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.
The Reference Design Kit, a preintegrated software package jointly managed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global, and created to establish a common framework for set-tops, gateways and other on-premises pay-TV devices, appears set for a cloud-based future. At IBC, ActiveVideo, a company that specializes in providing cloud-based video applications and services, announced that it is now one of 160 companies with RDK licenses
Pending approval of its $49 billion takeover of DirecTV, AT&T will bundle the satellite operator's pay-TV service with a wireless-broadband product capable of delivering download speeds of 15 Mbps and above, then deliver the package via a single dish to rural customers starting in 2015.
Cablevision said its Brooklyn-based field technicians and dispatchers voted 129-115 against maintaining union representation with the Communication Workers of America (CWA), in a nonbinding straw poll conducted by a third-party firm Sept. 10.
Verizon Communications expects to launch its own Internet-based video service by the middle of 2015, the company's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, revealed Thursday.
AMSTERDAM--Ericsson opened a new front in its multiscreen strategy, launching MediaFirst, an extension of its Mediaroom IPTV platform that will enable the company to target cable and satellite pay-TV operators as well as its current base of telco/IPTV providers. The provider is demonstrating the new service here at IBC 2014.
An attorneys general probe involving two-dozen states that is examining the legality of Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been expanded to include AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.
So why did a bipartisan proposal to do away with retransmission and strip broadcast stations from the pay-TV bundle get removed from the satellite bill being run through the Senate Commerce Committee? According to the two U.S. Senators who came up with the plan, opposition from other committee members led to the decision to scuttle inclusion of the language in the bill.
The multiscreen revolution will only enhance viewers' loyalty to network brands and live viewing, not degrade them, according to a new study conducted by Viacom that seems to counterintuitively sprinkle a little fairy dust on commonly held TV-industry axioms.
Determined to expand the global reach of their respective Wi-Fi networks to, among other things, better enable the effectiveness of TV Everywhere, Comcast and Liberty Global have forged an agreement that will let their subscribers access each other's Wi-Fi networks.
Seemingly oblivious to the fact that a proposal that would end broadcast-retransmission payments nearly made it onto a Senate bill, CBS Corp. president Les Moonves urged TV stations to get tough with pay-TV operators during retrans negotiations.
With clearly stated goals of entering the wireless communications business, Dish Network has named former Qwest Communications President and COO Afshin Mohebbi to its board of directors.
Timed to the ongoing IBC conference in Amsterdam, as well as the upcoming Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, Arris is introducing a range of new products based on HEVC technology.
Netflix, Mozilla and a group of consumer advocates are showing their frustration over the FCC's proposed net-neutrality rules, which could include the creation of Internet fast lanes, by conducting what they call an "Internet Slowdown Day."
Broadcom has introduced a series of eight HEVC-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices for hybrid satellite and terrestrial system set-tops.
TiVo's pay-TV business, which spiked 20 percent in the second quarter, continues to grow, with Pennsylvania's Armstrong Utilities tapping the company to power its next-generation video platform.
Viacom has struck a deal to provide 22 channels to Sony's upcoming virtual pay-TV service.
Fearing that their Local Choice proposal is too ambitious for full Congressional approval on a short timeline, the proposal's creators, Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), have pulled it out of the Senate Commerce Committee's satellite-TV bill.
Signaling the FCC's most decisive move yet in regard to ending 40-year-old rules that black out local pro football games, Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has set a Sept. 30 vote to—he apparently hopes—do away with them.