Australian telco Telstra plans to use a T-Box personal video recorder unit as the linchpin and a strengthened relationship with content provider Foxtel to make its IPTV service the lever that pries more revenue from a legacy mobile and fixed line subscriber base.
Bell Canada continues to grow its Fibe TV IPTV subscriber base, although at least a chunk of that growth is coming via cannibalization of the carrier's existing satellite TV service, BCE President and CEO George Cope said during a call with analysts discussing first quarter earnings.
Bell Canada reported that in Q1 it added 47,463 new Fibe TV IPTV customers in Q1 2013, up 41.9 percent from the same period a year ago, a factor that helped it stem traditional wireline voice revenue losses.
CenturyLink's Prism TV IPTV service provided a much-needed revenue and subscriber boost to the carrier's first quarter earnings and continued to play an integral role in the telco's overall "broadband initiative," company executives said during comments on those Q1 results.
First quarter earnings results are pouring in, and it's again apparent that IPTV as a service, application or just part of an overall broadband bundle is a winner. But not all service providers have realized this yet, and they continue to put their potentially biggest profit baby in a corner.
About 4,200 residents in and around Sycamore, Ohio, are getting state-of-the-art fiber-fed broadband services thanks to a $4.1 million fiber to the home upgrade that Sycamore Telephone undertook using broadband stimulus funding awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
IPTV services continued to drive business for North American telcos according to first quarter earnings results released this week.
CenturyLink is catering to the sports fanatics who subscribe to its Prism IPTV offering by signing a multiyear carriage agreement with Universal Sports that will enable the carrier to offer new sports content in nine markets, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, central North Carolina and southwest Florida.
Pace's transition from being another set-top box maker into a full-service pay TV provider is expected to pay off in first half of the year with a revenue boost.
A pair of Toronto-based technology companies, NorthVu and MediaTube, believe that Bell Canada and Bell Aliant infringed on their patent when they launched IPTV services. The pair have filed suit seeking at least $350 million.