Light Reading

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        ADD A COMMENT
    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


     


     


     

    From The Founder
    Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

    9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (2) comments


    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

    9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


    Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

    8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


    Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

    8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

    8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


    Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Global Services Forum Preview

    8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

    8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


    Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

    8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


    Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    The Netformx Ecosystem

    8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


    Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

    8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


    Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

    8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei ONS Product Demo

    8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


    Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
    Hot Topics
    T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
    CEO Chat With Bill Gates
    Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
    Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
    Carolina Town Becomes First US 10-Gig City
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/3/2015
    Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/1/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    September 22, 2015
    Media Begins With “Me”
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
    The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
    Cats with Phones
    It's a New Age... Click Here
    When smartphones replace stuffed animals.