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.
Comporium Communications is making it easy for any Tier 2 or Tier 3 company to get into the broadband-based home security, monitoring, and automation (SMA) business with a new cloud-based service, and it's armed with a reseller agreement with iControl.
Netgear announced that its new CG4500TM voice/data gateway, which has the capability for 24 x 4 channel bonding, has received CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 certification. On the channel-bonding front, Netgear is using MaxLinear’s MxL267 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver.
Nintendo is entering the TV realm with the launch of its Nintendo TVii, which is a free, integrated service that works on the recently launched Wii U console. TVii works by aggregating a Wii U user’s current video content provider onto a Wii U GamePad controller.
Comcast has started a phased deployment of HD digital transport adapters (HD DTAs) in subscribers’ homes ahead of ultimately having the devices across its entire footprint. HD DTAs allow customers to access HD signals without the frills of VOD, PPV, etc.
Since Suddenlink Communications became the first cable operator to offer the TiVo Stream service in Lubbock, Texas, in October, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has deployed it in more than 60 communities across its footprint.
The sheer volume of multi-screen videos, along with the proliferation of the devices used to watch the content on, can be overwhelming at times, but Comcast-owned thePlatform has added “smart workflow” features to its mpx offering to help solve those issues.
Cisco announced plans to acquire Colorado-based policy control and service management provider BroadHop. Specifics of the deal were not immediately available. BroadHop’s policy control solutions for mobile and fixed networks will be integrated into Cisco’s mobility group.
Time Warner Cable has named Kevin Leddy as its new executive vice president of corporate strategy. In his new role, Leddy reports to Peter Stern, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president and chief strategy, people and corporate development officer.
Comcast has begun delivery of Xfinity Latino, an updated suite of video products and services developed exclusively to serve Hispanic customers. The company began building a package of services for Spanish-speaking customers with the introduction of a portal.
AT&T has beefed up its TV Everywhere roster with the addition of Starz Play, Encore Play and MoviePlex Play from Starz Entertainment. AT&T subscribers that are signed up for the Starz Encore and MoviePlex premium channels can now view the content on iOS devices through their Wi-Fi and broadband connections.
Avail-TVN’s ViewNow, which is being used by Verizon FiOS for Redbox Instant, is now available to other service providers that want to offer a branded subscription VOD service of their own. Using ViewNow, service providers will be able to offer titles from Avail-TVN’s library.
The state is changing how people can keep an eye on the Michigan government. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and Michigan Government Television are launching an enhanced online portal to replace the MGTV cable channel.