Biography for Samantha Bookman
Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor, Wireline, with FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass., Samantha can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Samantha Bookman
In today's spotlight, Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, explains why he believes neither 4K as a streaming service nor a full-fledged, over-the-top pay-TV service will ever become mainstream consumer products.
What's a cord-cutter's viewing experience like? I recently had the chance to sign up for Aereo when the service launched in late August in the Boston area. With online video streaming equipment in place on all of my TV sets and devices, and subscriptions to a few OTT services already in place, a service streaming local broadcast signals from a leased antenna seemed like the icing on the online video cake.
This year's International Broadcast Convention, as predicted, saw operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors dashing down the path toward multiscreen environments. The main difference was in the business models each is developing around this technology segment. The trending word in multiscreen is "seamless."
Multiscreen is as much a watchword as 4K at this year's International Broadcast Convention, but vendors Arris and SeaChange International are taking different tacks to attract operators in the European market.
Updated: Satellite equipment provider Echostar is giving European operators a closer look at its Hopper with Sling combination set-top box this week. Already an established hit with U.S. Dish Networks subscribers, the demo is a way to show what's possible as satellite, cable and telco delivery methods evolve on the continent and elsewhere.
In a keynote whose purpose was to talk about how major operators are utilizing the latest broadcast technologies to reach their subscribers--4K, HEVC and fiber-based broadband--the perspective that had everyone's ears perked up was that of Gerdus van Eeden, chief technology officer at Multichoice, a South Africa-based provider faced with the challenge of delivering high-speed Internet and IP-based television in a region with precious little in the way of bandwidth.
Broadcast media executives at IBC 2013's opening keynote address agreed that media is changing and that second-screen engagement is a key part of their strategy, but are taking slightly different paths in the way they distribute their content outside the traditional channels and in how they engage their viewers.
Television isn't going anywhere, says Robin Wight, president of Engine, because it's playing a key role in the way humans communicate and evolve. And it will be a major player in the growth of the entire media ecosystem that encompasses second- and third-screen viewing and engagement.
Pay TV operators are in danger of becoming extinct, a new study of pay-TV subscribers worldwide by KPMG suggests.
With cable operators like Time Warner Cable, Cox and Comcast moving to capture a piece of telcos' voice customers through their own business services offerings, the doings of the competitive telecom industry are catching their interest.