Amid an aggressive expansion of its Wi-Fi network that aims to have around 8 million hotspots deployed in the U.S. by the end of 2014, Comcast is selling its subscribers on the hospitality angle.
The lightning-quick emergence of cable's carrier-grade Wi-Fi business is well timed, given the ongoing degradation of the business that built the cable industry, video services. Analysts predict cable Wi-Fi will grow, in about three years time, to become the primary mobile network, ahead of cellular. But what will the economics of these networks look like?
The year 2014 may be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business. While the sustained growth of video services has begun to give way to over-the-top distribution, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged.
Due largely to interconnection deals like the one Netflix just confirmed with Bright House Networks, streaming performance of the top SVOD service has improved across most major Internet service providers in the United States.
After downgrading the cable sector last month due to fears about cord cutting and OTT distribution, media analyst Craig Moffett is once again bullish on the sector.
Comcast has expanded its X1 network DVR service, allowing subscribers to access their personal recordings on Android and iOS device from anywhere they can get Internet access.
LTE Multicast (also known as LTE Broadcast) is getting lots of attention from vendors and mobile operators for its ability to deliver live multimedia to smartphones and tablets being used by concentrated groups of people, such as those attending a sporting event or concert. A complementary technology, Wi-Fi Multicast, has already been deployed by venue owners. FierceWirelessTech explores how these two different technologies can work together here.
When and if the apocalypse comes, the Comcast Media Center in Centennial, Colo., just outside Denver, will likely still be shooting, producing, originating, uplinking and storing high-definition video for cable television.
Despite the ubiquitous presence of fast-emerging technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi hotspots and 4K, the SCTE saw a 7 percent drop in attendance for its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference, held Sept. 22-25 in Denver.
Originally developed by a consortium of top cable operators just for set-top boxes, the Reference Design Kit is now moving into the broadband realm. Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems.