Verizon is struggling to complete deals for the debut of its new online TV service, according to published reports. As a result, the launch has been pushed back from this summer to fall, or even later.
Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported that Verizon was having difficulties getting broadcasters to sign off on deals for its new online TV service. In order to compete with the likes of Hulu, YouTube, CBS, ESPN and DirecTV, Verizon was seeking licensing deals for dozens of channels from broadcasters, according to Bloomberg.
Bloomberg reported in March that Verizon had planned on launching the streaming service in late September.
Bloomberg said that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was still sorting out its business plan for the new online TV service, including the development of technology, pricing and programming mixes. As a result, media companies are reluctant to do licensing deals with Verizon.
Verizon's efforts to strike licensing deals have also been compromised by the exit of several key executives from its media division.
Over the years, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has faced similar resistance from broadcasters that wanted to maintain more control over their video content.
10/16/2017 Huawei Network Transformation SeminarThe adoption of virtualization technology and cloud architectures by telecom network operators is now well underway but there is still a long way to go before the transition to an era of Network Functions Cloudification (NFC) is complete.
In this Telco Transformation radio show, IHS Markit's Michael Howard will talk about the network domains that carriers are targeting for SDN, the top SDN services that are driving revenues and the deployment barriers this year. Howard will also address whether carriers are embracing open source or using vendor-specific implementations.
MEF is working to define, deliver, and certify dynamic communications services that are orchestrated across a global ecosystem of automated, virtualized and interconnected networks. In this radio show, MEF CTO Pascal Menezes talks about the challenges and the solutions that his organization is working on and provides a preview of the MEF17 conference in November.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is a key component of services providers' virtualization game plans and AT&T and Level 3 Communications have been at the forefront of its adoption.
In this webinar, Andrew Dugan, CTO of Level 3 Communications, and Amy Wheelus, Vice President of Cloud and D2 Platform Integration at AT&T, will discuss how their companies have leveraged SDN within their networks, services and applications. Some of the key areas that will be covered include:
Automation, APIs and lifecycle service orchestration
The continued evolution of SDN-based solutions and SDN in networks, including SD-WAN, dynamic cloud connections and scalable Ethernet and security solutions.