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T-Mobile Strikes Exclusive Mobile Video Pact With Katzenberg's Quibi
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10/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Deal arrives ahead of Quibi's launch next spring, and adds a new wrinkle to T-Mobile's video game plan.
Fiber Will Trump HFC & 5G From Here to Kingdom Come, EFF Says
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10/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Declaring that local US governments are in 'dire need of universal fiber plans,' the Electronic Frontier Foundation props up FTTP as the 'superior choice for the 21st century.'
Surge of Streaming Options Triggers 'Subscription Overload' – Study
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10/17/2019  |  Post a comment
But platforms that bundle streaming video services, backed by single sign-on systems, could benefit both OTT and pay-TV players alike.
Netflix Pushes Past 158.3M Global Streaming Subs as New OTT Rivals Emerge
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10/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Netflix's Q3 numbers were in-line, but OTT video giant warns of 'some modest headwind' to near-term growth as a batch of new, major streaming services such as Disney+ and Apple TV+ near launch.
Comcast Business Invades Canada
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10/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast's business services unit teams with iTel Networks to serve Canadian branch locations for the MSO's big, US-based enterprise-level customers.
What's at Stake as the Streaming Battle Builds
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10/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have staked out their turf in the subscription VoD market, but will they be able to hold that coveted ground as Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and NBCU enter the streaming fray?
Chill Out! Netflix Is Fine, Analyst Says
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10/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Concerns about new direct-to-consumer competition alongside pressure on Netflix's pricing power is misunderstood or overblown, contends LightShed Partners analyst Richard Greenfield.
Maine Returns Serve in Cable TV ΰ la Carte Lawsuit
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10/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Says a preliminary injunction against Maine's new law sought by Comcast and programmers is based on 'purely hypothetical' allegations, as state towns have no present plan to act upon or enforce the new law.
Comcast's Virtual Access Network Rolls Into Multiple Markets, Spans 100K+ Customers
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10/11/2019  |  3 comments
Top Comcast execs discuss the benefits and capabilities of the company's new virtual access network and how Comcast is applying lessons from its cloud-based X1 platform.
Comcast Blames Software Glitch for Broadband Data Meter Error
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10/10/2019  |  2 comments
In a small edge case that affected about 2,000 customers, Comcast says it fixed the technical issue and is crediting affected accounts for any erroneous charges and giving those subs an additional $50 credit.
Apollo Proposes DirecTV Spinout, Combo With Dish – Report
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10/10/2019  |  1 comment
Private equity firm has pitched a restructuring that would spin off DirecTV and combine it with Dish under a new company that would be controlled by AT&T, Fox Business says.
Seven Things We Learned at Cable-Tec Expo
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10/10/2019  |  Post a comment
The 10G future is in sight, HFC has gas in the tank, Comcast is getting serious about network virtualization, DOCSIS's pioneers get recognized and more from last week's show in The Big Easy.
Altice Cooks Up RDK-Powered Broadband Gateways
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10/10/2019  |  2 comments
Altice Labs has introduced a family of broadband gateways for DOCSIS and FTTP networks that utilizes an open source software platform managed by a joint venture of Comcast, Liberty Global & Charter.
Charter Hopes to Hit Business Services Bullseye With Bill Archer Hire
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10/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Exec late of Ireland's eir Group and AT&T named EVP and president of Spectrum Enterprise, succeeding the retiring Phil Meeks.
Network Convergence Revolution to Drive Speed & Efficiency, CommScope CTO Says
CxO Spotlight  | 
10/8/2019  |  2 comments
Distributed architectures and other common, underlying technologies and techniques are also starting to span across both wired and wireless networks, Morgan Kurk says.
Former Comcast Exec Named CTO of MediaKind
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10/7/2019  |  1 comment
Allen Broome comes on board as the video software company explores the development of a virtualized, software-as-a-service model for the OTT and pay-TV service provider market.
Matt Strauss to Head NBCU's New OTT Service
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10/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Strauss, a longtime Comcast exec, has been named chairman of Peacock, a streaming service set to launch in the spring of 2020.
Can Cable Bridge the 'GAP'?
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10/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter and a group of vendors are championing a node standardization initiative called the Generic Access Platform that's showing signs of promise, but the effort needs more buy-in from suppliers and MSOs.
Latest TiVo-Comcast Patent Scrum Ends in Draw
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10/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Both sides declare victory in mixed court opinion centered on a TiVo video search patent.
Charter Envisions a Fixed Wireless Triple-Play With CBRS
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10/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Charter's Craig Cowden expands on the MSO's interests and intentions involving the CBRS band and provides updates on the company's recent set of fixed wireless, mobile-facing 'dual-SIM' market trials.
TiVo Debuts Pricey Connected DVR Lineup, Ad-Supported Streaming Service
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10/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Company adds TiVo Edge models for cable customers and cord-cutters, tags content partners for soon-to-launch ad-based OTT service called TiVo+.
HFC May Never Die
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10/1/2019  |  Post a comment
The cable industry, in partnership with CableLabs, is exploring how to deliver services at 6GHz and beyond, Cox exec says.
Omniverse: It's All HovSat's Fault
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10/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Faced with a copyright lawsuit led by major Hollywood studios, Omniverse accuses its erstwhile partner of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.
DOCSIS 4.0 Ends Cable Network Feud
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9/30/2019  |  3 comments
DOCSIS 4.0 unifies previously feuding Full Duplex DOCSIS and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS proposals for boosting network bandwidth.
When Will Cable Need 10G?
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
No one knows exactly for sure, but one top industry network engineer believes cable operators will need access network capacities of 'at least' 10 Gbit/s by 2035.
Harmonic's 'CableOS' Adds More Fiber to Its Diet
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Vendor extends capabilities of its access network virtualization platform as some MSOs deploy fiber-to-the-premises in targeted and greenfield scenarios.
Locast: Broadcaster-Led Lawsuit 'Objectively Baseless' & 'an Unlawful Sham'
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Locast, which has filed counterclaims, asserts RCN pulled back a $750,000 donation commitment 'as a result of intimidation from the broadcasters.'
Looking Back: Comcast's Breakthrough X1 Video Service Turns 10
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Whispers about Comcast's next-video platform began to spread a decade ago at Cable-Tec Expo in Denver. Here's a look back at its journey from a secretive project originally called 'Excalibur' to a widely deployed product under the X1 banner.
Cable Access Revenues Plummet 40% in Q2 – Dell'Oro
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9/27/2019  |  1 comment
Decline driven by excess capacity, particularly in the downstream, amplified by recent indecision about the path forward on the cable access network, analyst says.
Shout It Out Loud: 'NEXTGEN TV' Is ATSC 3.0's Go-To-Market Brand
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
New name and logo will adorn devices that conform to an emerging next-gen broadcast TV signaling standard designed to support 4K interactivity and aimed for widespread deployment in 2020.
Dan Whalen, Arris's Former Top Network Exec, Heads to Adtran
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Hiring Whalen as chief product officer is another indicator that Adtran is accelerating its cable industry strategy as MSOs mull their next-gen access network moves.
SCTE-ISBE's Mark Dzuban: '10G' Set to Be the Star of Cable-Tec Expo
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9/26/2019  |  Post a comment
CEO of cable's engineering and standards-setting organization says 10G will be 'foundational' to the industry's future and a major focus as Cable-Tec Expo has its Swan Song in The Big Easy.
AT&T's Stankey: No Plans to Sell DirecTV
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9/24/2019  |  9 comments
AT&T exec tells the Wall Street Journal that the unit is critical to the company's streaming and advanced advertising future.
CommScope Plots Progress With Low-Latency, Extended Spectrum DOCSIS
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9/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Vendor to demo its latest next-gen cable network and DOCSIS wares, including a new distributed access architecture aggregator, at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans.
Comcast Restores Remote DVR Recording Function After TiVo Patents Expire
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9/24/2019  |  1 comment
TiVo counters expiration of two patents have 'no impact' on the company's licensing deals and reinstatement of feature is 'implicit admission' of value of TiVo's tech.
Another Cable Operator Gives Pay-TV the Heave-Ho
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9/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Massachusetts municipal cable operator Beld Internet said 'out-of-control' programming costs left it no choice but to dump its pay-TV service and direct broadband subs to OTT options.
Comcast Starts to Roll Free Speed Upgrades
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9/23/2019  |  5 comments
Starting in its West division, Comcast has raised the downstream speeds on tiers that 85% of its customers in the region subscribe to.
Locast to Viewers: Help!
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9/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Under fire from US broadcasters, Locast is appealing for funds to help it mount a legal defense, a move that was attempted eight years ago by Ivi Inc., an OTT-TV company that was sued out of existence.
TiVo Rolling Out Skippable Pre-Roll Ads for Retail DVRs
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9/20/2019  |  5 comments
New ad inventory, to be inserted in front of DVR recordings, will be rolled out to eligible retail devices within 90 days, company says.
Comcast's Trojan Horse for Pay-TV
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9/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Xfinity Flex, now offered for free to broadband-only subs, provides streaming apps and smart home capabilities – but it's also something else.
AT&T Exploring Sale or Spin-Off of DirecTV – Report
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9/19/2019  |  3 comments
Despite potential regulatory hurdles, Dish viewed as a logical candidate to combine with the struggling satellite TV service provider.
Cox Also Flexing Its Streaming Muscles
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable op has quietly launched the Contour Stream Player, Cox's twist on Comcast's Xfinity Flex video streaming product for broadband-only subs.
Consumer Technology Association Intros 8K Display Definition, Logo Program
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Says program will start with 2020 model products to help retailers and consumers identify products that meet industry's 8K Ultra HD requirements.
Comcast Offers 'Xfinity Flex' for Free to Broadband-Only Subs
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Video streaming platform features a video client, voice remote and integration with Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and, soon, an upgrade path to Comcast's full pay-TV service.
Charter Taps Stephanie Mitchko as CTO
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Mitchko, a former Cadent exec and engineer who worked on Cablevision's pioneering remote-storage DVR service, succeeds the retired Jay Rolls.
NBCU Picks 'Peacock' as Brand for Premium Streaming Service
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The media giant has apparently passed on tacking on '+' to the end of the name of the OTT service that will launch next spring and feature more than 15,000 hours of content.
HBO Max to Take Many Paths to the Consumer
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9/17/2019  |  Post a comment
WarnerMedia's new SVoD service will hold a key distribution advantage through AT&T's retail presence, pay-TV, broadband and mobility services.
AT&T Accused of Inflating DirecTV Now Numbers
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9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T calls the lawsuit claims 'baseless,' says it is prepared to fight it out in the courts.
Comcast Snares Set-Top App Specialist Metrological
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9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast pulls more engineering and software development expertise in-house for its X1 and Xfinity Flex video and smart home platforms.
Charter Seeks Buy-In for Piracy Plan
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9/12/2019  |  1 comment
In addition to working with Disney, Charter is urging other programmers and MSOs to get behind a common set of 'authentication principles' designed to clamp down on password sharing, CFO says.
Orby TV Links Up With Eutelsat for New Prepaid Satellite TV Service
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9/12/2019  |  1 comment
Launched earlier this year, Orby TV's prepaid offering is renting transponder space to power a prepaid offering that starts at $40 per month.
Altice USA Loves What Locast Does, CEO Says
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9/12/2019  |  Post a comment
A formal relationship has yet to materialize, but Altice USA's Dexter Goei confirms company has held talks with the embattled provider of OTT-delivered local broadcast TV.
Why CenturyLink Bought Streamroot
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9/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Streamroot's peer-assisted CDN technology will help CenturyLink extend a video streaming bridge to hard-to-reach parts of the globe.
Comcast, Programmers Sue Maine Over Cable ΰ la Carte Law
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9/10/2019  |  2 comments
They claim the new state law focused on cable operators is preempted by federal law, violates First Amendment.
Apple TV+ to Debut November 1, Fetch $4.99 Per Month
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9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple to offer a free year of the new subscription VoD service with purchase of any new iPhone, Mac or Apple TV.
Broadcom Tunes Up Video Play for RDK
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9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Aiming to speed up service provider deployment cycles, Broadcom's new RDK-infused chips for video set-tops and gateways weave in new app framework and Metrological's App Store.
ViacomCBS Won't Claw Back Content
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9/9/2019  |  1 comment
Unlike Disney, the newly formed ViacomCBS isn't expected to forgo lucrative licensing dollars just to pump fuel into its OTT, direct-to-consumer plans.
Altitude TV Exploring Streaming Pact With Amazon – Report
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9/9/2019  |  Post a comment
As its impasse with AT&T, Dish and Comcast drags on, the regional sports net is sizing up Amazon as a potential distribution partner.
Comcast Sparks Streaming App for LG TVs
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9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Beta of Xfinity Stream app for LG supports Comcast's live TV, VoD and cloud DVR services and works on 4K and HD models from 2017 to 2019.
Altice Mobile Expects to Be in the Black Within 12 Months
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9/5/2019  |  1 comment
'We wouldn't be in this business if we didn't think it would become a profitable standalone business,' Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei says.
Altice Mobile Debuts $20 Per Month 'Price for Life' to Optimum & Suddenlink Subs
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9/5/2019  |  1 comment
Altice USA's new 'Unlimited Everything' offering, underpinned by its MVNO deal with Sprint, will be sold for $30 per line per month to non-Optimum and Suddenlink customers in or near its 21-state footprint.
Eluvio Aims to Elude Video Transcoding & the CDN
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9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Startup led by former Aspera CEO Michelle Munson enters the global OTT scene with a low-latency 'Content Fabric' designed to disrupt the streaming video market.
Amazon Stokes Up Fire TV Platform as Active Users Surpass 37M
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9/4/2019  |  1 comment
Amazon introduces 15 smart TVs that run Fire TV, alongside a new 'Cube' device with 4K and Dolby Vision support.
TiVo Hones 'Edge' DVR Ahead of Company Split
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9/4/2019  |  Post a comment
New family of connected devices for cable TV customers and cord-cutters will reportedly pack six tuners, 2 terabytes of storage and support 4K and Dolby Atmos.
Altitude TV Says OTT Doesn't Make Enough Dollars or Sense
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9/4/2019  |  3 comments
The embattled regional sports network claims that the economics of a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming model don't add up.
OSTV Now Stalls on the Launchpad
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9/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Countdown to the debut of a new video streaming service connected to Omniverse CEO Jason DeMeo featuring 50 'top' US TV channels starting at $50 leads to nothing... so far.
US Broadband Subscriber Slowdown Could Spark ARPU Gains
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9/3/2019  |  Post a comment
A deceleration in broadband subscriber growth could amplify cable's focus on broadband with higher prices and even less emphasis on retaining less profitable pay-TV customers.
Amazon Scores Stake in the YES Network
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8/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Group including Amazon and Sinclair notch $3.47 billion deal for the regional sports network that ties into conditions of Disney's acquisition of Fox.
Amazon Snares Piece of the YES Network From Disney
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8/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Group including Amazon, Sinclair team to purchase 80% stake in the Yankees-focused regional sports network from Disney in deal valued at $3.47 billion.
Tide Turns for SeaChange in Q2
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8/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Revenues rise on video software company's new 'Framework' offering, but is this improvement a blip or a sign of a sustained comeback?
FCC: 100-Meg Connections Surged... in 2017
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8/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Commission's latest broadband report, based on data that's almost two years old, found that connections delivering at least 100 Mbit/s downstream jumped to 40.6 million by the end of 2017.
Cox Has a Prepaid Broadband Service
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8/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Pay-as-you-go offering, called 'StraightUp Internet,' costs $50 a month, includes a DOCSIS WiFi gateway, and delivers up to 25 Mbit/s downstream.
Videotron Pulls Out Comcast's Playbook
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8/28/2019  |  1 comment
Canadian MSO debuts 'Helix' platform featuring broadband gateways, IP video clients, WiFi extenders and home networking management software originating from Videotron's X1 syndication deal with Comcast.
Liberty Global Holds Firm on Sunrise Deal
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8/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Says it is 'fully committed' to completing the $6.5 billion deal despite the objections of Freenet, which has an almost 25% stake in Sunrise.
Wurl CEO: Free OTT Opens New Outlet for Traditional TV Players
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8/28/2019  |  Post a comment
The rise of ad-supported, free streaming services is helping broadcasters and cable networks find new audiences in the OTT world.
Comcast's New X1 TV Navigation App Means Business
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8/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Following the recent launch of X1 tailored for SMBs, Comcast Business debuts version of a TV app that enables bar and restaurant owners to control up to 16 TVs.
Judge Denies Omniverse Mediation Request
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8/26/2019  |  Post a comment
California court to order 'mandatory settlement proceedings' in the video streaming copyright case brought against Omniverse by Paramount, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Columbia and Warner Bros.
Cable's Access Network Market Descends Into Disruption & Chaos
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8/26/2019  |  1 comment
As cable operators assess their next moves while DOCSIS 4.0 is developed, traditional top suppliers like Arris, Cisco and Casa are struggling, opening the door to Harmonic and others.
Charter Unloads Navisite Unit
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8/26/2019  |  2 comments
RDX to acquire the managed cloud services company that Time Warner Cable acquired in 2011 for $230 million.
Disney+ to Bake 4K, High Dynamic Range Into Baseline Service
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8/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Disney details more bells and whistles, device support for Disney+ ahead of the streaming service's November 12 debut.
Frndly TV Seeks Subs in an Unfriendly Pay-TV World
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8/23/2019  |  3 comments
Former Sling TV exec starts up family-friendly OTT service that aims to pull a batch of consumers back into the pay-TV fold.
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
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8/22/2019  |  2 comments
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.
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.
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
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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.


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