May 21, 2012
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TiVo, one of the pioneers of recording, rewinding and pausing live TV with DVR services, has announced some new technology meant to bring cable and satellite TV providers the ability to extend live TV and DVR like content to tablets and smartphones both in and outside of the home.
As reported by Multichannel News, the new TiVo Stream device provides transcoding features built in to enable content viewing on multiple devices while working with a TiVo Premiere DVR. Content is enabled on mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones. This device, along with an IP Set-Top box, will be released both to retail and to some select cable providers to whom TiVo already provides DVR services. The advantage of the TiVo streaming device over the competitor Slingbox from EchoStar Technologies is that it enables streaming or download of shows simultaneously to multiple portable devices without interrupting what’s playing on TV, and allows users to transfer shows to mobile devices for viewing outside of the home.
These products will likely be available to cable and satellite TV providers who already use Premiere DVRs from TiVo as part of their service and product offerings. These include Virgin Media in the United Kingdom, along with DIRECTV and Charter Communications in the United States. Pricing for the products has not yet been released, but according to a statement by TiVo President and CEO Tom Rogers, they are designed with the low-capital costs operators demand.
No word on whether this announcement has been rushed to market to further compete with EchoStar, which has been pitching use of the Slingbox for set-top boxes from cable and satellite TV providers. Check back often for more news about these new products and when they will hit the market in the United States with DIRECTV satellite TV and Charter Communications cable television.
May 15, 2012
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Over the past month, Charter Communications serving the St. Louis, MO metro area and surrounding areas has altered its channel lineup, adding 28 new HD channels. The new complete channel lineup for Charter in St. Louis is available here.
Some of the newly available HD channels from Charter TV include Fox Business, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the Tennis Channel, and the ID Channel. The addition of these channels further increases the wide array of high-definition programming available from Charter TV. In addition to the new channels, Charter Communications has restructured the current channel lineup to group channels together more intuitively for a smoother, more pleasant television watching experience.
The new HD choices further fill out the HD channel lineup available from Charter. Here is some information on the new HD favorites:
- Fox Business – This additional Fox News channel rivals CNBC for business coverage, but in the style of presentation that the Fox News empire is known for. Fans of Fox News will find this new business channel indispensible when keeping up with financial news and economic opinion.
- Turner Classic Movies – This channel has access to all the movies in the Turner Archive, bringing classics from the silent era up to the second Golden Age of film in the seventies. Programming focuses on classic movies related to what’s going on in the world, broadcasting WWII movies around the anniversary of D-Day, and star tributes around the birthdays of iconic film stars. Any film fan will be glad to have this channel.
- The Tennis Channel – The Tennis Channel brings tennis action from across the world. For tennis fans who want to watch tournaments other than the four Grand Slam tournaments, this channel is essential for keeping up with the men’s and women’s tennis rankings.
- ID Channel – ID stands for Investigation Discovery. This Discovery Channel offshoot focuses on true crime shows like Hollywood Crimes, Deadly Women and 48 Hours.
Customers interested in the new Charter lineup can obtain Charter cable service.
May 11, 2012
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Each year, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association puts on a conference called the Cable Show, a convention and international exposition for the cable television industry. Representatives from leading cable providers like Time Warner, Charter Communications, Comcast and others will be present May 21-23, 2012 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, participating in panels and hearing symposia with cable news personalities, television stars, filmmakers, and industry leaders.
Guests for the cable television convention include:
- Conan O’Brien, late night talk show host on TBS, who will be speaking one on one with interviewer Piers Morgan of CNN on Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30AM Eastern Time
- Edward Burns, film director, writer and actor, who will be talking Tuesday, May 22 at 9:30AM as part of a panel on digital distribution and how it can have an effect upon the cable industry and other entertainment venues
- Darren Rovell, CNBC’s sports business reporter, who will be moderating a panel about the economics of sports and how it all relates to social media and developing technologies, also on May 23. The sports panel will feature:
- David Hill, Chairman & CEO of the Fox Sports Media Group
- David Levy, who handles sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
- ESPN President John Skipper (one of the most powerful men in sports and media)
- David Stern, NBA Commissioner
Other informative panels include one on cable news and campaign coverage featuring Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s Hardball, and more. Those interested in the cable television industry who cannot attend will be able to watch the panels at live.thecableshow.com.
This conference will not only be of interest to cable industry professionals, but cable customers as well, as many discussions impact how cable television providers will continue to deliver content to viewers around the United States and the world.