For Cequel Communications Holdings, doing business as Suddenlink, 2012 was the occasion of a remarkably simultaneous culmination of several multi-year efforts. These efforts included both engineering and business aspects, which ultimately amplified each other.
In this age, with every point in the distribution line being threaded through and through with IP-based technologies, it is important to consider the near-, mid- and long-term future of the MPEG video transport architecture this industry invented and built.
Time Warner Cable has extended its customer care and billing contract with CSG International through March 2017. Financial terms of the new deal weren’t available. Time Warner Cable accounted for 10 percent of CSG’s revenue in the third quarter of last year.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is giving Motorola Mobility an Emmy Award. The Academy is honoring Motorola’s use of its CherryPicker video processor for digital program insertion (DPI), specifically for serving localized ads across digital programming.
Alticast will integrate ThinkAnalytics’ recommendation engine into its Windmill interactive TV software product suite. ThinkAnalytics specializes in personalizing recommendations for intelligent navigation. The company has software that cuts across most popular devices.
Epix is broadening its TV Everywhere reach by developing applications for Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PSP3) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) systems. The PS3 app is slated to launch in the first quarter of this year, while the PS Vita app will roll out this spring.
Al-Jazeera has long struggled to get carriage in the U.S., and the deal suffered an immediate casualty as Time Warner Cable announced it is dropping Current TV due to the deal. Current TV is carried by Comcast and DirecTV. Neither company announced plans to drop the channel.
LRG: The 13 largest MVPDs lost about 53,500 net additional video subscribers in Q3 2012; TDG Research: 13 percent of broadband subscribers do not subscribe to cable-like pay-TV services; Ericsson: Approximately 40 percent of all phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones; and IIA: Broadband-enabled savings increased nearly $1,200 per American household from last year.
ZyXel announced a turnkey commercial Wi-Fi hotspot upgrade to its CloudEnabled Business Access Point, Cycle30 developed commercial business billing software designed for cable ops and Concurrent modified its video system to deliver content directly to Smart TVs.
Time Warner Cable is also in the running to buy the former Bresnan systems from Cablevision. Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications and Suddenlink Communications have all submitted first-round bids to Cablevision for the systems, now called Optimum West.
Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Co. announced a long-term distribution agreement that included multi-screen options and the addition of The Longhorn Network in some areas of Charter’s footprint. The renewal agreement will mix in Disney video content.
LodgeNet, which provides Internet and on-demand movies to hotels and hospital rooms, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will be acquired by investment firm Colony Capital. LodgeNet says it will form a strategic partnership with DirecTV.
It was only six years ago that Netflix, then known mainly as a mail-order distributor of DVD movies, launched a novel streaming video service it called, blandly enough, the “instant watching” feature – later to be rebranded “Watch Instantly.” The rest is, of course, history.
Most MSOs deployed 12 fibers to each node in the 1990s, as the cost difference from a two-fiber cable to a larger-count cable was the difference of pennies. This forward-thinking attitude is now paying dividends. There are a multitude of different options for MSOs to leverage their existing assets.
In the weeks after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Mid-Atlantic region, cable was a whirlwind of activity. Engineering crews worked tirelessly to ensure that critical facilities were up and running and that key telecommunications services would be quickly restored.
The Federal Communications Commission has begun a new proceeding on delivery of emergency information to blind and sight-impaired viewers. The FCC seems to be aware of the practical problem noted above, but it’s not making much progress in dealing with it.
The Data Cap Integrity Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), aims to give consumers the tools they need to manage their own data usage. It would institute industry-wide data measurement accuracy standards for ISPs and impose disciplines to ensure that ISP data caps are truly designed to manage network congestion.
One set secures wider distribution rights, expanding the amount of programming Mediacom can make available through its TV Everywhere service. Another set of agreements expands the amount of Spanish-language content the MSO can offer, and a third set consisted of retransmission consent renewals.
Suddenlink Communications announced that its data service has hit the high water mark of 1 million broadband subscribers. Suddenlink hit the 1 million subscriber milestone shortly after the conclusion of the company’s Project Imagine initiative.
According to Needham and Co. analyst Richard Valera, Arris stands to triple its sales and double its EPS while adding $2 billion in debt. All well and good, but how Arris goes about executing its merger strategy with the much larger Motorola Home assets remains a work in progress.
For the second straight quarter, Cisco edged out Motorola as the top cable set-top box market share leader. Infonetics Research said in a recent report that worldwide set-top box revenue was essentially flat in the third quarter of this year, totaling $3.7 billion.
Cablevision has added anime Funimation Channel to its subscription VOD roster. Olympusat’s channel offers anime titles from Japan that are dubbed with English. With the addition of Cablevision, Funimation Channel is now available to a total of 40 million subscribers.
Cablevision has rolled out TV Everywhere apps from Showtime and ESPN that allow its authenticated subscribers to view video content via the WatchESPN and Showtime Anytime services. Optimum TV subscribers now have live access to ESPN networks on computers, on mobile devices or on the Xbox.
Mediacom Communications has signed a multi-year affiliation agreement that gives the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator access to all of NBCUniversal's cable and broadcast content. The agreement covered the expansive rights to carry Olympic Games.
Suddenlink Communications announced that it has launched Music Choice’s SWRV linear channel, which is a 24/7 music video network that allows viewers to interact with the content online and through their mobile devices. SWRV has launched with Cox, AT&T, Verizon and RCN.