Google Fiber's expansion into Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas, along with its ongoing efforts in Kansas City, has caused some market analysts to reconsider how the 1 Gbps service will play out in the long term.
By purchasing Hulu, DirecTV would gain a respectable web presence and a bunch of new tech-savvy customers who would transform the satellite provider from a downstream TV purveyor to a content provider. But there's a risk that DirecTV could become, instead, the broadband version of an MVNO.
IPTV, both directly and peripherally, proved to be a good business for connected media platform developer and system-on-a-chip provider Sigma Designs in the first quarter. The company reported net revenues that were up $8.3 million to $52.5 million, 19 percent higher than the previous quarter and 31 percent higher year-over-year.
Belying the ongoing belief that OTT will conquer all, U.K. firm Digital TV Research believes that the pay TV universe will actually expand and reach 1 billion households by 2018.
Alm ost 50 per cent of data traffic generated by mobile phones, tablets and other 3G/LTE connected devices, will be offloaded to Wi-Fi and small cell networks this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
Hot on the heels of its approach to Kabel Deutschland, Vodafone is also eyeing a possible acquisition of Italian broadband provider Fastweb as part of its quad-play push, according to a Bloomberg report, although both Vodafone and Fastweb parent Swisscom declined to comment on the report.
AT&T Mobility is pushing for more international Wi-Fi roaming agreements between carriers and Wi-Fi providers as part of a wider push to make it more seamless for carriers and their customers to offload traffic from cellular networks onto Wi-Fi.
At The Cable Show this week, device makers and service providers seemed increasingly open to integrating online video and over-the-top TV services with their own video products. While the prospect that online video companies may get greater access to the cable set-top box is enticing, the online video industry should be wary of integrating too closely with pay-TV providers.
The major phone companies are increasingly pulling fiber networks to cell towers, to provide backhaul services to the wireless carriers. As carriers offer faster wireless broadband access they need to move more bits--much of it video--around the broader network.
Consumer electronics companies and cable technology vendors are preparing devices and services for the cable industry that incorporate the features found in in streaming media devices like the Roku and Apple TV.