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 email@example.com and found on LinkedIn.
Articles by Jim Barthold
A Canadian research firm continues to suggest that cord cutting is the reason why Canadian MVPDs ended up losing a net 19,624 subscribers in the second quarter, even though statistics seem to indicate the losses were only among incumbent cable operators.
Adults with connected TVs are "twice as likely" to cut the cord--or at least shave it a bit--as their counterparts with dumb TVs, the latest research from The Diffusion Group has found.
The integration of IP into traditional cable TV products as well as increased momentum for IP-based home networking consumer premises equipment (CPE) will drive Arris' business throughout the rest of the year and especially into next year, company executives indicated during a second quarter earnings call.
Apparently the attraction of having a competitive TV provider is not quite enough to overcome some Illinois elected officials' concerns when it comes to welcoming AT&T's U-verse service into their towns.
Continuing success in rolling out its Prism TV IPTV service was a bright spot in an otherwise downcast second quarter for CenturyLink which reported an overall 1.9 percent revenue decline ($4.53 billion versus $4.61 billion year-over-year) and a continuing loss of legacy service customers.
Throughout their long history, pay TV service providers have justifiably incented an aura of distrust with customers who, while agreeing to pay to watch television, often feel abused by the companies delivering those channels to them.
The growth and popularity of over-the-top (OTT) content is an opportunity, not a threat, nearly 70 percent of respondents told a survey conducted by broadband software provisioning and activation provider Incognito Software.
AT&T offered a look at where it's spending some of the multiple billions of dollars it has committed to its three-year Project VIP broadband infrastructure upgrade by announcing that it invested "nearly $625 million" in Illinois during the first six months of this year.
Hawaiian Telcom more than doubled its TV subscriber base in the last year, according to second quarter earnings results. The telco now has 13,618 TV subscribers, compared with 6,354 in the year-ago quarter and a 16.7 percent increase over the 11,671 the carrier numbered in the first quarter.
Canadian telcos Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) and Bell Aliant continued to gain subscribers and revenue from their nascent IPTV businesses, according to second quarter earnings announced by both companies this week.