Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.
A California judge has turned down a request by Fox Broadcasting Co. to place a preliminary injunction on AutoHop, an app that automatically skips the ads of shows recorded to Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s new Hopper HD-DVR. The DVR's PrimeTime Anytime component records the prime-time block of the four major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) and saves them for up to eight days. The AutoHop feature is not active until the day after a program originally aired. (See Dish, Broadcasters Go to War Over Ad-Zapper .)
The ruling -- which Fox will probably appeal -- has not been released publicly, but it reportedly found that the AutoHop feature does not cause irreparable harm to the broadcaster. Dish, meanwhile, cheered the ruling, noting that it means Dish customers using PrimeTime Anytime cannot be liable for copyright infringement. Dish said the ruling is sealed to give the parties a chance to redact confidential trade information.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) continued to dominate the fixed network in North America, representing 33 percent of peak period downstream traffic, as Sandvine Inc. revealed in its latest report tabulating data from its more than 200 customers around the globe. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) (1.8 percent) was second, followed by Hulu LLC (1.4 percent) and HBO GO (0.5 percent). Sandvine said mean monthly data usage in North American fixed networks climbed 120 percent, to 51 gigabytes from 23 gigabytes a year ago, noting that 51GB is equivalent to 81 hours of video.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s wireless and wireline vendors are, of course, set to benefit from the company's plan to plow US$14 billion into broadband infrastructure upgrades and expansion, but the move may also put some wind in the sails of some cable vendors, too. Jefferies & Co. Inc. analyst George Notter said this could be good be particularly good for cable modem termination system (CMTS) and modem supplier Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) because AT&T's decision could prompt MSOs to boost Docsis speeds and purchase more capacity in markets that are poised to get U-verse for the first time. (See AT&T Puts Up $14B to Boost Broadband.)
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is taking some heat in Washington, D.C., over the deployment of some new utility boxes on the city's historic Georgetown district, reports The Wrap. Some locals find the devices unsightly, claiming that the MSO installed them without the typical approvals. Comcast said it is "not aware of additional requirements."
AT&T's network expansion should also give its satellite video provider a boost. I'm pretty sure that's DirecTV.
About 24 million households will be getting access to what AT&T calls U-verse IPDSLAM, which is U-verse with voice and data only. The company said it would bundle satellite with that to give people a triple play.
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.