With the notable exception of Comcast, most cable operators in North America continued to bleed out basic video subscribers in the most recent first quarter earnings reports, but those losses were at least partially offset by increasing average revenue per user (ARPU), according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.
Given all of the Wi-Fi related news over the past few months, an interesting press release came over the transom this morning. Benu Networks announced today that a “major North American MSO” had deployed its technology for community Wi-Fi deployments. Benu added more mystery to release by saying that it was in lab trials with two more North American service providers.
S3 Group announced it would perform automated testing on Nagra’s OpenTV 5 set-top box middleware and guide offerings. Nagra will use S3 Group’s video test automation platform, StormTest Development Center, to achieve ongoing quality assurance, improve responsiveness, and speed up turnaround times.
Incognito Software has promoted William L. Yan to chief operating officer. Yan had been Incognito’s senior vice president for worldwide sales. He is a 20-year veteran with experience spanning business development, sales, and marketing for established technology firms and early stage, venture-funded startups.
Cablevision Systems has hired Kevin Packingham as executive vice president, product management. He arrives at Cablevision from Samsung Telecommunications America, where he was chief product officer, managing Samsung’s portfolio of handsets, tablets and wearable devices in the U.S.
Envivio vice president of strategy and corporate development at Envivio talks about ultra HD (aka 4K) TV, the benefits of hosting video services in the cloud, and how cable network operators can manage encoding and transcoding technologies to make multi-screen video delivery easier.
Dave Sheffey vice president of sales at Napco Security Technologies discusses how broadband-based security systems are available not just for the residential market, but also for the commercial market. Napco Security provides systems that cover both fire and intrusion.
Mark Bell, the NCTA's vice president of industry affairs, introduces the film challenge hosted by The Cable Show, along with an overview of some of the other events and demonstrations the NCTA hosted at Imagine Park, including a display of Things being hooked up to the Internet of Things, and presentations of other new technologies and services.
Despite the surprising defeat of a broadband expansion bill as the Legislature neared adjournment, Gov. Terry Branstad and lawmakers said the effort is important to rural Iowa and should be pursued next year. Supporters of the measure responded that without incentives, companies have little motivation to extend broadband into rural areas.
AT&T has reserved the right to back out of its planned $48.5 billion deal for DirecTV if the satellite-TV provider can’t or doesn’t renew its “NFL Sunday Ticket” agreement. DirecTV is facing a steep price hike for the 2015 NFL season, which will jump 40 percent to $1.4 billion.
Competition in a video market has a minimal effect on cable prices, and cable prices keep going up. In other words, no surprises in the latest FCC report on the industry. According to this report, which includes data from 2012, basic cable rates were up 6.5 percent, expanded cable was up by 5.1 percent.
AT&T said it will be launching six new Digital Life markets this Friday. At the same time, the company added a garage door opener app. With Digital Life’s arrival in Beaumont, Tex., Omaha, Neb., Toledo, Ohio, Greenville, S.C., Cape Coral, Fla., and Oxnard, Calif., AT&T will have made the service available in 81 markets.
AT&T announced on Sunday that it would by DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, which figures out to be $95 per share. The deal would give AT&T 26 million video subscriber and make it the second-largest pay TV provider behind the combined Comcast/Time Warner Cable entity that would service 30 million subscribers under the $45 billion merger that was announced in February.
Following a busy day at the FCC that saw the Commission drafting rules for upcoming spectrum auctions and revising its spectrum screen, carriers weighed in with varying degrees of praise or scorn for the new policies. The FCC’s move to set aside a reserve of 30 MHz in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions for bidders holding less than one-third of available low-band spectrum licenses per area drew a lukewarm response from T-Mobile.
Network neutrality advocates insist the Internet has already been destroyed by the opening of so-called fast lanes. Meanwhile the industry is behaving as if FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s willingness to consider reclassifying broadband as a Title II service is a done deal.