China Telecom granted licenses for IPTV, OTT video; Worldwide IT spending to surpass $3.7 trillion

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> China Telecom was granted licenses to provide IPTV and over the top (OTT) video. Article

> Best Buy advised Time Warner Cable customers to cut their phone service with the MSO to avoid a new modem fee. Article

Cable News

> SportsNet and MSG disputes highlight Time Warner Cable's evolving views on sports tiers. Article

> Video kiosk operator Redbox announced a multiyear agreement to offer video titles from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment 28 days after their retail release dates. Article

Enterprise Communications News

> Gartner says worldwide IT spending will surpass $3.7 trillion in 2013. Article

> VIdyo is taking on competitors Polycom and Cisco, unveiling a number of videoconferencing products. Article


> Gateway or cloud services are not an either/or proposition, said a TelcoTV panel last week. Article

> Small telcos already see IPTV as a "bottomless pit of expense," but they must bite the bullet and incorporate an over-the-top video element into their video service mix. Article

Online Video News

> Pay TV subscribers are content with their current service providers and might be willing to pay a bit more for some more premium features, Heavy Reading's "State of the Video Consumer" survey suggests. Article

> Online video, when properly managed and delivered, can actually benefit telcos offering IPTV. Article

And finally … One of the annoying untold secrets about WiFi is that not all WiFi is created equal. Article