Samantha Bookman

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 sbookman@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Samantha Bookman

HBO Now stream fails during key 'Game of Thrones' episode, enraging subscribers

Forget the "Battle of the Bastards," the massive, long-awaited set piece that Game of Thrones' current season has built up to. HBO Now may be facing a battle for subscribers after its stream failed shortly after the episode began and did not recover until at least 10 minutes after the episode was complete.

Powell stands firm against FCC policy proposals, calling them 'tectonic shifts' for cable industry

BOSTON -- NCTA Chairman Michael Powell, in the opening keynote here, lauded the cable industry's shift into "high gear" in terms of innovation and change during a "transformative period," but held fast to his view that Washington regulators are stifling that progress through dramatic policy changes.

Comcast, The Weather Company, Sling TV say mobile platforms drive changing TV Everywhere viewing behaviors

BOSTON -- While the chatter for months has revolved around the way that millennials – that coveted, 18-36 year old age demographic – view out-of-home video content, industry players Comcast and The Weather Company are finding that different TV Everywhere platforms, such as smartphones or tablets, are driving viewer behavior more than age groups do.

Cablevision dives deeper into addressable TV ads and DAI with Google partnership

LAS VEGAS -- New York-based Cablevision is upping its investment in advanced advertising and dynamic ad insertion, teaming with Google's DoubleClick ad platform to enable better decisioning around purchasing and placement of ads during TV time slots, the company announced here at the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow.

Ericsson acquires Envivio for $125M, partners with AT&T on DirecTV tech transition

AMSTERDAM--Ericsson took the next step in the latest round of video industry consolidation, announcing it has acquired multiscreen encoding and compression provider Envivio for about $125 million in a cash tender transaction. The company also will take the lead in integrating DirecTV's satellite assets with AT&T's U-verse assets.

Hulu's value proposition to cable operators: stemming subscriber losses

BOSTON--Cable operators that integrate Hulu's over-the-top video service into their lineup will get, in return, happier subscribers who are much less likely to churn. At least, that's the value proposition put forth by Hulu's Jim Galley, director of the company's distribution and strategic partnerships, in a panel session at The Independent Show here.

Comcast boosts revenue 2% to $17.85B but loses another 8K video subs in Q1

Comcast held the line in the first quarter of 2015, reporting a 2.6 percent revenue increase year over year to $17.85 billion despite the roller-coaster ride surrounding its failed merger with Time Warner Cable. But its subscriber numbers tell a tale of the cord-cutting tape, as the cable operator added 407,000 high-speed Internet customers but watched its video subscribers continue to decline.

EchoStar grabs a stake in Kudelski set-top venture SmarDTV

EchoStar Corp. and the Kudelski Group are taking an already congenial relationship a step farther, joining forces in the development of advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules for an international market.

Carrier-grade Wi-Fi not quite ready for prime time, CableLabs exec says

While several industry organizations are working on standards that would allow providers to manage Wi-Fi networks more like cellular networks, certified products for the standards won't roll out for another two years, CableLabs' Mark Poletti told attendees at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.

IBC: Broadcasters say they're best positioned for multiplatform delivery

Over-the-top services are growing fast, but players like Netflix and Amazon aren't going to displace broadcasters. That was the general consensus of a five-member panel of broadcasters and service providers here during an IBC panel on multiplatform delivery.

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