& cplSiteName &

More Changes Afoot at SeaChange

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
11/28/2012
50%
50%

Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, Hump-Day edition.

  • There are more changes afoot at SeaChange International Inc. (Nasdaq: SEAC). Steve Davi, its longtime CTO, has left to join Synacor Inc. as senior VP of software engineering. Synacor, which went public in February, makes TV Everywhere authentication systems and develops Web services portals for pay-TV operators such as Charter Communications Inc. , CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and BendBroadband . Davi's departure comes amid seismic shifts at SeaChange, which has recently sold off some hardware assets and its U.K.-based VoD aggregation business, and seen several key executives leave. (See Is the Worst Over at SeaChange? , Now SeaChange Loses Its President, SeaChange Off the Block, CEO Exits , SeaChange Unloads VoD Content Unit for $27M and SeaChange Sells Off Its Broadcast Server Biz .)

    A SeaChange spokesman says that SeaChange senior management, with participation from Davi, moved ahead with a strategy last quarter to eliminate the position of a dedicated CTO and to have the heads of its three business units (platform, in-home and advertising) share the CTO duties. SeaChange Chief Architect Sam Ganesan is now running the global video platform business, and the company expects to appoint a GM for its platform technologies unit "shortly," the spokesman adds.

  • Cox Communications Inc. has expanded home security and automation services to San Diego and its other California properties. The service base price is $29.99 per month, along with a $99 installation/equipment fee. Cox is starting to ramp up its home security play following initial trial work in Arizona. It's poised to join a service category that's becoming attractive to other major service providers such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC). (See Cox Hires Home Security GM, ADT Adds a Cable Guy and Will Service Providers Steal ADT's Customers?)

  • Rovi Corp. intends to stop providing TV listing data in over-the-air broadcasts by April 2013 as deals with data broadcasting partners expire, reports Multichannel News. The move doesn't affect traditional cable set-tops or consumer devices that receive that data over the Internet, but it will impair guides in analog TVs, some digital TVs and DVRs that receive that data over the air or via a cable TV link in the U.S. and Canada, the report adds.

  • Almost half (49 percent) of 2,010 U.S. and U.K. consumers surveyed by Accenture say they've viewed over-the-top video through a connected TV, in addition to the content they typically view via traditional pay-TV providers. Broken down further, 60 percent of U.S. consumers between 18 and 24 said they watch at least a quarter of their video over-the-top, versus 54 percent in the U.K. Pay-TV operators, meanwhile, aren't standing still about this trend and are developing their own apps for "smart" TV platforms. (See Concurrent Helps Cable Connect to Smart TVs.)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    DCITDave
    50%
    50%
    DCITDave,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    12/5/2012 | 5:16:48 PM
    re: More Changes Afoot at SeaChange


    In my house, young Owen just calls Netflix "TV." Unless he becomes a big sports fan at some point, I can see just about all of his video viewing coming from OTT sources.

    Featured Video
    From The Founder
    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.
    Flash Poll
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
    November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
    November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
    November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
    November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue London
    November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
    November 16, 2017, ExCel Centre, London
    November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
    May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    The Revolution Will Be Automated
    Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 10/10/2017
    The Big Cable DAA Update
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/11/2017
    Is US Lurching Back to Monopoly Status?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/16/2017
    Telecom Italia Covers 73% of Italy With NB-IoT
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/13/2017
    DT: Brutal Automation Is Only Way to Succeed
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 10/10/2017
    Animals with Phones
    Hunt & Peck Click Here
    Giving new meaning to hunt-and-peck typing!
    Latest Comment
    Live Digital Audio

    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.

    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed