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DISH's Hopper, Wally devices now compatible with Amazon Alexa

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
DISH Network has added Amazon Alexa compatibility to its Hopper cable boxes and Wally satellite devices. Customers can use Alexa to perform a variety of tasks, such as changing TV channels, searching for new shows and fast forwarding. Fortune (5/22)

New DIRECTV feature allows subs to purchase movies, TV shows

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
DIRECTV has added an electronic sell-through feature; it allows current subscribers to purchase TV and movie titles for on-demand viewing through the Genie HD DVR. The company says it expects to have thousands of titles available for purchase by the end of the year. Multichannel News (5/22)

Icelandair to install ViaSat internet tech on Boeing model

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
ViaSat has won a contract to supply Icelandair with high-speed internet services on the line's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series. "This is a watershed moment for ViaSat -- as this is the first time an airline will use our technology to offer full internet connectivity," the company said. Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (5/22)

Sling TV, SpotX partner to offer real-time ad bidding

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
Sling TV has teamed up with SpotX to offer marketers real-time bidding on targeted ad spots. "We're creating turn-key, off-the-shelf segments for brands seeking the most popular audiences at a given time," said Sling TV and DISH Media Sales Director of Advanced TV and Digital Sales Adam Lowy. MediaPost Communications (5/17)

ViaSat plans in-flight connectivity for business jet services

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
Via Satellite online (5/22)

AR surges, VR lags in US

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
With a boost from Facebook and Snapchat, US consumer usage of augmented reality is on track for about 30% year-on-year growth, according to eMarketer. AR is expected to reach 12% of the population in 2017 while virtual reality usage remains below 3%. eMarketer (5/22)

Amazon launches apps to complement Echo Look camera

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
A new Amazon app for iOS and Android allows Echo Look owners to view live photo previews from the Look's camera. The apps are designed specifically for the $200 Look, which takes full-length photos and records brief videos of users with a depth-sensing camera using its own LED lighting and background blur. TechCrunch (5/22)

Survey: Smart home users have more than 3 devices

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
Smart home users have 3.4 smart devices in their homes on average, per a recent ReportLinker survey. The most popular devices were home appliances, followed by smart thermostats and security systems. Telecompetitor (5/19)

Google offers high-speed internet alternative with Webpass

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
Google is attempting to provide an alternative to high-speed broadband offered by cable companies and telecoms with its wireless broadband, Webpass. The niche internet service provider uses wireless radios installed on rooftops and taps into fiber optic lines to deliver broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/19)

Life is what we make it -- always has been, always will be.

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 18:23
Grandma Moses, folk artist

SpaceX's broadband plans gain strength with new flight

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
SpaceX has launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in two weeks as part of its plan to provide satellite-based broadband service to isolated areas of the globe. "SpaceX is addressing many of the challenges that have stymied past attempts to achieve affordable, high-speed broadband from space," the company's Patricia Cooper told Congress this month. CBS News (5/15)

ViaSat becomes Dynamic Spectrum Alliance's newest member

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
ViaSat has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, becoming the first broadband satellite company to join its ranks. "ViaSat's focus on increasing worldwide connectivity, which can help to alleviate the spectrum crunch and connect the unconnected, aligns with several of the DSA's core goals," said DSA President Kalpak Gude. Via Satellite online (5/12)

AT&T execs discuss initial growth of DIRECTV Now

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
DIRECTV Now took off more quickly than expected -- adding 200,000 subscribers in the first month alone -- and the platform is stabilizing and error rates are down, said AT&T President of Technology and Operations Bill Hogg. And AT&T's Tony Goncalves recently noted, "We saw more activity in one day than most (cross-platform streaming video services) see in a lifetime. This is the first live TV experience at scale." FierceCable (5/15)

Analyst: DISH could build a wireless network for $2.6B

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
DISH Network can meet federal regulatory demands that it build out its wireless network by spending as little as $2.6 billion, per MoffettNathanson Research; such a move would give the satellite provider time to auction off its valuable spectrum trove. FierceWireless (5/9)

FCC nears first vote on reversing net neutrality

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's effort to do away with the net neutrality rules the commission adopted during the Obama administration is to come up for its first vote at an open meeting Thursday. If the commissioners back Pai, the issue will be opened up to input from the public. The Hill (5/15)

Internet-enabled TVs are now the norm, study finds

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Most Americans -- about 56% -- now own a TV that can stream digital video, and those who do are streaming content 24% of the time while watching live TV 39% of the time, an online study from the IAB and MARU Matchbox has found. It also notes that half of Internet-enabled TV owners prefer ads to subscription-based content and 44% say digital video ads are not as intrusive as traditional TV ads. Recode (5/10)

Commentary: Why broadcasters are bundling networks

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Broadcasters such as CBS, ABC and NBCUniversal are aggregating their networks, merging local and national networks via licensing deals with over-the-top providers. This move makes content more valuable to OTT providers, opens new distribution policies and gives national networks more leverage in striking deals, writes Mari Silbey. Light Reading (5/12)

Advertisers get OTT viewing metric from comScore

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
ComScore has unveiled an over-the-top viewing metric for US content streamed to TV, based on its Total Home Panel. The feature will measure content from providers such as Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Netflix, giving advertisers demographic data. MediaPost Communications (5/11)

Report: Over 17K aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
More than 17,000 commercial aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021, up from 6,500 in 2016, a Euroconsult report states. The report notes that the added capacity will be made possible thanks to investment in networks and satellite systems from ViaSat, Gogo, Intelsat and SES, as well as new market entrants, such as SmartSky Networks. Satnews (5/8)