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 firstname.lastname@example.org and found on LinkedIn.
Articles by Jim Barthold
Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle--although the war has just begun--is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.
Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.
Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.
Time Warner Cable announced plans to launch 300 Mbps service to customers in several New York City and Los Angeles communities where it has completed network upgrades.
Cable operators who might be laser-focused on keeping customers from fleeing to Netflix have just gotten a bigger headache. AT&T and The Chernin Group say they're putting $500 million into a joint venture to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services."
Comcast executives teased analysts with comments that made it seem as if the company's expanded Wi-Fi network--and the potential Time Warner Cable add-on--would be the gateway to a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile service.
Elected officials in the Buffalo region of New York have an uphill task if they expect Verizon to change its mind about adding new FiOS markets. Nevertheless, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and State Sen. Timothy Kennedy want the service in Buffalo and other local communities.
Comcast's do-everything X1 platform must be doing something right. The country's top MSO says it added 24,000 video customers in the first quarter of 2014, marking the second straight quarter with video customer gains and bucking an industry trend going in the opposite direction.
Despite a plethora of connected devices both within and outside the home, most people want to watch live TV on their TV, a pair of reports has concluded.