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

Report: 25.2% of users have downloaded TV Everywhere app

While consumers are increasingly using tablets and smartphones to access video content, they're still not taking full advantage of their pay TV service provider's TV Everywhere offering, a pair of reports issued this week indicated.

Airline content provider Global Eagle ready to welcome Netflix aboard aircraft

Netflix might be on the verge of having a new way to expand its reach to international markets--via airlines traveling around the world.

Twitter acquires video streaming start-up Periscope

Twitter has purchased live video streaming startup Periscope for slightly less than $100 million, apparently putting Periscope in competition with Twitter's own Meerkat app.

Repercussions: DirecTV, Cox, Comcast work on responses to HBO Now

HBO stirred a hornet's nest with its announced plan to offer its standalone HBO Now service exclusively on Apple TV.

Apple-HBO deal challenges Amazon, Roku ... for now

HBO's decision to launch its standalone streaming video service, HBO Now, exclusively on Apple TV--with first availability in early April--has rearranged the streaming space by giving Apple exclusive rights to a premier content provider and leaving competing players Netflix, Amazon Prime and Roku to look on. For now.

Parks: Roku leads the pack as 10% of broadband households buy streaming media devices in 2014

Ten percent of U.S. households bought a streaming media device in 2014 with Roku the leading choice, a survey by Parks Associates says.

Cuban: Streaming video doesn't threaten cable TV

Billionaire entrepreneur and sports team owner Mark Cuban isn't all that impressed with streaming video as a competitor to cable TV. In fact, he takes issue with boasts that streaming services such as Netflix will soon dance on cable's grave, arguing instead that the two media need each other.

Nielsen: Traditional TV viewing slides as online streaming views go up

Nielsen's new Total Audience Report has confirmed a trend that most industry observers believe: Online video streaming viewing went up 60 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of this year while traditional television viewing dropped 4 percent during the same time period.

Pai raps Netflix for not joining Streaming Video Alliance

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has taken issue with what appears to be Netflix's contradictory stance on Internet fast lanes. Pai, in a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, chided the streaming video company for its "basic argument" that it believes in free and open Internet while at the same time installing "its own proprietary caching appliances throughout ISPs' networks as part of an Open Content program."

AOL spends $50M to buy online video management player Vidible

AOL will spend $50 million to purchase online video management company Vidible.