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AT&T unlimited data now available without pay-TV plan

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
AT&T will no longer require subscribers who want unlimited wireless data plans to buy either U-verse TV or satellite service DIRECTV, the telecom said as it moved to more closely match offers from rival carriers. Verizon recently rolled out an unlimited data service. USA Today (2/17)

Sen. Thune: What's next for tech policies

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
Congress' input will be important in considering the future of open internet rules and in changing overreaching regulations, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said in a recent interview. Thune also discussed broadband privacy rules created in 2016 and the Mobile Now Act's importance in advancing 5G. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (2/19)

Analyst: DISH, T-Mobile merger is a possibility

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
Investor's Business Daily (2/17)

SK Telecom develops smart TV systems

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
SK Telecom has developed a new system that provides sensor-connected, closed-circuit television and audio components that run on artificial intelligence. The T view sense provides cloud storage for CCTV systems, while the speakers can control the home via audio commands. The Korea Herald (Seoul) (2/20)

Xbox One expands streaming service

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
Xbox One has expanded its streaming offerings to include Beam live streaming, which allows users to stream their own game play and view other Beam streams. Microsoft purchased Beam in August. VentureBeat (2/17)

Caavo unveils new way to control connected devices

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:11
Startup Caavo has unveiled a product that allows users to integrate and control up to eight connected devices. The product uses a unified interface to control and link viewers to content from devices including Fire TV, Roku, gaming consoles and set-top boxes. Multichannel News (2/16)

Sling TV to launch cloud DVR on Android, Amazon, Apple TV

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Sling TV will soon launch its cloud DVR service for Amazon Fire TV, Android devices and Android TV, and it plans to expand the service to Apple TV. The company celebrated its two-year launch anniversary with a free preview of its Sling Orange package over the weekend. Multichannel News (2/9)

Starz joins DIRECTV Now lineup

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Starz is now available through the DIRECTV Now streaming service as part of the "Gotta Have It" package; it can also be purchased as an add-on for $8 per month. Subscribers will gain access to on-demand content from Starz and Encore, as well as linear streaming content. Broadcasting & Cable (2/7)

Camp + King, DISH tune in to customer needs

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
DISH Network's "Tuned in to you" campaign from Camp + King promises a superior customer experience, with an introductory spot debuting a "spokeslistener" character for the brand. The push will run across TV, radio, digital and social media platforms. MediaPost Communications (2/6)

Critics sound off on net neutrality compromise

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., are promoting a bipartisan legislative compromise for net neutrality rules but are facing opposition from fellow Republicans. The compromise would prohibit blocking and throttling while also limiting the Federal Communications Commission's future powers. The Hill (2/11)

DIRECTV adds Fox Sports broadcasts in 4K

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
FierceCable (2/13)

Apple to kick off original content creation with 2 shows

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Apple is venturing into the original programming arena, but the company plans to start small and focus on content that is "unique and cultural," says Senior Vice President Eddy Cue. Apple will debut "Carpool Karaoke" in April, while an original reality show, "Planet of the Apps," is in the works. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/14)

Sony 4K TVs to use Google assistant

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Sony 4K televisions will add Google assistant capabilities after getting a firmware update that's planned for this year. The assistant will allow televisions to interact with Google Home speakers. Wired.com (2/10)

Hulu VR app invites collective, interactive viewing

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Oculus owners can now use the new Hulu VR app and their Avatars on both the Gear VR and the Rift to watch Hulu content with friends in Oculus Rooms. The setup is compelling, allowing participating users to use their virtual hands in a variety of ways, Adario Strange writes. Mashable (2/9)

HBO Now hits 2M sub milestone

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
HBO Now has more than 2 million subscribers, having added more than 1 million subs since March, parent company Time Warner confirmed this week. The rapid growth and success of the over-the-top service are attributed to cross-platform support, high-quality content and multiple ways to subscribe. TechCrunch (2/8)

A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world's torrent.

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 19:12
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer and statesman

DISH gets Sling assets in swap with EchoStar

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:13
DISH Network has completed a tax-free swap with sister company EchoStar in which DISH has taken Sling TV's assets, as well as set-top operations and various other components. The move prompted speculation among analysts that Charlie Ergen, who controls both companies, is preparing to complete a major deal with DISH. FierceCable (2/1)

DIRECTV Now becomes go-to source for Taylor Swift content

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:13
Singer Taylor Swift performed her one and only concert of the year Saturday, which means fans will have to subscribe to DIRECTV Now if they want access to exclusive content from the star. AT&T and Swift signed a content deal in October granting DIRECTV Now rights to content and performances. Investopedia (2/6)

ViaSat prepares for significant satellite broadband growth

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 19:13
ViaSat says it is preparing to double its installed satellite broadband capacity with the launch of its new ViaSat-2 satellite in March or April. CEO Mark Dankberg says an increase in over-the-top services such as HBO Now and DIRECTV Now is creating "an enormous demand for bandwidth." The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/5)

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