Ever since the D.C. Court of Appeals killed the notion of ownership caps, people have been speculating about cash-rich Comcast buying another cable company. Some are openly agitating for it, in fact. That, in turn, is giving rise to speculation of counter-maneuvers by rivals.
You’ve contributed to rebuilding projects in New Orleans. You’ve helped bring broadband to schools. You’ve extended broadband to rural areas desperate for a means to grow.
Two of CableLabs’ most recent mega-projects – DOCSIS 3.0 and tru2way – are well into the implementation stage. Dick Green, who directed the operation for almost as long as it’s existed, has passed the torch to Paul Liao. Now what?
While DOCSIS 3.0 deployments have yet to fall into the “ho hum” category, they are becoming more common with the larger cable operators, but give Rogers Communications credit for coming up with its own forward-looking twist on its recent D3 rollout.
Imagine chucking your remote and just waving at your TV to get what you want. A technology that will enable that and much, much more – some of it a little creepy – prevailed as the innovation most likely to become a successful commercial product at the Innovation Showcase at CableLabs’ annual Summer Conference.
Comcast has struck a nerve with its Apple App Store application that lets its subscribers access features of their triple-play services on the go through their iPhone or iPod Touch devices.
So in the course of cruising for cable-related news this morning, I found an item from the Charlotte Sun Herald in Florida about a new offering from Comcast that lets subscribers adopt cats via an on-demand channel.
After missing the deadline on Tuesday, there isn’t going to be a new one for the five cable operators who signed a memorandum of understanding with some of the leading consumer electronics companies.
A new study on the weakness of brand loyalty among American consumers is worth the cable industry’s attention. Its conclusion is that targeted advertising can pay off in spades for national brands.
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Yesterday’s announcement that Time Warner and Comcast were consummating their relationship for TV Everywhere probably wasn’t much of a surprise given that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has been talking up the concept for most of this year.
There always seems to be a major engineering project looming on the horizon for cable operators. Two years ago it was the separable security mandate from the Federal Communications Commission; more recently it was the digital transition.
It looks like Wall Street is going to encourage more of a type of deal between Web sites and ISPs that is arguably anti-competitive and anti-consumer. A deal between Disney/ESPN and Comcast last week elicited the objections of the American Cable Association. Now a prominent analyst with Pali Research has come out in favor of the ESPN maneuver, drawing the ACA’s ire.
Roberts, who is also CableLabs’ board chairman, said that Liao, who is wrapping up a few final projects at Panasonic, brings a blend of intellectual, technological and real-world experience to his new position as CableLabs’ second president and CEO.
In the last year or so, the cable industry has started talking about anytime/anywhere communications. Cable either has a blind spot when it comes to the subject, or maybe it’s just drawing attention away from a weak spot.