Welcome to the cable and broadband news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Netflix Inc. expects to offer content in the eye-popping 4K/UltraHD format "within a year or two," Chief Product Officer Ted Sarandos tells The Verge. Obviously, that could affect broadband ISP consumption caps and usage-based billing models, and it could cause a more rapid migration to the more bandwidth-efficient HEVC/H.265 codec. "Clearly we have much work to do with the compression and decode capability, but we expect to be delivering 4K within a year or two with at least some movies and then over time become an important source of 4K. 4K will likely be streamed first before it goes anywhere else," he predicted, noting that the new Netflix original series House of Cards was shot in the 4K format. Netflix is currently trying to help ISPs lessen the strain for its menu of 1080p "Super HD" content via its Open Connect program. (See Netflix ISP Shame Game Goes Global.)
Hulu LLC Chief Content Officer Andy Forssell will become acting CEO when the Web TV hub's founding CEO, Jason Kilar, departs at the end of March. Walt Disney Co. and News Corp. are finalizing their plans with Hulu before deciding on a permanent CEO, Kilar wrote in a blog post announcing the decision. Hulu, which mothballed plans for an IPO in 2010, brought in US$700 million in revenues in 2012.
Suddenlink Communications has a bit of a vandalism problem on its hands. Fiber-snipping miscreants struck for a fourth time this week in parts of California, leaving 10,000 customers without service from Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon, The Times Standard reports. The local sheriff's office estimates that the recent wave of vandalism created $30,000 in damage. Suddenlink has put up a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Verizon Communications Inc. has added four linear TV channels to its over-the-top TV lineup for FiOS TV subscribers: Golf Channel, plus three from the NBCU stable (E!, Style and Sprout). The My Verizon site, accessible to authenticated FiOS TV customers, now streams more than 40 live TV channels.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.