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Omniverse Drops Live OTT-TV Service for 'Single-Dwelling' Residential Subs
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5/31/2019  |  1 comment
Following review of the controversial Hovsat contract, Omniverse said it will now focus on live TV services for operators of multi-dwelling units and apartment buildings.
Could Cable MSOs Buy Some of T-Mobile's Spectrum?
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5/31/2019  |  2 comments
T-Mobile and Sprint are open to divesting some spectrum to get their merger stamped at the DoJ, and a report in Bloomberg said Comcast and Charter are interested buyers. Comcast, however, disagrees.
WiCipedia: Fembots Create Gender Divide & Snap Tackles Culture Issues
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5/31/2019  |  5 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Nokia commits to pay equality; female AI assistants promote sexism; Snap's culture gets put in its place; and more.
Dave Shull Named TiVo CEO Amid Plan to Split Biz
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
As an exec at The Weather Company, Shull helped that company separate out and sell off its digital assets and technologies and its TV business.
The Beginning of the End of Omniverse?
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
SkyStreamTV, one of its partners, says it was informed that Omniverse will shut down residential TV services on May 31. Meanwhile, the Omniverse website is 'under construction.'
Blockgraph Braces for Data Wave About to Hit TV Advertising
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Unit incubated at Comcast's FreeWheel ad-tech unit and mix of partners are pushing ahead with blockchain-powered techniques as the adoption of data-driven TV advertising nears a tipping point.
Startup Cuts Network Clutter With 'Lean NFV'
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Nefeli is implementing a commercial version of the new, open 'Lean NFV' architecture to simplify network functions virtualization on carrier networks.
AT&T's SVoD Service to Cost More Than Disney+, Says Analyst
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
And rather than entering the OTT sector with a three-pronged offering, AT&T is expected to start with a single-tiered product, MoffettNathanson said, following recent rendezvous with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.
Comcast 'Hitz' Movie VoD Service to Hit Cinemax
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast's new commercial-free VoD service to feature 200-plus movie titles, replace Cinemax in several of the MSO's pay-TV packages.
Altice USA's Mobile Service to Fetch $20-$30 Per Month – Report
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Pricing on cable op's Sprint-assisted mobile service reportedly will undercut offerings from major mobile service providers, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Eurobites: Airtel Africa Hopes for London Listing
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands GPON gig in India; Ericsson supplies 5G to self-driving test track; Swisscom Beems up ad innovation.
Comcast Sunsetting VoD Support on TiVo Retail Boxes
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's working with Comcast to bring a 'more modern Xfinity application' to TiVo's retail device customers.
Zayo's Brian Daniels: Fiber Holds Key to Unlocking Millimeter Wave's Potential
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5/24/2019  |  Post a comment
As speedy millimeter wave technology gets deployed to fill some important gaps in super-dense urban areas and some rural regions, the potential of these new wireless offerings will be limited if not backed up by rich fiber networks.
WiCipedia: Recruitment Gender Bias, VC Cash Stash & Making Better Decisions
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5/24/2019  |  2 comments
This week in our WiC roundup: Gender bias still an issue during recruitment; VC cash reserves for female-founded companies; hot job market draws in women; and more.
ITC to Investigate Rovi/TiVo Complaint Against Comcast
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5/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Latest complaint at the International Trade Commission seeks to block imports of X1 set-tops, broadband gateway devices and associated software.
Cable Gets Behind Emerging Holodeck Tech
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5/23/2019  |  Post a comment
CableLabs, Charter, Cox among companies backing effort to develop an device-agnostic immersive media format for a new class of holographic video and light field displays as well as legacy flat, 2D displays.
Terabyte Broadband Homes Continue to Climb
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
OpenVault report finds that consumers in that 'power user' group doubled in Q1 2019, a growth rate that could cause some cable operators and other ISPs to consider upping their monthly data ceilings.
Comcast Sizing Up Plan to Syndicate a Virtual CMTS – Sources
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast says it's premature to talk about how its network virtualization strategies will take shape, but industry sources say Comcast has discussed the idea of licensing its new tech to other MSOs.
Eurobites: EE Gets to 5G First, Drops Huawei 5G Phones
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5/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom's honeypots highlight hacker horrorshow; Ericsson sets up 5G hub in Moscow.
CableLabs Seeks to Supercharge WiFi
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
New open source project from CableLabs focuses on 'Dual Channel WiFi' technology that can set up dedicated channels for specific apps and traffic types such as streaming video and online gaming.
Eurobites: Investment Up but Revenues Down for French Operators in 2018
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ZTE opens cybersecurity lab in Rome; coaxial startup lands Vodafone Germany deal; payback time for UK mobile operators?
Former Cisco Exec Takes Helm of EditShare
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5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Conrad Clemson named CEO as EditShare takes on a majority investment from ParkerGale and plots plan to scale up its business and migrate its media asset collaboration and management platform to the cloud.
ACE, Omniverse Slug It Out as Court Date Looms
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5/20/2019  |  Post a comment
ACE claims it's struggling to get its mitts on a long-term contract between Hovsat & DirecTV that is key to Omniverse's streaming TV offering.
Huawei vs. Trump & the Casualties of War
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5/17/2019  |  4 comments
Putting Huawei on the trade blacklist would have dire consequences for the global supply chain and the operators that use its equipment.
WiCipedia: Egg Freezing, Hormone Lunches & Back to Work With Babies... Oh My!
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5/17/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women in Comms steals the show in Denver; moms in tech hog the headlines; women are talked over in meetings (duh); and more!
Comcast's MachineQ Shifts Gears
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5/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Under its new OTT-like, bring-your-own broadband model, the industrial IoT company aims to scale up more rapidly and set the stage for a global services strategy.
In Chasing AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile Diverge in 5G Video Strategies
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5/16/2019  |  Post a comment
As AT&T digests DirecTV and Time Warner, Verizon and T-Mobile are working on refining their video strategies ahead of broad 5G rollouts.
Charter Using Mobile to Dislodge 'Inert' DSL Customers
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5/16/2019  |  2 comments
Company CFO Chris Winfrey expands on Charter's strategy to use Spectrum Mobile as a growth driver for its home broadband service.
AT&T's SVoD Services Will Be Pay-TV Friendly
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5/16/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said the expectation is that distributors like Comcast will be 'important partners' for WarnerMedia's upcoming set of OTT-delivered subscription VoD services.
Comcast Still Has Big Streaming Dreams
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5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Even as it hands over operational control of Hulu to Disney and paves the way to sell its Hulu stake, Comcast sees loads of opportunity in the OTT video market as it revs up plans for both Sky's Now TV streaming service in Europe and NBC's forthcoming OTT service.
WOW & Philo Bundle Up
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5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Continuing a growing trend, WOW has become the latest cable operator to combine its broadband service with a skinny bundle OTT-TV offering.
Leadership Change Afoot at Arris's Network & Cloud Unit
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5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Following CommScope merger, Dan Whalen has left the company and been succeeded by another industry vet, Kevin Keefe, who takes the reins of the unit during a critical time for the company.
Eurobites: Ofcom Calls Time on Customer 'Loyalty Penalty'
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5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 3SS adds AI to the video mix; Insight TV pushes into MENA; the changing face of content consumption.
Direct-to-Consumer a Key but Not Exclusive Play for Programmers
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5/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Premium networks like Showtime must spread their bets and lock in distribution on both legacy and newer OTT platforms, COO Tom Christie says.
Disney Takes Full Operational Control of Hulu
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5/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Under 'put/call' agreement, Comcast can require Disney to buy NBCU's 33% stake in Hulu as early as January 2024; Comcast also inks deal to offer Hulu via its X1 video platform.
Liberty Global Grapples With Revenue Slump
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5/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Even as it carries out its phased retreat from the European continent, Liberty Global is trying to stem video sub losses and spur fresh revenue growth with a slate of new product and service offerings.
5G Opportunity Still Outweighs the Threat to Cable Ops
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5/13/2019  |  Post a comment
MSOs must remain wary of 5G-powered in-home broadband services, but the backhaul and fronthaul opportunities will abound for cable operators as 5G networks are deployed.
Subdued Cable Spending Hits Arris
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Arris is off to a sluggish start, but hopeful that business will pick up as operators bulk up on DOCSIS 3.1 network capacity and start to snap up customer premises equipment.
Cable One Hits Broadband ARPU High
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
MSO thrives as 10% of its new broadband subs take its new $40 unlimited data option for power users and other data subs shift to higher-priced speed tiers.
WiCipedia: Coding From Prison, Greedy Work & Woman-Led Companies
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5/10/2019  |  Post a comment
This week in our WiC roundup: Women in prison gain coding skills; small startups make the biggest impact; greedy workplaces hurt women; and more.
TiVo to Hew Its Products & Licensing Businesses Into Two
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5/9/2019  |  1 comment
But many big questions remain unanswered as company aims to complete the separation by mid-2020.
Disney Direct-to-Consumer Losses Mount in Q1
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5/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Deeper investments in ESPN+ and costs tied to the coming Disney+ OTT service attributed to a widening Q1 operating loss of $393 million at Disney's international and direct-to-consumer unit.
Starry Subs Devour 350GB of Data Per Month, Gravitate to OTT Video
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Millimeter wave-powered provider of fixed wireless broadband has been able to achieve 20% service penetration in apartment buildings within 60 to 90 days of launch, COO says.
Leading Lights Winners On Fire!
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
We invited our 2019 Leading Lights awards winners to share their thoughts with the Light Reading video crew. Here's what they had to say:
Comcast Ups Zelesko to CTO, Stirling to Group Chief Product Officer at Sky
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5/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Recent promotions are among other significant executive moves within Comcast's technology and product organizations.
US Pay-TV Subs Erode at Record Pace in Q1
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5/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Traditional providers lost a record 1.42 million subs in Q1 while subscriber growth among OTT-TV providers slowed considerably, according to MoffettNathanson's latest 'Cord-Cutting Monitor.'
Eurobites: Vodafone Strikes Wholesale Deal With Telefónica Deutschland
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5/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Liberty Global revenue down in Q1; Deutsche Telekom rebrands in Austria; France Télécom suicides trial underway.
Leading Lights 2019: The Winners
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5/6/2019  |  2 comments
Find out which companies have taken home the 2019 Leading Lights Awards trophies.
Light Reading Hall of Fame 2019
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
We've added four names to the Hall of Fame this year. Find out who they are...
MobiTV's Bill Routt: Amazon to Stoke Pay-TV Partnerships With Fire TV
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
MobiTV's president and COO says Amazon is 'really engaging' with plans to optimize and customize its streaming platform for the pay-TV operator market.
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