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

With Comcast witnesses set for House hearing, Franken seeks input from CCIA

The House Judiciary Committee has stacked its May 8 hearing list with potential opponents to Comcast's $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition. Meanwhile, one name not on the list, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), is continuing his one-man campaign against an acquisition he says "would concentrate unprecedented power in Comcast's hands."

Canadian telcos using fiber to woo video customers

Telcos in Canada like Bell Aliant, Bell Canada and Telus are using their fiber optic networks to cut into the cable TV business stronghold and bring in their own batches of video subscribers, a research group says.

Shentel cable segment loses video customers, gains RGUs in first quarter

Mid-Atlantic telecom service provider Shenandoah Telecommunications lost 1,864 video customers year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014 and 44 between end of fourth quarter 2013 and the end of the first quarter 2014, but still reported an overall gain in revenue generating units when it announced first quarter earnings.

Cass Cable TV systems acquired by Rural Broadband Investments

Rural Broadband Investments, a company that acquires and invests in rural-focused cable systems in small-to-medium sized markets, has added another piece to its portfolio by purchasing several Illinois-based cable systems from Cass Cable TV.


Report: Comcast prepared to stream EA games to X1 subscribers

Comcast has apparently found yet another use for its advanced cloud-based X1 system: streaming Electronic Arts video games to subscriber televisions.

Viacom buys its way into British TV market, reports higher profits in fiscal Q2

Viacom, hardly the most popular programming content provider among small U.S. cable operators, is spending $757 million to buy a little love on the other side of the ocean.

Regional sports channel rights muddle Comcast-TWC merger, drive up costs across industry

A growing firestorm of consumer dissatisfaction with regional sports channels--highlighted, but by no means restricted to the ongoing brouhaha about Time Warner Cable's deal to pay $8 billion for the video rights of the Los Angeles Dodgers--should create concern about whether Comcast can acquire TWC for $45.2 billion, an op-ed in The Consumerist maintains.

Rich fiber diet drives Bell Aliant's video growth

Bell Aliant added 13,400 net new TV subscribers to its FibreOP service in the first quarter thanks in no small part to the carrier's fiber-to-the-home network strategy.

TDS ups cable strategy with $261M BendBroadband acquisition

It's hardly on a scale with Comcast acquiring Time Warner Cable or AT&T talking about acquiring DirecTV, but Telephone and Data Systems' decision to acquire BendBroadband for $261 million will move the needle on TDS' cable strategy.

Liberty Global mulled Aereo investment, Nair says

Here's something to chew on as Aereo's right to grab and rebroadcast over-the-air transmissions via IP wends its way through the Supreme Court: one of the cable industry's bigger names, John Malone, once considered investing in the maverick firm.