Biography for Jim Barthold
Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, has been around the telecommunications space since advanced engineers used two tin cans and a string to communicate. A longtime freelance writer, he has worked over the years with General Instrument Corp. in public relations, Cable World, Telephony Magazine, Telecommunications Magazine, Communications Technology Magazine, CED Magazine and a few other publications that have nothing to do with cable TV, as well as a short stint as a senior analyst with NPD Connected Intelligence. An avid golfer, Barthold follows the advice of the professional staff at Running Deer Golf Club and keeps his day job. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and found on LinkedIn.
Articles by Jim Barthold
Frost & Sullivan has named AT&T U-verse TV the "2013 Video Company of the Year," marking a return to the top for the service which last won the award in 2009.
Data is becoming such a key element in a cable operator's subscriber pitch that more MSOs are starting to offer broadband-only options--a policy unthinkable only a few years ago in the video-centric industry. FierceCable editor Steve Donohue takes a close look at this trend.
Customers are satisfied with the pay TV product, but they are still unhappy with how they interface with the pay TV provider--on their websites or via their call centers. Why won't providers invest more into these key areas of their service?
IPTV and cloud-based services will play a bigger role in TiVo's business plans going forward, President and CEO Tom Rogers said during a first quarter earnings call with analysts.
Even as it awaits final approval of its pending Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft, Ericsson is getting some good news. TDS Telecom has said it's not only sticking with the IPTV platform but is updating it to give subscribers more features and control.
Singapore Telephone wants to expand its Mio pay TV service beyond the Singapore market as part of a change of focus--and direction--from voice to video that is following the transition from analog to digital TV.
As a whole, pay TV service providers don't meet customer expectations thanks to ongoing price hikes and reliability issues. And, in a twist of sorts, cable is seen as "an inferior mechanism for delivering television compared to fiber optics and satellite," according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index Information Sector for 2013.
AT&T is more than willing to build its own fiber network in Austin, Texas--as long as it gets the same terms the city is offering to Google for its vaunted 1 Gbps buildout.
It is remarkable that the United States still has no national broadband network. The idea has bubbled around like newt eyes in a witch's brew but it never gets progresses beyond PowerPoint slides before being packed away and carted to the next presentation.