Posts by Steve Hawley

Steve Hawley is a Contributing Editor to Telecompetitor. Steve is an industry analyst and consultant with a focus on the related areas of managed pay TV, Internet-delivered (OTT) video, personalized and socially-enabled features, and cloud-hosted digital media content - delivered to TVs, apps and other consumer devices connected via broadband IP networks.

Steve produces qualitative IPTV market analysis and research reports, and provides consulting services to firms that supply products, professional services, strategic information and investments to the broadband telecommunications industry.

Steve has held leadership roles with Myrio (now part of Nokia Siemens Networks), Northern Telecom (later Nortel Networks), and Adobe Systems. He also contributes to a variety of industry events, and is a member of the New York chapter of the National Academy of the Television Arts and Sciences ("New York Emmys").

Steve can be reached at steve@pivot-media.com



ViaSat Announces Next Generation Broadband Satellite

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CARLSBAD, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT) has executed a contract with Boeing (NYSE: BA) to build ViaSat-2, which is based on ViaSat’s next generation, Ka-band satellite technology and architecture. ViaSat-2 is expected to be, by far, the world’s highest capacity satellite at the time of launch (scheduled for mid-2016) achieving an...Learn More

The Half-life of Web TV Devices

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Like most households, ours has a TV routine in which we watch certain programs.  The other day, we wanted to see what else was on and because we have Google TV, we also get the Web and online video on our TV.  Our version of Google TV is on a Logitech Revue, which was one...Learn More

CES: Verizon Updates FiOS, Redbox Instant to Meet Borderless Lifestyle Demands

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At CES 2013, Verizon Communications showed off a variety of updates for its FiOS TV service, as well as a demonstration of the forthcoming Redbox Instant service from the Verizon-Coinstar joint venture.  Verizon is championing a theme it calls the ‘Borderless Lifestyle’, to bring video to consumers anywhere on any device.  To help quantify the ‘Borderless...Learn More

CES: Cisco, Cox Target Second Screen: AT&T Woos Developers

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As it does each year, the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show opened with a bang.  Dozens of high profile press conferences take place the day before the trade show opens.  Cisco held an event on Monday evening, which included brief speeches by Cisco CEO John Chambers and Cox Communications CEO Patrick Esser.  Las Vegas is...Learn More

1990s App Lives Again — and Other Low-Profile, High-Impact Disputes

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The telecom industry is accustomed to conflict. Recent battles have been fought over network platforms, apps, and the electromagnetic spectrum. And the next set of transformational battle lines are already drawn in areas such as home automation and connected cars. As with past industry transformations, these are high stakes games and are being driven by...Learn More

AT&T’s 2012 Consumer Industry Analyst Conference: A Digital Life Update

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In this “Part 2” post about the AT&T 2012 Consumer Industry Analyst Conference, we look at AT&T’s forthcoming Digital Life home automation and home control offerings, several other connected market initiatives, and provide a peek toward AT&T’s larger game plan.  Part 1 looked at developments involving AT&T’s U-verse video offering. After seeing the U-verse TV...Learn More

AT&T’s 2012 Consumer Industry Analyst Conference: A U-verse TV Update

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AT&T recently hosted its 2012 Consumer Industry Analyst Conference in Atlanta, the company’s first such event.   Attendees received updates on the latest AT&T services and devices, including its U-verse TV IPTV service.  AT&T also briefed us about several recently-announced “beyond TV” service initiatives – some of which are poised to launch during 2013 – as...Learn More

For OTT, There’s Strength in Numbers

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Now that the 2012 U.S. presidential election season is over, we can finally turn our attention from the tea leaves of political statisticians and forecasters toward some 2012 numbers that are more meaningful to us in the video world.  The results of two significant online video consumer studies were presented at the recent TelcoTV conference,...Learn More

A Requiem and Resurrection for Myrio

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Readers of a certain age who have been around the IPTV world since its early days will remember Myrio Corporation as a once market-leading IPTV middleware platform that kept falling on hard luck.  Even though its successor is virtually invisible in the United States today, its current iteration has been given another new lease on...Learn More

It’s All Sand at the Digital Home Summit

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It was an honor to be the “emcee” for one of the conference tracks at Telecompetitor’s Digital Home Summit in Dallas a week ago.  As multiscreen TV gains both market share and mindshare as a basic pay TV feature from several of the top cable TV operators as well as from DISH and DirecTV –...Learn More

IBC 2012: Clash of Four Second-Screen Titans

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Anyone experienced in going to major trade shows knows that there’s no way you can cover all the ground or uncover every gem hidden along the path, especially at a tradeshow as big as the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam. My own search criteria were at the intersection of TV software – which has...Learn More

IBC Trends: Multiscreen, MPEG-DASH, Ultra HD

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This is the first of two posts about the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, which takes place in early-to-mid September each year.  Even if you are based in the United States,  IBC is well worth attending, or at least monitoring while underway.  In many ways, it’s the rest-of-the-world’s counterpart to the National Association of...Learn More