The trend toward providing public Wi-Fi access from residential gateways for offloading and hotspot services is catching on. While I understand the sense in taking the gobs of unused broadband bandwidth being delivered to private residences and making it available for widespread use, I nonetheless see some issues that could impact this trend's broad adoption in the United States.
Time Warner Inc. CEO Jeff Bewkes said he isn't worried about Comcast's tests of a subscription that includes HBO and broadband Internet service hurting TNT and TBS, even though the "Internet Plus" package doesn't include any expanded basic networks.
Wasn't 2013 supposed to be the year a major over-the-top pay-TV service launched? Now, with few weeks remaining in the year, and fewer still before the holiday shopping season starts in earnest, the chance that one will materialize is slim at best. Maybe next year.
Charter Communications will launch Wi-Fi in 2014, initially targeting local businesses with wireless gateways that can transmit dual SSIDs, CEO Tom Rutledge said Tuesday, when the MSO reported that it gained 86,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the third quarter.
Multiple customers of Arris will soon deploy network-based DVRs that will be used to "augment in-home DVR functionality," Arris CEO Bob Stanzione told analysts last week.
Netflix said it plans to add 4K Ultra HD content to its streaming video library next year. The move could have an impact on broadband providers that are members of its Open Connect content delivery network, including Cox Communications, Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications.
During last week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Steve Donohue, editor of FierceCable, sat down with Kevin Hart, EVP and CTO of Cox Communications, to talk about Cox's FlareWatch virtual cable trial as well as plans to launch next-generation services such as 1-Gig Internet and cloud-based DVRs.
Comcast subsidiary NBCUniversal said Monday that it'll distribute 124 hours of 2014 Winter Olympics programming on cable networks CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network.
Cox Communications is developing a next-generation video service similar to the FlareWatch virtual cable product it tested recently in California, EVP and CTO Kevin Hart told FierceCable.
Time Warner Cable said Friday that it is launching Comcast-backed kids network Sprout in several cities, including Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Honolulu; Kansas City, Mo.; and Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, N.Y.