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Trump reverses FCC broadband privacy rules

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a resolution that reverses Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to obtain permission before using customer data. Opponents, including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and the Federal Trade Commission's Terrell McSweeny, have expressed concerns over eliminating the rule without implementing a replacement. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/3)

VisSat taps McObject tool to implement DMAS debugging system

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
ViaSat will use eXtremeDB from McObject to implement its Data Metric Aggregation System, a new physical layer satellite debugging tool. ViaSat expects DMAS to improve the quality of its metrics data, which it can use to improve analytics and better target market groups. SatelliteToday.com (free registration) (3/28)

What's DISH's next move with $15B in wireless spectrum?

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has led the company in its acquisition of $15 billion worth of wireless spectrum over the past five years, but most of his plans, including mobile services, have yet to come to fruition, writes Bob Scherman in this commentary, originally for Satellite Business News. A deal with a major wireless company seems to be off the table, and some speculate that the company could make a move into the internet of things market, Scherman writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/27)

DIRECTV Latin America to carry BBC content

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Rapid TV News (U.K.) (4/4)

Nielsen: TV viewing higher among older demographics

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Live TV viewing fell by four minutes in the fourth quarter -- compared with 2016's Q4 -- to four hours and 23 minutes per day, while time-shifted viewing on DVR and smartphone video viewing increased during the period, a Nielsen report states. The report also showed that TV use increases as adults get older, with the 65-or-older demographic rising to 51 hours and 10 minutes per week of DVR and live TV viewing. Broadcasting & Cable (4/3)

Sources: Verizon considering live-streaming service

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Verizon has been in talks with TV networks to secure streaming rights for its planned live online TV service, sources say. The service is reportedly planned for release as early as this summer and will be priced similarly to DIRECTV Now and Sling TV. Bloomberg (3/30)

Startup launches app for improved TV viewing on mobile

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Startup company Dreams has launched a smartphone app that optimizes mobile TV and video for vertical viewing. The ad-supported app has a swipe-based interface and doesn't require login information after the video feed has been delivered. Broadcasting & Cable (3/28)

Survey: 82% of rural consumers subscribe to traditional video

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Eighty-two percent of rural consumers subscribe to traditional video services, while just 4% get their video from the internet, per a survey commissioned by Innovative Systems. The survey also found a 3% increase in pay-TV households, and 34% of respondents watch streaming video, up from 23% in 2016. CEDMagazine.com (3/29)

A total immersion in life offers the best classroom for learning to love.

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Leo Buscaglia, writer and motivational speaker

DIRECTV to feature 25 4K MLB games this season

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
DIRECTV is expected to air 25 MLB games in 4K Ultra HD this year. The first round will begin on April 4 with the Cubs-Cardinals game. Engadget (3/26)

Sling TV uses Adobe's Advertising Cloud for programmatic ads

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Sling TV is entering the programmatic advertising fray with the help of Adobe's Advertising Cloud service to allow marketers to bid on the company's inventory in real time. Observers say advertisers will be able to use demographics and other data to target specific audiences. Adweek (3/23)

Hughes: How SD-WAN can benefit federal agencies

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Software-defined wide area networking services is a good option for federal agencies looking for affordable broadband options, per Hughes Network Services, which offers a broadband mapping and connection program. Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of government solutions for Hughes, says that Hughes' service can help government and business groups continue to deliver high-speed coverage, despite proposed federal budget cuts. FierceTelecom (3/27)

House votes today on elimination of FCC privacy regulations

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
The House will vote today on eliminating a Federal Communications Commission privacy policy that affects internet service providers. The bill, which is widely expected to pass, would nullify rules that require broadband providers to obtain permission to use or share consumer data. The Hill (3/27)

Deloitte survey: Broadband keeps pay-TV subs on board

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Seventy-four percent of US households subscribe to pay-TV services, and around two-thirds of subscribers say they keep their service because it is bundled with broadband, a Deloitte survey has found. The report recommends that companies find new ways to reach consumers through free content and show subscribers why keeping their service is beneficial. Deadline.com (3/21)

ComScore: Mobile media growth is slowing

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Mobile media use growth has slowed and matured, a comScore report states. The report also found that live TV viewership -- fueled by sports -- remains steady, accounting for 84% of overall viewing. Broadcasting & Cable (3/22)

Study: TV consumption remains strong in US households

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
TV consumption in US households has remained steady or has grown over the past two years, a Morning Consult study has found. The study found that 19% of respondents are watching more traditional TV, while 29% of 18- to 29-year-olds are relying exclusively on streaming services. MediaPost Communications (3/22)

Tech companies scramble to scoop up NFL streaming rights

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:30
Recode (3/23)

AT&T offers free year of HBO with DIRECTV Now subscription

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:56
AT&T is offering new DIRECTV Now subscribers a free year of HBO if they sign up for the company's 100-channel Go Big plan or 120-channel Gotta Have It plan. HBO is home to shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Veep." CNET (3/20)

Sling TV debuts new interface for Xbox One

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:56
Sling TV has introduced a new interface for Xbox One that makes the "My TV" view easier to access and allows users to pre-select their favorite networks for easy streaming. The company, which recently collaborated with Microsoft, also announced that Sling TV now comes loaded on Windows 10 devices. Multichannel News (3/16)

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