When will the U.S. see a virtual pay-TV provider operating online? Maybe in 2014, according to some media-industry executives.
Reports of spectrum interference causing problems for LTE networks are growing more commonplace, with everything from fluorescent lights to electric cash registers being implicated. In the latest twist, Verizon Wireless LTE data service is getting the blame for interfering with some channels delivered over the Time Warner Cable system in Raleigh, N.C.
DVRs are getting bigger. In the pay-TV arms race, storage capacity and the number of tuners viewers can simultaneously use to record programs escalated this year.
TiVo's set-top box software could be used to help the company's cable-operator partners offer new over-the-top services, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers told analysts Tuesday.
While cable subscriber numbers are still much higher at 93 million worldwide, IPTV is posting steady gains, an Infonetics Research report says. The largest boost is in Asia, with China Telecom boasting 22 million IPTV subscribers.
Hulu, having decided against selling itself to a pay-TV distributor earlier this year, is now in talks with cable operators and other TV providers about the possibility of partnering with them, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Telco companies are adding IPTV subscribers, most likely at the expense of cable companies, which are experiencing a drop in their video customer base. This conclusion, from market research firm Infonetics, is based upon first quarter 2013 data but is not necessarily a big surprise for industry watchers.
Cable operators are "coming out of the woodwork" to ask Roku for help figuring out how to incorporate online video apps into their own traditional service offerings, Steve Shannon, general manager of content and services for Roku, said at BroadbandTVCon in Hollywood Tuesday.
The cable industry's Q3 2013 earnings season is underway and FierceCable is capturing all of the action.
Netflix might be coming soon to your cable box. With the help of TiVo, the company has reached two groundbreaking agreements with cable operators overseas, and Netflix has already suggested those deals could serve as a foundation to build on domestically. But true integration between cable operators and Netflix is probably a long way off.