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DISH Network has launched its AirTV Player 4K Android set-top box, which is compatible with the company's Sling TV over-the-top service, as well as apps such as Netflix and YouTube. The box comes with a voice-controlled remote that also has shortcut buttons for Netflix and Sling. The Verge (1/3)
DIRECTV Now's promotional $35-per-month pricing for its $60-per-month "Go Big" 100-channel package will end Monday. The company said that it will still offer a smaller package for $35. The Verge (12/29)
The Federal Communications Commission is entering the new year by bracing for major changes under new FCC leadership and incoming President-elect Donald Trump. Hot-button issues the FCC will face this year include net neutrality, broadband privacy and the AT&T-Time Warner merger. The Hill (1/1)
A study by Parks Associates has revealed that around 31% of broadband households subscribe to multiple over-the-top services. The study also revealed that the most common pairing is Netflix and Amazon video services, which are found in 12% of US broadband households. CEDMagazine.com (12/28)
Measuring the success of original programming from subscription-video-on-demand services hinges on total subscriber counts and social media reactions, since traditional ratings don't factor. Canvs used social media to find top streaming originals, including Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle," Hulu's "11/22/63" and Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." Broadcasting & Cable (12/30)
Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot voice-activated devices were the best-selling products on Amazon this year, in line with a Gartner report that predicts that consumers will continue to shift toward using voice-activated devices. Voice control continues to be a major selling point for Comcast's X1 TV platform for both home security and video. CEDMagazine.com (12/27)
Joe Widoff, who has served as the Executive Director of SBCA since July of 2008, retired at the end of 2016. Steve Hill assumed the position of President of SBCA on Jan. 1, 2017. Hill is a 13 veteran of SBCA who has designed and led SBCA's certification and professional development services, as well as membership and a host of additional projects during his tenure.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet