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RGB Networks debuts just-in-time packaging for streaming video

RGB Networks has introduced new "just-in-time" packaging (JITP) capabilities to its TransAct Packager encoding solution. According to RGB, the technology allows video providers to deliver multiple

Will Google TV's launch in Europe succeed after U.S. foibles?

Google TV is launching in France in the fall, according to reports out of the French financial daily, Les Echos. That news probably isn't causing too many pay-TV execs to quake in their boots, at

Rovi signs new wide-ranging licensing deal with Sony

Rovi (Nasdaq: ROVI) announced this morning that it has signed a technology and patent licensing agreement with Sony (NYSE: SNE) covering components of Rovi's interactive program guide (IPG) and

Imagine's ICE Video platform certified for Mediaroom 2.0

Imagine Communications' ICE Video platform IPTV transcoder has been qualified for both 1.0 and 2.0 versions of the Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Mediaroom IPTV platform. The transcoder's certification is

N.J. questions Verizon's landline commitment; telco looks to mobile video service

New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities wants to know why Verizon (NYSE: VZ) hasn't delivered 50,000 residents statewide the high-speed broadband service it promised two years ago. The state also

Universal Sports Network touts Olympic programming with new distribution deals

Universal Sports Network has signed new distribution deals with TV operators BendBroadband, Wave Broadband, and Local Tel. The network is a partner to NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, and it

ISPs, media companies take another step in anti-piracy fight

ISPs and media companies took another step toward implementing a new content anti-piracy plan, naming a new executive director and an advisory board to the Center for Copyright Information, a

Oh no, Ojo! Video phone maker and iTV company WorldGate files for bankruptcy

WorldGate Communications (OTC: WGAT.OB) has filed for bankruptcy, bringing an end to one more failed enterprise from the early interactive television era. According to an SEC filing from March 30,

More changes at STB-maker Pace as two more execs go

The bloodletting continues at set-top box maker Pace, which today announced the head of its international business unit was being replaced and also erased the job of chief strategy officer from its

Cablecos and telcos risk losing SME biz to hosted service providers

Operators enjoy big margins in commercial services and are continually looking to grow their revenue in the enterprise and small business markets. However, both cable and telecom companies may face a

Sigma Designs secures Trident's DTV SoC business

The system-on-a-chip (SoC) company Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM) is soon to be the proud owner of new SoC assets from bankrupt Trident Microsystems. According to an announcement this morning, Sigma

Pace names Shane McCarthy as president of Pace International business unit

Set-top maker Pace (LSE: PIC) has appointed Shane McCarthy as the new president of its Pace International business unit. McCarthy takes over for Mark Loughran, who held the title for just shy of 11

Concurrent adds dynamic ad insertion capabilities to MediaHawk VX server

Concurrent (Nasdaq: CCUR), a long-time vendor in the cable TV business, is now supporting dynamic ad insertion for VOD programming through a new software update to its MediaHawk VX server. The

Tribune stations go dark for DirecTV subscribers

Following through on its earlier threat, Tribune Broadcasting pulled television stations from DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) in 19 markets on Sunday. The stations include local broadcast networks as well as

Sky Angel has FCC questioning definition of an MVPD

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is no longer sure just how to define a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD), and its final decision on the matter could have major

Verizon adds mobile video promise to spectrum deal debate

Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam told The Wall Street Journal that if its deal to buy spectrum from and partner with major cable TV companies gets approved by the

Major league TV rights battle next after Dodgers sale

The $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers has gotten a lot of attention over two bits of info: The new ownership team includes hoops legend Magic Johnson, and the $2 billion price tag is the

Time Warner Cable exec: Cable TV's future looks a lot like Pandora

Is the cable TV industry ready for Pandora's box to be opened? Speaking at a Multichannel News innovation event, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) executive Peter Stern said cable TV is on course to

DirecTV eyes Latin America growth

DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) is looking to conquer Latin America with a plan to double revenue and subscribers in the region over the next five years. The satellite TV company was recently able to add about

Informa survey: TV execs say video quality guarantees will win advertisers

A new survey from Informa Telecoms & Media found that 75 percent of TV advertising and programming executives believe that their advertisers are willing to pay more to support online video with