& cplSiteName &

Boxee May Be Adding DVR Features

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
10/9/2012
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • The Verge has obtained photos of a broadband-connected video device under development at Boxee that blends over-the-air TV broadcasts, a DVR and Web apps. Boxee, which isn't commenting on the new device, already sells a US$49 dongle for its original box that can access live, over-the-air HD broadcast TV feeds. Boxee is targeting consumers that want a lower-cost way to get pay TV, but the company has also been working with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) on ways to deliver encrypted basic cable TV lineups to the device without the need for a CableCARD. The reported addition of a DVR runs counter to Boxee CEO Avner Ronen's relatively recent proclamation that the product category is "dead." Perhaps there's still some life left in those old bones yet. (See Comcast & Boxee Connect on Video Security , Boxee, Cable Spar Over Video Encryption , Boxee Tees Up Live TV Cord-Cutting Tool and Boxee's Ronen: The DVR Is Dying.)

  • Staying with pay-TV theme, Market Strategies International's study of 926 consumers, ages 18-plus, suggests that consumers are cutting down on premium channels, VoD spending, and other pay-TV add-ons. The researcher found that consumers surveyed reported a $42 monthly savings on their cable bill from cutbacks.

  • Advanced advertising software specialist This Technology LLC has opened up a Denver office and hired a trio of cable vets: VP of Engineering John Mick; VP of Sales Sean Rooney; and VP of Software Architecture Bryan Santangelo. This Technology will retain its New York City office, but is opening a facility in Denver to contribute to the "important DAI [dynamic ad insertion] innovation taking place in the region." The Denver metro area also happens to be the new home of Canoe Ventures LLC , the cable operator joint venture that recently killed off its interactive ad business in favor of a VoD ad-insertion strategy. (See Cable's Canoe Sinks Interactive Ad Business .)

  • Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT) has launched Wipro Accelerate, a pre-paid broadband platform tailored for the U.S. cable market. Targeted to cost-conscious consumers and bad credit risks, Wipro's managed service handles billing, cash management, customer care and technical/operational support on behalf of the cable operator. (See Pre-Paid Broadband Doesn't Have to Eat Margins and Pre-Paid Opens New Frontier for US Broadband.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Featured Video
    From The Founder
    John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
    Flash Poll
    Upcoming Live Events
    June 26, 2018, Nice, France
    September 12, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
    October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
    October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
    November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
    November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
    November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
    December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Hot Topics
    The Telco Debt Binge May End Badly
    Scott Raynovich, Founder and Principal Analyst, Futuriom, 6/15/2018
    Larry Ellison Laughed at the Cloud, Now the Cloud Is Laughing Back
    Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading, 6/20/2018
    Source Packet Routing Gets Real in 2018
    Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading, 6/15/2018
    Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 6/18/2018
    Colt Invests in US Network, Bigs Up Its Global Appeal
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 6/19/2018
    Animals with Phones
    Backing Up Your Work Is Crucial Click Here
    Live Digital Audio

    A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed