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A new study by NetNames commissioned by Comcast NBC Universal released this week
tries to get a handle on the global scope of online piracy. According to the study, some 432 million people engaged in copyright infringement during January of this year in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific alone.
Collectively, those people consumed some 9,567 petabytes per month in 2012, the majority of that traffic occurring via BitTorrent. Granted, you have to dig deep into the study before they tell you that 432 million people is a little less than 29% of all Internet users that month, or that the researchers considered a pirate to be anyone "who downloaded or viewed at least one piece of infringing content" (page 80
Both realizations dull the study's dramatic tone substantially.
Something else unlikely to be cherry picked by study funder NBC is the fact that the study repeatedly shows that improving access to "better authorized offerings" does appear to be the best medicine for piracy, as the snapshot to the left attests.
The report notes that cyberlocker use dropped 8% between November 2011 and January 2013 -- in large part due to the shutdown of MegaUpload. However, during that same period the number of pirates using BitTorrent and online video streaming platforms increased by 27% and 22%, respectively.
by Revcb 06:41PM Wednesday Dec 14 2011
Back in May we noted
that Verizon was at least considering offering a FiOS branded Internet video service to users outside of the traditional FiOS footprint. Now Reuters
has scooped the news that Verizon is currently in talks with broadcasters to offer the service, which Verizon hopes will directly compete with Netflix.
by Revcb 07:12PM Wednesday Aug 24 2011
Soon to be merged with CenturyLink, Qwest wasn't much on the idea of getting into the TV business, repeatedly insisting
they supported the idea of an "over the top" solution. Granted that was partially because Qwest spent the last few years shopping itself around, and made debt reduction its first priority.
Microsoft's already fairly well positioned for broadband video, thanks to their Xbox 360 game console -- which in addition to having a growing array of broadband video options (rentals, Netflix, PC-to-living room streaming, and soon Hulu) is now being used as an IPTV set top by AT&T and Telus
. According to Reuters
, Microsoft's now also in talks with media companies over licensing for a subscription TV service that would most likely be delivered over the Xbox 360.
by Revcb 08:16AM Thursday Sep 30 2010
by Revcb 08:14AM Thursday Sep 23 2010
For several years AT&T and Microsoft have hinted at the ability to use an Xbox 360 as your IPTV set top, but the offering never seems to materialize. That may be changing soon, according to a tipster writing to Engadget
, who notes that Xbox 360 support references have popped up in AT&T's U-Verse support database. According to the tipster, 360 IPTV functionality is being tested internally with friends and family of AT&T employees, and is "likely only a couple of months away at this point." Last month Canadian telco Telus announced
360 support for their IPTV service, though it required a personal tech visit, and that users already own an HD-DVR.
by Revcb 09:19AM Thursday Sep 02 2010
AT&T continues to try and expand U-Verse TV functionality in order to lure cable subscribers -- and is doing a decent job of it so far, last quarter adding 209,000 U-verse TV subscribers to bring their total served to 2.5 million. This week the company reached out to Broadband Reports to note they're expanding U-Verse TV functionality with the launch of "Chicago Cubs Multiview," which according to the company's press statement
, allows users to watch their favorite team lose from a myriad of new angles. The functionality is made possible thanks to IPTV, with users able to watch the game from four positions (above home plate, third base, first base and center field.)
AT&T recently put on a demonstration to bloggers and the press of some of the functionality they're toying with in regards to their U-Verse TV platform. Insisting the capacity constraints
of their their fiber-to-the-node architecture won't be a problem, the company showed off a number of new tricks made possible by their IPTV platform -- including an augmented reality project
(somewhat like Microsoft's Project Natal) that would allow AT&T users to control devices with physical movements. "This is no more taxing [on the home's bandwidth] than playing World of Warcraft," says Lee Friedman, director of emerging technologies and solutions at AT&T Labs. No word on when/if this product will reach consumers.
Time Warner Cable is conducting trials of Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform
, which also sits at the heart of several other IPTV efforts -- including AT&T's U-Verse and Surewest's IPTV service. It's not clear when Time Warner Cable will conduct the trial -- or make a move toward an actual deployment -- though more details could be unveiled at The Cable Show next week in Los Angeles. The shift toward IPTV will ultimately allow cable operators to offer more complex interactive services tied to a variety of devices (and of course more complex and interactive advertising).
Earlier this month we told you how
Bell Canada was now offering a VDSL-based "Fibe" broadband service, which is bundled with IPTV service like AT&T U-Verse here in the States. According to the CBC
, Bell is now embracing "a la carte" pricing, where users can pay only for the channels they like.
AT&T has announced their fourth quarter earnings
, indicating that they saw $3.02 billion in net income on the quarter, up from $2.4 billion last year. As with Verizon, wireless growth continues to explode, the carrier adding 2.7 million wireless subscribers on the quarter, bringing AT&T's wireless subscriber total to 85.1 million.
Sacramento-based SureWest Communications offers consumers a mix of fiber to the home service and ADSL2+. In some fiber to the home territories, customers can get speeds up to 50 Mbps. story continues..
Like most cable companies, Cox Communications likes to pretend that core fiber is the same thing as last mile fiber when marketing cable broadband to customers
. But Cox has actually been exploring fiber to the home for several years
, and has been deploying the technology in higher end developments. Last week saw Cox's first ever deal to provide IPTV service
in Las Vegas, where two 10-Gigabit fiber-optic circuits will feed a development of residences, casinos and other entertainment complexes -- located between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts in on the Vegas Strip. Interested in Cox FTTH and IPTV at your home? You might be left waiting for a while. The company is however ramping up the deployment of their DOCSIS 3.0 50/5 Mbps coaxial service
, which still provides more than enough speed for most users.
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