Access and Entertainment

The BroadbandTV Event , co-located with the FTTH Connect, was where Tier two and three providers of fiber broadband internet service came to learn about content. I was privileged enough to moderate a panel on the Evolution of OTT with Robert Saunders (President & co-founder of Skitter TV) , Chris Lavin (CTO of ONE CONNXT), and Chris Beatson (CTO of NeoNova Networks). Millennials are always brought up in any discussion about over-the-top video services, and...
It seems that everyone is talking about security nowadays. Each week, news stories present headlines of new breaches or, more troubling, breaches that happened months or years ago that were only recently discovered. In the past two weeks alone, security-related stories ran regarding recognizable brands and government organizations, such as Morgan Stanley , LinkedIn , Myspace , and school districts in New Hampshire and Colorado . Each story underscores the scope of the...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jun. 27, 2016
Tags: OTT, pay TV, privacy, security

As gigabit-speed broadband offerings emerge in a market, a portion of operators are unable to easily follow competitors to very-high-speed offerings due to capital constraints, existing infrastructure, or other considerations. Those companies that cannot easily match the speeds offered by rivals face a difficult competitive challenge. Even those operators that can expand into gigabit-speed services will have to be selective in their deployments, will have portions of their physical...
Broadband services remain a key driving force in global productivity and communication. Businesses, governments, and individuals continue to rely upon the quality and dependability of high-speed data services in order to inform, educate, interact, and entertain. New generations of connected products and Internet-based services enter the market with a core assumption that high-speed data connections are easily and readily available—an assumption that is generally true for most...
 

According to Parks Associates research , 9% of U.S. broadband households switched broadband service providers in the last 12 months; almost 1/4 of these households did so in order to obtain faster service at a comparable price. This week, AT&T announced that it would be upgrading its U-verse home Internet plans with additional service options, including a plan with unlimited data. The upgrades will begin in May and all current U-verse home Internet customers will...
Today, 59% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service. Two-thirds of broadband households own a connected entertainment device, and more than one-quarter own a streaming media player. 2015 saw key trends in the connected entertainment world, trends that will continue to affect the industry in 2016. As the new year progresses, players in the global market will face new opportunities and challenges. Parks Associates and Lynx Technology recently partnered...

According to a Reuters report published this week, Spain-based media giant Telefonica SA is considering the possible purchase of AT&T's Latin American assets. The assets include cable and satellite TV operations in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, as well as several other counties that were part of AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. According to Parks Associates research , over 1.6 billion households worldwide will subscribe to a pay-TV service by...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 20, 2016
Tags: latin america, operator, pay TV
The balance of power in broadband market share is set to change in the U.S. market. Thanks to continued consolidation among U.S. operators, the face of competition in the U.S. market is set to change substantially within the next year. After bidding for Bright House Networks, Charter Communications elected to purchase Time Warner Cable following its failed merger with market leader Comcast. This combined company will become the second largest broadband provider in the U.S. market. At...
 


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