Video streams on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service "nearly tripled" in the first quarter compared to the same period last year. The online giant touted new products in its earnings release, like Fire TV and its HBO content deal, while minimizing more worrisome aspects of its financials, like its spiraling expenses.
Infinera bucked the seasonal first-quarter optical industry decline trend, reporting that its first-quarter 2014 revenues were $142.8 million, up sequentially from $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $124.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.
I had a whole other column lined up today around Aereo and its first day at the Supreme Court, but then things started going off on the online video front like popcorn in an air popper.
Dish Network is diving into deeper OTT waters, announcing it will make its linear TV available over-the-top to subscribers by the end of June. The satellite provider hopes to be the first to sell a full package of live-streaming channels and is negotiating rights with several broadcasters and distributors.
AT&T is doubling down on fiber to the home (FTTH)-based service, announcing an initiative to expand its fiber network to up to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas.
The Supreme Court will weigh in on whether Aereo is violating copyright law by providing over-the-top streaming of broadcast channels through its antenna-DVR service, but regardless of what decision it makes, the appetite for online video will continue to grow.
ADTRAN reported that first-quarter 2014 revenues rose 3 percent year-over-year to $147 million, with lower U.S. sales offset by a 50 percent increase in international sales.
Aereo, the cloud antenna and DVR provider that has been the bane of broadcasters, will be available on Google's Chromecast streaming device beginning May 29. Subscribers in Aereo's active markets will be able to download its app in the Google Play store.
The National Association of Broadcasters' annual trade show has drawn some 98,000 people from every facet of the broadcast industry. But while the customary displays of cameras and broadcast equipment can be found throughout the venue, new market entrants and technological innovation are also evident.
INDA TEL, a cooperative middle mile provider, and unified communications (UC) operator ANPI have developed a strategic alliance to find ways to better extend next-gen services to rural areas that have been left largely underserved by larger service providers.