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Latest TiVo-Comcast Patent Scrum Ends in Draw

Both sides declare victory in mixed court opinion centered on a TiVo video search patent.

TiVo Debuts Pricey Connected DVR Lineup, Ad-Supported Streaming Service

Company adds TiVo Edge models for cable customers and cord-cutters, tags content partners for soon-to-launch ad-based OTT service called TiVo+.

Looking Back: Comcast's Breakthrough X1 Video Service Turns 10

Whispers about Comcast's next-video platform began to spread a decade ago at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver. Here's a look back at its journey from a secretive project originally called 'Excalibur' to a widely deployed product under the X1 banner.

Comcast restores remote DVR recording function after TiVo patents expire

TiVo counters expiration of two patents have 'no impact' on the company's licensing deals and reinstatement of feature is 'implicit admission' of value of TiVo's tech.

Another Cable Operator Gives Pay-TV the Heave-Ho

Massachusetts municipal cable operator Beld Internet said 'out-of-control' programming costs left it no choice but to dump its pay-TV service and direct broadband subs to OTT options.

TiVo Rolling Out Skippable Pre-Roll Ads for Retail DVRs

New ad inventory, to be inserted in front of DVR recordings, will be rolled out to eligible retail devices within 90 days, company says.

Comcast's Trojan Horse for Pay-TV

Xfinity Flex, now offered for free to broadband-only subs, provides streaming apps and smart home capabilities – but it's also something else.

Cox also flexing its streaming muscles

Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.

Comcast offers 'Xfinity Flex' for free to broadband-only subs

Video streaming platform features a video client, voice remote and integration with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and, soon, an upgrade path to Comcast's full pay-TV service.

Charter Taps Stephanie Mitchko as CTO

Mitchko, a former Cadent exec and engineer who worked on Cablevision's pioneering remote-storage DVR service, succeeds the retired Jay Rolls.

Comcast snares set-top app specialist Metrological

Comcast pulls more engineering and software development expertise in-house for its X1 and Xfinity Flex video and smart home platforms.

Charter Seeks Buy-In for Piracy Plan

In addition to working with Disney, Charter is urging other programmers and MSOs to get behind a common set of 'authentication principles' designed to clamp down on password sharing, CFO says.

Orby TV Links Up With Eutelsat for New Prepaid Satellite TV Service

Launched earlier this year, Orby TV's prepaid offering is renting transponder space to power a prepaid offering that starts at $40 per month.

Altice USA Loves What Locast Does, CEO Says

A formal relationship has yet to materialize, but Altice USA's Dexter Goei confirms company has held talks with the embattled provider of OTT-delivered local broadcast TV.

Why CenturyLink Bought Streamroot

Streamroot's peer-assisted CDN technology will help CenturyLink extend a video streaming bridge to hard-to-reach parts of the globe.

Apple TV+ to debut November 1, fetch $4.99 per month

Apple to offer a free year of the new subscription VoD service with purchase of any new iPhone, Mac or Apple TV.

Broadcom Tunes Up Video Play for RDK

Aiming to speed up service provider deployment cycles, Broadcom's new RDK-infused chips for video set-tops and gateways weave in new app framework and Metrological's App Store.

Comcast sparks streaming app for LG TVs

Beta of Xfinity Stream app for LG supports Comcast's live TV, VoD and cloud DVR services and works on 4K and HD models from 2017 to 2019.

Amazon Stokes Up Fire TV Platform as Active Users Surpass 37M

Amazon introduces 15 smart TVs that run Fire TV, alongside a new 'Cube' device with 4K and Dolby Vision support.

TiVo Hones 'Edge' DVR Ahead of Company Split

New family of connected devices for cable TV customers and cord-cutters will reportedly pack six tuners, 2 terabytes of storage and support 4K and Dolby Atmos.

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