If the U.S. cable industry was looking for the largest MSO to help push for reform of retransmission consent, it can forget it. Comcast’s programming arm is far behind its direct competitors when it comes to collecting retrans fees, but it is about to get aggressive on that front.
Power is important. Can’t run a network business without it, right? Which would make power no different from, say, optical fiber, or QAMs, or provisioning systems. The difference is that in the last 18 months, power has started evolving into a topline criterion for MSOs.
While the cable industry has worked overtime to overcome the perception of poor customer service when it comes installs the stereotype still persists. With an increasingly competitive landscape, cable operators know they have to do a better job of keeping their subscribers happy while also improving their fulfillment operations to cut down on truck rolls.
The spigot on the venture capital pipe seems to be opening a little wider of late, with companies specializing in various technologies important to the communications industry picking up multi-million dollar infusions, including two companies that bagged $50 million or more each.
The 1980s were sweet times for cable programmers. Flush with cash from a dual-revenue stream economic model that was the envy of the TV business, they were rising in power and eager to grow. Cable companies recognized how essential these programming providers were to the growth of their industry, particularly as cable began to push into major metropolitan markets.
Comcast has passed out promotions to Lynn Charytan, Jennifer Khoury and Marcien Jenckes, and hired newcomer Ed Brassel to a newly created job. After previously serving as senior vice president and general manager of video services for Comcast Cable, Jenckes has been promoted to executive vice president, consumer services.
Federal prosecutors say two former Cox Communications employees accused of embezzling more than $940,000 from the company have been indicted by a federal grand jury. Officials said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joysha Flucker and 38-year-old Sakia Allen of Jonesboro had access to the company's electronic invoicing system that tracked payments to third parties.
Comcast has named Mary Stutts to the to the newly-created position of regional vice president of external affairs for Comcast California. In her new job, Stutts will report to Hank Fore, regional senior vice president for Comcast California. She will oversee all aspects of Comcast’s communications, government affairs, community investment and telecommunications policy matters throughout the state.
After making its debut last year, Bright House Networks Business Solutions’ “Set Back Box”—based HD video service is gaining traction throughout hospitality markets in Orlando and Tampa Bay, Fla. The set back boxes, which are provided by ADB, are unobtrusive devices that are mounted to the back of TVs in the hotels.
Cox Communications announced that Kristine Faulkner, who has played a key role in the company’s’ commercial services efforts, will lead the cable operator’s home security and home automation division. As the new vice president and general manager of Home Security and Smart Home, Faulkner will oversee all related operational strategies, including marketing, sales and customer experience.
Cisco has split its Service Provider Video Technology Group into two, with one operation handling largely software and the other mostly hardware. The company hired Joe Cozzolino, until recently the SVP and general manager of Network Infrastructure at Arris, to head the hardware portion of its business.
Ericsson wrapped up its acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business and TV solution. The operation will be integrated into the Ericsson group under the business unit support solutions, and will be called Ericsson Mediaroom as of today. The operation will continue to be managed from Silicon Valley.
Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to buy EasyTEL, which is a Tulsa, Okla.-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC.) The deal will give Cox Business better access to a metropolitan fiber network in order to provide voice, video and data services to area businesses.
After almost a year of designing, building and testing, Charter Communications has re-launched its website. The new corporate website, which features integrated entertainment, products and services information, was largely done in-house by Charter’s digital marketing team.
Chinese consumer electronics company Hisense will deploy Hillcrest’s FreeSpace motion control software in its next-generation of Smart TVs and set-top boxes. Freespace enables point-and-click, gesture and motion control of Smart TV devices through in-air movements of a handheld remote control.
Amdocs said it plans to acquire Actix for approximately $120 million in cash. The privately-held Actix is a software company that specializes in mobile network optimization. The company said the acquisition will expand its customer experience portfolio further into the network domain to manage customer experience across both networks and IT.
Intel is testing its new set-top box designed for an over the top (OTT) service, with about 1,000 of its employees who work at its Oregon campus, in anticipation of a product launch later this year. The chip maker, which is testing a user interface and is trying to line up content, is about to widen its test with more employees.
The companies were in dispute over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for CBS Corp. programming. Terms of the deal haven't been disclosed. The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.
The global enterprise router market saw a surge revenue in the most recent second quarter, but it’s too early to say whether the turnaround was complete. According to a report by Infonetics Research, the global enterprise router market totaled $945 million in the second quarter, up 12 percent from the first quarter, and up 6 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
The court-appointed receiver responsible for Alvarion is recommending a sale of the company for about $5.8 million in total, to Valley Telecom, which provides telecommunications services to an international clientele. The deal would be contingent upon approval of a plan to compensate Alvarion’s creditors.
Beijing Gehua CATV Network has deployed the company's equipment. Beijing Gehua is a Tier 1 operator that builds, manages, and maintains cable TV networks. Its network consists of the city's 16 districts and counties. It has approximately 4.98 million registered users.
Fandango is buying Quantum Loyalty Solutions Inc. to ramp up its promotional movie ticket and gift card business. Quantum owns Hollywood Movie Money, which offers a type of currency that can be used at the movie theaters that recognize it.
Amazon could be going full-service soon, using spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar. The move would bridge the gap between Amazon’s hardware and web services. Much like Google’s own advances in connectivity, if Amazon’s network ambitions came to fruition, it would mean greater control for the company.
Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) has reorganized its management structure, essentially revising the job descriptions of several of its top executives so that they have specific responsibility for the company’s three lines of business.
Bright House Networks recently announced it was provisioning voice and data services for the nation’s eighth-largest school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), which is headquartered in Tamp Bay, Fla., started migrating its voice and data transport services to Bright House Networks in April before completing the process on July 1.