Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Apple Inc. is in talks to add HBO GO, the premium programmer's authenticated TV Everywhere service, to the Apple TV app platform by mid-year, reports Bloomberg. Nobody's confirmed that any such deal is about to pop, though HBO at least hinted a bit, telling AllThingsD that it wants to offer GO on all "preferred platforms so we are always having discussions with a variety of companies." The addition would flesh out the availability of HBO GO, an app already supported on iPads, PCs, Roku Inc. boxes and the Xbox 360, and would position Apple's streaming platform to offer a broader slate of premium content that's already available on competing devices (word of the anticipated partnership will likely also spur yet another round of rumors about the mythical Apple television). Because it's authenticated, HBO GO is only available to consumers who get HBO via a pay-TV service operator. HBO, however, is trying a pure over-the-top (OTT) distribution model in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland via the HBO Nordic joint venture. (See HBO Goes Nordic.)
Brightcove Inc. buried this big announcement in its fourth-quarter earnings: Jeremy Allaire is stepping down as CEO and being succeeded by David Mendels, currently the Web video publishing firm's president and COO and a former Adobe Systems Inc. exec. Allaire will keep his hand in as executive chairman at the start of the second quarter of 2013. The transition comes almost a year after Brightcove went public. Brightcove posted a fourth-quarter net loss of US$4.7 million (17 cents per share) on revenues of $24.3 million, up 31 percent on a year ago. (See Brightcove Raises $55M in Nasdaq Debut.)
DirecTV Group Inc. has bought a stake (the amount was not disclosed) in FreeWheel Media Inc. and will be using the vendor's platform to insert ads and drive more revenues from its multi-screen TV Everywhere service. DirecTV expects to add those capabilities later this year.
re: Apple TV Set to Land HBO GO It would be an interesting move for Apple because it puts them a step closer to the pay-TV ecosystem, though it really is just a-áme-too offering that should make existing Apple TV owners happy... but probably not-á enough for alot of pepole to go out and buy yet another-ástreaming device if they're already got a Roku or Xbox 360. JB
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability testing.
Think of this as the video sequel to the recent columns he's written about NFV and the prospect of a telecom app store. (See
Coopetition has always been part of telecom, but the ecosphere now includes data centers, vendors, apps developers, cloud service providers and Internet content providers. This BCE 2017 panel explores the new attitudes among network operators as to the value and variety of ...
For virtualization to happen, the telecom industry first has to grapple with key functional aspects of SDN and NFV that need to be universal, such as onboarding of virtualized network functions and federation of software-defined networks.
Aamir Hussain leads the Product Development and Technology organization at CenturyLink, which includes the company's information technology function. He is an experienced senior technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementation of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business ...
The 80-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
Nir Shalom, general manager and VP of application development at AT&T Israel, talks about the key service developments undertaken at the AT&T R&D facility in Tel Aviv and how the team there has adopted new ways of working.
Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.