Light Reading
Also: Icahn chides Netflix's 'poison pill' defense; HBO's wishy-washy broadband stance; TW Cable automates Sandy-related customer credits

Verizon Wireless & Bright House Start Bundling

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
11/9/2012
50%
50%

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

  • Metropolitan Orlando is the first market to introduce cable/mobile service bundles from Verizon Wireless and Bright House Networks . To help prime the pump, they are pitching pre-paid debit cards valued at up to $200 to new, qualified customers. Bright House and Verizon Wireless say they plan to offer the new bundles to other Bright House markets "in the coming months." Bright House serves more than 2.5 million customers in central Florida and parts of Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California. Verizon Wireless's other cable partners -- Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Cox Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) -- have already deployed service bundles in several markets. Beyond the joint marketing deals, Bright House and the other MSO partners have also sold their Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum to Verizon Wireless for a combined $4 billion. (See Verizon Wireless & Cable Keep Rolling, VZ Wireless Nabs Cox's AWS Spectrum for $315M and MSOs Sell AWS Spectrum to Verizon for $3.6B .)

  • The relationship between Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and its newest significant investor, Carl Icahn, is getting frostier by the minute. Icahn on Thursday told CNBC that he found Netflix's decision to adopt a "poison pill" defense "really reprehensible." Netflix erected it soon after Icahn snapped up an almost 10 percent stake in Netflix because he thinks the streaming video giant is overvalued. While Icahn insists that there's no firm strategy in place regarding Netflix's future, he has acknowledged that a sale is one of the ideas he's been mulling. (See Netflix Erects Icahn Defense, Icahn: Netflix Sale Has 'Crossed Our Minds' and Icahn Nabs 10% of Netflix .)

  • A broadband-only version of HBO "isn't all that ready for prime time," Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's third-quarter earnings call this week. Of course, "ready for prime time" in this sense depends on where you are. It doesn't make business sense yet for HBO to branch off on its own and mess up its lucrative carriage relationships with North American pay-TV providers. But the situation is apparently quite different in northern Europe, where the HBO Nordic joint venture is introducing an over-the-top subscription video streaming service that competes with Netflix, while also trying to secure deals with the region's traditional pay-TV providers. (See HBO, Netflix Set for OTT Video Clash .)

  • TW Cable is joining other service operators in giving credits to customers who lost service due to Superstorm Sandy. The MSO said it will issue service credits automatically to residential and commercial customers in the greater New York City area. For customers who are still without power, TW Cable will issue additional credits every three days until the outages end. (See Operators Slog Ahead in New York & New Jersey.)

    — 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
    The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

    11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


    At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

    11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


    Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

    11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


    In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

    11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


    At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
    LRTV Interviews
    Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

    11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


    Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
    LRTV Documentaries
    FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

    11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


    The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

    11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


    It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
    LRTV Interviews
    Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

    11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


    Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
    Light Reedy
    Telecom Analytics Grows Up

    11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


    The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Compass

    11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

    11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

    11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


    At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
    Upcoming Live Events
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 12, 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
    The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
    Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed