According to ACG Research, the $3.1 billion worldwide market for video infrastructure declined year-over-year in the second quarter "because of a general slowdown in service providers' capital expenses, accelerated competition and companies moving toward the cloud platform." Specifically, the firm said the worldwide market for set-top boxes dropped 1.9 percent from the first quarter and 17.1 percent year over year. The firm said the market for video packet infrastructure grew around 7 percent over the first quarter but fell 1.3 percent year over year.
Bright House is in the process of being purchased by a larger cable company that has emphasized a video strategy built around cloud-based technology. But the company is rolling out a big, heavy piece of CPE, just the same.
Comcast is mostly finished with the rollout of its new cloud DVR technology. A Comcast spokesperson said the company has launched the service in a majority of its markets, and expects to offer the service to 100 percent of its X1 footprint well before the end of the year.
Motive Television announced it will add ATSC-based DVR services to its TabletTV product, a further attempt by the company to bring TabletTV in line with existing broadcast TV offerings.
TiVo, which is now the leader in the market for cord-cutting DVRs, continues to play both sides of the disruptor fence, announcing the addition of 285,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, most of them coming from MSO relationships.
TiVo is putting the assets it acquired in February from defunct streaming service Aereo to good use, marketing its over-the-air DVR directly to former Aereo subscribers.
Broadband services provider Frontier Communications has struck a deal with TiVo to market the DVR maker's Roamio OTA set-top to its high-speed Internet customers.
Time Warner Cable has announced the completion of its all-digital "Maxx" upgrades in New York and Los Angeles, with 7 million of its customers getting faster broadband speeds and fancy Arris-made DVRs.
Pay-TV metadata and interface specialist Rovi has acquired four-year-old startup Fanhattan for an undisclosed sum.
Time Warner Cable has officially entered the era of digital video recorder excess, announcing the rollout of its six-tuner, 1-terabyte DVR in New York and Los Angeles.