Who are the fresh-faced young go-getters who are leading, more behind the scenes at this point, the innovation needed to transform the industry for the digital era? Who are the rising executive stars of the TV video business? FierceCable profiles five leaders who are taking their companies to the next level.
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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."
Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described "innovation guy," McKinney came in with a mandate from cable CEOs to accelerate product cycles across DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives. FierceCable caught up with McKinney in Las Vegas and discussed the broad topic of cable industry innovation.
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A week after Comcast executives insisted that it's "premature" to discuss new products and services that leverage the company's burgeoning Wi-Fi network, Comcast vice chairman and CFO Peter Angelakis hammered home the point Tuesday.
At Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call on Feb. 24, Steve Burke, CEO of the conglomerate's NBCUniversal division, said that as much as 70 percent of viewing for NBC's Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is done digitally and goes unmonetized.
Continuing to complete an infinitely complex web of multiscreen rights deals that probably should have happened several years ago, Verizon, Time Warner Cable and HBO all announced key TV Everywhere agreements Tuesday.
In the pitched battle raging between incumbent pay-TV operators and insurgent OTT services, TiVo continues to profit quite nicely from playing Switzerland.
Charter's top executives are still working to uphold their end of the complex three-way deal built around the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. But if federal regulators don't approve that deal this spring, Charter executives say they are even more ready than before Comcast proposed the marriage to swoop in and buy TWC themselves.
Dish Network made a series of moves Tuesday that are bound to please its multiscreen enthusiast customers.
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It didn't take long for Aruba Networks' competitors to seize on the company's acquisition by HP, letting the world know that they will take advantage of the situation and do their best to steal market share where they can.
MetTel is serving up a new managed Wi-Fi service for its growing base of business customers that are increasingly adding mobile connectivity into their daily interactions with employees and customers.