Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.
HBO GO has landed on the Apple TV, albeit in a roundabout way. HBO now offers AirPlay support on its popular TV Everywhere offering, a decision that will let subscribers stream HBO GO titles from an iPad to an Apple TV device, company President and COO Eric Kessler announced Tuesday at the AllThingsD conference. For now, HBO GO (and the companion MAX GO service) won't be offered via a dedicated app on the Apple TV, reports NewTeeVee. Kessler also repeated HBO's stance that it has no immediate plans to offer the service on a stand-alone, over-the-top (OTT) basis domestically, as it's now doing via the recently launched HBO Nordic joint venture. But the door isn't shut. "The economics today are not particularly compelling," he said of HBO's interest in an OTT-only model for the U.S. "Now that doesn't mean that may not change." So you're telling us there's a chance... (See HBO Goes Nordic.)
Comcast Corp. and Fox Networks have struck a new carriage deal that bakes in a bunch of VoD and TV Everywhere components for Fox's broadcast stations and cable network properties, including FX Movie Channel, Fuel TV, National Geographic Channel, and Fox Business Week, among others. The latest deal gives Comcast key out-of-home access rights to Fox's TV fare.
ZatzNotFunny spots that General Communication Inc. (GCI) of Alaska has begun to take reservations ahead of the launch of its TiVo Inc.-powered platform, noting that the first markets to get it will be Anchorage, Chugiak, Girdwood, Eagle River, Wasilla and Palmer. GCI is expected to offer the TiVo Premiere Q four-tuner gateway alongside the IP-only Mini set-top and the TiVo Stream, a transcoding device that can ship and share live and recorded programming with tablets and other mobile devices. GCI also intends to offer the Pace plc XG1, an HD-DVR/headed gateway that will bake in the TiVo platform. (See GCI Picks TiVo.)
Hey, Suddenlink Communicationsturned 10 on Tuesday, and it only seems like a decade has passed since Jerry Kent & Co. started the journey by taking over Classic Communications, an operator with a mere 300,000 subs. Following a string of subsequent acquisitions, Suddenlink now serves 1.4 million video subs, making it the seventh-largest incumbent U.S. MSO.
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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.