Determining top SVOD provider Netflix's next move is sometimes difficult. Unless CEO Reed Hastings or content guru Ted Sarandos specifically makes a statement on their intentions, the way it strategizes content acquisition or creation isn't always clear. However, Hastings' recent comments on combating online video piracy made it clear that Netflix has a goal to get worldwide licensing rights to all of the content on Netflix, in every country.
Verizon expects its recent move to begin upgrades on its long-haul optical network with Alcatel-Lucent's photonic equipment will set the stage for providing an automated on-demand environment from which it and its customers can provision wavelengths and bandwidth between key routes on the network.
Making the rumors a reality, Charter Communications said it plans to buy rival MSO Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. It's unclear how such the deal might affect the wireless industry, but both companies are players in various wireless initiatives.
Charter Communications' proposed $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks augments its position in the business services market, which is currently dominated by Comcast and Time Warner Cable. With the deal, and its associated Ethernet footprint that includes 18,000 miles of fiber, Charter increases its scale across business services in a number of key vertical industry segments, including healthcare, hospitality, government and education.
Verizon's CEO Lowell McAdam has told leaders of the House and Senate Commerce committees that Republicans and Democrats need to join together to revamp what he says are "outdated and broken" telecom laws and regulatory processes.
EchoStar Corp. and the Kudelski Group are taking an already congenial relationship a step farther, joining forces in the development of advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules for an international market.
Charter Communications says its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks will help it assimilate Time Warner Cable systems acquired via the complex, three-way GreatLand Connections deal.
thePlatform, the video publishing company owned by Comcast, announced today it scored two new customers: Stan in Australia and shomi in Canada. The news underscores the growth of the subscription video-on-demand market and Comcast's solidifying position as a supplier of back-end video processing technology for new entrants into the space.
Lumos Networks is putting its new 75-route mile long-haul network from Richmond to Hampton Roads, Va., to work by beginning to pre-sell services to businesses and carriers that reside along the path between these two cities.
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam wants Congress to take a tougher stance on rules governing bidding in spectrum auctions, and called out Dish Network in particular for its bidding strategy in the AWS-3 auction. In a letter to key lawmakers, McAdam also urged Congress to be more proactive in regulating telecommunications, curb the FCC's recently approved net neutrality rules and rewrite and update the Telecommunications Act.