Light Reading
Also: European cable shows love for Comcast's RDK; HEVC to be big on smartphones first; Google Fiber does 3DTV; QuickPlay pitches 'off-the-shelf' TV Everywhere platform

Motorola Home Not Part of 1,200-Job Cut

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Mobile News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
3/8/2013
50%
50%

Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Google's Motorola Mobility LLC unit is cutting another 1,200 jobs, about 10 percent of the workforce, as it tries to return the division to probability. The latest job reduction will not affect Motorola Home, the set-top and cable technology unit that's in line to be acquired by Arris Group Inc. for $2.35 billion, a spokeswoman said Friday. The latest round of layoffs follows an earlier 4,000-employee layoff that Google announced in August 2012. That earlier round did lead to "minimal" job cuts at Motorola Home, which is based in Horsham, Pa. (See Google Job Cuts to Nick Moto's Cable Unit and Google Sells Moto Home to Arris for $2.35B.)
  • Count Kabel Deutschland GmbH as a fan of the Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle championed by Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. that aims to lower the cost of set-top boxes and speed up product development cycles. Speaking at this week's Cable Congress confab in London (and according to Videonet), Kabel Deutschland CTO Lorenz Glatz described the RDK as "the most positive development we've seen in years," noting that it will help cable offer a more "unified approach" against competitors. Comcast EVP and CTO Tony Werner noted that Liberty Global Inc. is considering some code that will enable the operator to adapt the RDK to Europe. One key difference that will need to be addressed: the RDK includes the tru2way reference implementation, but Liberty Global's Horizon TV platform currently runs on middleware from NDS/Cisco Systems Inc. (See Who's on Board With Comcast's Set-Top Kit? and Comcast's Set-Top Accelerator Gains Traction.)
  • The number of devices outfitted with HEVC/H.265 decoding technology will top 2 billion by 2016, predicts Multimedia Research Group (MRG) Inc. HEVC, a standard-in-the-making that promises to be about 50 percent more efficient than MPEG-4/H.264, will likely be used in set-tops to support UltraHD TV services, but "smartphones represent, by far, the largest opportunity" to help keep bandwidth requirements in check on mobile networks, the report notes. The HEVC standard should be finalized sometime this year.
  • QuickPlay Media has unveiled TVX, an "off-the-shelf" TV Everywhere platform designed to help programmers and service providers reach tablets, PCs and other IP-connected devices. The system bakes in components such as content ingestion, management, play-out and reporting. QuickPlay's pledge is to get service providers up and running with a branded TVE system "in as little as 90 days." [Ed. note: We'll have more detail soon as the TVX reaches general availability on March 15.]
  • Google Fiber is entering the third dimension. The outfit's video service is adding 3net (the Discovery Communications Inc., Sony Corp. and IMAX joint venture) and ESPN 3D to its lineup, with the latter available for an additional $5 per month. Google's baseline video service costs $120 per month.
  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has ordered TW Cable to pay $2.2 million in refunds to customers in several uptown New York towns over claims that the MSO overcharged customers based on its franchise agreements. Customers based in Batavia, Geneva, Lima, Livonia and Waterloo are among those in line to get refunds, according to the Rochester Business Journal, noting that affected customers should see credits averaging $119 over the next 90 days. — 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 Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Exploring the Future of Cable Access

    10|15|14   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Brett Wingo looks at where cable access architectures are heading, discussing the impact of DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, Remote PHY, SDN, virtualization of cable networks and related technologies.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Optimizing & Monetizing WiFi

    10|15|14   |   5:53   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Vince Pandolfi outlines the reasons for cable WiFi's rapid growth, lays out the issues with the technology and explains the new Cisco tools that can help operators monitor and improve their WiFi delivery.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Emulex & Huawei Collaboration Mutually Beneficial

    10|14|14   |   4:17   |   (0) comments


    US company Emulex collaborates with Huawei in areas such as blade servers and workload documentation. Mike Heumann of Emulex believes that Huawei has done incredibly well moving from a telecom company into servers and networks, working closely with customers to realize their needs.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Chile's VZION Looks Forward to Seeing More of Huawei

    10|14|14   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


    VZION is a systems integrator company in Chile with a focus on virtulization technology. In this video, Cesar Alcacibar talks about the challenges in virtualization and how Huawei helps his company to achieve the best results possible. Alcacibar is expecting more adoption and integration of Huawei technologies in Chile.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Pro-Datech & Huawei for a High-Tech Singapore

    10|14|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


    Pro-Datech Systems is a specialty IT solution provider based in Singapore. For an added value to its customers, the company uses Huawei's hardware and trusted performance and features for a total solution. It's looking forward to the creation of a lab, to be based in Singapore, for the two companies' coorporation on total storage solution.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet
    Stephen Saunders, 10/15/2014
    HBO Will Go OTT in 2015
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/15/2014
    Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
    Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
    CBS Takes OTT Plunge
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed