Light Reading
Also: New EAS rules threaten small MSOs; Hulu sub update; Shaw sheds video subs; Dish 'open' to just about anything; live TV's decline

Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/13/2012
50%
50%

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition

  • A federal judge has dismissed a class action suit claiming that Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) sells bundled services with hidden cable modem service fees, reports Court House News. The lead plaintiff, Athanassios Diacakis, who filed the suit last June, claimed that the MSO violated California's false-advertising and unfair-competition laws.

  • The American Cable Association (ACA) is concerned that costs associated with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's new Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules could "force the premature shutdown of some small cable systems." The ACA said some of its members, in order to comply with a new Common Alerting Protocol (CAP), will have to take on cost burdens of obtaining Internet services at headends in rural areas where a physical connection isn't available or be forced to spend big bucks on legal fees if they try to secure a waiver, which the FCC intends to review only on a case-by-case basis. The ACA said most systems without a physical Internet connection at a headend tend to serve a very small customer base and are struggling to break even or already operating in the red.

  • Hulu LLC brought in US$420 million in revenue last year, up 60 percent from the year before, and ended 2011 with more than 1.5 million paying subs. Hulu is attracting "more than 2x the number of subscribers each day when compared to this time last year," company CEO Jason Kilar revealed in a blog post. He said Hulu will spend about $500 million on content in 2012. (See Hulu: No Sale .)

  • Canadian MSO Shaw Communications Inc. lost 22,768 basic subs in its fiscal first quarter, while adding 59,566 digital video subs, 10,685 Internet customers and 22,969 new phone lines -- all lower than the gains made in the year-ago quarter. Net income was $202 million, or 43 cents per share, 4 cents lower than what analysts were expecting.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is "open" to a potential acquisition after it builds out its new wireless services network, company CEO Joe Clayton tells Bloomberg. "We're open to all possible options," he said. "We could be acquired, or we could be the acquirer." If it's the latter, T-Mobile US Inc. is rumored to be on Dish's shortlist. (See Dish CEO Puts T-Mobile on His Wish List.)

  • From the no surprises department: A new TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) study shows that just 39 percent of TV viewing by its users is live. For customers who also use the broadband link in TiVo DVRs to access content from the likes of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and Hulu Plus over-the-top, that figure drops to 27 percent.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (10)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Page 1 / 2   >   >>
    paolo.franzoi
    50%
    50%
    paolo.franzoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:36 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


     


    I guess I see it more likely that the Major Sports Leagues will just enhance their content sites so that they work better for more people.  Why give DISH the subscription revenue when the sports guys are doing it already?


    seven


     

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:36 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Wouldn't it be cool to see Dish fire up a wireless network and then introduce something like a Kindle for sports, using its Sling technology? I know there are lots of hoops to jump through for the content rights but "c'mon man!" It's high time someone made mobile sports easier. Why not Dish? Why not now?

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:36 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Wouldn't it be cool to see Dish fire up a wireless network and then introduce something like a Kindle for sports, using its Sling technology? I know there are lots of hoops to jump through for the content rights but "c'mon man!" It's high time someone made mobile sports easier. Why not Dish? Why not now?

    paolo.franzoi
    50%
    50%
    paolo.franzoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:35 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


     


    I guess you are suggesting something with a Satellite Receiver?  I just wonder why not have a little dongle for an existing table.


     


    seven

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:35 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Seven, I was thinking of a kind of Uber device... one that crossed all lines and just provided an easy way to watch sports, with connectivity bundled a la Kindle. To me that is the biggest hurdle to watching sports online since if you have to do it through your own tablet or phone you are going to be very wary of the data download number.


    Haven't followed the Sling thing in a while so am not aware of whether they need to pay additional fees/rights for sending DISH subscriber content to a mobile device... or is that already built in to what DISH pays per subscriber? If the latter then the DISHKindle wouldn't have to pay extra, correct?

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:35 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Seven, I was thinking of a kind of Uber device... one that crossed all lines and just provided an easy way to watch sports, with connectivity bundled a la Kindle. To me that is the biggest hurdle to watching sports online since if you have to do it through your own tablet or phone you are going to be very wary of the data download number.


    Haven't followed the Sling thing in a while so am not aware of whether they need to pay additional fees/rights for sending DISH subscriber content to a mobile device... or is that already built in to what DISH pays per subscriber? If the latter then the DISHKindle wouldn't have to pay extra, correct?

    craigleddy
    50%
    50%
    craigleddy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:34 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    I think you two have identified the two main issues with your own TV sports fantasy (and BTW I'd put my money on DirecTV figuring this out before DISH). The rights issues are brutal -- the sports leagues already are creating their own channels and will be flexing their muscle on connected devices too. Then the bandwidth issues come into play since sports video needs oodles of bits -- even my cable sports picture can start blocking and pixeling when there's lots of action.


    So what's a sports fan to do? Well, it ain't so bad. Sit back and watch 4 awesome NFL games this weekend on a mega-sized HDTV!


     


     


     

    paolo.franzoi
    50%
    50%
    paolo.franzoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:34 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


     


    So LTE as long as the streaming doesn't count against your 2 Gig Cap.



    WiFi - thats a tablet...I don't get the point of a tablet that just does sports.


    This is the ACTUAL problem with mobile video.  2 Gbyte bandwidth caps.  LTE is killing unlimited which means mobile video is now DOA.  Except over your home WiFi - which is what a tablet is for.


    10 Mb/s = 2 Gbytes in 200 seconds or 3 minutes and 20 seconds.  I assumed sattelite so that bw caps would go away.


    seven


     

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:34 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Satellite would be cool, but Wi-Fi and LTE (if DISH launches that network as rumored) would probably be sufficient. Unless you are the cowboy in the ESPN commercial and you really want to watch sports while home home on the range.

    kaps
    50%
    50%
    kaps,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:45:34 PM
    re: Comcast Dodges Modem Fee Lawsuit


    Satellite would be cool, but Wi-Fi and LTE (if DISH launches that network as rumored) would probably be sufficient. Unless you are the cowboy in the ESPN commercial and you really want to watch sports while home home on the range.

    Page 1 / 2   >   >>
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

    9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


    INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

    9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

    9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


    The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Microgenesis on Huawei's Switches

    9|19|14   |   3:57   |   (0) comments


    Microgenesis is a solutions and system integrator company in the Philippines whose areas of expertise include data centers, networking and security products. In this video, Executive Director Jeffrey Choa talks to us about his customers needs and they benefit from using Huawei switches.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Network Solutions Help the Philippines Jump Ahead

    9|17|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


    In the past, the Philippines has under-invested in technology. Now, the CEO of Softshell talks about how Huawei products help the Philippines jump ahead as the economy improves.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    VCS Observation for Safer Cities in the Netherlands

    9|17|14   |   5:20   |   (0) comments


    Holland's VCS Observation has been operating for 22 years. Its main goal is to get cities safer. CEO Wim van Deijzen tells us some of the challenges his company faces and how Huawei is helping to overcome these challenges.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    A Conversation With Serbia's Ministry of Interior

    9|17|14   |   4:38   |   (0) comments


    At HCC 2014, the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia talks to us about his projects and corporation with Huawei. Solutions like Safe City and E-Government and services like cloud computing are just some of the areas his department is interested in.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

    9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

    9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


    At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

    9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

    9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


    A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

    9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (1) comment


    If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
    Upcoming Live Events!!
    September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
    Today's Cartoon
    Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
    Latest Comment
    Hot Topics
    AT&T: We'll Bundle Fixed Wireless & DirecTV
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/15/2014
    New NFV Forum Focused on Interoperability
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 9/16/2014
    NFV & The Data Center: Top 10 Takeaways
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/18/2014
    Connecticut Cities Crowdsource Gigabit Nets
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/15/2014
    Pics: LR's Women in Telecom Breakfast
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed