Balan Nair, Liberty Global CTO, knows that IP is the cable industry's long-term technology platform, but in the near-term the provider will continue to support both traditional QAM modulation and IP on the set-top boxes that deliver their video services in the home.
As chief technology officer of Liberty Global, Balan Nair is tasked with developing and introducing advanced technology that positions his company above other service providers in a competitive market. It's a daunting task but it's a challenge he welcomes, as he explains during a talk with Fierce editor Jim Barthold.
Charter Communications would consider buying more cable systems following the $1.63 billion deal it struck with Cablevision in February to acquire that company's Optimum West division, CEO Tom Rutledge said Tuesday.
Liberty Global said it plans to expand its Horizon TV platform to Ireland and Germany. The advanced digital video product, which debuted in Switzerland in the first quarter, now has about 200,000 subscribers in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt and Liberty Global CEO Michael Fries are among the top industry executives who will speak at The Cable Show convention in June, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association said Thursday.
Liberty Media Corp. said Tuesday that it will acquire a 27.3 percent stake in Charter Communications for $2.62 billion, marking the return to the U.S. cable business of industry pioneer John Malone, the Liberty chairman who sold Tele-Communications Inc. to AT&T in 1998.
Shares in Charter Communications jumped more than 7 percent Monday after The Wall Street Journal reported that Liberty Media may buy a 25 percent stake in the cable MSO.
Concurrent said it struck a deal with British MSO Virgin Media, which will use its MediaHawk product to power its cloud-based Virgin TV Anywhere service.
Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries isn't afraid of Netflix and isn't afraid to say so in a public forum. Liberty Global, he said, is focused on establishing a platform that includes a cloud-based interface and a better remote.
Vodafone could make a bid for German cable company Kabel Deutschland within days, according to a Bloomber g report, which cited an unnamed source. Meanwhile, some analysts are wondering if Vodafone could lose out to U.S. cable giant Liberty Global if the two firms become involved in a bidding war over Kabel Deutschland.