APAC, Broadband
APAC to add half a billion digital HH by 2020; pay-TV revenues to double
Mar 18 2014 9:00 AM

Digital TV service will become nearly ubiquitous in the Asia Pacific region by 2020, with nearly 98% of TV households receiving some sort of digital service, a new report says.

Much of that growth will come in the form of pay-TV services, which will drive pay-TV revenues to nearly double their 2010 figure, said the report from Digital TV Research, “Digital TV Asia Pacific Forecast.”

Online Video, Pay TV, Broadband
Google Fiber expands KC deployment, offers some areas a 2nd chance
Mar 12 2014 9:00 AM

Google Fiber is continuing to expand its 1 Gigabit Internet and pay-TV service to more areas around Kansas City, offering residents of Kansas City, north, Grandview, Raytown and Gladstone the chance to sign up over the next several weeks.

As in the past, Google has clustered homes across the KC area into small groupings called ”fiberhoods,” each with a goal for a certain number of homes to sign up for Google Fiber.

Broadband, Online Video
Americans say Internet would be harder to give up than television
Mar 03 2014 8:00 AM

Get out the birthday candles; the Web turns 25 on March 12 and it’s harder to give up than, well, just about anything, including TV.

Pew said its national survey found more than half (53%) of U.S. Internet users said they would find it “very hard” to give up the Internet, compared to just 35% of adults who said TV would be “very hard” to break up with.

Not surprisingly, among 18-29 year olds, only 12% said it would be very hand to give up TV.

Pay TV, Broadband
TWC joins the crowd, turns up Internet speeds in Austin
Feb 21 2014 8:00 AM

On the heels of Google Fiber’s expansion announcement, Time Warner Cable today said it would begin offering a 300 Mbps service in Austin, Texas, which already is seeing 1 Gigabit service being deployed by AT&T and is on Google’s to-do list for deployment.

TWC said its current 50 Mbps “Ultimate” tier, would be bumped to 300 Mbps; AT&T already is offering a 300 Mbps service over fiber in Austin.

Online Video, Pay TV, Broadband
Google Fiber weighs expansion to 34 US cities; Wall Street takes note
Feb 19 2014 8:00 AM

Google is expanding its Google Fiber initiative, starting early discussions with 34 cities in nine metro areas across the United States, likely unsettling some tummies in the cable industry in the process.

The technology – that just more than a year ago was dismissed by many as “an experiment” by Google that was too expensive to deploy on a broad scale – already has been deployed in Kansas City, Provo, Utah and is scheduled to deploy in Austin, Texas.

Online Video, Broadband
FCC eyes summer release of new Net Neutrality rules: Let the games begin!
Feb 19 2014 8:00 AM

The Federal Communications Commission is planning to write a new set of net neutrality rules aimed at keeping the Internet playing field as level as possible.

The agency has apparently decided it’s more efficient – and cheaper – to craft new regulations rather than trying to engage in a protracted court battle to reinstate the original net neutrality rules that a Federal appeals court shot down last month.

Broadband, Connected TVs & Devices
Survey: 60% of U.S. broadband households have connected TV to the Web
Feb 13 2014 8:00 AM

Nearly two-thirds of broadband households in the U.S. have at least one TV that’s Internet ready – and is actually connected.

"Though broadband diffusion may be slowing as the market matures, the expansion of broadband-connected TVs continues at rapid clip, up 19% in the last year," said Michael Greeson, president and director of research for The Diffusion Group.

1 Gigabit Internet? Stay tuned, 10 Gig is on the way
Feb 13 2014 8:00 AM

Even as it continues to roll out symmetrical 1 Gigabit Internet in its Kansas City Google Fiber deployment, the company is working to refine technology that will deliver 10 Gigabit Internet speeds, according to published reports.

At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference yesterday, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said the company is working to make the technology available within the next three years.

Online Video Advertising, Broadband
Local broadcasters press Nielsen to dump Broadband-only TV tracking
Feb 12 2014 8:00 AM

Audience measurement company Nielsen’s motto is “What people watch, what people buy.” It needs, somewhere in there, to add an asterisk.

The company today said it was backing away from announced plans to include broadband-only households in its local TV rating service, a retreat prompted by demands from some of those same local TV stations.

The ratings company is blaming “technical issues,” according to Variety, which talked with SVP of analytics Pat McDonough.

LatAM, Pay TV, Online Video, Broadband
Free TVs instead of STBs to speed Mexico’s digital transition? Maybe
Feb 10 2014 8:00 AM

With Mexico getting closer to its self-imposed deadline to go all-digital, the government is weighing distributing TV sets rather than set-top boxes to speed the process along.

A published report said the Mexican Transport and Communications Secretary (SCT) might opt to distribute 24-inch digital TV sets to low income families instead of set-top boxes to facilitate a faster switch over.

LatAM, Broadband
Mobile drives broadband growth in Brazil; high-speed Internet access increases
Feb 04 2014 8:00 AM

Nearly 40% of Brazil’s urban households now are hooked into high-speed Internet, with 2 million new broadband subscribers in 2013, a new report from the Brazilian Telecommunications Association (Telebrasil) shows.

That’s just one takeout from the report, which also showed the nation’s broadband subscribers in 2013 overall increased by more than half (55%), reaching more than 133.7 million consumers, with 47.7 million users signing up last year.

APAC, Connected TVs & Devices, Broadband
PLDT opts for TVolution STB to access Internet TV
Feb 03 2014 8:00 AM

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), one of the largest telcos in the region, is deploying a plug-and-play device, TVolution, which allows subscribers to stream Internet content through their television sets.