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Korea: Ultra HD broadcasting goes on air

Next-generation Ultra-HD broadcasting has commenced in Korea. U-max, an Ultra-HD cable TV channel, recently went on the air and started broadcasting four hours of Ultra-HD programming five times per day, including documentaries, cartoons and live concerts. “We started broadcasting in ultra HD for the first time worldwide, after a test run last July,” said Minister of Science, ICT & Future [...]

Netflix plans US cable STB integrations

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In addition to voicing its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Netflix has revealed that it plans to build on its successful integrations with European cable operators by launching its first US cable tie-ins. In its earnings letter to shareholders announcing its Q1 results, the company said it remained “very happy” with the customer embrace of its MVPD [...]

TWC, Comcast could shed $20bn to make deal

It could be that Time Warner and Comcast, in their attempt to merge their cable assets, are planning to divest some $20 billion-worth of assets, potentially including 3 million subscribers, in order to calm some of the antitrust regulatory concerns over their combination. Weekend reports suggest that two options are under consideration: one, is to sell off the 3 million [...]

Comcast adds 25,000 cable subs in Q2

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Comcast reported increasing subscription numbers for its cable service for the second consecutive quarter, defying fears of so-called cord-cutters. The company saw an improved performance thanks to its NBCUniversal unit, growth in its business services division and the performance of its high-speed Internet group. Pay-TV operators are increasingly fretting about cord-cutting, particularly among younger viewers who may be deterred from [...]

Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

Aereo’s Kanojia: ‘No Plan B’

Echoing recent comments by Barry Diller, the main backer of Internet TV streaming service Aereo, that failure in its forthcoming Supreme Court copyright case would likely see the end of the service, the company’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has admitted there is no ‘Plan B’ should the Supreme Court decide against it in the case which begins April 22. [...]

FilmOn to expand if Aereo successful

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Alki David, the founder of Internet TV streaming service FilmOn, has said he plans to expand the operation should rival service Aereo be successful in its US Supreme Court copyright case brought by the major networks. “We’re in 18 cities and our model is free,” he told The New York Post. “We’d turn on all over the States and have [...]

ARRIS acquires SeaWell Networks

In a move that further strengthens its IP delivery capabilities, IP, video and broadband technology specialist ARRIS is to acquire multiscreen video delivery solutions provider SeaWell Networks for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition comes one year after ARRIS acquired Motorola Mobility’s Home division. ARRIS is integrating SeaWell’s adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies and talent into its Network and Cloud [...]

Who are the cord-cutters/cord-nevers?

Depending on whom you talk to, video cord cutters and cord nevers are sure to multiply exponentially or remain a rare commodity.  Reality is somewhere in the middle, says SNL Kagan. Video cord cutters,

Romania pay-TV subs up 6%

DTH subscribers in Romania fell back 0.2 per cent, but cable growth for 2013 was a healthy 8.7 per cent up on 2012, according to Romania’s media regulator ANCOM. The overall subscriber total at December 31st was 6.4 million pay-TV subs, with more than 85 per cent of Romanian TV homes now paying for TV services. Of that 6.4 million, [...]

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