“Home Networking over COAX,” a New Whitepaper from Actiontec

Actiontec announces the release of a new whitepaper, titled “Home Networking Over COAX.” With the rise of applications like IPTV and multiroom DVRs, the home network has become critical for the quality of the broadband and television experience. Service providers need to take an active role in the installation and management of the home network in order to keep customers happy with their television service. With coaxial cable already having been installed in over 80% of U.S. homes (and typically located where subscribers usually place a television), coaxial network connections have become essential parts of the home network, particularly when it comes to integrating multimedia devices. This white paper explores the major home networking technologies over coaxial cable and explores the unique advantages and limitations of each technology.

To read this whitepaper, go to http://www.actiontec.com/products/solutions_broadband_fwp.php

TiVo, Facebook Announce Partnership

Social networking continues intrude itself on all aspects of American life. An example: today TiVo announced that it is integrating its TV navigation software with Facebook’s social media platform, allowing DVR users to share details about the show they’re watching with their Facebook friends in real time. This new feature will only be available to viewers who have downloaded the TiVo app on their iPhone or iPad. TiVo was one of the companies that Facebook talked about at its f8 developers conference last Thursday, where the company showed off new features for its website. Facebook has also teamed up with Netflix and Hulu to allow online video users to share details about what TV shows they’re watching. Comcast, meanwhile, announced that its next-generation interactive program guide will allow subscribers to post messages on their Facebook walls about what shows they’re watching.

For more coverage, see http://www.fiercecable.com/story/tivo-integrates-facebook/2011-09-23?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

September CrossTalk Newsletter Available

The September 2011 edition of CrossTalk is hot off the digital presses, containing plenty of breaking news, relevant free and for pay market research, and a handy compendium of upcoming events. Stay up to date with all things telco and broadband by getting your September 2011 CrossTalk today.

For more, go to http://www.actiontec.com/newsletter/september11/

 

Netflix, DreamWorks to Team Up in 2013

Netflix recently announced a partnership with DreamWorks, giving the company streaming video rights to hits like Shrek and other popular movies. This is the first good news in a while for Netflix, which has been slammed by the public in recent weeks over its decision to increase subscription fees and spin off its DVD-by-mail service under the name Qwikster. Unfortunately for Netflix customers, they won’t see the new content immediately, since DreamWorks has a deal in place with HBO through 2012. Even so, this agreement could hurt cable satellite providers, most of which charge at least $15 a month for premium cable channels. The deal could force providers like HBO, Showtime, and Starz to develop additional new original series to help maintain their value.

For additional information, see http://www.fiercecable.com/story/netflix-outbids-hbo-dreamworks-content/2011-09-26?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

Pew Delves Into Our Calling and Texting Habits

How do you like to communicate? Pew Research recently asked a representative sample of American adults cell phone owners who send and receive text messages how they preferred to be contacted on their cell phone. The result, according to Pew’s latest report, “Americans and Text Messaging,” was that 31% said they preferred text to talking on the phone, while 53% said they preferred voice calls. Another 14% said their preferred contact method depended on the situation. Not surprisingly, heavy text users are much more likely to prefer texting to talking. The report went on to find that young adults are the most avid textures by wide margin, while both texting and calling for the adult population who use cell phones has remained the same since 2010.

For more information, go to http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phone-Texting-2011.aspx?src=prc-headline

Apple and the Cable Industry: Three Opinions

The website “The Week” recently looked at three opinions concerning Apple and its ambitions in the cable television industry. Rumors abound that the Cupertino company may create a subscription TV service in the near future, or manufacture its own high-definition TVs, or both. Mike Elgan of Computerworld opines that Apple could crush the cable industry (just like it killed the music CD industry) by providing a great user experience and cutting deals to offer more affordable subscriptions. Meanwhile, Jacqui Cheng at ARS Technica feels that Apple will have trouble beating big cable, as the industry will likely pressure networks to reject deals with Apple, particularly NBC, which is owned by cable giant Comcast. Finally, Sam Biddle at Gizmodo feels that while it’ll be hard for Apple to take the  cable industry down completely, they could provide the needed impetus to effect serious reform, which, in the end, would be just as beneficial for the consumer.

 For more coverage, see http://theweek.com/article/index/218685/could-apple-kill-cable-tv

Rogers Applies for Bank License

Rogers Communication wants to get into the banking business. The Canadian company has applied to form a bank under terms of the Federal Bank Act. They don’t intend on becoming a full-fledged banking institute, however. This banking license would give Rogers the flexibility to pursue credit card opportunities for their customers at some unspecified future date. Most likely, Rogers is interested in following the lead of fellow operators like Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, all of whom have started mobile phone payment system programs.

For more information, see http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/Rogers-Wants-to-Be-a-Bank-116017

CenturyLink Bringing IPTV to Qwest Markets

CenturyLink recently announced that they are thinking about rolling out IPTV into new markets, and are planning to spend $150-200 million to continue to upgrade former Qwest markets to fiber to the node, which would include headends that receive local off-the-air content and combines it with national content.

For more coverage, go to http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/CenturyLink-Hints-at-IPTV-For-Former-Qwest-Users-116065

Internet Connected Devices to Dominate CE Revenues

Internet connectivity. That’s what people want. This according to Strategy Analytics. In their latest study, “Global Connected Consumer Electronics Devices Market Forecast,”the research firm expects that fully 70% of the revenue generated by the consumer electronics industry in 2011 will come from Internet connected devices. One of the biggest growth opportunities over the next five years in this segment will be connected TVs, with vendors such as Samsung, LG, and Sony likely continuing to push their respective smart TV initiatives. Strategy Analytics goes on to predict that more than two thirds of TV units sold in 2015 will be connected TVs. The full report contains forecasts of unit sales and market values and installed bases of 17 fixed and portable digital home media device segments, including flat-panel TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, digital media adapters, gaming consoles, and tablets.

 

For additional information, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5096

NASA Deploying 100 Mbps Laser-Based Broadband

NASA recently announced they are pushing ahead with their latest laser-based broadband plans with a new deployment of the technology that should result in an increase of speed from the current 6 Mbps to a significantly faster 100 Mbps. According to the NASA press release, “Data rates 10-100 times more capable than current RF systems will greatly improve connectivity and enable a new generation of remote scientific investigations, as well as provide the satellite communications industry with disruptive technology not available today.” As an example of the increase, NASA notes that at current speeds, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter needs around 90 minutes to transmit a single high-resolution image back to Earth; with a laser-based connection, that same transmission would take roughly 5 minutes.

 

To see more, go to http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/NASA-Pushes-LaserBased-Broadband-Forward-115956

PC Mag Ranks Domestic ISP Speeds

In its latest ranking speed ranking of broadband ISPs, PC Magazine found that Charter, Cox Communications, and Comcast were the fastest domestic ISPs. This is the first year that PC Magazine has used the speed measuring site Ookia to perform broadband speed tests for them, as they have been criticized in previous years for the incorrect information they included in their list of fastest ISPs. Verizon, which had dominated the magazine’s rankings in the past, fell slightly because Ookia averages both FiOS and slower DSL customers into a single score. Also, the magazine breaks down ISP speed by region, the fastest business ISPs, as well as fastest ISPs by state, city, and globally.

 

For more, see http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/Charter-Cox-Comcast-Tops-PC-Magazine-Speed-Rankings-115983

Video Chat Not a Revenue Generator for Service Providers

Video chatting is becoming more and more popular, partly because of Facebook’s integration of Skype, and also because of the launch of Google’s multi-party video chat platform, Hangout. However, broadband service providers, who had hoped that the growing popularity of video chat would lead to consumers purchasing higher quality video experiences, are not seeing much traction in this segment. Various research firms have found that consumers are not keen on purchasing high quality video conferencing services for their televisions, as Skype and Hangout remain “good enough” for them, and the price (free) is right. Perhaps somewhere down the road, consumers will purchase higher quality video chatting products, but for now, it doesn’t look like for-pay video chat will develop into a revenue generator for broadband service providers.

 For more information, go to http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=211795&f_src=lrdailynewsletter

The Future of Cable: Television or Broadband?

With broadband adoption growing at a rapid pace and video subscriptions flat or, even worse, down, is the future of cable operators one of simply morphing into a dumb pipe provider? That’s the question being bandied about in this latest article from GigaOM Pro. The salient fact remains that cable, satellite, and IPTV providers lost more than 325,000 video subscribers last quarter, while gaining 350,000 broadband users (according to Leichtman Research Group). Additionally, broadband subscribers are a much more lucrative business opportunity then TV subscribers, with better margins across the board. Of course, pushing broadband over TV makes it easier for Netflix and other content providers to stream their wares. Whatever happens, it seems clear that other cable operators may have to join Time Warner Cable (whose CEO recently commented that he viewed broadband as one of his company’s “anchor service([s]“) in rethinking how to best maximize their current offerings.

 

For additional coverage, see http://gigaom.com/broadband/broadband-is-cables-future/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed OmMalik+%28GigaOM%3A+Tech%29

Are Older Internet Users Leveraging the Social Network?

According to a new survey by Pew Internet, 65% of adult Internet users utilize one of the popular social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, etc.). This is the first time that Pew Internet found that more than 50% of adults make use of social networking sites and tools. The firm also discovered that while 61% of adult Internet users under 30 visit social networking sites on a daily basis, only 32% of “Boomer” users (50 – 64 years of age) make daily use of these sites. The latter figure, however, is a 60% increase from 2010. Furthermore, Pew found that most social networking users consider their social networking experiences online as “good,” and repeatedly described these experiences as “fun,” “great,” “interesting,” and “convenient.” Superlative descriptors such as “astounding,” “necessity,” and “empowering” were less common, however.

 

To learn more, go to http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Social-Networking-Sites.aspx?src=prc-headline

Breaking Down the Q2 2011 New Broadband Subscriber Numbers

The Leichtman Research Group released the results of a new survey recently, and they found that the 18 largest cable and telephone providers in the United States (who represent about 93% of the market) netted 350,000 additional high speed Internet subscribers in the second quarter of 2011. This number represented the smallest gain in broadband additions in the 10 years Leichtman has been tracking the industry. Other survey findings include: 

  • The top cable companies accounted for 77% of the broadband additions for the quarter, versus the top telephone companies. 
  • AT&T and Verizon added 628,000 fiber subscribers during the quarter, while losing 578,000 DSL subscribers.
  • The top cable companies added over 270,000 broadband subscribers during the quarter. 

Leichtman noted that the second quarter is traditionally the slowest quarter of the year for industry growth, and that the top broadband providers have added 3.3 million subscribers over the past year.

 

For more information, see http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/082511release.html