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Frndly TV Seeks Subs in an Unfriendly Pay-TV World
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8/23/2019  |  1 comment
Former Sling TV exec starts up family-friendly OTT service that aims to pull a batch of consumers back into the pay-TV fold.
Comcast, Charter to Offer 5G Via Verizon MVNO
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8/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile and Charter's Spectrum Mobile MVNOs will offer Verizon's 5G service to their respective customers at some unspecified point in the future.
WiCipedia: Diverse Boards Are the Future & UK Gov't Deals With Online Abuse
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8/23/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Silicon Valley is out of touch; board diversity makes headway; how to be heard in meetings; and more.
Hollywood Studios Fire Back at Omniverse
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8/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Studios urge the court to deny Omniverse's request for a forced mediation and a halt on discovery on a case centered on allegations that Omniverse distributed streaming TV services without authorization.
Consumers Overpay for Broadband – Study
The Bauminator  | 
8/22/2019  |  1 comment
Findings from university researchers and the WSJ could crash broadband's ARPU party as a growing number of subscribers upgrade to faster, more expensive high-speed Internet tiers.
Storm Clouds Gather Over Sunrise's $6.4B Liberty Deal
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8/22/2019  |  Post a comment
A major bust-up between the Swiss telco and its biggest shareholder could sink the deal to acquire Liberty Global's Swiss cable business.
Apple Eyes $9.99 Price for Apple TV+ – Report
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8/21/2019  |  2 comments
Apple's subscription VoD service is expected to join a crowded field in November and lead with a free trial, Bloomberg says.
Huawei Bans & Spectrum Delays Hit 5G Plans in Australia, New Zealand
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8/21/2019  |  1 comment
Operators in Australia and New Zealand have been forced to use existing spectrum and Western equipment vendors.
Eurobites: Phone-Paid Services Hit Prime Time in UK
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8/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom digs into the IoT market; Kudelski Group revenues slump in H1; Porsche teams up with Apple Music; Telenor completes DNA deal.
Omniverse Begs for the Court's Help
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8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Implores a California court to step in and 'compel mediation' with ACE to work toward a settlement, because 'there is literally nothing left for litigation' after Omniverse shut down its TV streaming service in June.
Cable's Canoe Paddles Into Rough Waters
The Bauminator  | 
8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
The ad-driven video joint venture is attempting to carve out new deals around the world as impressions flatten out thanks to finite inventory and the rise of streaming competitors.
Common Networks Tangles With Comcast in California
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8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Taps into 60GHz millimeter wave spectrum to deliver new 300-Meg, uncapped symmetrical service for $49 per month to parts of the Bay Area.
Light Reading Packs Double Wallop at Cable-Tec Expo
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8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
For the first time, Light Reading will offer two breakfast roundtables on key tech topics at this fall's SCTE|ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans – the first on network virtualization and the second on cable and 5G.
Australian Telcos Demand Cuts in 'Unsustainable' NBN Prices
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8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Australia's state-backed national wholesale network charges too much and provides shoddy service, say critics.
Dish Fiber Leads With Managed WiFi
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8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Dish has accelerated its pursuit of apartment service deals with a new offering that matches raw connectivity with a managed, property-wide WiFi network, IPTV services and, later, IoT capabilities.
'AT&T TV' Streams Into 10 Test Markets
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8/19/2019  |  4 comments
Billed as a 'Televisionary' offering, AT&T's new pay-TV streaming service features five tiers, paired with a 500-hour cloud DVR and access to a large VoD library.
Did Altice Change Its Tune on Buying Spectrum?
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8/16/2019  |  5 comments
Altice said it wants to buy C-Band spectrum, which appears to represent a bit of a change from the company's previous strategy.
Podcast: Where Does OTT TV Go Now?
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8/16/2019  |  Post a comment
It's going to take some televisionary moves for pay-TV providers and big studio owners like AT&T to sort out what consumers want, how to package it and what to call it.
Eurobites: The Lost Towers of Nigeria
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8/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ireland takes a closer look at Verizon Media's cookies; EU and Apple prepare for September showdown over tax bill; Sky trumpets addressable TV.
China Operators Woo Newcomer CBN for 5G Alliance
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8/16/2019  |  Post a comment
China's big mobile operators see the country's unlikely 5G new entrant as a prospective partner.
Is the Worst Over for US Pay-TV?
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8/15/2019  |  1 comment
As the rate of US video subscriber losses accelerated to a record high in Q2, a top analyst wonders if those losses are about to slow down and stabilize.
CommScope Swaps Leadership of Its CPE Biz
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8/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Former Scientific-Atlanta and Cisco exec Joe Chow to succeed Larry Robinson, a move that will spark more speculation about the future of the set-top and modem business that CommScope acquired from Arris.
Cisco Sees 'Major Point of Weakness' in Service Provider Business
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8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Cisco's service provider business declined steeply in its most recent quarter. And Cisco isn't expecting a comeback soon, as 5G profits aren't in the near term for telcos, CEO Chuck Robbins says.
New Disney Pact Paves Way for Charter to Offer Hulu, ESPN+, Disney+
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8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Distribution of premium subscription streaming services are contemplated in new, wide-ranging deal between The Mouse and Charter.
Deal Pushes ViacomCBS Past Netflix in Programming Spend
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8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Combined company only will trail Disney, Comcast/NBCU and AT&T/WarnerMedia in that category as streaming battle intensifies.
Huawei Cuts Back on Cable
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8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Chinese vendor is backing away from the cable network business amid pressures from the US-China trade war and the loss of critical business with cable operators in portions of Europe, industry sources said.
CBS, Viacom Strike Deal to Combine
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The combined company, to be called ViacomCBS, said it would become a global powerhouse that can pump out premium content at grander scale and use OTT and other direct-to-consumer channels to stoke growth.
Consolidated Streams Into the Future With 'CCiTV'
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Joins OTT-TV and satellite TV options in northern New England with a new streaming video service, running on Android TV boxes and a range of retail devices.
Eurobites: Hands-Free Heads for the UK Hard Shoulder
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: French broadcasters receive approval for Netflix-challenging Salto service; tough Q2 for Denmark's TDC; EE rules the RootMetrics ratings roost.
CommScope Seeking New Leader for Ruckus Unit
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
CommScope CTO Morgan Kurk is running Ruckus on interim basis following recent departure of unit's former president, Ian Whiting.
OSTV Now: Omniverse Exec Offers One-Stop Shop for TV
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Slated for launch in early September, the new offering will include a package of more than 50 US television channels, including 'faith-based,' premium and international channels.
Top US Pay-TV Providers Dump Record 1.53M Subs in Q2
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Gains by OTT-TV services don't make up for the bloodshed in typically tough period for service providers.
Vodafone's German Gigabit Plan Piles Broadband Misery Onto DT
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Germany's telecom incumbent has already witnessed ten years of broadband decline at the hands of cable operators. Are things about to get worse?
Eurobites: Bolton Arrives in UK to Turn the Huawei Thumbscrews
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: DT and friends go password-free with Mobile Connect; O2 complains about 5G auction terms; Telenor enables soufflé-defined networking.
Cisco Halts Investment in Full Duplex DOCSIS
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8/9/2019  |  1 comment
Says it's suspending spending on FDX until market timing, ecosystem development and size of the market opportunity can be quantified.
Roku Rocks in Q2, Sizes Up Global Expansion
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8/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Blowout quarter sees revenues rise 59%, 'active' accounts eclipse 30 million as Roku keeps streaming platform lead over Amazon, Apple and Google.
WiCipedia: NASA's Beauty Queen & Coding for a Cause in OKC
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8/9/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A coding school with heart; brains and beauty win the crown; diversity efforts are not enough; and more.
CommScope Eliminates COO Slot as Arris Biz Struggles
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Departure of long-time Arris exec Bruce McClelland comes about four months after acquisition and as the unit grapples with an expected temporary decline in cable operator capital spending.
DT Still Waiting for Spectrum to Launch 5G
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8/8/2019  |  1 comment
The soft launch of 5G in early July was even softer than it appeared, but financial results look strong for the second quarter despite the absence of any German 5G activity.
Podcast: Dish Network's Spectrum of Innovation
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's editors discuss Dish Network, its pioneering past, a few hilarious missteps and why the company seems just as likely as anyone to be the next big player in 5G networks.
Eurobites: Liberty Global Shrivels in Q2
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's regulators slam network-sharing in 'Czechia'; Nokia heads to New Zealand in latest 5G deal; MTN defies market conditions with strong Q2.
Residential Broadband, Biz Services Drive Cable One Forward in Q2
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable One lost another 30,277 video subs in Q2, a 9.4% drop. The cable op ended the period with a pay-TV penetration rate of just 14.5%
Shentel to Get Bigger Using Mix of Fiber, Cable & LTE Fixed Wireless
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Regional operator Shentel says it plans to expand Internet access in part using LTE fixed wireless technology.
Locast Needs More Than Luck to Beat the Broadcasters
The Bauminator  | 
8/7/2019  |  2 comments
Connections to AT&T and Dish harm Locast's position as a non-profit, do-gooder and add fuel to the arguments being set against Locast by the Big 4 US broadcasters.
Disney Preps a Super Streaming Bundle
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Entertainment giant will market combo of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu's ad-supported SVoD service for $12.99 per month, about $5 less than the à la carte cost.
Altice USA Adds Smart Speaker to Home Lineup
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Operator to sell Devialet-made 'Altice Amplify' device to Optimum and Suddenlink customers at a discount and lease it to Altice One users for $10 per month.
Houston, We Have a Problem: Satellite Alliance Fractures Over 5G Spectrum Sale Profits
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
There appears to be dissension in the ranks of satellite companies hoping to cash in on the sale of 5G spectrum.
Comcast Expands Reach of 'Internet Essentials,' 15-Meg Remains Service's Sweet Spot
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
By including people with disabilities and seniors, Comcast says 3 million more homes are eligible for Internet service, subsidized PCs and digital literacy training targeted to low-income Americans.
Google Uses Wireless to Expand Fiber in Austin
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Google plans to use both fiber and wireless technologies to deliver Internet services in Austin, a first for the company.
Cable MVNOs Are Beginning to Hurt U.S. Cellular
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8/6/2019  |  1 comment
U.S. Cellular acknowledged that cable MVNOs from the likes of Comcast and Charter are now beginning to affect the company's mobile business.
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