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Charter Withdraws From Auction

Welcome to the TGIF cable news roundup.

  • Charter Communications Inc. has pulled its Los Angeles systems off the market after disappointing bids failed to meet the MSO’s hopeful $2.5 billion target. Mike Farrell at Multichannel News reports that hope is not lost, however, as Charter could still end up closing a deal outside the formal auction structure. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) picked up Insight Communications for $3 billion last month after eschewing a five-month bidding process that produced no clear winner.

  • Time Warner Cable is looking to reclaim analog spectrum in a new pilot program that will transition subscribers in central Maine to an all-digital cable system. A longtime champion of switched digital video technology, TWC is taking its bandwidth optimization a step further with plans to issue Digital Terminal Adapter (DTA)s to all customers with analog TVs. The DTAs will be free during the pilot program, but will cost 99 cents each per month starting in January 2014.

  • Amsterdam's IBC is producing a slew of encoding news this week. Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) has announced the new Electra 9000, which it’s calling the world’s first multi-codec, multi-format video encoder supporting broadcast, mobile and Web formats in a single-rack chassis. Meanwhile Motorola Mobility LLC is upping its game by adding perceptual video processing (PVP) technology into its SE-6000 encoder, a move designed to improve video quality by up to 20 percent. Rovi Corp. announced its TotalCode series of encoding solutions today, including support for the latest adaptive streaming codecs. And finally, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) says that Telenor Satellite Broascasting AS (TSBc) has selected its new encoding platform, part of the larger Videoscape platform, to deliver content to PCs and mobile devices using adaptive streaming.

  • Outside the IBC, the E.W. Scripps Company has introduced a new live streaming feature for mobile audiences in nine television markets. The over-the-top play lets Scripps provide breaking news and severe weather alerts via live video to iOS, Android and select Blackberry devices. Claiming it’s the nation’s first TV station group to offer live mobile streaming, Scripps will debut its new technology with stations from Detroit; Phoenix; Tampa, Fla.; Cleveland; Baltimore; Kansas City, Mo.; Cincinnati; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Tulsa, Okla.

    — Mari Silbey, Special to Light Reading Cable

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