Cable and IPTV have an interesting start to the year

Cable first quarter 2014How are cable operators, satellite providers and IPTV-focused telcos performing in the first quarter? Cable is beginning to see more influence from providers like Ruckus Wireless, which is supplying Wi-Fi gear to Time Warner Cable as it builds added services into its NYC footprint.

Online video is a continuing disruptor, with Amazon and Netflix generating the most noise, while Google-owned YouTube dominates the short-form video space. And the device market remains in flux as stalwarts like Cisco and Arris compete amid a growing number of streaming device vendors, including Apple, jockeying for position as Amazon launches its Fire TV into the fray. All this, and more, is part of an overarching summary of cable and IPTV first quarter results. Special report

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