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SCTE taps Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced Monday the hiring of cable-telecommunications industry veteran Dean Stoneback as senior director of engineering.

Former TWC engineering exec Helms joins Alticast

Set-top and multiscreen technology developer Alticast announced Monday the hiring of former Time Warner Cable engineering executive Bill Helms as chief architect and senior VP of technology.

So it begins: Fox using Aereo precedent in battle against Dish

Those who scoffed at the notion that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week against Aereo was written too narrowly to affect other media technologies have been proven right--Fox is using the precedent in its two-year-old battle with Dish Network and its Hopper DVR.

Huawei taps into remote CCAP

Capitalizing on the fast-emerging market for Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd is marketing a remote CCAP product that shifts many of the traditional data and video processing functions from the cable headend to the access network.

Synacor management resists activist investors' call for sale

Management for TV Everywhere technology vendor Synacor Inc. on Friday resisted demands by two activist shareholders to terminate an ongoing CEO search and put the company up for sale.

Dreamworks' Katzenberg says studio's growth comes from online video, not movies

With about 18,000 YouTube content makers and their fans converging on Southern California's Anaheim Convention Center for the fifth annual VidCon confab Thursday, high-profile media executives including DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg, Maker Studio's Ynon Kreiz and YouTube's Susan Wojcicki turned out to deliver one-on-one "fireside" chats.

Aereo: Columnists question SCOTUS' tech chops, ruling's impact on DVRs

The handwringing following one of the biggest media-technology court rulings in decades continued Friday, with columnists at major daily newspapers and technology blogs pondering the ruling's long-term impact on innovation, as well as widely accepted technologies like the DVR.

ESPN, Univision generate record TV Everywhere audience, experience glitches

Thursday's World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany produced the watershed moment for TV Everywhere that ESPN predicted before the tournament, with a network-reported peak of 1.7 million concurrent streams on the Watch ESPN streaming app to see three-time champion Germany's 1-0 win.

Former HBO Go exec Juliano joins NBCU's TV Everywhere team

New NBCUniversal TV Everywhere chief Alison Moore has recruited one of her top former HBO colleagues, Dina Juliano, who will now serve as senior VP of consumer product strategy for NBCU.

LG developing new version of WebOS for its smart TVs

Following its acquisition of Hewlett-Packard's WebOS business, South Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics will unveil next year a new version of the software that will power all of its high-end smart TVs and many of its Internet-connected appliances.

Sen. McCaskill asks pay TV consumers to post their pricing complaints

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who chairs the Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee, is calling on pay TV consumers to visit her website and log their complaints about their monthly bill.

More Aereo aftermath: ACA 'disappointed' by ruling, Diller says 'it's over'

The American Cable Association has publicly decried the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that Aereo's SVOD service violates the copyrights of broadcasters.

U.S. fails to make Akamai's top 4K-ready nations list

Akamai released a report Thursday revealing that only 17 percent of U.S. homes have the kind of sustained broadband speeds needed to support streaming of 4K/Ultra HD video content.

SCTE, cable operators pledge to reduce network energy use by 2020

The Society of Cable Television engineers announced a plan Thursday to provide cable system operators with new standards, technology, solutions and training to significantly cut the energy use and cost of their networks by 2020.

James Nuzzo becomes latest Cablevision exec to hop to Charter

Charter Communications has announced the hiring of veteran Cablevision Systems executive James Nuzzo as executive VP of business planning.

High Court does what TV Everywhere failed to do: stop Aereo

On Tuesday, executives from ABC Television, digital advertising delivery company FreeWheel and Verizon Media Services gathered on a Los Angeles TV-industry panel to discuss what was being lauded as the successful launch of the Watch ABC TV Everywhere app. What the panelists didn't discuss was the elephant in the room … the one they were about 15 hours away from dodging.

World Cup: Better last-mile broadband drives bigger streaming audience

Having a rabid local fanbase for soccer certainly drives the amount of World Cup streamed viewing that goes on in any specific country, but data shows that the quality of last-mile broadband penetration is also a big factor.

Broadcasters' stock prices jolted by Aereo verdict, but level off fast

Announced at around 10 a.m. EST, the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 verdict against disruptive video-on-demand platform Aereo delivered an immediate, upward stock-price jolt to the publicly traded portion of the victorious broadcast TV world.

Dish offers to distribute carriage-starved CSN Houston a la carte

With no major carriage to speak of beyond its part owner, Comcast, nearly 21 months after it first launched, bankrupt regional sports network CSN Houston has been given an offer by Dish Network it might have to actually consider: a la carte distribution.

Global pay TV market to expand to 57% penetration by 2014

Despite slight erosion in markets like the U.S., pay TV penetration across 138 countries will expand to 886 million households, or 57.1 percent of all homes, by the end of 2014, a jump from 715 million and 49.1 percent in 2010.