Jim Barthold

Biography for Jim Barthold

Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, has been around the telecommunications space since advanced engineers used two tin cans and a string to communicate. A longtime freelance writer, he has worked over the years with General Instrument Corp. in public relations, Cable World, Telephony Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Communications Technology Magazine, CED Magazine and a few other publications that have nothing to do with cable TV, as well as a short stint as a senior analyst with NPD Connected Intelligence. An avid golfer, Barthold follows the advice of the professional staff at Running Deer Golf Club and keeps his day job. He can be reached at jbarthold@fiercemarkets.com and found on LinkedIn.

Articles by Jim Barthold

New York Times makes online video free

News stories in the written word--whether online or on paper--will still come at a premium, but all video content and apps on NYTimes.com will be free to any visitors to the site, the New York Times has announced.

Viggle taps into newly engaged TV audience

For Viggle, it's not about being a rewards app or a social media app or even a way for networks and programmers to track their audiences. President-COO Greg Consiglio explains why and where the company is going in a question-and-answer session with FierceIPTV editor Jim Barthold.

Online video viewing up 20.3% in 2012

The digital video viewing audience grew 20.3 percent in 2012, topping the 500 billion view mark (actually 511 billion views) across both professionally produced and user-generated content (UGC) spaces, according to AccuStream Research.

Provo approves sale of iProvo to Google Fiber for $1

The seven-member Provo, Utah, City Council has put its unanimous stamp of approval on a deal that transfers its iProvo fiber optic network to Google Fiber for $1, paving the way for Google's third gigabit Internet community following the Kansas City "fiberhoods" and Austin, Texas.

Guggenheim hired to advise on Hulu sale

Hulu has hired Guggenheim Partners to offer advice on a potential sale at the same time that the financial services company is reportedly considering its own bid, three sources told Reuters.

EzyFlix.tv hoping to shake up Aussie pay TV market

Online DVD sales company EzyDVD is getting into digital streaming in a move that it hopes will shake up the Australian pay TV business. According to a story on the Australian website mUmBRELLA, EzyDVD's parent company, Access Digital Entertainment, will launch the new online service, EzyFlix.tv, as one of the first in Australia to use the UltraViolet system that gives customers access to a digital locker from which they can share purchased content with up to five others.

Netflix adds 2.03M subscribers, sees shares surge

Developing original programming was a good gamble for Netflix according to the company's first quarter earnings, which credited shows like "House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" for a subscriber growth spurt of 2.03 million customers and a subsequent share value surge of 24 percent. The streaming services company posted a net income of $3 million in the first quarter versus a loss of $5 million a year ago.

Speed thrills but pricing kills when it comes to broadband

The attraction of broadband has gone beyond the need for speed to the need for speed at the right price, according to an in-depth look at the matter by FierceTelecom.

Research: Almost half of viewers watch the entire online video ad

For whatever reason, online video ads are being watched pretty thoroughly nowadays, with almost half of all viewers watching the entire ad, according to data compiled by media ad production company Celtra and reported by Rapid TV News.

TVs need better second screen interface, says Google exec

Second screen interfaces on connected TVs should mimic what users are getting on their smartphones, George Panayotopoulos, Google's industry manager for entertainment sales, said at the PEVE Entertainment conference in London. There is a dual-edged sword involved here. Many users--especially young ones--are moving away from TVs altogether, which leads to something of a conundrum when determining which TVs should look more like mobile devices when those devices are already replacing the TVs.