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Monday, October 10, 2011

ARRIS to Acquire BigBand for $53 Million

ARRIS will acquire BigBand Networks (NASDAQ: BBND) for $2.24 per share in cash, equating to approximately $172 million, or $53 million net of estimated BigBand cash on hand.

ARRIS said the acquisition will help it to better address upcoming video network evolution opportunities with a more complete offering. These opportunities include the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) architecture defined by CableLabs, Local and Targeted Advertising, IP Video Distribution, and Advanced Video Processing and Compression.

BigBand, which is based in Redwood City, California, supplies a range of video-networking and ad-insertion platforms for IPTV operators and cable operators.

Upon closing, ARRIS plans to cut costs at BigBand by eliminating public company expenses and the alignment of sales, marketing, and R&D initiatives. ARRIS also anticipates that the transaction will be neutral to accretive on a non-GAAP basis for ARRIS shareholders by mid-2012 and will offer upside potential thereafter.

"We are both enthusiastic and optimistic about the BigBand acquisition because it builds on our stated business strategy of growing our current businesses into a more complete portfolio including a strong video product suite and investing in the evolution towards network convergence onto an all IP platform," said Bob Stanzione, ARRIS Chairman & CEO. "In addition, the acquisition offers new opportunities to expand our customer base worldwide. We are delighted to welcome the BigBand employees to ARRIS."

The board of directors of BigBand has unanimously recommended that the shareholders of BigBand accept the offer. Redpoint Ventures and ValueAct Capital Partners, holders of 32% of the outstanding shares of BigBand, have agreed to tender their shares in the offer and to vote their shares in favor of the merger agreement and against any other transaction, subject to the provisions of the agreement. Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in late 2011.http://
  • For Q2 2011, BigBand reported total revenues of $19.8 million as compared to $26.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2010. GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2011 was $8.2 million, or ($0.12) per share, compared to GAAP net loss of $9.6 million, or ($0.14) per share, reported in the second quarter of 2010.

  • BigBand was founded in 1998 and completed its IPO in March 2007.

  • In 2004, BigBand Networks acquired the IP Cable Business Unit of ADC Telecommunications, including its Cuda CMTS and FastFlow product lines.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Microsoft Signs Big Players for Xbox 360 LIVE Entertainment Service

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 Kinnect technology.

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

"Today's announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,�? said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Combining the world's leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360* and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless."

"Microsoft and Verizon share a common vision to transform the ways people enjoy and interact with the entertainment they want — what Verizon calls the borderless lifestyle,�? said Eric Bruno, vice president of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon. “FiOS TV on the Xbox 360 is an excellent example of how we're working with market leaders to erase old technology borders to expand the FiOS TV experience and taking advantage of unique new features including voice- and gesture-control of live TV entertainment via Kinect. This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via Xbox."

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Netflix to Separate DVD and Streaming Businesses

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced plans to separate the company's streaming and DVD operations into distinct businesses. The DVD by mail operation will be renamed "Qwikster" and the streaming operation will retain the "Netflix" name. Each operation will have its own website and customers will need to subscribe to each service independently. Pricing remains the same. Andy Rendich has been appointed CEO of Qwikster.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Russia's VimpleCom Picks Motorola Mobility's IPTV Set-top

VimpelCom has selected Motorola Mobility's VIP22n2E series set-tops to expand their roll out of enhanced IPTV services to customers under its Beeline brand. The STB offers personal video recording (with the VIP2262 model), time shifting, electronic programming guides and HD content. In addition, with multi-room functionality and a built in hard disc, the VIP2262 gives operators the flexibility to offer a raft of new services – such as on-demand content and Internet via the TV – without having to invest in expensive back-end and network upgrades.
  • Last month, Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Hollywood Studios Offer Facebook Streaming

Miramax is the latest Hollywood studio to offer direct streaming of its films via a Facebook app. The studio is initially offering the choice of 20 movie selections in the U.S.. Rental pricing is set at 30 Facebook credits -- the equivalent of $3.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Brazil Opens Pay TV Market to Telcos

The Brazilian legislature approved a new law that opens the pay TV market to telecom service providers. The new law sets unified rules for the service, establishes quotas for programming with local content and independent channels, and removes restrictions on the activities of companies with foreign capital in the sector. Approval by the president is expected.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ActiveVideo Files For Injunction Against Verizon FiOS

ActiveVideo Networks, which last week was awarded damages totaling $115 million in a jury trial of the company's patent infringement suit against Verizon, has now filed for an injunction to prevent further use of its technology in Verizon's FiOS TV service.

ActiveVideo said it is seeking to protect is rights as the inventor of technology used in the delivery of advanced television applications such as video-on-demand (VOD) and interactive TV. Specifically, the company points to four key patents:

  • United States Patent No. 6,034,678, titled "Cable Television System With Remote Interactive Processor;"

  • United States Patent No. 5,550,578, titled "Interactive And Conventional Television Information System;"

  • United States Patent No. 6,100,883, titled "Home Interface Controller for Providing Interactive Cable Television;" and
  • United States Patent No. 6,205,582, titled "Interactive Cable Television System with Frame Server."

  • ActiveVideo's customer list includes Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, PCCW, Grande Communications and others.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Netflix Streaming Down for Several Hours

Users on Twitter reported a widespread outage of the Netflix streaming service on Sunday evening and lasting for about 4 hours. The trouble follows the company's steep price increase announced last week.!/search/Netflix

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Orange Reaches Content Partnership with CANAL+

The France Telecom Group (Orange) and CANAL+ finalized a strategic partnership, which calls for CANAL+ Group's acquisition of a 33.33% minority interest in Orange Cinema Series.

The deal ensures content production continuity for the Orange Cinema Series package and broader distribution for CANAL+ content. Orange will continue to distribute its multichannel package and related interactive services to its customers; CANAL+ will offer the package to all CANALSAT subscribers; and the partnership plans to make the service available to all interested operators; a more balanced business model thanks to wider distribution of the Orange Cinema Series service.

For St├ęphane Richard, "This project with the CANAL+ Group is yet another illustration of the partnership strategy for content we presented in June 2010. Our goal is to promote the content of our production partners and to offer our customers innovative packages and services that build on the experience we have acquired in recent years and, of course, on our networks. To continue to develop the Orange cinema series package, of which we can be proud and which continues to be offered in its present form to our 400,000 customers, I know that we can rely on the formidable know-how of CANAL+ in the production and marketing of premium channels."

For Bertrand Meheut, "This partnership with Orange, the ADSL market leader in France, is in line with our strategy of multiplatform distribution: making our offers as widely available as possible on all broadcast networks. This is a natural bridging of our respective know-how in technology and content production to make quality offers to all television viewers, accompanied by the most innovative services."

Monday, July 4, 2011

Netflix Charts Expansion in Latin America

Netflix disclosed plans to expand throughout Latin America and the Caribbean later this year with its unlimited movie and TV streaming service. The company plans to offer American, local and global TV shows and movies via a monthly plan. Pricing details have not yet been disclosed.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Motorola Televation Offers CableCard Programming, Transcoding, Wi-Fi

Motorola Mobility introduced its "Televation" broadband device for distributing live TV via Wi-Fi to any IP-enable screen around the home.

Televation employs a 1GHz digital tuner and CableCard to access broadcast TV channels directly from a coax outlet. The device has a high-performance transcoder that translates programming in real-time from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, as well as changing resolution and bit rate to match the capabilities of the consumer's viewing device.

Televation uses Motorola's SecureMedia IPRM-HN technology to keep the programming secure while it is being streamed, and to preserve the digital rights associated with the program. IPRM-HN has been approved by both CableLabs and the DTLA (Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator), giving content owners peace of mind that their valuable asset remains safe.

Motorola is providing Software Development Kits (SDKs) for both Android and iOS development environments. The company is also providing a reference client application for tablet devices that can be easily branded by cable providers.

"Motorola shares our focus on developing innovative consumer entertainment experiences, and we're pleased to have been able to work with them on Televation," said Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Comcast. "As the digital home continues to evolve, Televation is one of many tools that MSOs can use to give consumers a more portable TV experience in the home so they can watch anytime and anywhere."

"Consumers love entertainment, and want easy access to TV no matter where they are in the home. Coupled with the explosive popularity of tablet devices, this represents a terrific opportunity for MSOs to increase customer satisfaction while generating new revenue," said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility. "Televation gives our customers the ability to launch a new service that puts innovation back into TV, enabling their subscribers to enjoy TV beyond the TV."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cablevision Proposes Reform of Content Carriage Requirements

Cablevision Systems is proposing a set of regulatory changes that would limit the ability of broadcaster to bundle content with must-carry provisions.

In a filing with the FCC, Cablevision proposed the following:

Forbid tying – end the practice of requiring the carriage of unrelated cable channels, owned by broadcasters, in order to also carry their broadcast networks. This practice has allowed broadcasters, who enjoy free spectrum and other advantages, to raise consumer costs by forcing carriage of their channels of limited interest in exchange for access to major broadcast networks and "must see" programming.

Require transparency – end the practice of allowing broadcasters to keep their prices for carrying broadcast stations secret. Retransmission fees should be public.

Forbid discrimination – allow broadcasters to continue to set the price of carriage, but do not allow them to discriminate among cable and satellite providers based on size or other factors.

"The days of secret pricing that, among other things, requires consumers to pay for additional cable channels before they can receive a broadcast channel should come to an end," said Tom Rutledge, Cablevision's chief operating officer. "Broadcasters should not be able to keep the prices they charge hidden or to discriminate between distributors in a given market. Our simple reforms would end these practices, and we urge the FCC to consider this consumer friendly approach."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

YouTube: 3 Billion Views per Day, up 50% YoY

Google released some remarkable stats about YouTube, including:

YouTube is now delivering 3 billion views per day, a 50% increase over last year.

More than 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube , every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year.

YouTube is celebrating its six year anniversary.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

DIRECTV Deploys Amdocs Mediation Software

DIRECTV, which is a long-term Amdocs customer, has deployed Amdocs Mediation software to support its growing number of partnerships with service providers that bundle DIRECTV video services into their offerings.

Amdocs Mediation software allows DIRECTV to capture more revenue from reseller agreements, and give consumers the choice to receive DIRECTV products via a larger number of channels and bundles spanning wireline, wireless and Internet services.

Amdocs Mediation analyzes the service data from both DIRECTV and partner systems, expanding DIRECTV's auditing and error-handling capabilities for large volumes of data.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

HBO Selects Level 3 as a CDN Provider for HBO GO Mobile App

HBO is using Level 3 Communications to be a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services supporting the new HBO GO mobile app, which offers programming on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch as well as select Android devices.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BTI Adds Network Caching Support for Netflix Video Delivery

BTI Systems has updated the adaptive bit rate protocol support in its WideCast content-aware networking platform to ensure smooth delivery of Netflix content.

BTI Systems said its WideCast upgrade enables service providers can gain control of accelerating traffic growth in metro networks by transparently caching many content types, including Netflix, by serving it closer to the user instead of streaming it across increasingly congested networks.

"Given North America's strong adoption of OTT media distribution, we are committed to ensuring our customers stay ahead of the curve with innovative solutions," said Gary Southwell, CTO, BTI Systems. "The addition of Netflix support is just one of the upgrades we are making to our networking infrastructure to provide our customers with a powerful tool which manages and monetizes the delivery of OTT services flowing across their networks."

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ARRIS Launches Video Transcoding Platform

ARRIS introduced the 4000 series of its VIPr video transcoding platform, featuring MPEG-4 adaptive streaming, video fragmentation and packaging of live content for multiple screen applications for both Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), as well as MPEG-4 transcoding. The VIPr 4000 series enables operators to deliver live content in multiple encoding formats with the highest possible standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video quality.

The new platform leverages the ARRIS VIPr 4800, a second-generation video transcoder capable of generating live multi-screen video output through adaptive bit rate streaming. As a network video processor that ingests video streams in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (AVC H.264), the VIPr 4800 provides MPEG-4 video outputs at multiple resolutions, multiple bit rates and for multiple device types – including tablets, smartphones, personal computers and televisions.

Also available in this series is the ARRIS VIPr 4400 platform, which offers classic transcoding functionality such as MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 transcoding, and MPEG-4 re-encoding with integrated Statistical Multiplexing to ensure optimal bandwidth utilization and high quality video.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Netflix Reaches 23.6 million Subscribers

Netflix added 3.59 million new customer in Q1 2011 to reach a total base of 23.6 million worldwide. The figure was slightly below some forecasts. The number of new additions was nearly double the number added in Q1
of 2010. However, the company said net adds are going to get tougher going forward, especially compared to its recent high growth quarters.

In response to data caps recently introduced by Canadian ISPs, Netflix has changed the default streaming setting for
Canadian Netflix members to an encoding that consumes only 9 gigabytes for 30 hours of viewing versus
30 -70 gigabytes for 30 hours of viewing under its standard encoding.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Verizon Adds More Interactivity to FiOS TV

The next generation of Verizon's all-fiber-optic FiOS TV service will add more than 25 upgrades to the Interactive Media Guide as well as greater personalization and customization, easier navigation, deeper search, bigger storage options and optimization for new 3D technology.

Highlights include:

  • 3D content software, which automatically detects when a customer tunes to a 3D program or channel and instantly changes the necessary settings for watching those programs on a 3D television set.

  • DVR chaptering, giving viewers DVD-like capabilities to jump ahead or resume viewing at a particular moment of recorded programming by using on-screen thumbnails in 10-minute increments, providing more visual navigation.

  • Multi-hub DVR, which turns any DVR or HD set-top box in the home into a "hub," allowing customers to record and manage DVR settings from any room in the home, provided one of the DVRs is a multi-room DVR.

  • eSATA external storage device compatibility, available with most FiOS TV DVRs, allowing for increased overall storage capacity. eSATA hard drives can be purchased at most consumer electronics stores and will automatically record customer selections once plugged into the DVR.

  • New "play all" and "delete all" options, allowing customers to play episodes back-to-back and automatically delete all episodes of a show with the push of a button.

  • New parental control options that make monitoring children's viewing even easier, with the ability to block out portions of programming by rating during key hours of the day, like homework time, and schedule certain times for Parental Controls to be automatically turned on and off for greater flexibility.

  • Guide customization, enabling a variety of settings, with a mini guide on the bottom of the screen, a half guide on the right side of the screen, and a full guide with a look at more hours of scheduled programming.

  • Improved search capabilities, which provide a smarter search function that predicts what the customer is looking for and automatically provides potential matches. FiOS TV customers also can filter and sort by channel, and more easily locate favorite programs.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

thePlatform Integrates Microsoft's Smooth Streaming

thePlatform, a leading white-label video management and publishing company, has integrated Microsoft's leading digital media technologies, including Microsoft PlayReady and Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming. The companies said their integration enables premium video providers to deliver protected, high-definition (HD) Web video for both in-home and remote viewing experiences using the Microsoft streaming technology.

IIS Smooth Streaming is a form of dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP for delivering live and on-demand content that adjusts video quality automatically and scales massively on content distribution networks. It provides a high-quality viewing experience, which can lead to longer engagement times and makes possible the delivery of full HD 1080p media experiences.

thePlatform is also using Transform Manager, which is a server-side transformation engine built into IIS Media Services, to streamline production workflow for content companies by enabling solutions such as encoding once and simultaneously delivering multiple formats.

Comcast is the first company to combine Microsoft PlayReady and IIS Smooth Streaming technology with thePlatform's video management services. This is being done as part of Comcast's Xfinity TV service, which is available online through the company's popular Xfinity TV app. The technologies are integrated as part of the On Demand video streaming feature on the iPad.

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