Amazon today announced a new point of sale (POS) solution that will provide the company with an inroad to brick and mortar retailers. Called Amazon Local Register, the payment solution consists of a secure card reader and mobile app that will allow local businesses to accept credit and debit cards from a smartphone or tablet and keep track of their business.
Wi-Fi has become the wireless play that cable operators have long yearned for, and it doesn’t require the costly build out of LTE networks or flaky partnerships that ultimately failed. From homes, to stadiums, to trains, to metro areas with heavy foot traffic, Wi-Fi has been a shining star.
Telemedicine is still in its infancy, just beginning to be a commercial endeavor. The limited amount of activity conducted today doesn’t register as even a blip in broadband usage statistics, but practitioners could end up being some of the most exacting broadband customers.
How are service providers solving the challenge of making multiscreen profitable? Manifest manipulation enables you to better control, scale and monetize pay TV on multiple screens, particularly when it comes to targeted ad insertion and content substitution.
We hear talk of “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” but the bottom line is that people actually like TV, with individual TV shows being a big part of people’s lives, regardless if it comes from traditional cable or an OTT source. So consumers are forming their loyalties to programming, not providers.
Multi-screen delivery apparently leads to deeper engagement with viewers. Service providers might have expected that’s putting the cart ahead of the horse, but it’s turning out that viewer engagement is the factor that’s inspiring advertisers to shift ad dollars to second and third screens.
Cable operators are transitioning to a 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking infrastructure. However, the complexity of this new environment creates a challenge for operators trying to quickly and cost-effectively reduce, locate, and eliminate transport stream errors.
In Perspective: I am here to ask for the curtailment – if not the total cessation – of a particularly pernicious practice that has taken over the public relations industry in the last three years. It’s leading in the lede, like so: “TecTronTelVision, a leader in blah blah blah…”
Memory Lane: The long warfare between the cable and broadcast television industries obscures a fundamental consensus. Cable providers have always embraced a mainstay of the broadcasting world: the concept of a TV “channel.”
Open Mic: The FCC has recommended striking the “integration ban” portion of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Given the success that Cablevision and Charter have had getting the necessary waivers to sidestep the ban, it’s not unrealistic to hope for a change.
Engineering-Wise: Lindsay Johnston joined us earlier this year as SVP, operations. She’s taken on a variety of responsibilities – our new Corporate Alliance Program (CAP), SCTE organizational leadership and industry ambassadorship, among others – with a gusto that gets results.
Ciciora's Corner: What’s really impressive to me is how fortunate we are to be living at this time. A mere couple of hundred years ago, we’d almost all be farmers coming from a long line of farmers (with a very few of us being nobility, living off of the hard work of the farmers).
Capital Currents: The FCC has released a nearly 500-page decision that lays out the rules for the broadcast spectrum incentive auction. If the auction succeeds, the big losers will be users of wireless microphones, and folks hoping to use unlicensed white spaces devices for data networks.
Verizon Wireless expects to prosper with video. "Multicast is a few years out...that's the pivotal start to change the way content is delivered on the mobile handset," said CFO Fran Shammo, who noted that driving an ecosystem of devices that support the technology will be key to its adoption.
Christine Driessen, executive vice president and chief financial officer, ESPN, was named by WICT as its 2014 Woman of the Year. Jennifer Mirgorod of Turner Broadcasting System and Deborah Picciolo of Time Warner Cable are the organization's two Women To Watch.