Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Interesting flyer someone sent me.

Free cable tv?

If anyone knows anything let me know please.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TV One InfoComm 2013 Rotating Video Wall

This was on the corner of TV One's booth at InfoComm 2013. Many people stopped and took pictures and video of the display. This demonstrates TV One's CORIO 3 technology with rotation of any outputs and window rotation. A live camera was used for the picture in picture windows to show it is processing in real time with less than 2 frames of video delay. The new CORIOmaster mini uses our patented FPGA firmware processing with no internal PC or graphic card or processors to accomplish this task.

Monday, July 29, 2013

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  1. NYC Mayoral candidate Quinn urges CBS and Time Warner to settle dispute
  2. TiVo: Netflix doesn't cannibalize linear TV viewing
  3. Comcast HITS expands HD channel lineup without using more bandwidth
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  5. NCTC names PeerApp preferred vendor for OTT content delivery

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New York City Mayoral candidate and City Council speaker Christine Quinn is urging CBS (NYSE: CBS) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) to settle their dispute over retransmission consent and not disrupt service to customers. According to NY1 news channel, Quinn sent letters to both sides asking them to negotiate without disrupting service and she even threatened to schedule an oversight hearing to hold both parties accountable to the public.
Time Warner Cable and CBS agreed on Friday to extend their deadline for reaching a new retransmission-consent agreement until today at 5 p.m. EST.  If an agreement is not reached, CBS could be removed from the Time Warner Cable System. Quinn is asking both companies to continue negotiations without CBS going off the air, even if no agreement is reached by the deadline.
"We appreciate Speaker Quinn's letter. We're fighting to keep our customers' bills as low as possible. In the event of a blackout, we'll also work hard to make sure that our customers are aware that they still have options to watch their favorite CBS programming for free," said a Time Warner Cable spokesperson in a statement to NY1 news channel.
Time Warner claims CBS is demanding a 600 percent increase in re-transmission fees. CBS maintains that it is getting a smaller share of what Time Warner Cable pays other networks for their programming.
This isn't the first cable dispute that Quinn has become involved in. In February 2012, she threatened to grill Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt and Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) CEO Jim Dolan in public if they didn't resolve a dispute over a new carriage agreement for regional sports network MSG.
"If these discussions cannot produce a resolution within two weeks, the City Council will hold hearings and request that both parties explain themselves to the public," Quinn wrote in a letter to Dolan and Britt.
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Netflix subscribers watch just as much TV as other TV viewers, according to new research from TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) Research and Analytics. In fact, Netflix viewers not only watch Netflix content in addition to linear TV, but they also watch more premium content.
The survey, which queried nearly 10,000 TiVo subscribers, found that of the 57 percent of subscribers who said they subscribed to Netflix, 18 percent had watched "House of Cards," the original series offered by Netflix. In addition, 50 percent said they subscribe to Amazon Prime and 18 percent subscribe to Hulu Plus. About 8 percent said they subscribed to all three over-the-top services.
Interestingly, Netflix subscribers are also heavier viewers of other premium content. Households that said they watched "House of Cards" also watched 85 percent more HBO than non-Netflix households. And "House of Cards" households also watched Showtime's "Homeland" about 125 percent more than those who don't use Netflix. In addition, Netflix households viewed Showtime's "Homeland" 26 percent more than those who don't use Netflix.
TiVo Research CEO Mark Lieberman said that the study's data indicates that Netflix is not currently a substitute for traditional TV but instead a way for TV lovers to watch more kinds of programming.
Last July TiVo purchased ad research firm TRA for $20 million and created a new business unit called TiVo Research and Analytics. TRA already sells its research to 27 networks, including CBS and A&E Television Networks, and 45 advertisers, including Procter & Gamble, Oscar Mayer and Starcom MediaVest Group.
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HITS, Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) wholesale division that provides satellite-based content to independent cable operators, will expand its HITS Q2 satellite-based content distribution platform, making it possible to deliver more channels using existing bandwidth. Specifically, the technology will let HITS add 10 new HD channels and three new SD channels to its HITs Quantum SD/HD lineup. This will increase the number of HITS HD networks available to cable operators to 34, which is a 42 percent increase.
The 10 new HD channels will be added in the third quarter and will include Bio HD, Bravo HD, CNBC HD+, DIY Network HD, E! HD, Hub HD, Investigation Discovery HD, MSNBC HD, Nat Geo Wild HD and OWN HD. The three new SD services will include Fuel TV, Nick2 and MSG National. 
"The advanced video compression technology used on the upgraded HITS Quantum platform allows cable operators to offer more HD channels using significantly less bandwidth, without compromising the viewing experience," said Leslie Russell, vice president and general manager for HITS.
Last April, HITS upgraded its encoding technology to 256 QAM DVB-S2 on 75 percent of the HITS multiplexes. The upgrade freed 25 percent more local bandwidth allowing cable operators to add more SD and HD signals using fewer satellite receivers and their existing customer premise equipment.
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Outside Television inked a master affiliation deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative that could help it get its content on small and mid-size cable systems throughout the U.S. The NCTC deal, along with Outside's existing agreement with distribution partners such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) XFinity, gives the network the potential to reach more than 40 million homes.
The network, which is just two years old, caters to outdoor enthusiasts. It estimates its potential audience includes more than 140 million people, or more than half the entire U.S. population. Outside has partnered with top adventure producers like Red Bull, IMG, Warren Miller Entertainment, Teton Gravity Research, REEL Rock and many others. In addition, it is backed by sponsors such as Nissan, Ford and The North Face.
"Today's video landscape is incredibly dynamic, and independents keep striving to fulfill cable's original promise – delivering high-quality programs to serve and inspire a specific lifestyle," says Dennis Gillespie, senior vice president of distribution for Outside Television.
In June 2012, Outside inked a deal with Comcast Xfinity, which has added the service across its national footprint. NCTC negotiates carriage deals for about 1,000 independent cable operators across the U.S.
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Caching platform PeerApp is the preferred vendor for independent cable operators to use to deliver OTT content to customers. The National Cable Television Cooperative said it selected PeerApp because it provides a solution that is both efficient and cost-effective.
The NCTA, which is hosting its Independent Cable Show this week in San Diego, said that it picks certain network technologies and recommends them to its members as a way of helping them identify and implement proven network technologies. According to Corey McCarthy, SVP business development at NCTC, many of the organization's members are already using the PeerApp UltraBand caching platform.
PeerApp's caching platform lets operators meet the demand for OTT video and multimedia content by bringing the content closer to the subscriber and delivering a high quality of experience, the company said.
Over-the-top video will be a key topic of discussion this week at the National Cable Television Cooperative. This year's convention features multiple sessions about over-the-top video, including one panel titled "Growth in High Quality Content for OTT Distribution: a New Opportunity for NCTC Members?"

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-  see this press release
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Anybots creates new virtual presence robot in partnership with Polycom Inc. 

A sneak peak of the Q(x) hanging out in the Polycom lobby.
The Anybots Q(x) is the first new development in mobile telepresence technology from Anybots since the QB was introduced in 2010.  The Q(x) model is designed to be integrated with many different technology platforms, employing the same self balancing technology of its predecessors with updated audio and video through the Polycom Group500 Codec.  This development is the result of a Technology Innovation Partner Agreement with Polycom, encouraging innovative contributions to improve medical virtual presence technology and patient quality of life.
The press release of Anybot’s technology partnership with Polycom can be read here