Balan Nair, Liberty Global CTO, knows that IP is the cable industry's long-term technology platform, but in the near-term the provider will continue to support both traditional QAM modulation and IP on the set-top boxes that deliver their video services in the home.
It's almost man-bites-dog when a service provider offers voice as an addition to a video business. That's what Canadian MSO Videotron is doing and, according to Sian Morgan, senior director of telephony and multimedia networks, it's a good place to be.
To some industry observers, wireline voice is about as relevant today as two cans tied with a string. That's not the case for Sian Morgan, senior director of telephony and multimedia networks for Canadian cable operator Videotron. She talked with Jim Barthold about where the service, which launched in 2004, is going.
While cable operators have kept a tight rein on their video content, Roku's founder and CEO Anthony Wood says that they should look for ways to make "their services more valuable by making them available on the devices people are using today to watch TV--everything from Rokus to tablets."
Mike Fitz, vice president, wireline and solutions engineering for Sprint, said that what separates Sprint from the pack is its simple approach to serving businesses. What has driven that simplicity is having an integrated team that supports both wireless and wireline services. One of the key initiatives Fitz and his team are driving in 2013 and into 2014 will be the introduction of Carrier Ethernet service. Sean Buckley, Senior Editor of FierceTelecom , spoke with Fitz about the trends he's seeing in Sprint's wireline segment.
Mike Fitz, vice president, wireline and solutions engineering for Sprint, said that Sprint's focus on the mid-sized business is what both differentiates and makes his company superior to some of its competition.
Viggle, a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they're watching, has found its place in the video market by providing a second screen app for users who like to view their video on various connected devices.
Eric Berger, who runs Sony's Crackle unit, is a big believer in snacking--as long as it involves content.
Sean Atkins, senior vice president of digital media at Discovery Communications, is in an interesting position. He oversees three of the company's key areas: native digital content, original digital video connected to popular TV series, and branded entertainment.
Sherry Brennan, SVP of sales strategy and development for Fox Networks, is shaping the broadcaster's TV Everywhere strategy.