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Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
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4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.
Charter in Talks About Licensing Comcast's X1 Platform
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
CEO Tom Rutledge confirms that Charter's had discussions, but company currently remains committed to its own, next-gen video platform and interface.
Harmonic CEO: We Want to Be No. 1 in Cable Virtualization, DAA
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4/29/2019  |  1 comment
Harmonic sees a big year ahead for its 'CableOS' platform and distributed access architecture deployments as vendor takes aim at a cable network market that's been led by Arris, Cisco and Casa Systems.
Viacom Seeks Free OTT Payoff on Pluto TV
The Bauminator  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
As the pay-TV sector continues to struggle, programmer sets launch of several free, ad-supported streaming channels from BET, Comedy Central, Spike and MTV on the now Viacom-owned Pluto TV ad-based OTT service.
TiVo Tunes In to Cable's IP Video Migration, Use of Android TV Boxes
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's gaining ground with its next-gen video platform even as some of the nation's Tier 2/3 cable ops look to play down pay-TV and avoid investing in next-gen platforms.
Eurobites: UK Fiber Challenger Looks to Raise £1B for Network Buildout
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Exponential-e teams up on data storage; small-cells M&A; T-Systems goes all-in with Azure; China's ambassador to UK sticks up for Huawei.
TiVo/Rovi Seeks to Block Comcast X1 Box, Broadband Gateway Imports
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
New complaint at the International Trade Commission alleges that cable operator is infringing on six patents that also form basis of a recent lawsuit filed in a California court.
Cox Tests Premium Low-Lag Gaming Service
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
MSO stresses that $14.99/month 'Cox Elite Gamer' service steers clear of net neutrality concerns because it does not prioritize or speed up Internet traffic.
WiCipedia: Empty Restrooms, Mom 2.0 Summit & 'Brilliant Jerks' Culture
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4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Conference restroom lines show gender disparity; the best companies for millennial women; men in tech who committed sexual harassment or assault likely have big new jobs; and more.
Podcast: Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Madness, Ominous Signs for Omniverse
The Philter  | 
4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Jeff Baumgartner catches us up on the Omniverse saga and Mike Dano looks at what might happen if the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is blocked.
Comcast's Mobile Sub Growth Slows, but Other Mobile Metrics Improve
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Xfinity Mobile adds 170,000 lines in Q1, extending the total to 1.4 million. Mobile-related revenues rose 24.4% while losses shrunk significantly.
Ruckus Ready to Roll With CBRS Tech
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
In-building cellular coverage expected to be 'biggest, broadest use case' early on, exec says.
AT&T Loses 627K Video Subs in Q1
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Losses in period include 83,000 for DirecTV Now, but company sees legacy TV declines slowing later in 2019 alongside improving results for its newly priced OTT video product.
Eurobites: UK Gives Huawei the Nod on 'Non-Core' 5G Network Elements
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media CEO Mockridge departs; Tele2 earnings up, revenue down; Telia lands smart-meter deal; 5G live at Glastonbury.
ACE Stands By Case Linking Omniverse & Dragon Box
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Omniverse, the target of a copyright lawsuit, has argued that any comparison between it and Dragon Box is 'scandalous and immaterial' and has moved to strike it from the proceedings.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
The Philter  | 
4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.
Verizon to Hawk YouTube TV to Mobile, 5G Home & Fios Broadband Subs
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4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Pact fits with Verizon's decision to focus on the network and its ambitious 5G rollout and to avoid the expense and headache of building its own OTT-TV service.
Eurobites: UK's Mobile Giants Upstaged by MVNO Minnows, Says Report
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4/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia gets virtual with 5G testing; Forsway lands 5G contract with European Space Agency; telematics-based car insurance in the fast lane.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Our shortlist for this Leading Lights category features eight solid contenders.
TiVo Fires Another Lawsuit at Comcast
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4/22/2019  |  1 comment
This time around, TiVo/Rovi accuses Comcast of infringing on six patents and technologies used in a variety of DVR and non-DVR video devices, as well as broadband gateways.
Rogers Nets 100K X1-Based Video Subs in Q1, but Pay-TV Base Declines
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Makes 'steady progress' with new IP-based video service based on Comcast's cloud platform, but admits rollout has a way to go.
Deal Will Keep Charter in New York
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4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
A proposed deal, which still faces a final review, calls for Charter to expand broadband service in Upstate New York and pay an additional $12 million to reach other unserved and underserved areas.
Can SeaChange Mop Up Its Mess?
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4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
The video software company is confident it can emerge from turmoil despite a shrinking business; a string of reorgs; and the recent, abrupt departure of its CEO stemming from a dispute with an 'activist' shareholder.
WiCipedia: Ageism, Diversity Training & Tackling Algorithms
WiCipedia  | 
4/19/2019  |  3 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Diversity training is on the rise; algorithm bias will be a thing of the past; ageism is biggest hurdle in tech hiring; and more.
Omniverse Lawsuit Scares Off Clikia
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4/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Clikia shuts down OTT-TV service, CEO departs, company changes control and pivots to enter the private jet charter operation business.
FCC Cracks Down on Video Streaming Boxes
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Agency's Enforcement Bureau takes aim at the marketing and distribution of boxes deemed out-of-compliance with FCC's technical requirements and follows earlier efforts to clamp down on devices used for video piracy.
Zone TV's Jeff Weber: Taking AI-Guided OTT Video Direct to Consumers
CxO Spotlight  | 
4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
After focusing on pay-TV box partnerships, digital content specialist has entered hybrid mode with its first standalone OTT video service.
Netflix Still Poised for Global Growth Despite Disney Threat
The Bauminator  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Netflix is akin to a 'Blockbuster store in the cloud' while Disney+ will cater to families and fans of The Mouse's well-branded, highly recognized fare, analyst says.
Google Fiber to Pay $3.84M to Clean Up Mess It Left in Louisville
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4/16/2019  |  1 comment
Google Fiber ceased service on Monday following decision to exit the market because of technical issues discovered with shallow trenching techniques it used there.
Comcast, Charter MVNO Deals Are Bad for Everyone – Analyst
The Bauminator  | 
4/16/2019  |  1 comment
The cablecos and Verizon could be better suited with a revised deal centered on collaboration and network convergence – an agreement focused on small cell deployments that can fuel 5G networks.
AT&T Sells 9.5% Stake in Hulu for $1.43B
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4/15/2019  |  2 comments
Disney tightens its grip on Hulu, sparking speculation on what Comcast/NBCU will do.
Omniverse: Deal Between Hovsat & DirecTV Has 'No Limitations'
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4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
The long-term TV contract has no restrictions on geographic markets, nor delivery method, Omniverse tells court.
Eurobites: Germany Holds Door Open for Huawei
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4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre loses legal challenge; Video-streaming giants come under the UK regulatory microscope; new boss for Swisscom's blockchain unit.
Philo Noodles Next OTT-TV Moves
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Philo CTO Ben Chambers explains the vMVPD's hybrid subscription and ad-supported model and describes its new technology that lets OTT subs synchronize their viewing.
A Service Called 'Omni Go' Quietly Replaces FlixonTV
The Bauminator  | 
4/12/2019  |  4 comments
It's unclear if this is more than a brand change, but the new site notes that OmniGo.tv is a trademark of the embattled Omniverse One World Television.
Slideshow: NAB 2019
Slide Shows  | 
4/12/2019  |  2 comments
Behold! Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Check out some pics and caps from this week's video tech-fest in Sin City.
WiCipedia: Hiring Diverse Employees & Creating Glass-Shattering Companies
WiCipedia  | 
4/12/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Microsoft employees out bad behavior over email; a new tool makes hiring diverse candidates a piece of cake; MacKenzie Bezos will be fourth-richest woman in world; and more.
Disney+ to Debut November 12, Fetch $6.99 Per Month
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4/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Pricing on Disney+ will vastly undercut that of Netflix, feature a vault of TV shows, movies and new original fare from big brands that include Marvel, Fox, Star Wars and Pixar.
OTT-TV Latency Gap Starting to Close
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4/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Suppliers at NAB 2019 are pushing upgrades and enhancements to streaming video workflows that establish delay-parity between traditional broadcast TV feeds and TV signals delivered over-the-top.
Plotting the Path to OTT 2.0
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/11/2019  |  Post a comment
In a recap of Light Reading's 'Getting to OTT 2.0' panel at NAB 2019, Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner note that the market is now focusing on profitability and containing piracy and password sharing.
Leading Lights 2019: The Finalists
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4/10/2019  |  4 comments
Light Reading is delighted – nay, pumped – to announce the finalists for this year's Leading Lights Awards program, which is now in its 15th year.
Viacom Taps Google for Video Lifecycle
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4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
It's an early win for Google Cloud's new telecom and media business chief, and for Google Cloud's new focus on established vertical industries.
T-Mobile Launching 'TVision Home' Against Cable TV
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4/10/2019  |  2 comments
TV service launching April 14 in 8 markets integrating Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, will eventually work with third-party streaming devices.
Eurobites: Swisscom Edges Closer to Europe's First Major 5G Launch
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4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU 1, Qualcomm 0; WiFi-versus-5G-in-cars tussle takes unexpected turn; Telefónica targets IoT security.
Royalty-Free Video Codec AV1 Keeps Gaining Ground
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4/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Hardware support for AV1 isn't expected until 2020, but software-based implementations of it are taking hold, AV1-based content is on the way, and support for the royalty-free HEVC rival in smartphones and smart TVs could soon follow.
Eurobites: Telenor Buys DNA for Finnish Foray
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4/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telekom Srbija and Ericsson virtualize the core; Cisco scores in Italy and France; Vodafone Egypt goes with Red Hat for cloud-based customer service upgrade; Three UK calls on Callsign for fraud prevention.
Philo Trials Tech That Lets OTT-TV Subs Synchronize Their Viewing
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4/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Virtual MVPD is developing a way to link more social interactivity to the live and on-demand streaming experience.
Eurobites: Virgin Media Mulls Wholesale Access Offer as UK Fiber Market Heats Up
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4/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: German 5G auction latest; Huawei gear comes under further UK scrutiny; ETNO rubbishes connected-car WiFi (again); BT wins NATO deal.
Startup Seeks Cable Edge in Edge Computing
LRTV Interviews  | 
4/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Mutable Founder & CEO Antonio Pellegrino explains how his New York startup aims to team with cable operators and other service providers to offer edge computing apps to customers.
Four Trends We'll Be Tracking at NAB 2019
The Bauminator  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
What's new with AV1, OTT and ATSC 3.0, and what does the video and TV industry really think of 5G? We'll find out next week in Sin City.
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