Light Reading
Also: Ex-SeaChange President reportedly headed to Cablevision; court OKs Entropic-Trident deal; DirecTV's streaming plan; Charter's guarantees

Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
3/12/2012
50%
50%

Here's a look at what's pushing cable's buttons this morning.

  • Aereo Inc. 's famous backer Barry Diller spouted some fightin' talk as the startup prepares for broadcaster-led lawsuits against a new service that uses special, thumb-sized antennas to take in over-the-air TV signals and ship them to customers via broadband. "It's going to be a great fight," Diller said Sunday at the SXSW confab in Austin. He says Aereo will talk about paying fees to broadcasters when they can "get Radio Shack to pay you some slice of their profit when they sell an aerial." Aereo's US$12 per month service, which also includes a network DVR component, is set to debut Thursday in New York City. (See Diller's Aereo Under Legal Attack and Aereo Makes Cord-Cutting Bid in NYC.)

  • Former SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) President Yvette Kanouff is to become EVP of Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC)'s technology group, and will start there this week, reports Multichannel News. Kanouff left SeaChange last month, and going to an MSO is among her viable near-term options. Her departure from SeaChange, a video software specialist that counts Cablevision as a long-time customer, included a one-year non-compete clause. (See Now SeaChange Loses Its President.)

  • Entropic Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTR) got a step closer to acquiring the set-top box chip assets of Trident Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID) on Friday (March 9) when the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the deal. Entropic expects to close the deal before the end of March. (See Entropic Takes $55M Stab at Trident and Entropic Sweetens Pot to Win Trident .)

  • DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) has plans to launch its own over-the-top video streaming service as a customer retention tool, though it's not expected to be as big as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s new Streampix subscription offering, says Forbes. (See Comcast Goes OTT to Target Netflix, Hulu Plus .)

  • Charter Communications Inc. has launched a national "All In" customer guarantee program that includes a 30-day money-back guarantee for new customers, and a $20 credit if the MSO is late for a scheduled appointment window, doesn't complete the service call on the first visit, or if a customer's service is out for more than 24 hours.

  • ZiXi LLC , a startup that's developed a low-latency video-over-the-Internet platform, has tapped Dennis Albano as CEO. Albano is the former CEO of digital media software firm Signiant Inc.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:39:43 PM
    re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters


     Yeah, that's not really a spot-on comparison that Diller's trying to make... plus, I'm struggling to see how this is not some form of retrans.


    I also see that Diller's predicting that Aereo will be in as many as 100 cities this year.  Ambitious, for sure, and that will only happen if they can sidestep an injunction that could put the company itself in some jeopardy if the broadcasters are successful in obtaining one. JB 

    joanengebretson
    50%
    50%
    joanengebretson,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:39:43 PM
    re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters


    Aereo opponents argue that Aereo, unlike Radio Shack, performs an action on the broadcast signal (in this case converting it to IP for Internet transmission.)


    I think both sides have some interesting arguments and I'm sure many people will be watching closely to see how this is resolved. 


     


     

    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:39:42 PM
    re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters


    Cablevision confirmed this afternoon that Yvette Kanouff has indeed joined the MSO as EVP, engineering, software design. Not many specifics mentioned on what that will entail, but I suspect alot of work around UI. JB

    craigleddy
    50%
    50%
    craigleddy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    12/5/2012 | 5:39:39 PM
    re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters


    Yvette cut her teeth on Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network, the soup-to-nuts interactive TV trial in Orlando, FL that ran from 1994 to 1997 and was a pioneer of VoD. From TWC through Seachange, she's seen it all in terms of next-gen on-demand technology. While she'll be an asset to CVC efforts like serving connected devices, I think she could really help in making CVC's RS-DVR effort flourish.


    On a personal note, she was the first person to really explain to me what the heck video servers and QAM modulation were!   

    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:39:37 PM
    re: Diller Braces for Battle With Broadcasters


    Translating QAM -- that says it all right there. The FSN still represents something special to me... first time I took any real notice of cable technology when I was a maybe three years out of school and had a chance to see a demo at an event in Orlando.  It was an expensive experiment, but it paved the way for digital cable and cable VoD... and even iTV apps. But agree that Cablevisoin would seem to be a good spot for her. JB


     


     


     

    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 2

    10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 1

    10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

    10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

    10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Exploring the Future of Cable Access

    10|15|14   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Brett Wingo looks at where cable access architectures are heading, discussing the impact of DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, Remote PHY, SDN, virtualization of cable networks and related technologies.
    Upcoming Live Events
    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
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet
    Stephen Saunders, 10/15/2014
    HBO Will Go OTT in 2015
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/15/2014
    Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
    Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
    CBS Takes OTT Plunge
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed