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Fade to Black: UltraViolet to Shut Its Digital Locker on July 31
The Bauminator  | 
1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
New options and 'market factors' lead to decision to shut down UltraViolet as studio-backed Movies Anywhere service gains traction with digital retailers and pay-TV operators.
Podcast: Bundle Up, Everyone. Pay-TV Is a Cold, Cold Business
The Philter  | 
1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
The world of pay-TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.
Charter CEO: 'Spectrum Mobile Is Ramping Up'
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1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Operator adds 113,000 mobile lines in Q4 as new product starts to take a bigger role in Charter's triple-play bundle.
Eurobites: BT Investors Nervous as Post-Patterson Era Kicks In
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1/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU could lock Huawei out of Europe; Nokia bolsters leadership team; France lines up 5G auction for the fall; Com Hem sets broadband record.
Wow, Free OTT Video Sure Costs a Lot
The Bauminator  | 
1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Tubi's business is firing on all cylinders – from revenue and usage growth to the size of its library – but has had to bank $25 million more just to play this expensive, high-stakes game.
Eurobites: Altice Pursues Molotov for Improved Content Cocktail
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1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regonal roundup: Swisscom Blockchain loses CEO; KPN numbers slip in Q4; Huawei's UK board feels the heat.
Denmark's Stofa Offers Glimpse of the Future HFC Network
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Danish cable operator teams with Arris on what's billed as one of the largest distributed access architecture deployments, involving 'hundreds' of remote PHY fiber nodes.
AirTies Buys a Piece of Technicolor
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1/30/2019  |  Post a comment
AirTies CEO says acquisition of Technicolor's in-home WiFi software business and expertise will help company scale its platform to more devices and reach more service providers.
ACE Slays the Dragon Box
The Bauminator  | 
1/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Legal group backed by Netflix, Amazon, NBCU, CBS and other major programmers and content players force a $14.5 million settlement and subsequent shutdown of another video piracy threat.
Huawei Hits Out at DoJ Amid Global Backlash
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1/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Huawei again lashes out at the treatment of its CFO as Australia's TPG halts mobile rollout with the Chinese vendor and Germany's Deutsche Telekom frets about the cost of replacing it.
TiVo Might Do the Splits
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1/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Among the strategic options being weighed, TiVo is considering breaking out its licensing and its products and services businesses, sources say.
T-Mobile, Xumo Teaming on 'Snackable' Video App for Metro Prepaid Service
News Analysis  | 
1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
They clarify report that they are close to launching a much grander, free, ad-supported mobile TV service.
Mark Dzuban: A Decade at the Helm of SCTE
CxO Spotlight  | 
1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
SCTE's president and CEO reflects on a decade of change at the industry's standard-setting and applied sciences arm, along with some hints at what's ahead.
WiCipedia: Risk Taking, Imposter Syndrome & CES Double Standards
WiCipedia  | 
1/25/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Imposter syndrome knows no gender; risk taking has many caveats; Oracle accused of 'systematic discrimination'; and more.
How Comcast Will Use Blockchain Tech for Targeted Ads
News Analysis  | 
1/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Along with partners such as Viacom and Charter, the Blockgraph initiative brings a critical layer of protection and privacy to data sets used for targeted TV ad campaigns across a multitude of devices.
Using AI for Smarter Cable CX
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/24/2019  |  Post a comment
A new Tractica report looks at how cable providers are mining their big data and using data-based methods to boost network performance, resolve service issues and manage customer care.
Viacom Bets Big on Free Streaming
The Bauminator  | 
1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Advancing its direct-to-consumer strategy, Viacom's $340 million move for Pluto TV centers on free, ad-based streaming, complementing its investment in OTT-TV service Philo.
Comcast Pushes Past 1.2M Mobile Subscriber Lines
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1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Xfinity Mobile 'on track' to stand alone economically as unit is set to report out of Comcast's cable business starting in Q1 2019.
Navigating the Fiber Gold Rush
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes  | 
1/23/2019  |  Post a comment
In a comprehensive new study conducted for Incognito Software Systems, Heavy Reading finds that communications service providers must implement new OSS strategies to support their next-generation fiber-based services.
Consumer Interest in à la Carte Declining – TiVo Study
The Bauminator  | 
1/22/2019  |  Post a comment
'Content fatigue' is starting to set in as the myriad direct-to-consumer video services become increasingly diverse and fragmented.
Cable & Wireless: A Tale of Two Capex Scenarios in 2019
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1/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Wireless capex is poised to rise in 2019 while cable capital spending falls as MSOs wrap up some major projects and spend less on set-tops, according to a new forecast from MoffettNathanson.
Eurobites: French Regulator Fines Google €50M for Overstepping the GDPR Mark
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1/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Com Hem launches mobile offer; TomTom sells Telematics unit to Bridgestone; more Huawei heebie-jeebies.
Eurobites: Regulator Rejects TIM's Fixed-Line Spin-Off Proposal
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1/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Lorenzo oils TIM's revenue wheels; Iliad invests in sovereign service provider; Dutch tread carefully on the Huawei front.
Slideshow: The New Comcast Technology Center
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2019  |  2 comments
Join us for a look inside Comcast's new tower in Philly, and the hub for the company's engineering and software development organization.
Casa's Q4 Sales Come in Light Amid MSO Spending Delays
News Analysis  | 
1/18/2019  |  1 comment
Casa stock gets walloped as Q4 results come in well below estimates.
WiCipedia: Private Groups Tackle Membership Guidelines & the New Richest Woman in Tech
WiCipedia  | 
1/18/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: There's a new richest woman in tech; CES ups its gender equality; The Wing reassesses membership requirements; and more.
Eurobites: Telecom Italia Issues Profits Warning
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1/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica plots asset sales in Central America; Oxford University says no to more Huawei cash; Telia board change; no-deal Brexit will curb BBC channel distribution.
Netflix Adds 8.8M Paid Streaming Subs in Q4, Expands to 139M Worldwide
News Analysis  | 
1/17/2019  |  Post a comment
'We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,' Netflix says in jab at its competition.
Can NBCU Crack the Economics of OTT?
The Bauminator  | 
1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
2020 streaming play will support subscription and free, ad-based models as NBCU attempts to feed consumer demand for direct-to-consumer OTT without maiming its traditional distribution and ad business model.
TiVo-Comcast Legal Fight Has No End in Sight
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1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo takes aim at Comcast's X1 platform with suit alleging that cable operator is infringing on eight more patents.
Eurobites: UKCloud Seeks to Make Hay From Post-Brexit Mayhem
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1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's Nuage Networks powers sports data analysis; BT Global Services turns to SevOne; Helios enters South African market.
Liberty Latin America in Talks to Buy Millicom
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2019  |  Post a comment
A merger between the two companies would create one of the region's biggest telcos, giving it the muscle it needs to compete against other big players.
What Is Synamedia's Exit Plan?
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2019  |  5 comments
'The right perspective is going public,' says company Chairman Abe Peled.
ICT's Jen Cistola: 'Swagger Matters' for Women in Comms
Mentor Monday  | 
1/14/2019  |  Post a comment
In this Mentor Monday, Cistola explains how identifying coaches both outside and within her workplace has made a huge impact on her career path.
New Household Formation Vital to Cable's Broadband Growth Story in US
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2019  |  1 comment
Penetration rates still matter, but new household formation trends play a significant role in determining how much runway lies ahead, analyst says.
Amazon Joins OTT's Big Free-for-All
The Bauminator  | 
1/11/2019  |  Post a comment
'IMDb Freedive' will aid Amazon's streaming platform strategy, but did the new AVoD service miss a big opportunity?
The Leading Lights Awards Are Back!
News Analysis  | 
1/11/2019  |  1 comment
Yes, it's that time of the year again already, folks! Get cracking on your submission for Light Reading's annual awards before you catch MWC fever – there's a category (or three) for everyone!
CES 2019: Wireless Networks Will (Someday) Need to Make a Quantum Leap
News Analysis  | 
1/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Need for a quantum-powered Internet isn't imminent or anything — it's far, far off — but let's go ahead and slap a '6G' label on it for now.
CES 2019: The Phony 5G Wars
LRTV Interviews  | 
1/10/2019  |  1 comment
Recapping the tech-fest in Vegas, Light Reading's Dan Jones, Mike Dano and Jeff Baumgartner discuss the clash between US mobile operators over what is – and isn't – true 5G, and cable's '10G' tilt.
CES 2019: Cable's 10G Tech 'Will Work'
News Analysis  | 
1/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Early trials prove that Full Duplex DOCSIS tech is real and poised to help cable operators deliver symmetrical 10-Gig speeds on their widely deployed HFC networks, top industry execs say.
Canonical Girds Its Cloud-Native Loins as Containers Gain Traction
News Analysis  | 
1/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Canonical's head of NFV is bullish about the shift towards cloud-native functions and the appetite for containers among network operators, but others are waiting to gain from that development too.
CES 2019: Comcast Secures the Smart Home
LRTV Interviews  | 
1/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Fraser Stirling, Comcast's SVP of digital home, devices & AI, explains how the new xFi Advanced Security service gets a fix on potential cyber threats that could pose a danger to home networks.
Comcast Uses AI to Clamp Down on Cyber Threats
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2019  |  Post a comment
New Xfinity xFi Advanced Security service, which uses AI and machine learning techniques to identify and lock down threats on the in-home WiFi network, fetches $5.99 per month.
Charter in Talks With Ring, Others, About New Smart Home Product
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter also in discussions with Arlo, Nest as cable operator looks to develop an integrated, white-label offering that will emphasize a self-installation model, sources say.
Eurobites: Sky Takes a Stake in Synamedia
News Analysis  | 
1/8/2019  |  1 comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Infracapital acquires half of SSE Enterprise Telecoms; Amazon teams up with HERE for connected cars; BBC plays catch-up with its catch-up service; TIM hires new trio; Ericsson tests 5G with T-Mobile US and Intel.
LR Teams With SCTE on Webinar Series
Breznick Unbound  | 
1/7/2019  |  Post a comment
In close partnership with SCTE|ISBE, Light Reading will host and produce 'Live Learnings for Professionals' seminars on cable tech topics each month, starting with a January 17 webcast on improving the home networking experience.
NCTA Trademarks '10G'
News Analysis  | 
1/7/2019  |  6 comments
Move over, 5G. CableLabs and Cable Europe also get behind the brand they'll use to identify the industry's push toward HFC networks that can deliver speeds of 10 Gbit/s.
Eurobites: Ericsson Seeks Jail for RCom Chairman Over Unpaid Debt
News Analysis  | 
1/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: landlines dying a slow death in the UK; ARM boss takes home £22 million; Israeli V2X specialist lands Samsung deal; Teleste upgrades Telenet's HFC.
TiVo Tweaks Interim CEO Package as Future Remains in Flux
News Analysis  | 
1/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Strategic review of TiVo's options taking longer than anticipated.
Cable to Tout '10G' at CES
The Bauminator  | 
1/4/2019  |  2 comments
'The Future of the Broadband Network' panel to talk up industry's vision toward symmetrical 10Gbit/s broadband technologies, counter the 5G hype.
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