CFO Shares CenturyLink Gigabit Economics, Prism TV Profit Picture

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Most customers that CenturyLink has gained through its gigabit fiber-to-the-premises service actually sign up for speeds they could get over copper infrastructure, said CenturyLink Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing at a financial conference today. Ewing made his remarks in a question-and-answer session at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom...Learn More

Telecom, Cable Home Security: Report Sees “Serious Dislocation” Coming

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Telecom and cable providers’ push into the home security market is yielding some major gains, according to a report from Imperial Capital. The report authors cited research from Barnes Associates showing that telcos and cablecos now have about 1.2 million U.S. accounts, up from 400,000 to 500,000 a year ago – an increase of more...Learn More

ABI VidiPath Forecast: 40% of U.S. Cable Households by 2016

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Certified DLNA (Digital Living Alliance) VidiPath devices will be used in 40 percent of U.S. cable TV households that subscribe to advanced services by 2016 and 70 percent by 2020, according to a new report from ABI Research. Based on a common set of industry guidelines DLNA VidiPath “enables consumers to use TVs, smartphones, PCs...Learn More

LRG Sees Big Drop in Pay-TV Net Subscriber Adds

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The number of new video subscribers added to the ranks of the 13 largest pay-TV providers took a precipitous drop in 2015’s first quarter according to the latest market data from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Representing about 95 percent of the U.S. pay-TV market, the 13 largest service providers added less than 10,000 net video...Learn More

CEA: Streaming Video Subscribership Reaches 40% of Households

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Ownership of digital content will surpass that of traditional content over the course of the next few years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s 17th “Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study. Widespread adoption and use of smartphones are key drivers. Following TV sets and DVD/Blu-ray players, smartphones are the third most-owned consumer electronics (CE)...Learn More

The Dawn of Broadband TV is Here

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We are witnessing some profound changes in the video business these days. Broadband has now enabled some very distinct shifts in the delivery of video. It’s led to the emergence of a new model for video and entertainment – broadband TV – where an increasing amount of A-list content and, some will argue, a better...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post, Verizon celebrates the five-year anniversary by sharing program accomplishments: 21...Learn More

NG-PON2 Will Position Broadband Carriers to Think About 10 Gigabit Service

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With gigabit services based on passive optical network technology gaining significant traction, perhaps it’s not surprising that manufacturers are announcing the next generation of PON equipment. Adtran yesterday announced a new offering based on the NG-PON2 standard – and in an interview, Adtran Senior Manager of Strategic Solutions Marketing Kurt Raaflaub said he expects to...Learn More

AT&T-Hulu Deal Brings OTT Video to Mobile and Broadband

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It seems like every week lately there has been an announcement of a multi-play service provider adding an OTT video subscription service to its offerings. The latest such news comes today from AT&T, which said it has made a deal to bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers later this year. For now...Learn More

Lawmakers Pressure FCC on Stand-Alone Broadband

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The pressure is on the FCC to modify Universal Service rules to allow small rural telcos to collect Universal Service funding for stand-alone broadband. More than 60 senators and 115 congressmen yesterday sent letters to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calling on the commission to modernize the USF program so that network operators can have some...Learn More

CTIA: Licensed Spectrum Economic Benefits Exceed $400 Billion a Year

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Licensing wireless spectrum generates more than $400 billion a year in economic activity, a new report produced by the Brattle Group for CTIA – The Wireless Association says. This includes the direct and indirect economic impacts of actions on the part of mobile telecom carriers “but excludes billions more in economic benefits produced by mobile...Learn More

IHS: OTT Set-Top Box Shipments to Exceed Telco IPTV STB Shipments

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Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku sold at retail shops will oustrip those of IPTV STBs installed by telco pay-TV service providers this year, according to new research from IHS. IHS expects 31 million OTT STBs will be shipped this year as compared to 30...Learn More