Anthony Wood founded Saratoga, Calif.-based Roku in 2002 and has since helped the company bring Roku set-tops into 5 million homes. He formerly served as VP of Internet TV at Netflix, where he invented what is now known as the Roku streaming player. Wood is also the founder of ReplayTV, which was sold to DirecTV in December 2007. He spoke to FierceCable editor Mariko Hewer about the TV Everywhere trend, content streaming from the cloud and partnering with cable operators.
Comcast saw a backlash from both TV critics and subscribers in 2009, when its first TV Everywhere service, Fancast Xfinity Online, debuted. The service forced customers to install an application on their computers called Comcast Access before they could watch full-length episodes of programs. How far have authentication services come since then?
While clashes between programmers, cable operators and satellite TV providers have increased in recent years, content owners and distributors have been waging battles for decades. In this special report, FierceCable counts down some of the most memorable programming disputes.
Time Warner Cable is talking to Apple, Microsoft and Samsung about streaming video deals similar to its pact with Roku, CEO Glenn Britt said Tuesday at an investor conference in London.
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In 2006, NCTA changed the name of the cable industry's annual convention to The Cable Show. With Comcast and its CEO Brian Roberts dominating this years convention--from the general sessions to the show floor--this year's confab could've been called The Comcast Show.
Louisville, Colo.-based research and development facility CableLabs qualified devices from six vendors for version 1.0 of the DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications, enabling cable operators to deploy EPON equipment and be assured of interoperability.
A glitch in Comcast's equipment that receives HD signals from broadcasters and transmits them to customers caused high-definition viewers in Chicago to miss out on watching part of the Chicago Blackhawks-Boston Bruins Stanley Cup finals game Saturday night.
Charter Communications continues to lure execs away from other MSOs. The newest addition to the Charter team is Catherine Bohigian, who was named executive vice president of government affairs and will oversee all aspects of Charter's government relations.
Charter Communications, which is partially owned by Liberty Media, has been in talks with Time Warner Cable, about a possible merger; however, the likelihood of that deal coming to fruition is weak.
At last week's The Cable Show in Washington, D.C., Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off a 3 Gbps cable broadband connection, which is three times faster than Google Fiber service and nearly 150 times faster than the current average broadband connection speed in the United States.
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