Light Reading

Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
5/10/2012
50%
50%

Here's what's pushing cable's buttons today.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) complained to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staffers this week that broadband caps are unfair to over-the-top video services. Netflix coupled its verbal argument with a slideshow titled "A Level Playing Field for Video" that points the finger at three service provider applications that are exempt from broadband consumption caps: Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Xfinity TV on Xbox 360, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s U-verse TV on Xbox 360, and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC)'s iPad application. It goes on to outline a range of services that are subject to caps, including MLB.tv, Hulu Plus, Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)'s Crackle and, of course, Netflix.

    Comcast has already argued that its app for the game console should be exempt because it's delivered over the MSO's private IP network and that it views the Xbox 360 as just another set-top box. The FCC's current rules do exempt managed video and voice services delivered over IP. (See Netflix CEO Keeps Whining About Comcast and Comcast's Xbox App Raises Net Neutrality Concerns.)

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will show off a Docsis 3.0 voice gateway with on-board Wi-Fi and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) that can bond 16 downstream channels -- twice the downstream of current-generation D3 modems -- at The Cable Show in Boston. When fully loaded, the device, called the Touchstone Telephony Gateway TG1672 [Ed note: Sexy!], can provide downstream bursts of about 640 Mbit/s. Also on tap, the Media Services Platform MSP2800, a high-density edge QAM with Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) "migration ability" that's come out of its recent acquisition of BigBand Networks Inc. (See Arris/BigBand Could Resurrect Modular CCAP .)

  • Motorola Mobility LLC shipped 19,821 downstream cable modem termination system (CMTS) channels in the first quarter along with 26,852 upstream ports, improving from the 12,013 downstreams and 11,252 upstreams it shipped in the year-ago quarter. Despite the gain, Moto will likely remain a distant third in CMTSs behind Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Arris. (See Cisco, Harmonic Rule Cable Access in Q3 .)

  • Mediacom Communications Corp. lost 5,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, narrowing the loss of 9,000 in the year-ago quarter, giving it a total of 591,000. The now privately held MSO also added 15,000 high-speed Internet customers and 6,000 phone subs, compared to 7,000 and 1,000, respectively, a year earlier.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    msilbey
    50%
    50%
    msilbey,
    User Rank: Blogger
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:30 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    The problem with the debate around Comcast's "managed IP" video network is that people are making arguments without understanding a lot of the context. And unfortunately, the cable industry seems perfectly happy to sit back and let people debate in ignorance. The situation isn't black and white, but the nuances are difficult to explain - more so when Comcast won't clarify exactly how it's doing what it's doing. 


    Should Comcast be able to deliver video to the Xbox without having it count toward caps? Probably. It's Comcast's pipe, and guess what, all cable TV is going to be delivered over IP eventually. But then how much bandwidth should Comcast be allowed to use for its managed service versus how much should it have to dedicate to Internet service? And what about that prioritizing in the last mile? If the managed service is competing for bandwidth over the same channels as Internet traffic - instead of over a dedicated QAM channel - should it be allowed to get priority delivery? At the very least, we should know if there are any boundaries here.


    But we don't know. And we probably won't know any time soon. 

    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:29 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat
    Some more transparency of what's going on would be helpful, though I doubt that it would douse the network neutrality flames. A lot of details about the earlier P2P situation didn't come to light until after the FCC probed it. JB
    gtchavan
    50%
    50%
    gtchavan,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:24 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    Have you all noticed that Google regularly violates net neutrality on its Youtube site?  Some videos will take for ever to load and continously interrupted by slow data while others that have ads have plenty bandwidth.  Doesn't Net Neutrality have to go with all content?

    paolo.franzoi
    50%
    50%
    paolo.franzoi,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:33:19 PM
    re: Netflix Cranks Up the Net Neutrality Heat


    Google is not a carrier in most instances. 


    seven


     

    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    From The Founder
    Against the odds, Huawei is growing its telecoms networking equipment business in the US -- that should be ringing some alarm bells for domestic vendors.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    Between the CEOs
    Metaswitch's New CEO Martin Lund Discusses His Role

    9|2|15   |   11:27   |   (2) comments


    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers ...
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Nominum on Leveraging the Power of DNS to Deliver Superior Subscriber Experiences

    9|2|15   |   07:13   |   (0) comments


    Nominum CEO Gary Messiana talks about the challenges service providers face in competing for a much more sophisticated customer, a customer that has heightened expectations for more personalized and compelling digital experiences. Providers are focusing their efforts on delivering higher value subscriber services, retaining their existing customers and increasing ...
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Jeff Miller, ActiveVideo

    8|28|15   |   19:05   |   (0) comments


    Jeff Miller, President and CEO of ActiveVideo, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the impact of virtualization on the TV and video distribution market.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Vodafone: Mobile Money Is About Customer Trust

    8|27|15   |   06.36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading spoke with Vodafone's Ian Ravenscroft about the unique responsibilities and opportunities facing operators handling customers' financial transactions over the network.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Palo Alto Networks on Expanding in the Carrier/Service Provider Market

    8|26|15   |   07:54   |   (0) comments


    Alfred Lee from Palo Alto Networks tells Steve Saunders about their new chassis-based system, the PA-7080, and how it can benefit service providers compared to legacy firewalls.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Global Services Forum Preview

    8|25|15   |   02:36   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders talks about Huawei's upcoming Global Services Forum with the help of Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan and Teresa Mastrangelo.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Infoblox on DNS Threat Index

    8|19|15   |   04:39   |   (0) comments


    Dilip Pillaipakam from Infoblox talks to Steve Saunders about his company's core network services.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Ihab Tarazi, Equinix

    8|14|15   |   20:18   |   (1) comment


    Equinix CTO Ihab Tarazi talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the dramatic changes in the data center, cloud and interconnect markets and discusses the impact of SDN and NFV in the coming years.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    The Netformx Ecosystem

    8|14|15   |   09:39   |   (1) comment


    Ittai Bareket, CEO of Netformx, talks with Steve Saunders about the Netformx Ecosystem, which employs cutting-edge prescriptive analytics to help solution providers maximize profits.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Versa Networks on Leveraging VNFs

    8|12|15   |   07:37   |   (0) comments


    Kumar Mehta, founder and CEO of stealth mode startup Versa Networks, talks with Steve Saunders about how providers can best leverage virtualized network functions (VNFs).
    LRTV Custom TV
    Transforming the Network Through OPNFV

    8|5|15   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


    Sandra Rivera, VP Data Center Group; GM Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation, on OPNFV Arno and how the industry is coming together to accelerate the deployment of NFV and transform the network.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei ONS Product Demo

    8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


    Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Cisco's cloud and virtualization portfolio can increase business agility and innovation by building a more flexible network architecture.
    Hot Topics
    T-Mobile CEO Plays Data Traffic Cop
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 8/31/2015
    CEO Chat With Bill Gates
    Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 8/31/2015
    Time to Monetize Cable WiFi
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 8/31/2015
    New Apple TV: More $$, Not Content – Report
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 8/31/2015
    Ex-AlcaLu Boss Tasked With Bolstering Altice
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 9/1/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    September 16, 2015
    Wi-Fi First or Second?
    September 22, 2015
    Media Begins With “Me”
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Technology industry veteran Martin Lund joins Metaswitch Networks this week as the company's new CEO. In this interview, Lund discusses his new role and the industry's progress with Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders. Lund believes that the industry disruption caused by SDN and NFV is creating opportunities for companies like Metaswitch – network software providers with the agility to embrace new technologies quickly and the ability to deliver on substantial projects for global network operators.
    The scene: Last Saturday, lunchtime, the interior of a shi-shi-foo-foo eatery in Manhattan's SoHo district.
    Cats with Phones
    It's a New Age... Click Here
    When smartphones replace stuffed animals.