AT&T's U-verse TV service, under a new long-term agreement with Walt Disney Co., will be offering new channels including ESPN 3D, Disney Junior and the forthcoming ABC News-Univision news and lifestyle network. Under the pact, U-verse customers also will be able to view additional on-demand material from ABC, Disney and ESPN networks, as well as stream ESPN3 on desktops, laptops, tablets and game consoles.
The fourth-quarter earnings outlook for IT companies isn't encouraging, analysts say, with a projection of a 1.1% overall decrease compared with the year before. Chipmakers are expected to be a big part of the decrease, analysts say.
Juniper Networks officials say the company's approach on software-defined networking will help it grab part of what analysts predict will be a $3.7 billion market by 2016. The company also plans to enhance its partner program for the cloud and services.
The cloud has been a boon for VoIP vendors, and combined, the two technologies are creating a robust hardware-sales opportunity, Laura Stotler writes. However, there are challenges tied to regulatory compliance, customer demands and service expectations, Stotler writes.
The growth of the smart-electricity industry is benefiting software and services firms that help build and manage smart-grid deployments, a study by Pike Research says. The research firm estimates that the IT services and software market saw 20% growth between 2011 and 2012.