Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.
Comcast Corp. claims its Watchathon Week, a promo that's offering a free pass to more than 3,500 TV episodes from 30 programmers on set-tops and IP-connected tablets and smartphones, is boosting video-on-demand (VoD) usage as designed. (See Comcast Goes On a VoD Binge and Comcast Plans to Pump Up VoD Usage.)
"Customers are definitely catching up in force during Watchathon Week. We're seeing double-digit percentage increases in views across platforms so far," said Maggie Suniewick, vice president of video services at Comcast Cable, in a statement to Light Reading Cable. "Premiums are doing extremely well, and we expect that to continue as customers catch up leading into the season premiere of Game of Thrones on Sunday night," she added, in reference to the hit series from HBO. Another tidbit: Showtime Networks Inc.'s Shameless has been the most-viewed premium network series online (via Xfinity.com/tv) during Watchathon Week.
The VoD tilt runs through March 31, offering access to the full VoD libraries of HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax, whether customers subscribe to those premium services or not. Xfinity TV customers with access to Comcast's VoD service are eligible for Watchathon Week, so most of its 21.25 million digital video customers can partake in it. On April 1, Comcast is set to follow with "Catch-Up of the Week," which will present a mix of current and past seasons of hit shows and series each week through the end of the year.
Liberty Global Inc.'s $23.3 billion play for U.K.-based Virgin Media Inc. should generate "mid-single-digit EBIDTA growth," driven by increased service bundles and small business services penetration, wrote ISI Group Inc. analyst Vijay Jayant, in a research note earlier this week. He also expects LGI to report 1.5 million net subscriber adds once Virgin Media is in the fold. The firm expects the European Commission to okay the deal by mid-April, with shareholder votes set for late May/early June, putting it all on target for a closing in the second quarter. (See Liberty Makes $23.3B Play for Virgin Media.)
AT&T Inc. is on the hook to pay $27.5 million for infringing two patents owned by Two-Way Media LLC after a San Antonio jury rejected AT&T's effort to invalidate the patents, Bloomberg reports. The patents in question cover technology tied to live streaming and data usage gathering. Bloomberg notes that Two-Way also sued Akamai Technologies Inc. and Limelight Networks Inc. on similar grounds, but ended up getting a settlement.
North American cable operators have managed to slow video subscriber losses in recent quarters, but don't expect them to stop the bleeding this year. Multimedia Research Group (MRG) predicts that cable operators in the region will lose less than 1 million of them in 2013, thanks in part to a mix of improving economic conditions and new video service packages and features. The top nine U.S. cable operators lost about 1.41 million video subs in 2012, down from 1.6 million in 2011, according to Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG). (See Good News/Bad News For Cable TV.)
Meanwhile, Charter Communications Inc. is not taking too kindly to those that promote the idea of cord-cutting. Antennas Direct, which makes over-the-air antennas, says Charter rejected an ad for competitive reasons, reports NewTeeVee. Here's one of the ads, which chats up how the antennas provide access to "tons of free HDTV" and promotes this cable unfriendly URL: antennasdirect.com/dumpcable.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable
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.
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 ...
For virtualization to happen, the telecom industry first has to grapple with key functional aspects of SDN and NFV that need to be universal, such as onboarding of virtualized network functions and federation of software-defined networks.
Aamir Hussain leads the Product Development and Technology organization at CenturyLink, which includes the company's information technology function. He is an experienced senior technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementation of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business ...
The 50-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
Nir Shalom, general manager and VP of application development at AT&T Israel, talks about the key service developments undertaken at the AT&T R&D facility in Tel Aviv and how the team there has adopted new ways of working.
Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
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.