Cablevision took its first step into the wireless world Monday, by introducing a Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel, that its subscribers can get for $10 a month. But with its limited service--Wi-Fi works only where hotspots and wireless routers are available, and doesn't do handoffs the way cellular technology does--it's hardly a threat to incumbent carriers like AT&T.
As the Supreme Court's April 22 review of broadcasters' case against Aereo approaches, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of the embattled online video service, warned that the consequences of a finding for the broadcasters would have "chilling" consequences for consumers and the cloud services industry.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Aereo case, it's worth examining some of the ways the case could be resolved.
Roku owners who also subscribe to certain pay-TV providers will be able to access Disney's suite of WATCH apps through the streaming video device.
Intel is reportedly struggling to line up programming partners for its planned over-the-top TV service. The situation has apparently become so dire, the chip maker has sought help from technology companies that already have relationships with the media industry.
The Internet will become a battleground between a new breed of online video service delivery players and the old line guard of wireline telcos and cable operators, an Informa Telecoms & Media report, "Internet Innovation," contends.
As might have been expected, Google Fiber came out on top in the January ISP carrier rankings compiled and released by Netflix. The 1 Gbps service in Kansas City delivered average speeds of 3.02 Mbps for Netflix streams, far outdistancing second place Cablevision Optimum.
Time Warner Cable thinks Netflix is playing on an uneven field when it comes to its Open Connect private CDN, making it difficult for ISPs who do not partner with the streaming video provider to have access to new enhanced content.
News Corp.'s blackout of Cablevision in the New York and Philadelphia area has certainly caused some viewer consternation. Some three million of them have missed their favorite Fox programming like
The battle between Fox and Cablevision over retransmission fees is giving over-the-top video delivery a foot in the door and a spot on the stage in New York, the world's biggest media market. With no