Cable Show 2014: Focused on technology, innovation, TV Everywhere

April 21, 2014
What’s this year’s Cable Show focus? Innovation. Again. Innovation was the key focus in 2013. And, in 2012. And, well, it still is and likely to be for the next several years. It has to be. The cable industry is under huge pressure to adapt, to change into a more consumer-driven – and responsive – entity. If, as we’re all wont to say, “Content is King,” consumers finally are being recognized as gods, or at least demi-gods, and that demands changes in business models, focus and, of course, technology.

Experian cord cutting report shows why operators need an OTT strategy now

April 18, 2014
Yet another report about cord cutting, this one saying cord-cutting households are on the rise in the U.S., especially among video streamers. The report from Experian, a marketing firm known for consumer insights, targeting and data, and suggests cord cutting is growing slowly, but inexorably. It said about 7.6 million (6.5%) of U.S. households counted themselves as cord cutters in 2013, compared to 5.1 million households (4.5%) in 2010.

New survey finds less may actually be more when it comes to TV Everywhere

March 11, 2014
Here’s the bad news: More than half (52%) of all pay-TV subscribers in the United States remain unaware that they have access to a TV Everywhere service. And here’s the good: Nearly 40% do.

Study: Tablets are second-screen of choice among pay-TV operators

February 12, 2014
There’s been a lot written about multiscreen services and pay-TV operators of late, how valuable they are for maintaining subscriber loyalty and, potentially, as an additional revenue stream. In many ways, however, they remain a defense against encroaching SVOD services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Swedish telecom Ericsson buys Azuki Systems, heating up TVE space

February 6, 2014
Ericsson has reached a deal to acquire Azuki Systems, an Acton, Mass.-based provider of TV Everywhere delivery tech.   Azuki, founded in 2008 by serial entrepreneur Cheng Wu, has about 50 employees and has raised about $35 million in VC from investors including Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners. It already had a relationship with Ericsson, so the acquisition isn’t surprising. Terms of the deal weren’t revealed, but industry sources, say Azuki likely had annual revenues of less than $10 million in 2013. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of this month.

Time Warner Cable adds A&E, History, Lifetime to TV Everywhere roster

January 23, 2014
Really need to see the latest episode of “Duck Dynasty” or “Pawn Stars” but can't get home to watch them on the big screen? No worries, Time Warner Cable has you covered. The Charter-Communications-takeover-target today rolled out A&E, Lifetime and History channel TV Everywhere apps for iOS and Android. The apps give TWC customers access to full episodes of current and past seasons of shows from the trio of cable networks as well as movies and clips.

Looking to LatAm HD growth, Telefonica sets mass HD service play

January 14, 2014
Growing demand for HD and VOD services in Latin America is prompting operators to scramble to deploy new offerings using new technologies on existing networks. Telefónica will use STBs from technology company Technicolor for a mass launch of the operator's HD services campaign for satellite services in Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia. Technicolor will also provide support for Telefónica’s cable operation in Peru.

VimpelCom continues Russian Federation IPTV expansion push

January 13, 2014
Eastern Europe and Russia continue to embrace IPTV services in the new year with Russian mobile operator VimpelCom announcing it will launch a new service in the Tatarstan city of Zelenodolsk. The operator said it would launch IPTV services that include as many as 230 Russian and foreign TV channels. Users must be subscribers of Beeline TV in the city.

CBS research chief: Significant changes in TV viewing in past two years

December 10, 2013
Video on demand has grown almost 60% this season for CBS shows, the network’s head of research said, part of a dramatic change in how viewers – especially younger ones -- are consuming entertainment content. David Poltrack, chief research officer for CBS, Monday told the annual UBS Global and Media Communications Conference in New York that the network also is seeing a 40% overall increase of online viewing of its programming.

Verizon buys CDN EdgeCast and accelerates its own online video plans

December 9, 2013
Verizon has just added some depth to its bench and increased its ability to deliver online video content, agreeing to buy content delivery network EdgeCast for between $350 million and $400 million, according to reports. The deal should close in the first half of 2014. The acquisition follows on the heels of Verizon’s pick up of encoding specialist upLynk and significantly accelerates the communication company’s commitment to Internet TV and delivering online video.


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