Many vendors are publicly embracing the open-source movement championed by telecoms such as AT&T, but some express doubt that proprietary technology will disappear. "If there are no vendors then every operator has to build its own system," Ericsson's Ulf Ewaldsson said.
Only a minority of internet of things projects get past the proof-of-concept stage, finds a Cisco study that also says just 26% of companies report completely successful IoT initiatives.
Google will be able to test its balloon-based Project Loon broadband system until mid-2020 now that the Federal Communications Commission has renewed the company's license to conduct trials in the project's base of Winnemucca, Nev., and at sites in Idaho, California and Utah.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Vice President of Advanced Technology Mark Aitken at a meeting last week offered to give away 1 million free Next Gen TV receiver chips to any smartphone manufacturer that would add them to its devices. Broadcasters will need to work with wireless carriers to create an effective business model for the Next Gen mobile initiative to be successful, said John Taylor of LG Electronics.
Radio is on a growth trajectory and is expected to see revenues of $23.8 billion in 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts. Despite competition from digital broadcast and podcasts, AM/FM radio remains the most popular medium in the country, with 91% of Americans age 12 or older tuning in weekly, Nielsen reports.
The Federal Communications Commission on May 18 opened the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the main studio rule, and comments show that broadcasters are still divided on the issue. Kaskaskia Broadcasting and Great Plain Media say the rule is outdated and imposes an unnecessary burden on stations, while Aurora Broadcasting opposes a blanket repeal of the rule, with company President Matthew Butler asserting that "maintaining local presence is essential to keeping local radio relevant amongst increasing competition."
Public broadcasting producer Al Vecchione passed away this week after a bout with lung cancer. Vecchione spent 20 years with NBC and was the first executive producer of "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report."
TV offers so many choices now that networks need to focus on bringing their viewers quality content and not just one popular show, says A&E and Lifetime General Manager Robert Sharenow. Consistency and "leaning into what your brand is best known for" are the keys to success, Sharenow says.
Verizon Communications will release the SmartHub, an integrated smart home interface and Wi-Fi hot spot, today for $200. The SmartHub includes its own LTE line, allowing connectivity to a range of devices, including laptops and phones, and offers an HD Voice call feature.
Facebook has signed deals with creators including ATTN, BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Group Nine Media to create original content for its upcoming video service, sources say. The social media network will reportedly focus on 20- to 30-minute scripted shows, as well as shorter-form episodes that last up to 10 minutes.