Sprint & Verizon: This Note's Not for You (Yet)
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Sprint & Verizon: This Note's Not for You (Yet)
The second version of Samsung Corp. 's popular Galaxy Note 2 tablet-cum-smartphone appears to have once again shut out U.S. CDMA carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S).Samsung has unveiled the specifications of its second version of the so-called "phablet." These include a 5.5-inch display, an upgraded pen-based input and High-Speed Packet Access-plus (HSPA+) and Long Term Evolution (LTE) support, but no mention of 3G CDMA.Today's 4G LTE devices still need to support the 3G technology used by each carrier so that they can switch between 4G and 3G for voice calls and when out of range of an LTE network. So without a provision for 3G CDMA, Verizon and Sprint aren't getting the Note 2 yet.Why this mattersSamsung has sold 10 million of the original Note devices worldwide via carrier partners like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and T-Mobile USA . Verizon and its smaller CDMA rival will still have to wait for this popular, data-hungry device on their networks. The original Note is still a GSM-only device.
Burnt Ciena: Optical Stock Falls After a Tough Quarter
shares were down $3.26 to (19.56 percent) to $13.46 at 4:00 p.m. EDT today on news that being a supplier of optical systems to service providers is almost as thankless as being a components supplier.That realization, though not really uttered by executives, seemed to be implied by investors as they reacted to the company's numbers and its lowered revenue expectations.The vendor reported a fiscal third quarter net loss of $29.8 million, or $0.30 a share, on revenues of $474.1 million. "We are experiencing the effects of ongoing macroeconomic challenges and slower than expected rollouts of new design wins," CEO Gary Smith said. He said some other stuff, too, but investors were too busy clacking their keyboards and selling shares to hear him.Ciena expects its fiscal fourth quarter to yield revenues in the range of $455 million to $480 million. Wall Street analysts were expecting revenues of $499 million in the fourth quarter. Clack, clack, clack, clack.After noting weak packet optical transport gear sales for the quarter, Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold, in a note to clients, wrote: "Also, pricing remains intense and our checks have suggested that aggressive pricing has crept into the 100Gbit/s market along with other product categories."Indeed, even the highest end of the optical networking space is slipping down market. Next thing you know we'll have long-haul DWDM systems adorned with fuzzy dice and those damned Evergreen air fresheners.And then there's Ciena's balance sheet, which CLACK, CLACK, CLACK, CLACK ... Oh, never mind.Here are some previous Ciena financial announcements and stories. If you see the word "profit" it's probably a typo:Ciena Marks $28M Q2 LossCiena Posts Slimmer Q1 LossIs Ciena's Miss a Cause for Panic?Ciena Reports Full-Year Loss
HBO, Netflix Set for OTT Video Clash
HBO and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) will soon lock horns in the Nordic region as HBO takes the unprecedented step of offering a standalone, over-the-top subscription streaming service in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in mid-October. HBO Nordic, a joint venture of HBO Inc. and Parsifal International, will also pitch HBO's traditional subscription service and TV Everywhere platform to the area's pay-TV operators, but expects its streaming-only service to sell for less than €10 (US$12.58) per month. The Nordic offering will provide access to new episodes from HBO originals, as well as all past seasons, and subtitle them in the local language. While HBO gets ready to test the waters on this distribution model as it enters a new market, the premium programmer has so far resisted the urge to offer a standalone, direct-to-consumer OTT service in the U.S., where it's still highly reliant on its MSO relationships.
Word of HBO's entry into those countries caused Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to take a jab via Facebook: "Excited to see HBO join us in offering standalone streaming service in Scandinavia. ... What about the USA? We thought the first match-up would be in Albania." Hastings is talking some trash because his company's preparing to launch its streaming service in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland before the end of 2012. (See Netflix Adds European Targets .)Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will show off a Docsis 3.0 modem prototype at next week's IBC show in Amsterdam that can bond 24 downstream channels and leverage the full "media gateway" configuration of Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC)'s new Puma6 chipset, the company tells Light Reading Cable. Hitron Technologies Inc. is the only D3 modem vendor so far to introduce a device that uses the full capabilities of the Puma6, which puts cable within shouting distance of a (shared) 1Gbit/s downstream pipe. Arris won't say when it plans to release its first 24-channel modem, but the vendor has already unveiled a data/voice gateway, the TG1652, that uses a Puma 6 with a 16-channel downstream. (See Intel's New Docsis 3.0 Chip Guns for 1-Gig .)
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will shut down its TV AdWords business in the "next few months," reasoning that video distribution is spreading to a wide range of devices. Google will instead amp up its efforts involving more Internet-centric clients, including Web publishers and corporate cousin YouTube Inc. . As for the boob tube itself, Google says it still sees some opportunities coming via way of its Google TV platform. Google TV Ads in AdWords launched in 2007, and did manage to sign on several partners, including Dish Network Corp. (Nasdaq: DISH), Cox Media, DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Suddenlink Communications and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), among others.
There were some scary moments Wednesday at Charter Communications Inc. 's St. Louis headquarters when the building was evacuated due to a bomb scare. The building was cleared out after someone wrote the word "bomb" on the door of a break room refrigerator, the St. Louis Business Journal reported, noting that no explosive devices have been found, but the investigation is still ongoing.
The summer Olympics postmortem continued this week with Verizon noting that its 4.5 million FiOS TV subs launched the NBC-branded iTV app more than 3.5 million times during the games, and spent more than two minutes on average per session with the enhanced content. The vast majority used the iTV app, powered by Ensequence Inc. , to access news headlines surrounding the games, while just 10 percent used it to watch on-demand videos.
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