Verizon said Wednesday that it acquired upLynk, the streaming video technology provider that Walt Disney Co. uses to manage video encoding and delivery for TV Everywhere apps such as Watch Disney Channel.
Dish Network and Verizon's FiOS TV are reducing the number of smartphone and tablet applications their subscribers need to control set-tops and watch video on mobile devices.
The over-the-top video service planned by Intel that has failed to get off the ground could end up in the hands of cable industry veteran John Malone. According to Bloomberg News, Malone's Liberty Global company, which operates cable systems overseas, is talking with Intel about buying the service.
Roku owners who also subscribe to certain pay-TV providers will be able to access Disney's suite of WATCH apps through the streaming video device.
Verizon may have halted further builds of its FiOS network into new markets, but where it is converting problem copper-based customers to the fiber-based service it's finding that customers like purchasing speeds of 50 Mbps and higher.
Subscriptions for FiOS Internet are outpacing FiOS TV sales, with popularity of over-the-top video services impacting subscription sales, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said Wednesday.
Cable operators may be able to provide faster speeds over their existing HFC networks, but according to a recent MoffettNathanson report their flow share (share of net adds) declined year-over-year during Q3 2013.
As the largest wireless carriers have expanded their LTE rollouts and services, network latency, which can provide better network performance, has taken a back seat to wireless network speeds.
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.
Verizon is talking to Intel about buying part or all of its Intel Media division, which has been developing a virtual pay TV service, AllThingsD reported Wednesday.