Mar
5
2015

Google Fiber Raising TV Rates March 10 -

Google may want to differentiate itself from the often-loathed traditional broadband and TV industries, but there’s one thing it certainly doesn’t have control over: the high cost of programming. A Google Fiber customer recently posted to Reddit noting that they were informed that Google will be increasing the price of TV services in Kansas City. Currently, Google offers Google Fiber customers a symmetrical 1 Gbps connection and 150 channels for $120 a month. That price […]

Mar
5
2015

Will FiOS Ever Pay Off for Verizon?

Exhaustion of the older revenue models and products means firms such as Verizon increasingly will rely on new services to drive revenue growth in the future, Verizon CFO seems to agree. With the caveat that AT&T arguably is far more exposed to consumer revenues in it fixed network segment, Verizon’s earnings from its fixed networks show why Verizon was not keen to expand its FiOS deployment. About 40 percent of fixed network  revenue comes from […]

Mar
5
2015

Cable Saw Net Loss Of 125,000 Subscribers in 2014 -

According to the latest data from the Leichtman Group, the pay TV sector has seen notable subscriber losses for the second consecutive year. According to Leichtman’s analysis of the top thirteen pay-TV providers (who in total represent about 95% of the market), those companies lost about 125,000 net video subscribers in 2014. That comes on the heels of a 95,000 net decline in pay TV subscribers during 2013. The top nine cable operators lost around […]

Mar
5
2015

Netflix CFO Didn't Get Memo About Company's Neutrality Support -

Netflix has been taking heat for leaving its net neutrality principles behind for its Australian launch this month, though the company has defended the move by pointing out that cap-exemption is standard practice in Australia due to higher transit costs. But now the company is taking some additional flack for comments made by CFO David Wells, who at an investor conference this week proclaimed that Netflix wasn’t actually happy about the FCC’s decision to push […]

Mar
5
2015

Market Power Issues Lie in High Speed Access, Not Linear Video

Beyond looking at traditional market share and competitive impacts of the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, and the Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable, regulators and antitrust officials also might consider the relative fortunes of the video and high speed access markets as well. Simply, the high speed access market is growing, while the linear video market has begun declining. It might not be part of the formal mathematical screening, but it arguably makes good sense […]

Mar
5
2015

Georgia Telco Deploys Inca Intelligent Video Delivery Platform

VANCOUVER, BC — Pembroke Advanced Communications (PAC) has implemented Inca Network’s Intelligent Video Delivery platform to upgrade PAC-TV, its digital MPEG-4 HD/SD TV service. PAC, one of the oldest telephone companies in Georgia, is phasing out aging, outdated and under-performing video equipment from various vendors as it transitions to a 100 percent Inca headend in the near future. With a full IP video core in place, PAC will be positioned to deliver advanced linear IPTV […]

Mar
5
2015

Google Fiber for Small Business Arrives in Provo

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google Fiber announced that it is bringing Google Fiber for Small Business to Provo and its small business community, as well as expanding to additional areas of Kansas City (Kansas City North and South). Small businesses in these areas can sign up for Google Fiber’s Early Access program, and get gigabit Internet for just $100 per month. In the words of Provo Mayor John Curtis, small businesses can “kiss loading bars […]

Mar
5
2015

Will AT&T Becomes the Biggest Wireless ISP?

Assuming the AT&T bid to buy DirecTV is approved by regulators and antitrust authorities, AT&T plans to launch a rural areas bundle based on Internet access and TV including Internet access, using fixed wireless technology. The original plan called for access up to 15 Mbps or perhaps 20 Mbps. That might change now that the Federal Communications Commission has revised the definition of “high speed” to reflect a minimum of 25 Mbps. Some think the […]

Mar
5
2015

HBO Standalone Streaming Service HBO Now To Be $15 a Month -

After years of complaints that you couldn’t just buy a standalone streaming version of HBO Go without also having a traditional cable subscription, HBO last October finally buckled and announced they’d be launching such a service sometime in 2015. The latest leaks on the plan suggest the service will be called “HBO Now,” and will run users about $15 a month — or roughly the same amount it costs users to add the premium channel […]

Mar
5
2015

Device Boundaries (PC, Tablet, Smartphone) Blur

With tablet sales down as much as 30 percent in some instances, Apple appears to be getting ready to enhance tablet attractiveness for business customers, planning a device with a 12.9-inch screen, possibly outfitted with USB 3.0 ports useful for direct offline data backups, as well as keyboard and mouse ports. Among the problems is an apparent consumer preference for larger-screen phones as an alternative to tablets. Tablets were supposed to replace personal computers. It […]

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