to Microsoft Xbox consoles. It also recently began streaming a livesimulcast of the Longhorn Network – the 24/7 channel devoted to athletic programming and related activities at the University of Texas – and is making it available to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the country. http://www.reuters.com

Monday, November 28, 2011

Verizon FiOS Offers Live Streaming of University of Texas Sports

Verizon will begin streaming a livesimulcast of the Longhorn Network – the 24/7 channel devoted to athletic programming and related activities at the University of Texas – and is making it available to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the country.


Verizon said it continues to build out its FiOS TV Online video content. FiOS also offers a broad collection of programming on TV, with more than 540 all-digital channels including more than 130 HD channels and 30,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. http://www.verizon.com

Verizon FiOS Offers Live Streaming of University of Texas Sports

Verizon will begin streaming a livesimulcast of the Longhorn Network – the 24/7 channel devoted to athletic programming and related activities at the University of Texas – and is making it available to Verizon FiOS TV customers across the country.


Verizon said it continues to build out its FiOS TV Online video content. FiOS also offers a broad collection of programming on TV, with more than 540 all-digital channels including more than 130 HD channels and 30,000 monthly video-on-demand titles. http://www.verizon.com

Verizon to Stream FiOS TV Channels to Xbox 360 Console

Verizon is ready to deliver 26 live, FiOS TV channels over Microsoft's Xbox 360 Entertainment System. The offer is available to customers who are Xbox LIVE Gold members and who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service. To access the channels, customers will have to download the Verizon FiOS TV app on their console.


New customers who sign up online for FiOS TV service can take advantage of a special offer that includes triple-play service with FiOS TV, FiOS 35/35 Mbps Internet service and Verizon voice service, starting at $89.99 a month. In addition, the offer includes a 12-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership and the "Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" game. The discounted offer is available through Jan. 21.


Notably, these customers will be able to integrate their TV experience with voice and gesture commands through Kinect for Xbox 360.

http://www.verizon.com http://www.microsoft.com

  • In October, Microsoft unveiled its Xbox 360 online entertainment service boasting content and support from nearly 40 leading TV partners, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K., Telef√≥nica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy. Content providers already on the Xbox include AT&T, Netflix and Hulu Plus in the U.S., TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., Canal+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia, and FOXTEL in Australia.


    Xbox 360 aims for seamless, living room entertainment integrating gaming, music, live TV and video-on-demand using a common interface and controlled by remotes, voice or Microsoft's exclusive Kinect technology.


    Xbox LIVE currently has 35 million members worldwide who spend 2.1 billion hours a month on the service. Microsoft said the service has seen three times the growth in video consumption last year.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

U.S. Cable Operators Target Better Energy Efficiency

U.S. cable industry today announced a new initiative dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of consumer set-top boxes and other devices and developing advanced cable-enabled services designed to promote innovative consumer energy conservation measures.


CableLabs plans to open a new Energy Lab as part of a new initiative by U.S. cable operators to focus on power efficiency. The initiative will develop specifications for both cable video devices and network support systems. Among other things, these specifications will enable the manufacturing of devices that have “sleep�? capabilities to reduce power consumption when subscribers are not actively watching television. After successful field testing of set-top boxes with next generation power management semiconductors, cable operators will begin promoting the deployment of these devices as part of their ongoing efforts to provide functional, reliable and energy efficient services.


The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CableLabs said that cable operators providing service to approximately 85 percent of U.S. cable customers have committed to ensure that by the end of 2013 at least 90 percent of all new set-top boxes they purchase and deploy will be ENERGY STAR 3.0 devices.


“This important energy initiative will build upon the industry's exemplary record of improving the energy efficiency of successive generations of video devices and services without government intervention, and more importantly it will chart our energy conservation course for the future,�? said Michael Powell, NCTA President & CEO. http://www.ncta.com

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