PCs, phones not the best way to watch television; Motorola taps industry vet John Holobinko

> The venerable New York Times has found space to fit in a little advice for the eager generation of cable TV cord-cutters: online TV ain't all it's cracked up to be. Indeed, the Times said, it's "fragmented and incomplete" and it's difficult to find the programs you want to watch when you want to watch them. Story.

> Motorola has named telecom/broadband industry veteran John Holobinko to head up strategy and business development for its Access Networks Solutions group within its Mobile Devices and Home business unit. Most recently Holobinko was vice president of marketing for BigBand Networks (where no replacement is apparently being sought) but his resume is rife with positions throughout the business including at ADC Telecommunications and American Lightwave Systems. Story.

> A jittery market hammered DragonWave's stock after the Canadian wireless vendor issued warnings of lower current quarter sales and "limited visibility" from leading customer Clearwire which is completing its first stage of deployment and offering no word that it might expand further or keep DragonWave as its primary backhaul equipment vendor. Story.

> DragonWave isn't the only vendor facing some potentially tough times. According to Infonetics Research, the broadband CPE market was down 13 percent in the first quarter. Encouragingly for cable vendors, the biggest drop was fueled by ADSL gear. Less encouragingly, directing analyst Jeff Heynen predicted that "2010 will be a difficult year for CPE vendors." News release.

> Perhaps there's a way to deliver IPTV without CPE because a seemingly conflicting report by Multimedia Research Group predicts that there will be 102 million IPTV subscribers by 2014 as "broadband and IPTV investments have been driving growth as a means to meet and outperform cable and satellite competition." Release.

And finally... in China, HDTV upgrades are accelerating to the point where more than two million subscribers now have sets. Of course, put into perspective, that's 2 million out of a billion plus, which is kind of like saying your salary went up 20 cents. News release.

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