Phil Spencer, head of the company's video game division, detailed Microsoft's plan for game makers to create universal apps that can run on both Xbox One consoles and PCs with Windows 10, as well as smartphones, tablets and other devices running the forthcoming version of Windows.
Lori Lee, EVP, AT&T Home Solutions, said “Sixty percent of every dollar that we earn in revenue in video goes straight to the content guys and when you think about DirecTV… they pay 20 percent less content cost than we do in U-verse. So that drives a lot of scale immediately."
Rep. Greg Walden called the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a communications service a “total overreach,” and insisted that a legislative approach is the best way to assure that ISPs conform to network neutrality principles.
The console, called Shield, is designed to deliver video – including ultra HD (UHD, aka 4K), music, apps, and games. Although it can deliver video, the company is positioning the product as primarily a game system.
Beginning today, TWC video subscribers who have either a free or paid Xbox Live account will be able to access to 7,000 free and subscription on-demand titles via their game consoles, from any room without an additional set top box.
The two are partnering to provide a set of hosted solutions designed to put IP-based video services within the reach of Tier 2s and Tier 3s. The integrated systems will enable smaller cable and telco operators to offer multi-screen delivery of live TV and VOD services.
Starting next month Cable One plans to start increasing Internet upload and download speeds on its Premier and Ultra plans across the majority of its network. Current subscribers will get free upgrades, and new subscribers will sign on at the new speeds.
Comcast remains confident its takeover of Time Warner Cable will be approved, but if the deal fails to get approval, Charter is ready to step back in. Either way, Liberty Global and Liberty Media expect more consolidation deals.
“President Obama and I have both been longtime supporters of net neutrality,” Wheeler said at MWC, arguing that the Internet needs a referee. “Do we have a set of rules that says activities should be reasonable and somebody who can throw the flag if they’re not?”
Frontier Communications announced this morning that current president and chief operating officer Daniel McCarthy will succeed Maggie Wilderotter as CEO effective April 3. Wilderotter, the long-time CEO of Frontier, will transition to a new role at Frontier as executive chairman of its board of directors where she will work closely with McCarthy during the transition period.
Robust GPON equipment sales played a key role in driving the worldwide broadband equipment market to a record year in 2014. Spending on broadband aggregation equipment rose 9 percent in 2014, to $8.2 billion, according to a recent report by Infonetics Research.
The Ethernet switch market reached a high-water mark in revenue and port shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. Data center and campus markets were key drivers in the record setting fourth quarter.
Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan. He says "you will see us announce it in the coming months."
The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.
Broadcom is in the process of enabling cable operators to perform upstream analysis. Separately, the company has added a pair of gateway chips that include support for both 4K video and MoCA 2.0 connectivity.
Charter Communications announced this morning that it had renamed its Charter Business division “Spectrum Business.” The new name for commercial services is now aligned with the residential Charter Spectrum services that were first announced two years ago.
Fueled by cable operators’ need for more broadband speed, DOCSIS channel shipments reached record levels last year. According to a report by Infonetics Research, DOCSIS channel shipments were up 114 percent to 4.8 million worldwide.
The stock market largely shrugged off the Federal Communications Commission's vote to impose tougher rules on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes for the Internet and slowing or blocking Web traffic.
And thus ends one of the more interesting technological digressions of recent years. The few assets that Aereo had left were auctioned off and brought in less than $2 million, far, far less than what the defunct company had hoped to reap from the sale.
Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history. The political drama launched Netflix's expansion into original programming two years ago, a risky bet that might have toppled the Internet video service had "House of Cards" flopped and squandered its estimated $100 million investment. Instead, the show was an immediate hit with viewers and critics.
People in small communities may get better, cheaper access to the Internet after the Federal Communications Commission ruled Thursday that city-owned broadband services can expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. The decision quietly played out minutes before the FCC took up the higher-profile issue of Internet neutrality, which imposed the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.
Not long after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his liked-minded commissioners voted on Thursday in favor (3-2) of Net Neutrality rules to regulate Internet service providers, the flag dropped on filing lawsuits that will vigorously oppose those new rules. Service providers, such as Comcast, vowed to file lawsuits and work with Congress against reclassifying broadband service as a public utility.
The FCC Thursday morning passed new rules that will reclassify ISPs as public utilities under Title II of the Communications Act. The new rules, which passed on a 3-2 vote, will ban paid prioritization agreements; outlaw the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services and will apply to wireless providers.
Time Warner Cable’s NaviSite has opened the doors on a new enterprise class data center in Santa Clara, Calif. The state-of-the-art data center—the building is owned by data center provider Digital Realty—joined NaviSite’s nine existing data centers across the United States and the United Kingdom.
Nickelodeon is creating brand-new content and resurrecting old shows for a mobile subscription service aimed at preschoolers. The $6-a-month service called Noggin will have new games and activities alongside archives of shows no longer on any of Nickelodeon's TV channels.