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Shedding New LED Light on Super Bowl XLIX

Joe Casper may not be able to illuminate “Deflategate,” but he believes his company’s efforts are going to bring new perspectives of Super Bowl XLIX for those in Glendale or watching the action at home.


SymbolShifters Embeds Codes in Video Streams for Interactivity on Older DTV Receivers


SymbolShifters, a technology that embeds scannable icons (SI), also known as "Quick Response (QR) codes," into video streams, is the latest vision of two venerable cable technologists, Walt Ciciora and Ted Hartson. 


Local Cable Advertisers Rushed Into CFP Championship Game

The rise in local cable advertising demand we identified over the past two college bowl seasons was merely a prelude to the dramatic figures that Viamedia tallied for Monday’s 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Buckeyes of Ohio State and the Oregon Ducks.


NBA's 4K Telecast: Spectacular Views from London

The grain of the hardwood floor was in pristine stain. One could easily discern the rotation of the ball in flight on long 3s. Flailing arms and hands in pursuit of loose balls sprang onto the screen.


The scene: Neulion’s Live 4K streaming presentation of the Jan. 15 matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks from London’s O2 arena at NBA headquarters in New York.


Comcast's Juggling Act


Comcast’s proposed new structure for the company post-TWC merger doesn’t really pose many surprises given the size and scope of the deals that will make up the new Comcast.



Drawing The Line

Terrorists may have succeeded in gunning down journalists --several of them cartoonists-- working for French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. But if one of their goals was to silence criticism, it was a spectacular failure.

Kooky Stuff Makes Scene At CES

The International CES, a sensory overload sprawling across 2 million square feet (that’s 35 football fields) this week in Las Vegas, can be a useful forecaster of the kinds of stuff we’ll (someday, maybe) bring into our lives.


It can also be an electronic petri dish of the spectacularly weird.


• Connected forks, to scold you when you’re eating too much, or too fast.

• Brainwave-sensing headbands, to tell you when you’re in a bad mood.

Cable's Lame Role in Health Tech

"Health" plays a big part in this week's vocabulary, as friends bid each other a "happy and healthy" New Year.  The International CES will be loaded with digital health products and services, fueled by the frenzy over wearable sensors and wireless monitoring systems. 


2015 Sports Predictions: Fearless And Otherwise



In the wide world of sports, the balls and deals never stop spinning.  Here are predictions, fearless and otherwise, that figure to unfurl in 2015.



College Football Coronation: Baylor and TCU certainly have cause to protest, but for the most part college football fans are cheering the new playoff system. Count ESPN, which is allocating $5.6 billion over 12 years, among them.