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Liberty Global Faces Hurdles in Swiss Sale
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2/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Continuing its retreat from the European continent, Liberty Global agrees to sell its Swiss cable operations to Sunrise for $6.3 billion, potentially reducing its presence outside its UK base to five markets.
Cable One 'Happy' to See Broadband Subs Go With OTT-TV
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2/28/2019  |  Post a comment
MSO pivoted to a data-centric model 5 years ago, but Cable One 'not trying to drive our video customers away,' CEO insists.
Cox, Frontier Won't Bid in 24GHz 5G Auction
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2/28/2019  |  1 comment
Both are among service providers that applied for Auction 102 but did not qualify to bid, according to the FCC.
Eurobites: Nokia Wins on Two Fronts in Egypt
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2/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ooredoo seeks AI boost for 5G rollout; Sunrise-Liberty deal agreed; BT creates jobs; IoT and athletic performance.
'Large Number' of Verizon's 5G Home Subs Getting More Than 300 Mbit/s
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2/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon CFO Matt Ellis also tries to shed more light on rollout targets for company's relatively new 5G-based in-home fixed wireless broadband service.
TiVo Preparing to Separate Its Products & Licensing Businesses
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2/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Nothing's settled yet, but CEO says such a move would reduce the complexities of TiVo's businesses and facilitate potential 'strategic transactions' as a review of company's fate continues.
Eurobites: Sunrise Close to $6.3B UPC Deal
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2/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: BritBox set to challenge Netflix in UK; TIM and Xiaomi target 5G devices; Ericsson and Telefónica strike AI deal.
Margins on Streaming TV Packages 'Nothing to Write Home About' – Charter CFO
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2/27/2019  |  Post a comment
But new, slimmer options enable Charter to focus on broadband-only customers that haven't responded to offers for traditional pay-TV service, Charter's Chris Winfrey says.
Smaller Cablecos Fleeing Legacy Pay-TV
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2/26/2019  |  1 comment
Speaking at NCTC's Winter Education Conference in Atlanta, small and midsized cable operators say they're increasingly seeking other video options, such as streaming and app-based services.
Cable Broadband Will Keep Edge Over 5G – Comcast CEO
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2/26/2019  |  Post a comment
As 5G aims to become a viable alternative to in-home broadband, cable will continue to enjoy a significant cost, capacity and speed advantage, Brian Roberts says.
Casa Systems Seeks Wireless Gains Amid Wireline Pains
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2/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Vendor makes moves into wireless and mobile as pace of distributed access architecture deployments by cable operators goes slower than anticipated.
NCTC Plots Plan to Help Cable Ops Work Together on Broadband
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2/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable industry co-op is heading up a new project to help its hundreds of tier 2/3 operator members get easier access to peering sites and reduce Internet transport costs, new VP of broadband solutions says.
US Pay-TV Loses 248K Subs in Q4, Despite OTT-TV Gains
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2/22/2019  |  Post a comment
As the effects of cord-cutting hit distributors and programmers alike, it 'may not be an overstatement to say that the Pay TV business as we know it is beginning to unravel,' analyst Craig Moffett concludes.
Altice USA 'Reviewing' Future of Lightpath Unit
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2/22/2019  |  Post a comment
CEO Dexter Goei says an internal review is underway for that asset, noting later that Lightpath has become 'less core to the overall business today.'
WiCipedia: 'Resting Pitch Face,' Digital Leaders & the Scandal Effect
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2/22/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Girl Scouts as 'digital leaders;' a hilarious new TV show about women in tech; how scandals affect the tech landscape; and more.
Altice USA Expects to Bring 'Major' OTT-TV Player to Set-Top Platform
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2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Such an integration announcement could occur in the coming months as operator eyes potential revenue-sharing models with virtual MVPDs, CEO Dexter Goei says.
Arris Deal 'on Track' to Close by Mid-Year, CommScope CEO Says
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2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
CommScope's Eddie Edwards also sees 'more material 5G spend' to start in 2020.
How Cable Vendors Could Profit From DAA Upgrades
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2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable network suppliers are in for a rough 2019 as MSOs remain in decision-mode, but relief is ahead as DAA deployments help infrastructure investments rise to $2B by 2023, Dell'Oro says.
Amid 5G Buildout, AT&T Offloads More Traffic to WiFi
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2/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite its efforts to build out new spectrum, densify its network and deploy 5G, AT&T is also working to add capacity to its network via an expanded WiFi offloading deal with Boingo.
Charter Preps Launch of OTT-TV Service Sans Local Broadcast, Sports Nets
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2/20/2019  |  1 comment
Targeted to broadband-only subs, MSO's in-footprint 'Spectrum TV Essentials' service to cost $14.99/month, feature 60+ channels, with cloud DVR in the works.
Virtualization Can Mine New Revenues From Gateways & Modems, Startup Says
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2/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Israel-based Inango claims its cloud/client 'Virtual Services' platform can enable service providers to layer on and sell additional services via memory-starved, in-home devices.
Ting Tunes Up Its TV Plan
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2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
'Ting TV' service is currently in a closed beta trial ahead of anticipated launch in the first half of 2019.
Nearly 12% of Global Mobile Data to Ride 5G Networks by 2022 – Cisco Study
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2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
5G will also represent about 3.4% of global connections by 2022 as 4G continues to dominate but begins to taper off as 5G activity picks up.
Altice USA Might Sell Lightpath Unit – Cowen & Co.
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2/15/2019  |  1 comment
Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.
Big Programmers & Studios Bring Hammer Down on Omniverse
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2/15/2019  |  3 comments
Lawsuit alleges that Omniverse One World Television, a company 'powering' multiple OTT-TV services, is distributing channels, TV shows and movies without authorization.
How Comcast/NBCU Is Connecting With Startups
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2/15/2019  |  1 comment
Working with Techstars, Comcast/NBCU is gearing up for a second Lift Labs Accelerator program that will involve up to 12 startups that could end up with partnerships with Comcast and/or NBCU.
WiCipedia: 'It Takes One Misstep to Fall Off Your Pedestal'
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2/15/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: A startup competition for black women in tech; the challenges of getting to the top and staying there; have a dude's name to get ahead; and more.
Cloud-Native Router Startup DriveNets Banks $110M, Takes On Cisco et al.
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2/15/2019  |  4 comments
Vendor already has Tier 1 traction, a founder with track record of disruption, the backing of Bessemer and has Cisco, Juniper, Huawei and Nokia in its sights.
Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
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2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.
Google Fiber: A Timeline of the Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Bauminator  | 
2/14/2019  |  2 comments
Google's fiber initiative is almost exactly nine years old. Following its embarrassing setback in Louisville, here's a look back at Google Fiber's moments of hype, glory, achievement and disappointment.
Dish Sheds 334K Video Subs in Q4, Rocked by HBO, Univision Blackouts
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2/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Sling TV adds 47K subs in period, slowed from a gain of about 160K a year earlier, but Dish says its OTT base is now 'margin-positive.'
Amazon to Snap Up eero, Claw Into Whole-Home WiFi Market
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
eero battles with the likes of Google and Netgear at retail, and has made some strides in the service provider sector.
How Sports TV Viewership Is Changing
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2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
And how these changes offer fresh opportunities for video providers to engage sports fans in meaningful new ways.
Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound  | 
2/11/2019  |  3 comments
Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.
Epix Enters the Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Fray
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2/10/2019  |  Post a comment
New standalone OTT service from MGM-owned Epix runs $5.99 per month and doesn't require premium video offering to be attached to a pay-TV service.
Will Trump Fan the Flames as Huawei Is Burned at the Stake?
Shades of Ray  | 
2/8/2019  |  14 comments
An 'executive order' banning Chinese networking technology from US communications networks is imminent, according to Politico – such a posturing move would be bad for everyone.
WiCipedia: Valley Diversity Stats, a New Social Outlet for WiT & No Fangirls Here
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2/8/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Foreign-born women dominate the Valley; the government shutdown has long-lasting effects for workers; a new startup network for women; and more.
T-Mobile to Test Fixed Wireless Broadband Using LTE by This Summer
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite initially criticizing the fixed wireless opportunity, T-Mobile now says it will test an in-home broadband service using LTE in the coming months in order to prepare for 5G and its merger with Sprint.
T-Mobile's New Home TV Service to Launch in First Half of 2019
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Rebranded, 'reimagined' pay-TV offering, originally expected to debut by year-end 2018, will tie into T-Mobile's home broadband plans.
Charter Might Paint Its Home Gateways & Devices 'Prpl'
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2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
MSO said to be giving serious consideration to open source software stack amid discussions on how to establish a degree of coexistence between Prpl and RDK-B.
NCTA CEO: Time to Break Net Neutrality's 'Infinite Loop'
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2/6/2019  |  3 comments
Michael Powell to testify that it's high time for Congress to step in with long-term, enforceable rules that put a stop to the pendulum swings of each new FCC.
Windstream Winds Up New TV Streaming Service
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2/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Starts to roll upgraded, app-based 'Kinetic TV' offering with MobiTV as Windstream prepares to distance itself from legacy platform powered by Mediaroom.
Virgin Media, Arris Test 8-Gig Symmetrical Speeds
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2/5/2019  |  1 comment
Trial to involve about 50 homes will use Arris E6000 chassis outfitted with 10-Gig EPON line card and DOCSIS-based provisioning.
Super Bowl LIII Streams Draw Average Audience of 2.6M
The Bauminator  | 
2/5/2019  |  Post a comment
There were some hiccups, but CBS's streams of the big game, underpinned by a multi-CDN strategy, seemed to hold up well.
Eurobites: Beeline Beefs Up BSS With Amdocs in Russia
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2/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON to buy remaining shares in GTH subsidiary; Zain taps Nokia's massive MIMO; Danes expel Huawei pair.
Harmonic Touts Progress With Virtualized & Distributed Cable Network Deployments
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2/4/2019  |  2 comments
First wave of virtualized CCAP deployments centered on small and midsized MSOs as larger cable ops begin to turn hard on distributed access architectures, CEO says.
Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
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2/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...
Eurobites: Altice Set to Sell Stake in Portuguese Cable Unit
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2/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sunrise in talks to buy Liberty Global's Swiss unit; VEON's new strategy man; more UK trouble in store for Huawei; Nokia takes its Gfast to Japan.
Comcast & Apple Don't Have a Deal (Yet) for the Apple TV
The Bauminator  | 
2/1/2019  |  2 comments
That seems to be among the few factual things coming out of a confusing story that conflates a bunch of things about Comcast's, Sky's & NBCU's streaming plans that aren't all totally interconnected.
CommScope-Arris Deal Races Ahead
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2/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.
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