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Eurobites: Proximus sprouts more fiber around Brussels

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens two more digital centers in Africa; Telia TV hosts HBO Max; smart-home wars.

Eurobites: Telefónica chips in with 5G for Spanish golf coverage

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks into Teams complaint; more connectivity equals fewer trucks; Finland wants to watch Finnish telly.

Sky applies smartphone-like buy-and-swap model to new 'Sky Glass' TVs

The UK-based, Comcast-owned company unveiled a set of streaming TVs powered by a 'global' platform that will be sold at retail at a fixed price, and be made available to Sky pay-TV subs under a monthly payment program.

Comcast files for 'X Class TV' trademark in Canada

Filing is another clear signal that Comcast's aspirations to expand the reach and influence of its video software and streaming platform for connected TVs extends well beyond the US.

HBO Max prepares to go big in Europe

Armed with a discounted yearly subscription option, WarnerMedia announced it will launch HBO Max in 27 territories to mark the 'initial phase' of its European rollout.

NBCU, YouTube TV strike new deal

New carriage agreement avoids a blackout of NBCU channels, but reportedly does not require YouTube TV to bundle in the Peacock premium streaming service.

NBCU, YouTube TV extend deadline

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit and Google's YouTube TV agreed to keep negotiating a new carriage deal past the contract deadline Thursday night but didn't say how long the extension would last.

SK Broadband demands Netflix pay for Squid Game delivery

South Korean ISP SK Broadband has counter-sued Netflix for part of the delivery cost of video streaming content, including blockbuster Squid Game.

Hulu's future could be set by Disney-Comcast carriage talks – analyst

Industry analyst Craig Moffett speculates that a new, important carriage deal between Comcast and Disney could set the stage for Comcast to divest its one third stake in Hulu and score a multi-billion-dollar windfall.

Google Fiber nears full phase-out of legacy IPTV service

The gigabit-happy broadband provider continues to push free upgrades to its new Google TV-powered Chromecast streaming dongle to push plan to phase out its original Fiber TV service.

Synamedia touts simplified, less expensive path to 8K video

Video tech company says the encoding of 8K content is poised to become cost-effective and ready to be 'mainstreamed' using silicon from AMD that can handle the required processing in one CPU.

The metaverse will save 5G? That's so cute!

'The metaverse is our future business model,' explains SK Telecom's Cho Ik-hwan. In reality, the metaverse will blow past the 5G industry on its way toward lining the pockets of big Internet companies.

Roku faces streaming headwinds as distribution piece of its biz slows – analyst

Roku's ad biz is solid, but the distribution element of its fast-growing Platforms business could be tempered as the pace of new, major SVoD streaming services slows and the market further consolidates.

Can NBC force YouTube TV to carry Peacock?

NBCU is trying to force YouTube TV to bundle in the Peacock Premium service in a new carriage deal, says LightShed analyst Richard Greenfield. But he gives YouTube TV, and its estimated 4 million subs, the negotiating edge.

More change at SeaChange as industry vet Peter Aquino takes the helm

Aquino, a former CEO of RCN, Internap and Primus Telecommunications Group, joins SeaChange soon after company declares it is entering a period of stability and growth following years of restructuring.

NBCU channels could go dark on YouTube TV as carriage battle brews

YouTube TV says it will cut the monthly price on its service by $10 if a new deal is not struck, and points subscribers to the Peacock service. The current carriage deal expires on Thursday, September 30.

The Leading Lights finalists: Part II

On this podcast, Light Reading's Phil Harvey, Jeff Baumgartner and Alan Breznick discuss trends they're seeing, what's happening in the awards categories that they're judging and what they've learned from the contest entries as they dig in and prepare to announce this year's winners.

Disney+ forecasts slip amid Q4 subscriber warning

Disney shares tumbled Tuesday after CEO Bob Chapek warned that Disney+ 'has hit some headwinds' as production slowdowns linked to the pandemic cause a new wave of content to come in lighter than expected.

Comcast unleashes global streaming box, the XiOne

New 4K- and Wi-Fi 6-capable streaming box is initially available to Sky Q customers in Italy and Germany, and is starting to be rolled out in the US to Comcast's Xfinity Flex subs.

Cisco backs Qwilt to fuel global CDN and edge cloud push

Cisco Investments participated in a $70 million round in Qwilt. Tied in, the companies are teaming on a global CDN service featuring Qwilt's open caching tech and Cisco's edge compute and networking infrastructure.

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