Ensequence continues to expand its executive suite with the addition of Gary Perrelli as senior vice president, interactive sales – content providers. Most recently, Perrelli had been a VP for the Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Earlier he had stints with ESPN, AT&T Broadband, and Cox Communications.
The first award recognizes Time Warner Cable’s “Pioneering Work in Implementation and Deployment of Network DVR.” The second award recognizes the company’s efforts in “Pioneering Development of Video on Demand (VOD) Dynamic Advertising Insertion,” or DAI.
AMC Networks saw net income more than triple during the second quarter thanks to a $132.9 million payment from a dispute with Dish Network. Removing one-time items like that, however, the company fell short of Wall Street profit and revenue expectations and its stock slid 5 percent Thursday.
Clearleap has opened a European headquarters in Amsterdam, after having established a pair of data centers there, one in Amsterdam and another in Frankfurt. The company said it has appointed Preben Schack as vice president of sales EMEA to drive growth and sales across Europe.
The latest figures show that the penetration of multichannel video program distributor (MVPD) service peaked two years ago, and since then has been steadily decreasing. Another recent estimate is that the total number of basic video subscribers has dropped for the third straight quarter.
CBS chief executive Les Moonves rejected an offer from Time Warner Cable to end a blackout over fees that lingered into its fifth day Tuesday, calling it a clever public relations ploy. In a letter released Tuesday, Moonves rebuffed Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt's offer to allow CBS to sell its programming to consumers "a la carte" instead of bundled with other channels.
Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and former chairman of the FCC, will headline the opening general session of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The opening keynote will feature a conversation between Powell and Kevin Hart, executive vice president and CTO of Cox Communications and chairman of the Cable-Tec Expo 2013 Program Committee.
Cogeco Cable has appointed Louise St-Pierre president and chief executive officer of Cogeco Cable Canada. St-Pierre joined Cogeco Cable in 1999 as vice president and chief information officer. In the most recent in a series of promotions, she was senior vice president, residential services, a position in which she served for the last four years.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen says pay TV distributors may have to merge to even the playing field if the government doesn't curb the power of TV networks in fee disputes. His comments came amid the backdrop of a fee dispute that has cut off CBS programming to some 3 million Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network subscribers for more than five days.
Dish Network posted losses of $11.1 million during the second quarter as the number of total pay-TV subscribers declined and the company spent hundreds of millions on new satellites. Total pay-TV subscribers declined about 78,000 in the quarter, leaving the company still with about 14 million video subs.
Martin, the founder of iBox, is perhaps best known for having been in charge of solutions engineering at Canoe Ventures. At ThinkAnalytics, Martin will be responsible for working with service provider customers on solutions architecture and system integration work, in addition to advising on product strategy.
Corning, IBM, SAIC, TE Connectivity, Tellabs, Zhone and 3M have formed an association to promote the use of passive optical network (PON) technology in LANs. The adoption of passive optical LANs, replacing copper-based Ethernet, would represent a revolutionary change for the IT industry, as well as for every company that provides business services, and thus the need for an organization to encourage the transition.
Mediacom, a company whose executives are not known for mincing words, threw its support behind Time Warner Cable, which is fighting CBS over the programmer’s demands for higher retransmission fees. Mediacom said, “...millions of consumers in over 50 markets stretching from New York City to Honolulu have been blacked out by broadcast station owners attempting to pilfer billions of dollars from the pockets of hardworking American families."
Ensequence has hired former Cablevision Media Sales executive David Kline as its chief operating officer. The company said it hired Kline to lead the development of new and interactive advertising products and services working with distributors, programmers and advertisers.
Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other cities remained without access to CBS for a fourth day, after the MSO dropped the network in an argument over the escalation of fees CBS is demanding for TWC to retransmit its signals. Bright House Networks, long allied with TWC, has also dropped CBS stations in central Florida markets.
With consolidation rumors seemingly out of control, the Nasdaq stock exchange briefly suspended trading on Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Cablevision Systems today (Friday). The heightened level of trading occurred after earnings were reported by Cablevision and Liberty Media, two of the biggest companies involved in the merger rumors.
Cablevision Systems has won an Emmy for Technology and Engineering for its network DVR. YouTube will also be getting an Emmy for its recommendation engine. These are the first two announcements about the technical Emmy’s, which are given out during the CES show. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences itself has yet to announce the full line-up of technical Emmy winners.
Time Warner Cable’s Q2 earnings rose 6 percent, helped by higher revenue from business services and residential broadband. The company had a net loss of both basic video and phone customers, a result of the company has been deliberately targeting customers who provide “higher ARPU, higher profit and lower churn, even if that means fewer connects.”
CBS Corp. said Wednesday that net income rose 11 percent in the latest quarter, beating the expectations of analysts as the company continues to benefit from the types of fees that are at the center of a dispute with Time Warner Cable. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told investors on a conference call that the company remained resolute in its negotiations with Time Warner Cable.
Incognito Software just released data that pretty much settles the “over-the-top: friend or foe?” debate, at least in North America. OTT is has widely come to be seen as an opportunity, and MVPDs are actively preparing for it. Part of that preparation is learning how to deliberately collect, store, and analyze IPDR data.
Comcast’s decision to buy into, and then buy all of, NBCUniversal is now paying off in spades as the nation’s largest cable operator reported a 28.6 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter. Broadband continued to chip in on Comcast’s bottom line with the addition of 187,000 new subscribers in the quarter.
All three will use OpenVault’s solutions to collect and analyze network data to understand how subscribers are using broadband services and better forecast network requirements. These tools can also be used to provide subscribers with up to date usage information and automatically optimize available bandwidth across the network, helping to ensure a higher level of service for all subscribers.
Qwilt, a startup with a solution for relieving streaming traffic congestion on cable and other networks, has closed a third round of funding, hauling in another $16 million, bringing its capital tally to $40 million. The new funds will be used to expand international sales and engineering teams to service a potential client base of cable, broadband, and mobile service providers.
Inspira Health Network is using Comcast Business’ Ethernet services to transfer high-resolution radiology images, internal office communications and documents, and electronic medical records (EMRs) across various locations. Medical professionals in the Inspira Health Network will be able to share medical files across multiple locations in a high bandwidth, secure manner.
The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) announced that its members had elected four directors to its board. The voting took place at the NCTC’s annual members meeting during The Independent Show in San Diego. Three of the elected board members are new to the NCTC’s board while one is a current director.