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A firmware update from Dish sent to certain Slingbox models prevents users from resurrecting the devices using a technical workaround to remedy Dish's decision to shut down Slingbox servers on November 9.
A few network operators, including GCI and Shaw, are using 'Fiber+' branding to sound less like cable companies.
Slingbox servers will be permanently taken offline November 9, leaving all Slingboxes 'inoperable.' However, a retired telecom engineer has built a workaround called 'Slinger' that extends the life of the Slingbox.
Maki, a former exec of both SCTE and Bright House Networks, is consulting with the organization as SCTE makes plans for Cable-Tec Expo to return as an in-person show this fall in Philadelphia.
Netflix has yet to formalize how it will offer cheaper, ad-supported plans to help counter sub losses. The move might attract some new customers, but it might also cannibalize its existing base, analysts say.