Netflix ended December with 33.4 million U.S. subscribers who stream video over high-speed Internet connections, up from 31.1 million in September. The company picked up another 1.74 million subscribers outside the U.S. to end last year with 10.9 million international customers.
The Cable TV Pioneers identified the members of its 2014 class of inductees. There will be 18 new members this time around. The new members will be honored at the Pioneers’ banquet to be held on Monday evening, April 28, the night before the NCTA 2014 The Cable Show in Los Angeles.
Comcast is investigating a new twist on the quadruple play, replacing wireless connectivity with electricity bundled in with video, broadband, and phone service. The bundle would initially be available in Comcast's Pennsylvania markets. Comcast's utility partner is likely to be NRG's Energy Plus operation based in Philadelphia.
Comcast and NBCUniversal have struck a wide-ranging, 10-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers to provide a range of services at the new Levi’s Stadium. Hooking up professional sports stadiums with its Ethernet and Wi-Fi services is nothing for new Comcast, but the deal with the 49ers also included programming elements as well.
Multi-screen vendor Clearleap has hired John Smith as vice president, new market development. Smith most recently served as senior vice president, North American sales at Vubiquity, which is a global provider of multiplatform video services.
The Nokia handsets business that Microsoft is due to take over saw sales continue to slide in the fourth quarter as its Lumia smartphones failed to draw business away from larger competitors like Apple and Samsung. Shares in Nokia Corp. slumped Thursday after the company said it suffered a net loss of 25 million euros ($34 million) in the October to December period, with smartphone sales plunging 29 percent.
Adva Optical Networking is engaged in a WDM-PON trial in Austria to test the practicality of delivering uncontended gigabit connectivity to rural residential subscribers. WDM-PON enables individual subscribers to be independently connected to a remote central office that can be tens of kilometers away.
IVA’s entertainment metadata will be matched to the ThinkAnalytics Search and Recommendations Engine. The combination will enable video service providers to present trailers and other promotional content with the results of a search or a recommendation process.
Simulmedia expects to improve its targeted advertising by including FourthWall’s full daily feed of anonymous, second-by-second, TV viewing data from more than 2 million U.S. homes. Simulmedia said it will match FourthWall’s viewing data to household purchase data.
Wave Broadband has deployed Tektronix’s Sentry Assure platform to help it comply with the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. To date, Wave Broadband, which serves more than 400,000 subscribers across the West Coast, has installed Sentry Assure in three of its systems.
With robust signups exceeding expectations, AT&T announced this morning that its GigaPower tier, which will hit speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second later this year, has been expanded to reach twice the number of households in Austin this year. The all-fiber network is currently provisioning a symmetrical 300 Mbps service in Austin prior to the 1 Gigabit deployment.
Suddenlink Communications has hired former Cox employee Katherine Payne as its new senior vice president and chief programming officer. Payne, who will start Feb. 24, is taking over for Patricia McCaskill, who will retire after a 35-year career in the cable industry.
Verizon posted fourth-quarter net income of $5 billion, attributed largely to the number of wireless subscribers connecting not only with smartphones but also with tablets. The numbers were also boosted to a lesser extent by modest growth in the company’s other two strategic businesses: FiOS and enterprise services.
Verizon Communications confirmed that it will buy Intel Media, Intel’s IP video operation. The company expects to use the technology to improve multi-screen delivery on both its wireline FiOS network and on its wireless LTE network. Intel Media was driving to become a competitive commercial video company, similar to Netflix, Amazon Instant, or the forthcoming service from Sony.
In order to win the hearts, minds and votes of Time Warner Cable shareholders, it’s become a war of online presentations between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable. Today Charter Communications posted a follow up presentation on its website that came on the heels of Time Warner Cable’s rejection of its $132.50 per share bid for Time Warner Cable early last week.