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Media outlets around the industry are picking up the news: There's a new expert joining CableLabs' impressive roster. As Multichannel News and others have reported, CableLabs today announced the hiring of Don Clarke, the long-time BT exec noted for his NFV and SDN expertise. As we've noted previously, NFV and SDN are major areas of focus across the cable industry. Welcome to the team, Don!
According to a report from Multichannel News, sales of Converged Cable Access Platform equipment rose 177% in the first quarter of 2014. The jump in sales may be a sign of MSOs building out next-generation architectures in preparation for all IP platforms. More on the numbers and what they might mean from Jeff Baumgartner.
TiVo, the DVR pioneer, set a record in the first quarter of 2014, adding 341,000 MSO subscribers. The boost pushes TiVo to over 4.5 million total subscribers. The great quarter seems to be following a trend across the industry, with some of the best numbers in years. For more on the numbers and TiVo, take a look at MultiChannel's report.
According to a report release by IHS Technology, shipments of 4K TVs rose sharply, from 384,000 units in February to 1.1 million in March. Shipments were most accelerated in China, where 4K/UHD has been enthusiastically received. More on the report from CED Magazine. Still trying to understand the difference between 4K and UHD? Read the CableLabs expert blog from Daryl Malas.
According to a recent report, U.S. pay-TV operators saw their best quarter in the last three years at the beginning of this year. U.S. multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) posted their best numbers since the first quarter of 2011. FierceCable breaks down the numbers here.
CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown talked to CED Magazine about our development of information models for the cable operator industry. The data information architecture seeks to integrate the different networks and systems into a common platform. See Ralph's quotes here, and reach more about Cable Information Architecture on our blog.
Mobile video streams are on the rise. Pay-TV subscribers are cutting their cords in droves. Right? Not so fast, says Nielsen. According to a new report from the respected agency, TV still leads the market in video viewership (not to mention ad spend) by a large margin. Based on third-quarter 2013 data, viewers spent, on average, 55.5 hours watching traditional TV versus nearly 15 hours on time-shifted TV; 34 hours using mobile-web or an app on a smartphone; and about 28 hours via internet on a computer in the quarter last year. More on the report and deeper numbers from MediaPost.
Connected cars (something CableLabs has researched) seem to be an inevitable addition to the Internet of Things, and Chevy is hoping to lead the trend. OnStar (yes, that OnStar) will be offering 4G LTE connectivity to some 30 General Motors vehicles, starting next month with the Chevy Malibu. OnStar will offer a subscription package for the data, which will allow drivers and passengers to stream music, play videogames, and surf the Internet. More on the new option and pricing from Re/Code.
According to a new report from the NCTA, the nation’s top nine incumbent cable operators have deployed more than 47 million MSO-supplied set-tops with CableCARDs. That number is up from 45 million reported earlier this year. For more on the numbers and what they might mean, take a look at Jeff Baumgartner's breakdown on MultiChannel News.