Netflix reiterated its support of "clear and strong Internet protections" from the FCC in order to support the "virtuous circle" of broadband investment and business applications stemming from such rules.
I came into Wednesday's SCTE "Energy 2020" panel primed for engagement. Laid out in detail in an amply-attended afternoon panel featuring all the various program committee heads, it seemed like an excellent idea. But will it be a game-changer for the cable industry?
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.
Comcast filed a rebuttal totaling 337 pages to the FCC, accusing opponents of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable of using their voice in the regulatory process to "extort" business advantages.
U.S. cable operators are expected to deploy some 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots by early 2015, according to analysts at Heavy Reading. The forecast was released in Denver during the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) convention.
With the FCC's commentary period for its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable ending at midnight Wednesday, and Comcast set to release a document responding to the deal's critics, Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen teased the tone of the pending release in a blog post.
Cable operators can no longer rely on business as usual and must instead focus on developing new products, improving their customer service and leveraging the scale of their networks if they want to remain competitive in the future.
Comcast, which has been making investments in ad delivery wherewithal of late, including its $320 million purchase of FreeWheel in March, has announced through its recently launched wholesale division a new product that allows for ad delivery in both linear and VOD television.
Among programmers, Discovery Communications has been perhaps the most vocal critic of the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. However, absent from Discovery's quest to stop the proposed union has been its top in-house lobbyist, Alexa Verveer.
Baltimore has joined the growing chorus of municipalities that are fed up with local cable operator Comcast by looking into how they could build their own fiber-based broadband network.