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Image by stevencko via Flickr The FCC is addressing the failure of CableCARD’s in its National Broadband Plan that takes further steps to encourage development of the Home Gateway, a device in which consumers can easily and seamlessly access video programming from all distributors. In a proposed Network Gateway-NOI and CableCARD NPRM, the commission is seeking input on how to best rework the CableCARD rules to make Set-Top-Boxes more universal in nature and easier for consumers to connect and network throughout the home to any video provider offerings.  The question remains; is the FCC suited to take on another attempt to create competition within the Set-Top-Box market? Or should it leave this to market forces? A Universal Provider Gateway Concept could be flawed Most, if not all video providers want control of the user experience in their Set-Top-boxes, or proposed... (more)

US Broadband Olympic Access Creates Dichotomy of Demand

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News | Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets If you are not a Comcast subscriber and live in the US, beware of exclusive rights negotiated by NBCU through the IOC, (International Olympic Committee) for Olympic coverage. You may be out of luck seeking broadband Olympic access. If not a Comcast customer, you’re left out of feeds associated with Comcast’s Xfinity on broadband and must either subscribe to a broadband service negotiated through Comcast, or watch NBC delayed coverage on a cable TV channel with another service provider. Those a... (more)

Devices Dominate Shift in Traditional Content Consumption

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News | Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets Consumer quest for video content continues to grow and traditional TV viewing continues to dominate that landscape, although a shift in viewing preferences is evident. It is understandable, according to the latest Nielsen survey, Cross-Platform Report that consumers from all demographics, including age, are using a wide variety of devices and programming resources to get their content fix. The study indicates a device/time-shift in viewing access and habits, that is, multifaceted devices are f... (more)

Sprint – Softbank Deal: Analysis Reveals Mobile Industry Shake-Up

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets Softbank (TSE: 9984) must feel confident enough in the strength of its 70% stake in Sprint (NYSE: S) by offering $20.1 Billion to eliminate any doubt of industry analysts that the deal is not solid. Both Sprint shareholders and the company are winners both in the short and long-term. On a larger note the deal reveals a mobile industry shake-up for AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ). They now have a hefty competitor with capital infusion allowing the continuance of a 4G-LTE upgrade/build-out w... (more)

Leverage: Sprint Softbank Japan and Sumo vs Judo

BROADBAND CONVERGENT - Industry News Broadband-Cable-Mobile-Wireless-Telecom Markets You’ve probably seen the 20+ billion dollar deal that will leave Softbank of Japan owning 70 percent of U.S. telco Sprint. There are layers upon layers of rationale for any deal of that size, but here are some of the common themes. Leverage: • Yen to dollar exchange rate is shockingly close to a 10-year low • Corporate tax rate in Japan is quite high • Bank of Japan prime lending rate is between 0.0 and 0.1 percent • Japan networks and mobile user behavior is very advanced … [visit site to read more... (more)