Light Reading
Also: Analyst expects a Charter turnaround; Aereo to broadcasters – prove how we're hurting you; Avail-TVN's new name; Cablevision CFO adds duties

Comcast Launches Tech R&D Fund

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
3/12/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • Comcast Corp. has created a Technology Research & Development Fund that will award general and targeted research grants and provide support for open source development. Comcast won't reveal how much money is available to the fund, but the Open Home Gateway Forum (OHGF) and RIPE Atlas are among the first grant recipients, according to this blog post by Comcast VP of Internet & Communications Engineering Jason Livingood. Specific topics of interest include networking/distribution, measurement/data analysis, user interfaces, security and new services such as telemedicine and home security. RIPE Atlas uses a global network of probes to measure Internet connectivity and reachability and aggregates that data into forms such as graphs and maps. The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), meanwhile, announced the launch of the OHGF on Tuesday, referencing the initial grant from Comcast. The OHGF will eventually comprise a group of ISPs and vendors and Internet development organizations that aims to provide "stable, quality-assured reference Open Source software to be used in home gateways," with an initial focus on improved support of IPv6 and a secure way to update gateway firmware. Comcast's Reference Design Kit (RDK), an integrated software bundle for hybrid and IP-only devices, is becoming a central component to the MSO's gateway strategy. (See Comcast's Set-Top Accelerator Gains Traction and Comcast's All-Service Gateways Go 'Headless' .)
  • Charter Communications Inc. has found a supporter in the form of ISI Group Inc.'s Vijay Jayant. The analyst on Monday gave Charter a "buy" rating and bumped its price target to US$100 from $88 after modeling in its pending purchase of the former Bresnan Communications systems from Cablevision Systems Corp. In a research note, the analyst said the stock "appears to be reflecting an expectation of an operational and financial inflection point" and that the management team is starting to "make its mark" under new CEO Tom Rutledge. Jayant gives Rutledge credit for the operational improvements at the Bresnan properties when the exec was still with Cablevision, and believes that the experience could bode well for Charter's turnaround hopes.
  • Aereo Inc. is asking a New York court to require CBS and other major broadcasters to hand over evidence that Aereo's broadband-based TV distribution service and cloud DVR combo is harming their businesses, reports Law360. (See Aereo Widens Net to 19M Homes and Judge Keeps Aereo On The Air.)
  • Avail-TVN is no more … in name, anyway. The multi-screen, video-on-demand content aggregator has rechristened itself as Vubiquity Inc. In case it's not hit-you-over-the-head obvious, the new name is supposed to invoke the notion that viewers are using all sorts of devices to watch content and "are quickly coming to expect ubiquitous viewing." The name change comes after the company bought U.K.-based On Demand Group last year for $27 million. TVN and Avail Media merged in 2009. The combined company now manages about 28,000 hours of content per month and works with more than 340 content providers and 270 service providers. (See SeaChange Unloads VoD Content Unit for $27M.)
  • Cablevision has appointed Gregg Seibert, 57, as vice chairman and asked him to spearhead the company's overall strategy. Siebert, who left Merrill Lynch to join Cablevision in 2009, will continue to serve as CFO and report to Cablevision President and CEO James Dolan. — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable
    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Interviews
    From 4G to 5G: Alcatel-Lucent's Dave Geary

    11|25|14   |   09:09   |   (1) comment


    Dave Geary, President of Wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, talks about the evolution of the 4G market, small cells, partnerships, 5G and the IoT.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Secure Telefonica Network With Huawei's High-End Firewall

    11|24|14   |   4:37   |   (0) comments


    Andrew Davies, IP architect of the Telefonica, a leading digital communications company, discusses the Huawei security gateway solution and putting the solution into the testbed.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Partners with Spirent to Verify CE12816's 10GE Port & TRILL Networking Capabilities

    11|24|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


    Spirent Communications is the world's leading supplier for telecom testing appliances and solutions. Spirent has been in a close partnership with Huawei for a long time.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Saudi Airlines & Its ICT Transformation

    11|24|14   |   2:07   |   (0) comments


    In this video, Saudi Airlines discusses its network problems and how Huawei's Agile Network is its all-in-one solution.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Agile Switch Benefiting Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital

    11|24|14   |   2:40   |   (0) comments


    Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital speaks about how Huawei's Agile Switch has improved the medical service's network infrastructure.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    FanPlay & Huawei Build a Wireless Agile Smart Stadium

    11|24|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


    FanPlay is a cloud-based white label service, which is effectively a football fan engagement platform underpinned by mobile payment technology.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building an Agile Stadium

    11|24|14   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


    Stadiums may be thousands of tons of concrete and steel, but they now need to be agile. Being at the stadium may not be as alluring as it once was. Sports franchises and stadium operators discuss how to get fans back.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Helps ChinaCache Tackle Challenges in the Internet Industry

    11|24|14   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


    ChinaCache is China's largest content distribution network supplier. Huawei's CE12800 has provided ChinaCache with very strong support in its establishment of an infrastructure network.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Cefinity on Managed Security Services & Next-Generation Firewall

    11|24|14   |   7:05   |   (0) comments


    Cefinity is a cloud management service provider in Southeast Asia. Ivan Zhang, CEO of the company, discusses the implementation of security service management in the cloud era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Agile Gateway in the Eyes of Cefinity

    11|24|14   |   2:11   |   (0) comments


    Cefinity is a managed service provider for enterprise networks. The company currently uses Huawei's AR series routers for the most complete range of functions. CEO Ivan Zhang speaks about the advantages of the AR series routers.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    CTO of Bus-Online Talks About Huawei's Agile Gateway

    11|24|14   |   2:53   |   (0) comments


    Bus-Online covers around 100 million users everyday. In addition to providing mobile TV, and advertising services to the public, Bus-Online has also entered the field of mobile Internet.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Amsterdam ArenA as an Agile Campus

    11|24|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    The Amsterdam ArenA, home of the Ajax soccer team, can be a crowded space. ArenA has partnered with Huawei to work on bringing ample bandwidth to 53,000 people at the same time.
    Upcoming Live Events
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
    Hot Topics
    Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
    Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
    $38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
    Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
    Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
    Operators Should Block Ads to Get Their Cut, Startup Says
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/24/2014
    $35B+ Spectrum Auction Dings Verizon, Shines Dish
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/24/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed