Whether it is special access, net neutrality, the recent labor strike, or shedding wireline assets to Frontier, Craig Silliman, EVP of Public Policy and General Counsel of Verizon, has a full plate. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Silliman during the TIA 2016 trade show in Dallas to talk about the pressing policy issues Verizon is dealing with today.
Verizon's $4 billion buy of AOL last year was initially a bit of a surprise to the industry, but made sense in the wake of the launch of go90, its mobile-first, ad-supported video streaming service. But although the provider is supporting digital advertising efforts around go90, Dan Ackerman, vice president of programmatic TV at AOL, says that the service is just one part of its broader portfolio.
Tom Christie has been with premium network Showtime for more than two decades, and has seen the cable industry rise and fall and now, possibly, rise again thanks to changing technologies and consumer demands. In the midst of all the industry sturm und drang, however, he says the last five years have been the best of Showtime's existence.
With so much focus being on wireless much of the world seemingly has forgotten that Sprint has a profitable wireline business. The company is working to change that attitude by launching a separate wireline division dedicated to its business customer base. Leading this segment is 10-year company veteran Mike Fitz.
Since launching its SVOD service on May 7 with 50 international linear channels, YipTV, a Fierce 15 winner, has been on a growth trajectory content-wise, boosting its available streamed channel to 73 with 25 more pending. YipTV CEO Michael Tribolet sat down with Samantha Bookman to talk about the OTT provider's latest moves, its benefit to immigrant communities in the U.S. looking for a taste of home, and his take on the FCC's consideration of virtual MVPDs.
John Jones may have only recently taken up his post as CenturyLink's senior vice president of public policy and government relations, but he's a 21-year company veteran who has spent that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, among other things. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently sat down with Jones to get his take on the FCC's new net neutrality rules, special access, video franchising and Connect America Fund-II.
Describing Canoe's upward trajectory, Chris Pizzurro, head of product sales and marketing for the joint venture, breaks out the old hockey-stick metaphor. For anyone who has been closely following the trajectory of Canoe's puck, this is a bit of a surprise. FierceCable 's Daniel Frankel chats with Pizzurro about Canoe's VOD DAI aspirations.
Lisa Utzschneider is a veteran of Amazon and Microsoft who built Amazon's advertising unit to a near-$1 billion business. Now Yahoo's SVP of Sales, Americas, she recently caught up with FierceOnlineVideo Editor Samantha Bookman to share Yahoo Screen's original content strategy and its cross-platform advertising initiative.
Net neutrality? It's unnecessary. It's going to cause cost and bureaucratic complexity every time a company complains to the FCC. That, at least, is what NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell told FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel in a new interview ahead of INTX, the conference formerly known as The Cable Show.
FierceCable caught up with Michael Powell, NCTA president & CEO at his Washington, D.C., office on a typically active day. The cable industry organization had just filed a lawsuit against the FCC around the commission's just-passed net neutrality rules, and the U.S. Department of Justice was reportedly about to nix the merger of Powell's biggest constituents, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. FierceCable chatted with the former Republican FCC chairman ahead of the org's upcoming INTX show.