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Comcast's Xfinity app launches on Roku

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:13
Comcast has launched its Xfinity beta app on Roku. The app features on-demand and live programming, local broadcasts and cloud DVR capability, but it requires a Comcast set-top box. TechCrunch (1/31)

Hulu, Amazon closing SVOD gap in customer satisfaction, but Netflix still on top

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:13
Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are closing the customer satisfaction gap with Netflix, per a UBS study. However, Netflix still outperformed the other subscription-video-on-demand services in a number of key areas, including original content, price and lack of advertisements. eMarketer (1/31)

AT&T meets estimates, says gigabit service is popular

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
AT&T's fourth-quarter report, which generally met analysts' expectations, noted increasing take rates for ultra-high-speed broadband services in areas where the telecom has installed fiber-to-the-home. AT&T continues to migrate subscribers from U-verse TV to its DIRECTV unit and has vowed to ramp up its "zero rating" offers on the DIRECTV Now streaming service. CNBC (1/25)

Could DISH, T-Mobile resume merger talks?

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
A flurry of merger-and-acquisition activity is expected to sweep the telecom sector this year, including a possible deal between DISH Network and T-Mobile, this analysis states. Observers say that a deal between the two could give DISH the wireless network it needs to build out its spectrum by the March 2021 deadline. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/29)

Sling TV launches Français Extra, French Bouquet packages

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Multichannel News (1/30)

Study: Millennials prefer broadband, streaming

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Millennials who don't subscribe to pay-TV services value broadband connectivity highly and prefer streaming services, a GfK MRI report states. The study also found that millennials outpace every other demographic in streaming, with 65% of viewing time spent streaming content through TVs or other connected devices. Telecompetitor.com (1/24)

Li-Fi aims to be energy-efficient alternative to Wi-Fi

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Li-Fi is an energy-efficient alternative to Wi-Fi that uses LED light waves and wireless spectrum to connect users to the internet with a special USB drive. The IEEE is working to finalize standards for the technology this year for commercialization, says IEEE Chairman Bob Heile. Bloomberg (1/26)

Report: Connected-TV penetration up almost 50% since 2013

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Connected-TV penetration in US broadband homes has reached 74%, a nearly 50% rise since 2013, per The Diffusion Group. 2013 to 2014 saw the highest growth, at 22%, while 2015 to 2016 saw the lowest growth, at 4%, a pattern that is expected as connected TV reaches saturation. Telecompetitor.com (1/26)

Survey: One-third of millennials have never had pay-TV

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Thirty-five percent of millennials in the 18-to-29 demographic report never having had pay-TV, a significantly higher share than the 9% found in the general population, a Kelly Scott Madison report states. The agency notes that millennials use over-the-top services and consume more digital video than other demographics, relying on services such as Amazon Prime to watch cable shows such as AMC's "The Walking Dead." Media Life (1/23)

Facebook pushes publishers for content in move to put video first

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Facebook is pushing publishers to create longer, premium video content for its website, as well as through Instagram Stories. The company is also reportedly preparing a midroll ad format, which would allow companies to advertise midstream. MediaPost Communications (1/25)

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 19:42
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist

AT&T's DIRECTV Now attracted 200,000 subs in first 30 days

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
AT&T's DIRECTV Now streaming-video service attracted at least 200,000 customers in the month after its Nov. 30 debut, the telecom says. The company offered a promotional rate of $35 a month for a 100-channel tier. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/20)

ViaSat executive vice president: ViaSat-2 will improve in-flight connectivity

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
The ViaSat-2 Ka-band satellite has twice the capacity of ViaSat-1 and will dramatically increase in-flight connectivity for passengers, providing them with continuous coverage between Europe and North America, says Keven Lippert, the company's executive vice president of corporate development. The satellite is expected to launch this year. APEX.aero (1/18)

Nielsen reaches set-top data pact with AT&T

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
AT&T has retained Nielsen to compile ratings data for its U-verse TV and DIRECTV services via set-top box downloads. Nielsen will integrate those figures with its traditional viewer panels for its new Total Audience measurement system. Broadcasting & Cable (1/18)

EchoStar unit debuts managed SD-WAN service

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar, has introduced Hughes Managed SD-WAN, a software-defined WAN service, as part of its HughesON portfolio. The network management services company is aiming for distributed businesses that use broadband communications to link multiple facilities. Network World (1/19)

Sling TV adds 6 SPI channels, including FashionBox, DocuBox

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Multichannel News (1/20)

SpaceX readies Falcon 9 carrying EchoStar 23 satellite for launch

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (1/21)

Sony, LG to stop manufacturing 3D TVs

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Sony and LG have announced that TVs manufactured this year will not have 3D capabilities. Key features such as HDR and 4K/UHD have become primary purchase motivators over 3D, says NPD's Ben Arnold. FierceCable (1/23)

Google shares search data with YouTube

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Google has agreed to share its consumer search data with YouTube in hopes of helping its service better measure and target its ads for prospective audiences. Google added that it plans to add mute buttons and limit cookies and pixels on YouTube this year in an effort to improve mobile viewing and the ad experience. The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (1/20)

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