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

DirecTV: Time Warner Cable Dodgers deal 'far above any rational view of the market'

Other pay service providers shouldn't have to pay the freight because Time Warner Cable paid more than reasonable market value for the rights to broadcast the Los Angeles Dodgers on its SportsNet LA channel, DirecTV CFO Patrick Doyle told analysts during a first quarter earnings call.

ACA seeks FCC support against Viacom blocking online content

The American Cable Association has appealed for help from the FCC in its battle with Viacom's decision to block access to its online content for small cable operators Cable One, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, and potentially other ACA members.

European IPTV subscribers will pass satellite in 2018

Change is afoot in Western Europe where, by 2018, there will be more IPTV subscribers than those signed up for satellite services, a new report predicts.

Verizon's Shammo sees Wi-Fi, LTE as complementary; FCC's Rosenworcel says Wi-Fi deserves spectrum

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo doesn't have any problem with the increasingly available wealth of Wi-Fi even if it cuts into the use of Verizon's increasingly available--and sometimes costly--4G LTE. That is, as long as Wi-Fi continues to do what it does best: offer a fixed wireless solution for handling data offload.

Nielsen: People watch just 17 of 189 available channels

While the 500-channel universe predicted by John Malone more than two decades ago is still in the distance, Americans now have access to 189 TV channels to watch on average. And they watch about 17 of them on a regular basis, the latest research from Nielsen's Advertising and Audience's Report said.

Suddenlink to offer TiVo-enabled Netflix; is content provider still a cable killer?

Suddenlink has become the nation's largest MSO to enable its TiVo-enabled set-top boxes to provide direct access to Netflix, making the OTT service provider yet another interactive channel application on its cable TV lineup.

Cable and IPTV have an interesting start to the year

How are cable operators, satellite providers and IPTV-focused telcos performing in the first quarter? Cable is beginning to see more influence from providers like Ruckus Wireless, and disruption from online video providers like Netflix. We summarize the top market players in this special report.

AOL revives Moviefone for push into TV listings space

AOL is reviving the Moviefone service it acquired in 1999 in an effort to become the "go-to place for TV listings" in direct competition with a number of services already sitting out there, either on cable set-top boxes or via mobile apps, such as TV Guide. The big difference: it's making available online content listings from providers like Netflix and Hulu.

Satellite revenues will overtake cable as pay-TV penetration drops, report says

North American digital TV growth will resume after a slight dip in 2013, and more than 5 million subscribers will be added by 2020. But even sooner, by 2015, satellite providers will generate the most pay-TV revenue, surpassing cable, a new report says.

Fibe TV bolsters Bell Canada wireline business, with 54,680 subscriber adds

Fiber-to-the-home-based IPTV service Fibe TV helped Bell Canada offset ongoing declines in its traditional wireline business in the first quarter.