FCC Says Set-Top Monopoly is a Big Issue; Consumers Might Not Care

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves towards requiring third party supply of decoders used to receive linear TV programming, a survey by Leichtman Research suggests consumers do not care too much about renting decoders. “Pay-TV subscribers tend to express little enmity toward set-top boxes,” Leichtman Research suggests. Some 20 percent of respondents to a Leichtman Research poll agree that  “set-top boxes from TV companies are a waste of money.” On the other hand, 44 percent of respondents disagree with the statement. About 42 percent of respondents agree that set-top boxes from TV companies provide features that add value to the TV service

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Cable STBs have become power hogs

Cable set-top boxes (STB) may be the gateway of the consumer's viewing experience, but they are the home's second largest consumer of energy.

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Google Selling Motorola Mobility

Google says it is

Google Selling Motorola Mobility

Google says it is

CenturyLink patent proposes using set top box for home monitoring

CenturyLink has applied for a patent with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that proposes providing home monitoring using a customer's existing set top box. The telco said that its invention is intended to simplify home security for consumers.

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Are Verizon’s M&A moves hindering its DVR rollouts?

Verizon may have grand plans for its six-tuner DVR that it announced in late 2011, but today it's unclear when that device will be deployed in customers' homes.

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HickoryTech employs Amino set-tops for its IPTV service

HickoryTech, an independent telco serving customers in the upper Midwest, has added Amino's HD set-top boxes to its IPTV delivery toolkit.

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Counting down the top 10 connected TV interfaces

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Counting down the top 10 connected TV interfaces

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Counting down the top 10 set-top boxes

Just as the SCTE Cable Tec Expo 2012 gets underway this week, FierceCable is taking a look at the top 10 set-top boxes (STBs). Although a number of industry watchers think that the end of the set-top box is near, it's clear that these devices still have plenty of life left in them. In this new slideshow, Editor Steve Donohue examines new STBs for cable operators, satellite and IPTV providers, including Comcast ( Nasdaq: CMCSA ), Google ( Nasdaq: GOOG ), AT&T ( NYSE: T ), DirecTV ( Nasdaq: DTV ) and Dish Network ( Nasdaq: DISH ). Read more

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Service Providers to Challenge Game Console Market

AT&T, Verizon Communications, Time Warner Cable Inc., Comcast and Cox Communications are gearing up for a push to deliver video games directly to televisions,

Week in research: Cable STBs see growth in APAC; Service provider security spending climbs

Cable STBs make big splash in Asia: Strong demand for digital cable set top boxes in Asia drove growth in the cable STB market segment in 2011, reports In-Stat. However, in North America the picture is less rosy: STB sales are decreasing as more subscribers drop their cable-based video service and cable MSOs tighten their capex budgets. While global digital STB unit shipments were down 1 percent, they will surpass the 55 million mark. Likewise, total digital cable STB product revenues were projected to reach $6.5 billion in 2011. Motorola Mobility ( NYSE: MMI ) and Cisco ( Nasdaq: CSCO ) retained leadership as the top two digital STB vendors

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Dish’s Blockbuster Movie Pass is no Netflix Killer

Though there had been some speculation that Dish Network might position its Blockbuster assets in a way that challenges Netflix, Dish Network has taken more of a “TV Everywhere” approach, unveiling Blockbuster Movie Pass as a complement to its linear video service. That might happen some day, but for the moment, Movie Pass is strictly tied to the satellite operator’s subscription video service. Movie Pass will provide its subscribers access to more than 100,000 DVD titles and 4,000 streaming titles at a cost of $10 a month.

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Google’s Motorola deal could save TV efforts

Web giant Google ( Nasdaq: GOOG ) this morning announced a $12.5 billion agreement to acquire Motorola Mobility ( NYSE: MMI ), a move seen as both an effort to pile up intellectual property at a time when patent wars could threaten the progress of Google’s Android, and a surprisingly aggressive foray by Google into a handset manufacturing business it has only supported thus far through partnerships. Larry Page, Google CEO: “Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem” (Screencap: Google 2011 annual stockholders meeting) The patent play and the potentially thorny competitive issues that could arise with Google’s existing Android handset partners are getting most of the attention today, but the part of Motorola Mobility that could prove to be a real game-saver for Google in another market is being overlooked. If the deal goes through, Google will gain a major position in the set-top box business that ultimately could save its Google TV platform from further ignominy and embarrassment. With this deal, Google could in one fell swoop join the ranks of Cisco Systems and other major set-top box players, and have access to a stable of video technologies and software expertise that Motorola has acquired over the last decade or so. That couldn’t be better news for a company that rules the Internet and has found rapid success in the mobile industry, but is in danger of becoming a fast flop in the TV sector.

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Skitter rolls out its own hybrid set-top box

The Skitter Box initially will be distributed only through service providers that are using the Skitter.TV platform, though the vendor said its platform will still be open to set-top boxes from other manufacturers

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KPN renews IPTV contract with Nokia Siemens Networks

KPN is set on enhancing its TV and multimedia entertainment portfolio for its broadband customer base, so it’s turning again to its partner Nokia Siemens Networks for assistance. Since 2006, NSN has been supplying KPN with its iTV platform to help it deliver TV services, including enhanced applications such as high definition TV, video on demand (VoD) and the ability to pause, record or rewind live TV programs. By deploying NSN’s new iTV solution, which includes its Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform client, will enable KPN to develop new TV streaming applications. Included in the contract extension will run until 2012, NSN will provide KPN with a soup to nuts set of IPTV elements, including middleware, encoders, VoD, encryption, set-top boxes and PC clients. This latest agreement to expand its IPTV capabilities will dovetail nicely with KPN’s aggressive Fiber to the X plans

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Pirelli wants out of the broadband business

Pirelli has come to the conclusion that it would be better off selling, not broadband access products. This has driven the Italian company to shop its broadband division to potential buyers. The move by Europe’s third-largest tire maker to sell its broadband unit–which sells STBs and home/business network gateways–is part of a broader company reorganization effort to make tires its main focus. Although Pirelli’s Chairman Tronchetti Provera would not reveal any potential buyers of the unit, he did say that the company has received five offers thus far

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Motorola Seeks to Sell Set-Top Unit

Motorola is looking for buyers for the part of its business that makes cable television set-top boxes, and is seeking about $4.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reports. For anybody who has been in the cable TV industry any length of time, the potential sale brings back memories of a company headquarters in Hatboro, Penn.

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