In Tim Burton's wildly inventive 1985 comedy Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the title character spends most of the film trying to reclaim his stolen bike, a frilly, pimped out, elaborately customized 1941 Schwinn Pullman, somewhat grandiosely monikered the "X1."
Much as we see our family members' foibles, we see the biggest strategic blunders in pay-TV this year in the same way--not as a chance to pick on operators' decisions, good or bad, but to analyze their mistakes and determine how to avoid similar problems. Here are the five biggest pay-TV turkeys of 2014, in all their glorious plumage.
The year 2014 may be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business. While the sustained growth of video services has begun to give way to over-the-top distribution, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged.
As anyone involved in the launch of HD a decade ago can tell you, getting a new resolution standard into the consumer mainstream isn't easy. And once again, we are embarking on an epic resolution upgrade quest, with the industry in the early stages of adopting 4K/Ultra HD. As consumed as we are with mega-mergers and OTT disruption, we all have to wrap our heads around 4K, because it's really happening.
As a provider of multiscreen video software solutions Envivio works with a lot of different companies in the pay-TV ecosystem. The company, which was founded in 2000, got its start in video encoding and now touches on many different aspects of the video experience including compression technology. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company has offices around the world. FierceCable Editor in Chief Sue Marek recently sat down with Envivio CEO Julien Signes at the company's newly opened office in Denver. Here's an excerpt of their interview.
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Dish Network is the first major pay-TV operator to integrate the Netflix app into its set-tops, announcing Wednesday that second-generation versions of its Hopper DVR currently enable the SVOD service.
A "shadowy" group inundated the FCC with letters opposing net neutrality during the commission's second-round commenting period in September, accounting for more than half of the anti-net neutrality comments overall, the Sunlight Foundation reports.
Time Warner Cable and Boingo Wireless announced the expansion of the roaming agreement they originally touted in June, looping hundreds of Passpoint-secured roaming locations into the fold.
Research consortium CableLabs said that six vendors successfully completed its first DOCSIS 3.1 interoperability test, which took place Dec. 1-5.
Priced at around $30, streaming sticks that fit into the HDMI port of a television have been hot gifts. In fact, Parks Associates estimates that 46 percent of category leader Google Chromecast's sales come from consumers purchasing the minature devices as gifts.
Continuing to report surging use of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV operators, Adobe said the number of videos started within TV Everywhere apps nearly doubled in Q3, up 108 percent year over year.
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