& cplSiteName &

Intel's OTT Video Plan Hits a Snag

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/2/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, holiday catch-up edition.

  • Intel Corp.'s plan to create a broadband-based TV service that runs on its own hardware is delayed because the chipmaker is having trouble hammering together content deals with media companies, The Wall Street Journal reports. Intel reportedly had been pitching programmers on a "virtual cable operator" model, with intentions of getting a subscription video service off the ground before the end of 2012. Tossing some cold water on a rumor that Intel is poised to introduce its broadband TV platform at this month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the paper says Intel's launch may not occur until mid-year or the fourth quarter of 2013. Intel's clearly playing both sides of the video equation, as its over-the-top (OTT) plans run alongside its strategy of providing chips that power Docsis 3.0 gateways and a new class of hybrid QAM/IP boxes that run Comcast Corp.'s expanding X1 platform.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc., Suddenlink Communications and Charter Communications Inc. have submitted first-round bids to buy Cablevision Systems Corp.'s Optimum West properties in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah, reports Bloomberg. Cablevision bought those systems, which serve about 360,000 subs, in 2010 for $1.37 billion.

  • The new year is already shaping up to be a good one for Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings. He's set to receive a $2 million salary and another $2 million in stock options this year, about double the value of his 2012 remuneration package. The big raise comes as Netflix inks a key streaming deal with Walt Disney Co., but feels pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn, who bought a 10 percent stake in Netflix last year.

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted new rules designed to streamline and accelerate the deployment of Internet services on board aircraft. Rather than having airlines obtain licenses on an ad hoc basis, the new rules will provide them with the ability to test systems that meet FCC standards and establish that they do not interfere with other aircraft systems. The FCC estimates that the rules should allow the Commission to process Earth Stations Aboard Aircraft (ESAA) applications up to 50 percent faster than before.

  • CSG Systems International Inc. has extended its master subscriber management deal with Comcast through Jan. 31, 2013, as the billing and customer care company irons out a longer-term deal with the cable operator, reports Broadcasting & Cable. CSG's deal with Comcast was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2012. About 21 percent of CSG's revenues were generated by its Comcast relationship during the third quarter of 2012.

  • Eagle Communications enters 2013 as a service provider that is 100 percent owned by employees after the company executed a stock ownership plan on Dec. 27. Eagle operates 28 radio stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, and cable TV systems in 30 towns and cities in Kansas and Colorado.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    bobflorian
    50%
    50%
    bobflorian,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/5/2013 | 2:03:14 AM
    re: Intel's OTT Video Plan Hits a Snag


    Exactly. It's not a hardware problem. Apple TV could have taken over the Cable business if they could line up a la carte channels of everything. Intel should look into starting their own reality TV or an alternate to the NFL :)

    patentchoi
    50%
    50%
    patentchoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/5/2013 | 2:03:12 AM
    re: Intel's OTT Video Plan Hits a Snag


    At least Intel will get started.

    From The Founder
    Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    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.
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T: Creating Dynamic Networks to Meet Business Needs

    5|26|17   |   4:24   |   (0) comments


    As enterprises need more dynamic networks, service providers need to deliver on-demand, virtual services to meet those needs. AT&T is creating a networking fabric to mix-and-match SDN technologies for enterprise customers, says Roman Pacewicz, AT&T senior vice president for offer management and service integration, in an interview at Light Reading's
    LRTV Interviews
    EdgeConneX on Industry Headwinds & Tailwinds

    5|26|17   |   2:41   |   (0) comments


    At Light Reading's Big Communications Event 2017, EdgeConneX CTO Don MacNeil discussed the value of partnerships in the digital world.
    LRTV Documentaries
    4 Steps Toward a Higher Network IQ

    5|26|17   |     |   (0) comments


    At the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, EXFO CEO Philippe Morin explains how sensors and analytics can boost a network's intelligence and enable on-demand customer experiences. Find more BCE 2017 coverage here.
    LRTV Interviews
    BT's McRae Sheds Light on 4K Strategy

    5|25|17   |   4:45   |   (0) comments


    At Light Reading's Big Communications Event 2017 in Austin, Texas, BT Group's Chief Network Architect Neil McRae talks about what it took for BT to broadcast live sports in 4K. Catch up with all our BCE coverage at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
    From the Founder
    How the NIA Aims to Advance NFV

    5|25|17   |   08:07   |   (1) comment


    Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Better Solutions That Address Growing Scale

    5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


    For Comcast, the X1 rollout and 17-fold increases in broadband speeds in the past 16 years are among factors driving the need for Energy 2020 solutions that reduce cost and consumption, says Mark Hess.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Ethernity Network Delivers Instant Offloading of Network Functions With All-Programmable Intelligent NIC

    5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


    David Levi, CEO of Ethernity Networks, explains that programmability of the hardware makes the company's All-Programmable Intelligent NIC uniquely beneficial for communications service providers that need advanced data appliances with agile support of virtualization. Utilizing the company's patented network processing technology, Ethernity offers data path ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    BCE 2017: Vodafone Gets Obsessed With Cloud-Native

    5|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Vodafone's Matt Beal updates us on Project Ocean and explains why simple virtualization isn't enough of a goal for network transformation. Catch up with other BCE 2017 keynotes and news at http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BCE 2017: Intel's Take on Network Transformation

    5|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


    In this BCE 2017 keynote, Lynn Comp discusses Intel's vision for areas such as analytics, automation and service assurance. For more videos and BCE coverage, see http://www.lightreading.com/bce.asp.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Order From Chaos: The Steve Saunders BCE Keynote

    5|24|17   |   17:27   |   (0) comments


    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

    LRTV Documentaries
    Service Provider Panel: Partnering in the Digital Era

    5|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


    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 ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Site Demo: AT&T's IoT Flow Platform

    5|19|17   |   04:25   |   (0) comments


    At AT&T's R&D center in Tel Aviv, Israel, project leader Eyal Segev talks about the operator's Flow platform and how it helps to prototype IoT applications.
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    Cities Clamor for More Clout at FCC
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/23/2017
    What's Blocking 4K TV Today
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading, 5/22/2017
    Sonus & Genband Finally Combine to Form $745M Company
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/23/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
    TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
    Animals with Phones
    What Brogrammers Look Like to the Rest of Us Click Here
    Live Digital Audio

    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.