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Cable experts from Liberty Global, Comcast and Dakota-based cableco Midcontinent Communications will be joined by executives from vendors Arris, Cisco, Harmonic, Nokia and Intel to discuss the benefits of Remote PHY architectures, at the Cable Tech Expo in Denver on October 17. The CableLabs standard can help towards improved network performance and capacity, reduce costs, and make next-generation cable services simpler to operate, by allowing an integrated CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) to be separated into two components – the CCAP core and Remote PHY device. Remote PHY is being hyped up as the technology that forms the foundation of achieving virtualization and full duplex DOCSIS.

German FTTH network operator Deutsche Glasfaser has selected UK IP video technology vendor Amino to support the second phase rollout of its DGTV set top and TV Everywhere app. The Amino View Aria 6 device provides updated hardware capabilities and it says adding the Enable transformation software layer helps customers deploy cost-effective services across their footprints.

Digital TV technology supplier Mirada has partnered with OTT software vendor Anevia to provide a joint offering aimed at helping operators and broadcasters transition to OTT video. Mirada’s Iris multiscreen platform has integrated Anevia’s NEA-DVR, NEA-CDN, Infinite and EDS technologies – providing a system for launching live, time-shift, catch-up, VoD, cloud DVR and 4K services. The two companies say the combined integration has been designed for geographically distributed architectures to match all operators’ network topologies.

Comcast is pulling back on original content for its OTT platform Watchable to focus on integrating the content in its Xfinity TV services including X1, but has reaffirmed that the two-year old service will not be entirely phased out. Watchable content partner Digiday said in a statement, “It sounds like, for now, it will remain as an ad-supported platform for the distribution partnerships it already has.”

Chinese fiber optics and imaging firm Luster LightTech is the newest Promoter member for WiFi backbone technology group MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance). MoCA says Luster received the invitation due to its contribution to the development of broadband access specification MoCA Access, its promotion of MoCA home networking among operators in China and the role it played in securing an MoU with the Academy of Broadcast Planning, three years after it first joined the alliance.

Liberty Global’s GigaWorld internet campaign, focused on developing new QoS features in infrastructures and networks, could generate between €250 billion and €660 billion ($297.5 billion to $785.3 billion) a year in Europe, and between €1.3 trillion and €3.5 trillion ($1.5 trillion to $4.2 trillion) a year globally by 2025, according to research from consultancy firm Arthur D. Little (ALD). The Liberty Global commissioned report covers emerging technologies including robot-assisted remote tele-surgery, 3D holographic projections of sports events and skyscraper windows maintained by drones. It claims GigaWorld will be spearheaded by three GigaApps – Augmented Discovery, Virtual Telepresence, and Automated Living. However, the research warns that the success of these future markets depends critically on the “predictability and clarity of the public policy framework to stimulate all actors to invest in the GigaWorld and to experiment with new business models.”

IP video software provider Evolution Digital has announced seven new US pay TV operator deployments for its eVUE-TV platform, bringing its total cable and telco customer base to 23 across the US. New signings are Cablevision of Marion County, BELD, DTC, LHTC Broadband, Tullahoma Utilities Board, Valley Telecom Group and Gold Coast Broadband. The eVUE-TV software enables operators to launch live IP linear, pay-per-view and network DVR services in combination with IP VoD.

A dual-mission spacecraft for satellite fleet operators SES and Echostar, built by Airbus, has been shipped from an Airbus facility in France to Cape Canaveral in Florida for its upcoming launch by SpaceX next month. The EchoStar 105/SES-11 hybrid Ku and C-band communications satellite provides EchoStar with 24 Ku-band transponders of 36 MHz, while SES has access to a C-band payload of 24 transponders – aimed at accelerating digital TV delivery across North America.

Video ad tech firm YuMe has launched a Connected TV SDK to assist advertisers and publishers in engaging audiences by reaching consumers on multiple connected TV platforms – delivering ad campaigns programmatically. US AVoD streaming service Popcornflix is the first to activate campaigns using the new product, with apps across Roku, Amazon FireTV, AppleTV, Xbox One, Playstation, iOS, Android and more.

Canadian IPTV software outfit Espial says it has contributed important conditional access system (CAS) integration and software to the RDK community, and claims to be the first company to certify and commercially deploy RDK-V version 2 with CAS technologies from Cisco, Nagra and Verimatrix, plus Widevine DRM. RDK-V is a standardized software stack for accelerating deployment of video services for cable operators and telcos – providing a common interface to SoCs and set tops, acting as a universal adapter to the underlying hardware.

Dish Network is being investigated by securities law firm Robbins Arroyo concerning allegations that certain officers and directors at the US operator breached the fiduciary duties to shareholders. No further details have been released yet.

Altice USA has expanded the footprint of its low-end Economy Internet broadband service to Optimum and Suddenlink areas, providing homes with access to a $14.99 a month broadband connection with speeds of up to 30 Mbps.

Arris’ DCX4220 hybrid IP set tops have been deployed by Cablevision to power the Argentinian operator’s new Flow TV service. Flow TV can integrate Cablevision’s traditional TV channels with on-demand content, cloud recordings and a new UI on multiple devices, as well as personalized recommendations on multiple user profiles. Cablevision has 3.4 million cable TV subscribers and around 2 million broadband homes.

Homegrown technology is relied on by 59% of all TV media companies to sell inventory, presenting significant difficulties in adapting to changing TV viewing behaviors, according to a study from broadcast and digital management software company SintecMedia. In addition, 31% of respondents believe that their company’s existing systems are capable of selling digital and linear TV in a single streamlined process. It concludes that demand for advanced TV inventory is founded on fast transactions, easy delivery and big scale.