In This Week’s Edition – February 21, 2014

pCell Cellular Technology Could Upset Cablecos & Telcos’ Most Profitable Business

– Creates a Personal Cellular Connection for Each Device; No Sharing
Significance: A new cellular technology called pCell could allow cellcos to build networks that would simultaneously deliver multiple streams of high-def videos to multiple smartphones, tablets and even TV sets within the same cell — without interference or stuttering. That could impact cablecos and telcos’ biggest cash cow: their lucrative broadband business.

Artemis Technology has a new technology called pCell that could enable cellcos to stream many more HD and 4K videos to users without clogging their already over-burdened wireless networks. Artemis expects the product to be ready for deployment in late 2014… Full story here.


Comcast Is Now in Position to Launch National Online TV Service

Comcast and Verizon – and maybe all the pay TV service providers – are interested in launching an Internet-delivered national pay TV service. While The Online Reporter and others have widely reported on and speculated about Verizon’s OTT plans, Comcast may have OTT plans of its own.

The merger between Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast will give Comcast a thirty million strong subscriber base that spans the US and puts it in a much better position to launch a national broadband-delivered pay TV service.

Comcast has a number of ducks already lined up for such a service: -It has broadband infrastructure across the country, particularly in the Northeast.  -It already has a next generation cloud-based pay TV service platform and STB. It also has the multi-screen and multi-device reach for its TV Everywhere services.  -It is already competing with Apple’s iTunes and Amazon Instant in transactional VoD (TVod) sales for movies and TV shows. It started selling digital downloads of TV episodes and movies to its subscribers late last year. Comcast has seen great success in its TVoD service. It beat out iTunes and Amazon in sales of “Despicable Me 2.” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said last week that Comcast was able to capture 15% of the electronic sell thru (EST) market in the first two months of launching the service…Full story here.


Concurrent Brings Pay TV Service into the IP Era

-Video Streaming Solution Includes Live Start-Over

Video streaming solutions provider Concurrent recently announced new features for its multi-screen video streaming solution which enables viewers to start watching a live linear program from the beginning, if the viewer tunes into the show after it has already begun.

The “live start-over” feature is part of a next-generation multi-screen streaming platform. Concurrent’s streaming video solution helps service providers transition into the all-IP era by bridging legacy and IP pay TV platforms. Concurrent is one of the major suppliers of video services for pay TV VoD. Its customers include Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications.

“We see a lot of our service provider customers transitioning from classic video services, such as linear broadcast TV, VoD and STBs, and over time working towards IP video structures,” Jim Brickmeier, SVP of strategic marketing at Concurrent, told The Online Reporter…Subscribe for the full story.


Google Deals Two Blows to Incumbent Broadband Service Providers

– Will Deploy Fiber in More Cities 

– 10 Gbps Consumer Broadband Coming

There seems to be an insatiable demand for broadband speed with people wanting more than some think they need.

Google said this week that it has invited 34 more cities in nine metropolitan areas to work with it to explore the possibility of launching its Google Fiber service, which provides 1 Gbps broadband and TV. Any residence that its fiber passes can get 5 Mbps free. Among the potential new cities are:

– Atlanta, Georgia, including Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.

– Charlotte, North Carolina

– Nashville, Tennessee

– Salt Lake City, Utah

– San Antonio, Texas

– Phoenix, Arizona, including Scottsdale and Tempe

– Portland, Oregon, including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Lake Oswego and Tigard Raleigh

-Durham, North Carolina, including Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh

– San Jose, California, including Santa Clara, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto

Google Fiber is currently available in the two Kansas Cities and in Provo, Utah. It has said it will begin this year the deployment in Austin, TX of an all-fiber network, as has AT&T…Subscribe for the full story.



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