Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup
Redbox Instant By Verizon, set for a public beta test later this month, will start at $8 per month and provide access to a streaming library catering to "premium" movies from suppliers such as Epix, NBCUniversal LLC , Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures. The subscription also includes four credits for one-night DVD rentals from a Redbox Automated Retail LLC kiosk. The starter price matches up with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s streaming-only plan, which provides access to a mix of new and old movies, but TV series as well. For an extra $1 per month, the Redbox/Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) service combo will let subscribers rent out Blu-ray discs.
The full launch, which had been expected before the end of 2012, has been delayed until the first or second quarter of 2013 as the joint venture works out the kinks. Redbox Instant by Verizon has tapped Avail-TVN to deliver subscription and transactional studio fare. At the start, the service will stream movies to PCs, iOS and Android devices, Samsung Corp. Blu-ray players and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) -connected TVs and Blu-ray players. It will also be available over the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) TV platform. (See Verizon/Redbox Video Service Hits Pause Button .)
Verizon is also pushing a multi-screen project tied to its FiOS TV service. The company has launched a promo designed to push usage of video-on-demand (VoD) and "FlexView" titles, which include rights that allow users watch them on supported PCs, smartphones and tablets. Customers who rent or purchase three FlexView or VoD titles within a month will receive one free FlexView rental, with the caveat that they must redeem it within seven days of the purchase/rental of the third title.
SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC) has hired ex-Motorola exec George Kajos to be the general manager of its platform business unit, where he'll head up development of the company's Adrenalin video back-office platform and Nitro user interface software for set-tops and mobile devices. Kajos comes on board after SeaChange moves ahead with a strategy to eliminate the position of a dedicated CTO -- longtime CTO Steve Davi recently left to join Synacor Inc. -- and have the heads of its three business units (platform, in-home and advertising) share those duties. (See More Changes Afoot at SeaChange.)
On the regulatory front, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules enforcing the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act take effect today, putting forth that broadcasters and pay-TV operators ensure that the volume of commercials are no louder than the TV shows they're accompanying. Today is also the deadline for waiver requests, and at least 100 were on file as of Tuesday night, reports TV Technology. The report notes that the Act has two waiver provisions: one for financial hardships (if they need more time to raise the capital to buy the equipment necessary to comply); and another for "good cause" that's up to the FCC's discretion.
wanlord, User Rank: Light Sabre 2/25/2013 | 2:16:15 PM
re: Verizon/Redbox Take a Swing at Netflix I agree. Not compelling enough to drop Netflix or pay yet another monthly fee for pretty much the same content I can get elsewhere. Even if this fails internally, VZ won't let it fail publically. They constantly pour money into little side projects liked VDMS and Streaming and keep them afloat to avoid embarrassment in the marketplace because they have the cash to do so. -áCompanies like Netflix and others focus on their core business and streamline to make a profit. VZ still runs things like a telco and they don't profit except wireless. Netflix is embedded in subscribers devices and it just works and works well, why would I switch to save 2 bucks a month?
Thoughts on the initial Redbox/VZ strategy to focus on fresh films? one of the reasons i like Netflix is that i can gorge myself on TV series when I find one I like or get referred to, like Breaking Bad. I'll be interested to see what the service looks like when the full launch comes early next year, but what i see coming now would not excite me enough to drop Netflix or add yet another subscription package... even with the additional DVD kiosk rentals. JB
Good one to bring up. That will give Netflix some leverage down the road. in the meantime, i'll be curious to see how the new Netflix originals like House of Cards affects subscription retention and aquisition. JB
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.