Europe's cable operators have the specifications and the will to enable Wi-Fi roaming, says Cable Europe Labs chief Peter Percosan.
Getcha popcorn ready! Comcast's "Watchathon Week" gives video customers access to the full VoD libraries of HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax from March 25-31.
The American Cable Association (ACA) held its annual summit in Washington D.C. Wednesday, and rising programming costs were at the top of the agenda. The CEO of WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) Colleen Abdoulah stated that as much as 70 percent of her customers don't watch football, yet all subscribers have to subsidize the cost of National Football League coverage. Also, according to Abdoulah, broadcasters are colluding on licensing fees in 20 percent of TV markets, and that's driving up retransmission costs by at least 22 percent.
Meanwhile other topics of discussion at the event included: how to support cable's transition to IP -- Senator Dean Heller of Nevada wants to promote private investment in better infrastructure; whether to move toward usage-based broadband billing -- Commissioner Ajit Pai from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has nothing against it; and whether over-the-top video should be regulated like traditional TV -- everyone at the ACA would prefer fewer regulations for cable instead.
Netflix Inc. has decided to get social. The video rental company announced yesterday that subscribers in the U.S. will soon be able to connect with friends through Facebook to share favorite Netflix shows. Once connected, users will see a "Watched by Your Friends" row of titles on the Netflix menu, and will be able to track what programs are rated highly. The company emphasizes, however, that users can still hide any embarrassing viewing habits by clicking on a "Don't Share This" button. The new feature will roll out to all U.S. subscribers by the end of this week.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Saran Phaloprakarn, Senior VP of Fixed Broadband Business Management of Thailand's AIS, was a keynote speaker at the first Asia-Pacific Ultra Broadband Summit in Bangkok. In this video, he talks to Heavy Reading about transforming into an FMC (FBB+MBB+Content) operator.
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.