Verizon's move to purchase EdgeCast, a content delivery network based in Santa Monica, Calif., is another sign that traditional service providers want more control over how video content gets delivered to their customers.
If you reside in a part of Verizon's territory where it does not yet offer FiOS service, you will never get it. You'll have better luck with your local cable operator.
CDNs look like they're getting squeezed. On one side, broadband providers are building their own CDN capabilities or acquiring CDNs outright. On the other, the biggest content providers are deploying their own CDN-like infrastructure.
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Technically speaking, network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) do not need to be deployed together. Yet many vendors attending the Carrier Network Virtualization event, sponsored by Informa Telecoms & Media, contend carrier-grade NFV actually does need SDN to come to full fruition.
Verizon is buying a CDN. The carrier said its Verizon Digital Media Services group agreed to buy EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network based in Santa Monica, Calif.
Philippe Dauman, Viacom's CEO, said Monday that he expects that a virtual pay TV distributor could launch next year. "I think there's a very strong chance of that," Dauman said at the end of the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York, when asked if 2014 would be the year that a virtual MVPD would finally debut.
AT&T is fighting a new request from its shareholders to disclose government requests for customer information, saying that the inquiry is an attempt to micromanage the service provider.
Lowell McAdam, CEO and chairman of Verizon, put another nail into the FiOS expansion idea, saying at an investor conference on Monday that the carrier will continue to focus on expanding service availability in existing markets.
Verizon Communications is talking to professional sports leagues and programmers about possibly streaming video wirelessly to subscribers, CEO Lowell McAdam said at an investor conference Monday. "I predict within the next two years you'll see some dramatic changes in viewership," McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
Sprint has a stable financial outlook, but its financial profile will remain weak through at least 2014 as industry trends and competitive pressure conspire to keep the company from fully exploiting its network investments and spectrum holdings, according to Fitch Ratings.