Light Reading

Netflix & MTV Execs Launch Cloud TV Startup

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner

Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition

  • Former execs from TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO), Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), MTV, NBC and BlackArrow Inc. have combined to launch Net2TV Corp., an ad-supported, cloud-based video services platform. Its first service, Portico, features shows from CBS Interactive's food site, Popular Science and The Wall Street Journal. Net2TV is offering Portico initially on connected TVs from Royal Philips Electronics N.V. (NYSE: PHG; Amsterdam: PHI) . Net2TV's cloud-based service is powered by ActiveVideo , which also sells its tech directly to Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) and other traditional pay-TV service providers. Net2TV CEO Thomas Morgan is late of Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) and Nickelodeon/MTV and was the chief strategy officer of Move Networks Inc., an adaptive streaming startup acquired by EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS) in 2011. (See EchoStar Buys Move Networks.)

  • Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook talked to NBC's Brian Williams last night and got people into a lather when he was asked about Apple's plans on improving the television experience. The money quote? That television "is an area of intense interest," and wouldn't elaborate. Sound familiar? Why, absolutely, BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield notes a blog post (registration required) that includes a video mashup of Cook on NBC and at an All Things D conference in May:

    Greenfield writes that any plans Apple may have to produce some kind of integrated television are at least a year away.

  • Fifteen pay-TV providers and device makers have signed a Set-Top Energy Conservation Agreement that, they claim, will result in annual residential electricity savings of $1.5 billion-plus. The five-year initiative, which includes the backing of competitors such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), takes effect Jan. 1, 2013. Among the commitments: At least 90 percent of all new boxes bought and deployed after 2013 will meet Energy Star 3.0 efficiency levels, while "light sleep" capabilities will be downloaded by cable operators to more than 10 million already-deployed DVRs. The participating telcos and satellite TV guys pledged to offer an "automatic power down" feature in 90 percent of set-tops purchased and deployed starting next year. All members will also test a new "deep sleep" function in next-generation boxes and, if it works, deploy it. (See Comcast's Strategy Chief Calls a Power Play .) [Ed. note: Getting sleepy? We thought so.]

  • Cablevision will bump up the price of its cable modem service by $5 per month starting early next year, marking the first increase for broadband in a decade, reports Bloomberg, noting that it will result in an average monthly increase of 3.2 percent. Based on Cablevision's base of 3 million cable modem subs, the decision will bring in $15 million more per month, and help out as Cablevision deals with plant damage and service refunds associated with the superstorm Sandy.

  • Expect Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) to reveal some news involving Cox Communications Inc. at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Cisco has scheduled a press conference on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 7 that will include a presentation from Cisco chief John Chambers and Cox President Pat Esser that's being "timed with the BCS national championship football game." Cisco used the 2011 CES to unveil Videoscape, its multi-screen video platform for service providers. (See CES: Cisco Unveils Master Plan for Video.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Jeff Baumgartner
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/10/2013 | 4:00:16 AM
    re: Netflix & MTV Execs Launch Cloud TV Startup

    They're just getting started here, but the content slate for Net2TV (I also need to add Discovery's Revision3, Entertainment Tonight and stuff from CNET in there)  is not all that great yet... and you can get alot of this and more with a Roku.  Also, just Philips smart TVs at the get-go?  You'd think they'd have a few more folks lined up before going out... unless they're going to milk this thing and announce something with each CE deal they get done.  JB


    From The Founder
    Steve Saunders provides an overview of white box networking and introduces a new "slim line" version of the OSI 7-layer model.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Centec on Ethernet Switching

    11|26|15   |   09:58   |   (0) comments

    Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Delivering Service Agility in the Virtualization Era

    11|25|15   |   5.41   |   (0) comments

    Interview with Massimo Fatato, WW OSS Business Lead, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
    Wagner’s Ring
    How Might Open Source Fail?

    11|24|15   |     |   (10) comments

    Open source, SDN, and NFV are looking inevitable – but performance, standards proliferation and regulatory capture could derail the movement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Lifecycle Orchestration – a Fresh Vision for Telco

    11|23|15   |   6.40   |   (0) comments

    Simon Osborne, CTO Comptel, and Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell reveal the business impacts of new SDN and NFV, and what the term service orchestration actually means. Together they define Lifecycle Service Orchestration and how the virtualized future will look for telecoms operators.
    Between the CEOs
    Cisco's Virtual Role in Saudi

    11|20|15   |   12:15   |   (2) comments

    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Leads With Kubernetes for Cloud PaaS

    11|19|15   |   08:26   |   (0) comments

    Huawei is looking to Kubernetes as a key tool for building robust open source technologies for customers and partners, said Ying Xiong, chief architect of cloud platform at Huawei, in an interview with Light Reading West Coast Bureau Chief Mitch Wagner at the recent Kubecon conference.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    WiC in London: The Highlight Reel

    11|19|15   |   5:33   |   (1) comment

    NetCracker's Mervat El Dabae headlines an inspiring morning in London with help from leading women from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Hyperoptics and Ciena.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Why Saudi's So Hot for New Tech

    11|19|15   |   05:07   |   (0) comments

    Light Reading's Steve Saunders reports from Saudi Arabia, a hyper-competitive market desperate to embrace the next generation of communications technologies and services.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Why Data Models Deliver More Value Than Information Models

    11|19|15   |   5.08   |   (0) comments

    Stefan Vallin argues that more automation is needed to manage end-to-end services and the hybrid networks they run on, and that data models are key to achieving this.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    SDN Management & Orchestration in the WAN

    11|17|15   |   7.20   |   (0) comments

    Carol Wilson and Packet Design CTO Cengiz Alaettinoglu discuss CSPs' SDN service delivery and assurance requirements. Learn about a modular approach to building automated control, orchestration and management functions for the WAN that are policy- and analytics-driven.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Flash Networks: Optimizing for Radio Spectral Efficiency

    11|17|15   |   3:34   |   (0) comments

    Today most optimization vendors only focus on optimizing voice or data. Ofer Gottfried, Flash Networks' CTO, shows how improving data throughput and maximizing spectral efficiency reduces capital and operating expenses while also providing a platform for user engagement.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Pay-TV User Experiences Millennial-Friendly

    11|16|15   |   6:42   |   (0) comments

    The unique challenge of reaching and engaging Millennials is driving pay-TV video experience transformation that can include higher quality UIs, viewing of multiple content streams at once and seamless transitions between handheld devices and the television.
    Allot MobileTrends Report H2/2015 reveals how daily online behavior can be used to discover smarter ways to profile customers and propose valuable, real-time offers to them.
    Hot Topics
    Samsung to Sell Wireless Networking Unit?
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
    Samsung: No Sale of Wireless Unit
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/25/2015
    How Might Open Source Fail?
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/24/2015
    Sprint to Get $1.2B From New Leasing Venture
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/23/2015
    Networking Shines in HP's Gloomy Final Earnings
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/25/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    December 15, 2015
    Virtualizing Cable Services
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Centec CEO James Sun talks to Steve Saunders about Ethernet switching and the white box revolution.
    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders talks with Zayan Sadek, Regional Manager at Cisco Systems, about the competitive communications services market and advance of virtualization in Saudi Arabia.
    Cats with Phones
    Can't Find the Phone on Thanksgiving? Click Here
    Check under the cat! (hint: bottom right)
    Live Digital Audio

    Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.