Cable operators have been bleeding out basic video subscribers over the past few years, and a research firm predicts that satellite pay TV revenues will exceed cable’s for the first time by 2016. MSOs are attempting to combat the basic video subscriber losses with promotional efforts of their own, such as the quad play deals.
Comcast soft-launched the latest version of its Xfinity TV Player app to include downloads from Starz, Encore and MoviePlex on devices running either Apple's iOS or Google's Android operating systems. Authenticated subscribers can view shows and movies anywhere and offline.
TV’s user interface (UI) – combining navigation, search, discovery and more – is as sophisticated a product as the TV industry has. But it doesn’t by a long shot get viewers literally everywhere they might want to go. “Disaster” might be too strong a word for TV’s UI, but whatever the appropriate description is, the difference is a matter only of degree.
There were plenty of buzz-worthy topics during the most recent edition of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, but the official debut of the DOCSIS 3.1 specification made the biggest splash in Orlando outside of Sea World. A panel provided some insights on DOCSIS 3.1.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 service providers remain squeezed by circumstances. Some are scraping up the wherewithal to build infrastructure supporting new services. Meanwhile, equipment vendors continue to devise solutions sized and priced appropriately for the market.
Managed service providers, telcos, MSOs and satellite broadcasters alike are facing intense competition from over-the-top service providers such as Netflix and Hulu. These new market entrants are rapidly building their subscriber base by providing premium video and video-on-demand services on any device.
The company will shut down its movie site, which had limited functionality, in advance of a new, forthcoming online presence where customers will be able to do much more, including download movies they buy. The company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31.
Adobe has expanded and integrated its Primetime video platform with a media player that could be used on any mobile device, the beta version of an ad insertion service, and the integration of data analytics. The company is offering an SDK to embed the player in TV Everywhere apps.
Cox Communications announced a nationwide marketing campaign that was designed to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the holiday season. Customers can donate new, unwrapped toys at the 133 Cox stores across the nation. The toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in each of Cox's markets.
ESPN is serving up a full slate of its live, TV Everywhere programming on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console. Companies with deals with WatchESPN include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Midcontinent Communications and Verizon.
Time Warner Cable officially opened the doors on its $82 million National Data Center on the company’s Charlotte campus. The new data center will enable Time Warner Cable to leverage the latest IP technology to deliver its video to various services and devices.
Some of the entertainment features on Nintendo's new Wii U won't be available when the game machine goes on sale. Nintendo didn't give a reason for the delay. The company said it wanted the service "to be the best possible experience for all consumers."
In cable, the cable modem and the television converter loom large as signatures of technological advancement. But industry historians point to a far less notorious device as the innovation that propelled the industry from its tenuous origins to an echelon reserved for the truly game-changing. It was a signal meter.
The FCC has a plan to induce broadcasters to give up some of their frequency spectrum assignments so that more spectrum becomes available for mobile communications. But the FCC plan might also bump the radio astronomy scientists out of off-air TV Channel 37.
Trilithic introduced new HTTP delivery capabilities for sending both EAS and IPAWS/CAP messages over IP, Active Broadband announced enhancements to its software that improve operator visibility into IPDR data, and Edgeware and Skytide announced a joint solution that enables real-time QoE analytics in large-scale multi-screen environments.
Videotron President and CEO Robert Dépatie used the Mobiz 2012 conference to tout the cable operator’s mobile service, which it launched two years ago. Despite facing intense competition, Videotron built its own AWS network for its illico mobile service.
WaveDivision Holdings, which operates as cable operator Wave Broadband, announced this morning that it raised more than $1 billion in funding. The funding included substantial equity investments from Oak Hill Capital Partners and GI Partners.
Telefonica Digital is rolling out IP video services based on Microsoft’s Mediaroom across an unspecified number of countries included in its vast international reach. The global operator has already begun deploying the technology in three countries – Brazil, Chile and Spain.
Virgin Media is expanding its TiVo service with a mobile app that provides cloud-based access to live programming outside the home. The app works with Apple iOS-based mobile devices. The app will also enable Virgin Media subscribers to remotely manage their TVs.
Advanced advertising vendor This Technology has wrapped up $7.5 million in equity financing and announced it counts Comcast, NBCUniversal, Verizon and ABC among its customers. The financing was led by General Catalyst Partners, and This Technology now has Neil Sequeria on its board of directors.
BendBroadband has added channels to its TV Everywhere service, including Hallmark Channel, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, ESPN3 and Pac-12 Networks. BendBroadband outsources to Synacor to provide its white-label TV Everywhere services.
ThinkAnalytics said it has grown its customer base by 75 percent in just the last six months, going from 20 to 35 clients, which together represent more than 80 million subscribers. The company did not identify its newest customers but said they include service providers in both Europe and North America.
UTStarcom Holdings said it has acquired a significant minority stake in aioTV. With its purchase of 44 percent of aioTV’s stock, UTStarcom becomes the smaller company’s largest investor. AioTV specializes in cloud-based video aggregation and distribution.
Cable over-builder RCN is now offering a new interactive music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. RCN is offering Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel to subscribers across all of its markets.
When Google announced plans to fund some 100 new channels of original programming on YouTube, many expected a transformation in television. But a year later, the revolution has not yet been YouTubed. Google had disrupted other industries, and TV appeared to be next in line.