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IP Video Not Yet a Slam-Dunk for Cable
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Costs associated with replacing STBs, creating storage and prepping networks are slowing the IP video transition, but the transition continues nevertheless.
Pai's FCC Makes Access Regs Flip-Flop
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  9 comments
Business Data Services are back on the FCC docket but instead of more regulation to promote competition, Pai is pushing fewer rules.
SVA: Pay-TV & OTT Must Come Together
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/31/2017  |  2 comments
Streaming Video Alliance's Jason Thibeault explains why pay-TV and OTT providers should team up more to deliver a better online video experience over managed private networks.
Eurobites: Ofcom Closes In On Openreach
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia wins big in Mexico; Sky buys content creator; Microsoft opens machine-learning lab in Munich.
Huawei's Sales Soar but Profit Growth Grinds to a Halt
News Analysis  | 
3/31/2017  |  5 comments
Huawei continues to mop up business with carriers, enterprise customers and consumers, but it runs into a brick wall on profits.
WiCipedia: Best Cities for WiT, Born to Code & Dancing Backwards
WiCipedia  | 
3/31/2017  |  1 comment
This week in our WiCipedia roundup: What's the best city for women in tech?; maternity leave policies by industry; girls need to learn to code; and more.
Eurobites: Telenor, Huawei Claim E-band Breakthrough
News Analysis  | 
3/30/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: IoT and VoIP bolster postal services; ETSI bitsy teeny weeny name change; exec changes at Virgin Media; Swisscom cuts roaming charges.
MLBAM: Live Sports Streaming Will Be Big
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/30/2017  |  Post a comment
MLB Advanced Media EVP and CTO Joe Inzerillo explains why live sports streaming will take off over the next few years despite major technical challenges.
About That Broadband Privacy Vote
MariNation  | 
3/29/2017  |  12 comments
Warning: opinion piece ahead.
TalkTalk Tunes Into CSG for Its TV Reboot
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2017  |  1 comment
UK competitive quad-play operator is deploying a cloud-based multiscreen content management platform from CSG that's already being used across the Atlantic by the likes of Comcast.
Comcast May Go All IP by End of Year – Rumor
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2017  |  1 comment
Speaking on stage at the ACA Summit, NCTC CEO and President Rich Fickle reported that he's heard Comcast will be delivering all-IP video service to all new customers by the end of the year.
Eurobites: Clouds Descend on Project Lightning
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN trials 4x4 MIMO; Telecom Italia concerned about its French connection; Ericsson lands Canadian IPTV deal; BT's bad month continues.
The Year of Fat & Skinny Bundles
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/29/2017  |  Post a comment
In this fireside chat, Roku's Andrew Ferrone predicts that 2017 will be the year of multichannel OTT video bundles and spells out other trends in the OTT and pay-TV markets.
The Skinny on Comcast's Skinny Bundle
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Don't call it OTT.
WOW Makes Its Case for IPO
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
WOW is looking to raise $100 million in an initial public offering.
Ekholm's Vision of Slimmer Ericsson Lacks Detail & Dazzle
Morris Lore  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Ericsson's new CEO is trimming fat and focusing on core business activities, but does the new strategic plan pack any punch?
Amazon Prime's Hand of God Creator on Producing for OTT
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/28/2017  |  1 comment
Ben Watkins is the creator, writer and producer of Hand of God, a series on Amazon Prime. At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, he explained the advantages of producing for an OTT platform versus traditional TV.
Ericsson Tightens Focus, Warns of $1.7B Q1 Hit
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2017  |  4 comments
Swedish vendor hints at a likely sale of its media and cloud hardware assets and sets a target of doubling its profit margins.
The ABC of OTT
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/28/2017  |  Post a comment
At Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen conference in Denver, Ben Watkins, creator of Amazon Prime's Hand of God show, explained how producing content for an OTT platform differs from producing content for traditional TV.
Unlocking China's $194B Telecom Market
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  9 comments
It is time to tear down China's telecom wall.
Google Fiber's Video Growth Drops
Breznick Unbound  | 
3/27/2017  |  2 comments
In a sign that Google Fiber has all but abandoned ship even in its existing markets, the Alphabet unit reports notably slower video subscriber growth in the second half of 2016.
Cable's DAA Moment Is Here
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2017  |  Post a comment
Cisco is rolling out its Remote PHY product in volume this month, an indicator of the momentum behind distributed access architectures in the cable industry.
Comcast Stacks Up National TV Rights – Report
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  Post a comment
Comcast is reportedly working to extend its video distribution rights nationally, though the company says it's still not planning on offering an OTT service.
Welcome to the Wild West of Privacy
Rewired  | 
3/24/2017  |  3 comments
The Senate's vote to cut privacy rules for ISPs just means there's no longer confusion on Internet privacy protection because there isn't any.
WiCipedia: Supergirls, No More Excuses & Media Monitoring
WiCipedia  | 
3/24/2017  |  4 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: A Down Under competition celebrates superhero girls; tips for how to find female execs; Motorola celebrates women in engineering; and more.
Cable Sees Wireless Opps in Partners, Smart Services
News Analysis  | 
3/24/2017  |  3 comments
Cable companies are already wireless providers with in-home WiFi but they have the opportunity to partner with wireless operators to build an inside-out model of service.
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  8 comments
Skills shortage just one of the gating factors making it likely cable selectively uses home-run fiber to combat competitive challenges.
LR Readers Trash Trump Travel Ban
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  2 comments
In our latest community poll, Light Reading readers strongly oppose US President Trump's (mainly) Muslim travel ban as both unconstitutional and bad for the comms and tech sector.
Why Do Content Creators Like OTT So Much?
News Analysis  | 
3/23/2017  |  Post a comment
Ben Watkins, creator and executive producer for the Amazon series Hand of God, says OTT is still the Wild, Wild West, and that's very appealing to a content creator.
No Regrets: Cox's Finkelstein on Fiber & More
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
At the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein examines the cable capex conundrum.
Cable Next-Gen: The 'Mile High' View From Denver
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/22/2017  |  Post a comment
Alan Breznick kicks off the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, casting his thousand-yard stare over cable's current competitive landscape.
Eurobites: A1, Nokia Turn It Up to 11
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2017  |  8 comments
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: biometric sensor firm's warning hits shares; Plusnet fined for bad billing; Swisscom hooks up with Swiss Post for IoT; Sky Q gets voice search.
Comcast Has a New Timeline After 4K Delay
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  3 comments
There are a lot of reasons Comcast's 4K video service rollout hasn't gone according to plan.
Cox's Finkelstein: Lots of Fiber, No Regrets!
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  1 comment
The guy in charge of advanced access architectures at Cox says DOCSIS 3.1 is essential but so is planning ahead for fiber deployment.
Cable Gaining in a Shrinking Pay-TV World
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  2 comments
Cable not losing video subs as fast as its competition, and also picking up broadband subs as well, notes Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick.
Eurobites: Altice Bags Video Ad Firm for €285M
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3 UK suffers fresh data breach; eir makes management changes; Google searches its soul after ad storm; buzz around NB-IoT.
YouTube Packs VR Mesh Key in 4KB Payload
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2017  |  1 comment
YouTube's new Projection Independent Mesh technology seeks to define how best to render 360-degree video on a rectangular surface.
Cisco's Kanouff Kick-Starts the Multiplier Effect
Mentor Monday  | 
3/20/2017  |  2 comments
Yvette Kanouff is issuing a challenge to other comms execs: sponsor one diverse person to advance to the next level, creating a multiplier effect to improve the pipeline.
Cablecos Gain From Era of Telco Transition
News Analysis  | 
3/17/2017  |  6 comments
The cable industry is benefiting from a tough period of technology transition in telecom.
WiCipedia: Eradicating Pay Gaps & Squashing Bro Culture
WiCipedia  | 
3/17/2017  |  4 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: We've got the pay gap prognosis; tips galore for eradicating bro culture; how working from home encourages diversity; and more.
Is UHD Ready for Primetime?
Breznick Unbound  | 
3/16/2017  |  4 comments
Despite strong sales of 4k-ready TV sets, the emergence of UHD content and some progress on technical standards, several obstacles remain for the UHD transition.
Leading Lights Awards Deadline Looms
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2017  |  Post a comment
Time is running out to get your entries in for the industry's most prestigious awards.
Incoming! Comcast Eyes SmartOffice Launch
News Analysis  | 
3/16/2017  |  5 comments
Light Reading has uncovered details about a new Comcast video surveillance service for the business market.
Tivo Takes Wurl for a Whirl
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  1 comment
The Wurl TV streaming network that combines linear and on-demand video is now accessible on Tivo boxes sold at retail stores and leased by pay-TV operators.
March Madness: Redefining a 'Live' Event
Column  | 
3/15/2017  |  1 comment
As a month-long, multi-city, 12-hour/day, multi-time zone, multi-device extravaganza, the NCAA basketball tournament poses unique streaming video challenges.
Why DOCSIS May Never Die
Breznick Unbound  | 
3/15/2017  |  14 comments
Whether it's the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec or the forthcoming Full Duplex DOCSIS spec, cablecos are still mainly counting on DOCSIS to rule the broadband space.
AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gets European Approval
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  Post a comment
AT&T clears one of the regulatory obstacles to its planned $85 billion takeover of Time Warner but still needs approval from the all-important DoJ.
Eurobites: KPN Fears 5G Freeze-Out
News Analysis  | 
3/15/2017  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Megafon pushes smart home devices; ADVA supports Exaring network in Germany; UKTV rejigs YouView portal.
Real-Time Analytics Serves Multiple Functions
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
3/14/2017  |  Post a comment
Analytics capabilities are enabling companies to expand beyond their traditional market boundaries.
NYC Charges Verizon With Fios Fraud
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2017  |  6 comments
New York City has filed suit against Verizon for failing to live up to its Fios promises.
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