Intel has reportedly sought help from consumer electronics manufacturers and other technology companies to get its online video service off the ground.
A person who owns a TV set that's connected to the Internet is more than twice as likely as someone who doesn't to strongly consider canceling his or her current pay-TV service, according to a Diffusion Group survey.
NimbleTV was introduced last year and promised subscribers around the country they could buy online access to certain pay-TV providers' packages of subscription television no matter where they were. But last week, one of the pay-TV providers seems to have stopped cooperating.
DirecTV is negotiating deals with programmers in hopes of expanding the amount of over-the-top video it can offer subscribers, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Competition from online video providers is forcing cable operators to speed up their video product development capabilities.
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.
Operators are well aware of the threat that OTT presents, although some of their views--for example, that subscribers only use OTT apps because they are cheap--may be slightly off kilter. Nevertheless, if operators are still in any doubt about the severity of the threat, two reports this week provided some stark figures to illustrate how big a threat OTT is set to become.
Flipping the way mobile voice and data are priced is a bold and yet essential move. Mobile operators can now benefit from and embrace increasing use of all kinds of in-house and OTT services and applications.
The telecoms market in Europe continued to face macroeconomic uncertainty (particularly in Southern Europe) price-driven competition and further regulatory impacts in 2012. However, some positive stories emerged during the year: mobile data revenue grew solidly and the fixed revenue mix improved further as broadband penetration continued to rise.
France Telecom Orange said its over-the-top communications app Libon will become compatible with Joyn and offer Rich Communications Services (RCS) later this year once the app has been rolled across the operator's European footprint.