The Walt Disney Co. broke the pay-TV mold when it announced it is selling the rights to show its recent theatrical releases to Netflix beginning in 2016. The decision represented a major endorsement of Netflix's Internet video service, which is wresting the Disney rights away from the Starz cable channel.
Technology development is accelerating, and consumer and enterprise demand for bandwidth-hungry content and applications continues to expand. The need for global standardization has become an industry prerequisite, driven by the needs of service providers to deliver robust new services quickly and cost-effectively.
Philadelphia Technology Park has connected its data center, which is located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, with Comcast’s private optical network and extensive fiber network. It allows both companies to continue to expand their connections in the region.
Charter Communications has added two Wall Street veterans to its management team. Charles Fisher will join Charter as senior vice president of corporate finance, while Stefan Anninger has been named vice president of investor relations.
AT&T has renamed its U-verse Live TV app, now calling it Mobile TV. The carrier announced the change that will go along with improved video quality on LTE, direct billing to subscriber accounts and an even $9.99 charge for the service across the board.
Amdocs claims its updated product suite is the only back office system able to deliver real-time integration across network control, business and operational support systems to give end customers a new level of control over their experiences.
Sunrise Telecom has a firmware upgrade for its cable modem test products that the company said provides a significant increase in technicians’ ability to analyze and troubleshoot the RF and fiber distribution network.
John Malone’s Liberty Global is in the process of cooking up a deal to buy Virgin Media. Virgin Media’s price tag could be in the range of $24 billion, while its market capitalization stands at $10.4 billion. Including debt, its enterprise value is around $19.4 billion.
Skype has launched carrier billing in Russia through technology from Mach and payvia. The company expects the service that allows users of the VoIP service to charge Skype credits directly to their carrier's monthly bill. Mach said the new feature will soon be available to Skype users in the United States and Canada.
Authenticated subscribers of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV can now catch all of the Los Angeles Lakers games on their iOS devices, home computers, and Android tablets and phones. Time Warner Cable has made its TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes video content available for Internet and mobile viewing.
Charter Communications is on the hunt to fill 150 new positions in the areas of direct sales and broadband installation throughout Missouri and western Illinois. The additional open positions came on the heels of Charter hiring 100 new inside sales and service specialists in the same area a couple of weeks ago.
Mexican telephony and broadband provider Axtel just fired up an IPTV. Ericsson said it is providing managed services, consulting and systems integration for the service. The initial launch is in Mexico's three largest cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Digital marketing vendor Bridgevine has hired Sasha Jeltuhin as its new chief technology officer and executive vice president of technology. Jeltuhin is responsible for leading Bridgevine’s technology team and driving enhancements for Bridgevine’s Acquisition and Merchandising Platform (AMP).
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a set of guidelines for mobile application developers. While not legally binding, the new rules were released on the same day as regulators announced a settlement with social networking provider Path.
Joel Babbit, a leading figure in raising awareness of environmentally responsible strategies, will be a headline speaker at the SCTE SEMI (Smart Energy Management Initiative) Forum 2013, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced.