Jim Barthold

Biography for Jim Barthold

Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, has been around the telecommunications space since advanced engineers used two tin cans and a string to communicate. A longtime freelance writer, he has worked over the years with General Instrument Corp. in public relations, Cable World, Telephony Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Communications Technology Magazine, CED Magazine and a few other publications that have nothing to do with cable TV, as well as a short stint as a senior analyst with NPD Connected Intelligence. An avid golfer, Barthold follows the advice of the professional staff at Running Deer Golf Club and keeps his day job. He can be reached at jbarthold@fiercemarkets.com and found on LinkedIn.

Articles by Jim Barthold

Cox subs in Topeka could lose three channels by week's end

Yet another retransmission battle is brewing in America's heartland, this time between three TV channels controlled by KSN and its parent company LIN Media, and Cox Communications.

True Detective finale swamps HBO GO

HBO got some good news and some bad news last night. The good news is that its "True Detective" series finale starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey was wildly successful. The bad news is that the episode's popularity overwhelmed its HBO GO TV Everywhere service, causing a firestorm on social media.

Aereo shuts down in Denver and Salt Lake City

Internet-based TV service Aereo went dark in Denver and Salt Lake City Saturday, although the company's founder insisted in a letter to subscribers that the cable alternative was down but not out and that he looked forward to presenting his case to the Supreme Court April 22.

Comcast at center of marijuana TV ad controversy

Comcast's Spotlight advertising group is at the center of a controversy about why the nation's first television advertisements for medical marijuana never reached the airwaves.

Cartoon Network app to deliver content bites with no authentication required

Cartoon Network is planning to move some small chunks of content off the cable TV platform and onto the mobile phone later this year with a "micro technology" app that delivers 15-second content bursts to mobile devices.

i.TV tells GetGlue to get gone

i.TV has told its recently acquired GetGlue brand to get lost--or at least step aside--as part of a transition to a new second screen TV app it's calling tvtag.

Comcast adds video subscribers for first time in more than 6 years

Reversing a trend that had been going on for more than six years, Comcast said it added 43,000 video subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2013 as part of an overall 29 percent year-over-year increase of 649,000 voice, video and high-speed data customers.

Liberty Global, Vodafone battle to divvy up Europe's cable TV business

The U.S. is hardly the only place where cable consolidation efforts--spurred at least in part by industry icon John Malone--are happening. In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires.

As Comcast franchise renewal nears, Philadelphia solicits resident opinions

Philadelphians are being given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the biggest cable TV company serving the city as a 15-year franchise agreement between the City of Philadelphia and Comcast comes up for renewal.

Charter-Comcast deal could push Time Warner Cable to accept acquisition bid

Charter Communications reportedly has reached out to fellow MSO Comcast in an effort to complete its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in a move that could essentially put the nation's second largest MSO between a rock and a hard place.