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YouTube on existing set-top boxes: Successfully scaling streaming services

Arpad Jordan, CTO, UPC Central and Eastern Europe

As companies from Amazon to Zappos can tell you, the line between innovation success and failure is rarely clear. Will consumer interest to a new service be broad enough to justify heavy up-front investment and required scale? How will new products or services affect current customer behavior? Will...

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ActiveVideo and Intel: How to fit 7M STBs into a closet

Ronald Brockmann — CTO

What’s the connection between a bedroom closet and CloudTV™? I’ll tell you in a moment, but first let’s talk about how far ActiveVideo has come since the analysts at UBS penned a report headlined “Getting More for Less with CloudTV.” In the 15 months since we began talking about...

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UPC Hungary paves way for cloud-based app store on every STB

Murali Nemani

With more than 800,000 apps in the market today, there seems to an app for every need, with the exception of one the pay-TV and developer communities would most like to see: An app that could bridge the fragmented device landscape and bring content-rich app stores to every pay-TV STB and connected...

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Virtual CPE: Bringing Pay-TV into the Internet Age

Murali Nemani

In the horse race to roll out advanced services, pay-TV providers often start with a huge handicap: The 10-year lifecycle for design, development and deployment of customer premises equipment that slows cable and IPTV while online video providers sprint toward the finish line like California Chrome...

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CloudTV: One core platform serving a family of products

Murali Nemani

It may be a long leap from my days as an automotive engineer to Cloud UIs, but stay with me on this: Whether it's the auto industry or software development, when you have a well-engineered core platform the application of it is limited only by the designers’ imaginations.   Just as the same...

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Ziggo goes Set-top free with Cloud UI to win Innovation Award

Ronald Brockmann — CTO

  Great partnerships are like great friendships:  Some give and take, a willingness to work together to achieve mutual goals, and shared joy when success is achieved.  So when Ziggo received the Cable Europe Innovation Award at Cable Congress 2014, we were honored—as partners and...

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Arming TV to fight likes of Facebook for Ad dollars

Anoop Mohan — Senior Director, Product Management

With efforts by the likes of Facebook to take TV ad dollars to the Web, pay-TV operators and connected device manufacturers increasingly are seeing opportunities to shift ad growth from the Internet to TV.  However, they face multiple technological challenges, including: Lack of standards in ad...

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Can the cloud be the catalyst to shift ad dollars from the Web to TV?

Sachin Sathaye — VP Strategy & Product Marketing

When it comes to the future of television, there’s no experience that stimulates the senses quite like the electrifying exhibits and the amped-up audio of CES.  But amidst the video displays—ever larger, ever thinner and ever higher in resolution—there’s this reality: Some of the biggest...

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Cloud UIs: Show me the money!

Sachin Sathaye — VP Strategy & Product Marketing

When it comes to advanced navigation, Cloud UIs have taken center stage.  Ziggo is bringing cloud-based TV services to unmanaged devices without a set-top box, Charter is breaking new ground with its Guide-in-the-Cloud trial in Texas and other major operators in the US and abroad are advancing...

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IBC Innovation Award Caps a September to Remember

Ronald Brockmann — CTO

We’ve had one great September at ActiveVideo.  Endorsements by T-Labs, the R&I arm of Deutsche Telekom, and Liberty Global. Selection by Light Reading as one of the leading private companies.  A Best Exhibit Design Award for our stand at IBC. This week marked yet another leap forward for...

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There’s no “UI” in Chromecast, but we can fix that

Anoop Mohan — Senior Director, Product Management

Steve Ballmer’s long, slow exit has set off a torrent of discussion about what’s next at Microsoft. Apple-watchers are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C, or both. But when it comes to sheer tonnage lately, there are few news items out of Silicon Valley that have been...

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Cloud UIs and Latency: The Unvarnished Truth

Cliff Mercer — Chief Architect & SVP

If there’s anything that meets or exceeds expectations more than the responsiveness of cloud UIs, it’s the speed and regularity with which people bring up the “L” word—“latency”—when we talk about streaming user experiences from the cloud. It’s the right question to ask, of...

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Hey Janko, You Had Me at “Fragmentation”

Sachin Sathaye — VP Strategy & Product Marketing

I’ve never met Janko Roettgers from GigaOm, but over the last week I feel like we’re kindred spirits.  Janko did a three-part series on SmartTVs that talked about the user experience, the difficulty of writing apps, the problems with remote controls and all of the other things that have...

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“TV As An App:” Cutting through the Clutter of Cloud UI Claims

Sachin Sathaye — VP Strategy & Product Marketing

With increased interest in cloud UIs these days, understanding the distinction between the two leading technology approaches—cloud-based browsers and device-based browsers—is like comparing the fashions of Kate Middleton and Lady Gaga:  Both are turning heads, but in vastly different ways. At...

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