Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, Turkey Day edition.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has released an update to its Xfinity TV Player app that lets video subscribers download select movies and original series from Showtime Networks Inc. and Starz Entertainment LLC (including the flagship Starz channel, Encore and MoviePlex) to iOS and Android devices. The 1.2 version, released Tuesday (Nov. 20), claims to offer "thousands" of shows and movies from the premium programmers. Once downloaded, Comcast customers must input their credentials (a Comcast ID or Comcast.net email address and password) to gain access. The download library typically offers two versions of a title, at "Medium Quality" and "Highest Quality" ("Crummy Quality" need not apply). The high-quality version of John Carter came in at 2.9GB, while the medium version was 576.1MB. Comcast also offers streaming versions of those titles as part of its TV Everywhere package, but the downloaded versions, which mimic the iTunes model without the individual payments, will be useful for customers who want to take shows with them for viewing on airplanes or from other locations that don't have access to a good Wi-Fi signal.
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is building a low-cost, slimmed down version of the Xbox that will stream video and support casual games, putting it on a path to compete directly with devices made by companies such as Roku Inc. , reports The Verge. The article notes that it will be unveiled ahead of the 2013 shopping season and will run on "core components" of Windows 8.
EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS)'s XVI Ku-Band satellite launched successfully Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, establishing the 22nd spacecraft in the company's fleet of owned, leased and managed spacecraft. The Space Systems/Loral-made "bird" will ultimately be maneuvered into orbit 22,300 miles above Earth at 61.5 degrees west longitude. EchoStar is leasing the full capacity of the satellite to corporate cousin Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH). For your oohing and aahing pleasure, here's the launch in all its glory:
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.