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.)
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
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.