One year after launching a limited beta, NimbleTV
today announced that they've launched their live streaming TV service in the New York City market. New York residents can head here
to sign up for the service, which allows users to watch live TV on a variety of mobile devices and set tops. Apple's iOS smartphones and tablets, Roku boxes, Web-enabled TVs and browsers are all supported, though Android support is still in the works.
Unlike Aereo, NimbleTV is working in conjunction with the cable industry, offering existing cable subscribers access to the service for $4 to $7 a month (depending on how much DVR space you want), or non-cable subscribers access to channel and DVR space options ranging from $29.98 to $79.98.
For more detail you can check out their pricing and options for existing cable customers here
, and for non cable customers here
. The FAQ is here
Think of this essentially as a company trying to offer the "TV Everywhere" viewing experience the cable industry has long promised, but has failed to fully deliver
to many users. Whereas Aereo tried to bypass the cable industry by effectively leasing users access to OTA antennas, NimbleTV is effectively reselling cable TV access (FiOS, RCN, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable are supported) -- without the actual cable box.
Calculating the impact of shifting an entire industry to an a la carte TV pricing model is probably impossible, but that doesn't stop investment analysts Needham and Co. from trying. story continues..
For much of the last decade Seattle has explored the idea
of building their own ultra-fast broadband network. Much of that motivation was fueled by the sub-standard service provided in the region by regional telco Qwest (now CenturyLink), which in turn resulted in regional cable operator Comcast not working very hard.
For years story continues..
competitors have complained about AT&T and Verizon cornering the special access market, allowing them to jack up prices on competitors for backhaul and other cross connectivity. For just about as long, the FCC has stated they'd investigate
the potential anti-competitive ramifications, with nothing much coming of it.
Verizon this week once again put a nail in the coffin of any chance of FiOS expansion anytime soon -- if ever. "...There might be a couple of things on the fringe (but) going in and digging up yards and deploying fiber in a lot of new markets isn't in the cards," Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam told investors at this week's Annual Global Media & Communications Conference
. "More and more things are going mobile and I think there are more opportunities to partner out of market with companies that are there vs. us going in and deploying FiOS." Read: we'd prefer to partner with cable
so they sell our wireless service than deploy any more fixed-line broadband ourselves.
Last month AT&T and Verizon shareholders pressured the two companies into detailing their cooperation with the NSA
, arguing that their relationship with the agency harmed consumer trust, and therefore the companies as a whole. AT&T's response to those investors? It's none of your business. In a letter sent to investors this week
, AT&T stated that its dealings with the NSA were "ordinary business matters" not subject to shareholder approval, and that "protecting customer privacy is a management function" not involving shareholders. As such, AT&T says they'd prefer it if any mention of the NSA was excluded from the ballot for AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting next spring.
According to the New York Times
, the nation's largest TV provider and ISP (Comcast) has hired the nation's largest bank (JPMorgan Chase) to advise on a possible bid for Time Warner Cable. The deal, which could be worth upwards of $40 billion, likely wouldn't make it past regulators concerned with Comcast's growing vertical integration. Last week Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated he didn't think the current FCC would approve such a deal
, and sources have suggested that a joint bid between Charter and Comcast -- used as a way to ease regulatory concerns -- wasn't something Comcast executives were interested in.
Last week reports emerged
that the FCC was considering rule changes that would allow users to have cell phone conversations above 10,000 feet. The FCC responded to consumer complaints about the move by arguing they agency's job is to simply govern technology issues
, and with no evidence of interference, allowing voice calls now falls within the jurisdiction of the airlines and FAA. The FCC is expected to approve a notice of proposed rule-making relaxing in-flight cell phone voice calls on Thursday
, after which they'll be fielding consumer comments on the rule elimination.
The cable industry has historically tried to argue that cord cutters either don't exist or are so lame they aren't relevant
. That same industry, as it faces a very real trend of growing user defections, has now launched a strange new media campaign intended to change the mind of intended cord cutters.
Last Wednesday, the New York Public Service Commission ordered Verizon to provide the public with un-redacted cost information about providing phone service on Fire Island, New York. The directive denied Verizon’s request to be exempt from disclosing cost documents. story continues..
It was rather clear that Google TV landed with a bit of a thud, though it was made clearer when Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca in 2012 stated their launch of the Google TV powered Revue was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," and that Google's product was a glorified beta
Now reports indicate that Google is working hard on the next chapter of this effort, a new TV set top that will fall under the Nexus brand.
TDS Telecom has announced that the company is now offering speeds of 300 Mbps across the company's footprint in Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Minnesota. Though the company's press release
fails to mention price, users can expect to pay around $100 and up for the service depending what kind of additional services they're willing to bundle. The company announced they'd be expanding their fiber to the home offerings last July
, using a Google "fiberhood" approach to generate interest among potential communities. Locals interested to see where TDS has planned fiber upgrades should check out the companies expansion map here
. You can also check out our reader reviews of TDS Telecom here
In a blog post
, new FCC boss Tom Wheeler states that the agency will be postponing the planned June 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions until mid-2015. "Only when our software and systems are technically ready, user friendly, and thoroughly tested, will we start the auction,” stated Wheeler, so said the agency also wanted to further hammer out the rules for how the auction will be conducted. The incentive auctions aim to pay broadcasters as incentive to give up some of their lower frequencies, with the proceeds of the auction going toward construction of the FirstNet nationwide emergency LTE network.
Google, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft and other companies named as previously cooperating with the NSA's PRISM program
have launched a new campaign urging global governments to reform their surveillance practices, and are asking the United States to take the lead. A new Reform Government Surveillance
website will operate alongside ads placed in numerous papers calling for governments to begin designing rules for surveillance oversight, while being more transparent about what kind of data is being collected. Empty PR gesture to deflect attention from themselves, or a serious call for reform?
by Revcb 10:07AM Monday Dec 09 2013