Report: Number of Americans Watching Desktop Video Hits 194 Million

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Nearly 194 million Americans (193.6 million) watched online videos via desktop computers in June, comScore reports. Google sites continue to be the leading source of online video content among Americans, attracting 172.7 million unique viewers and driven primarily by YouTube video viewing, according to the latest market data from comScore’s Video Metrix service. Facebook ranked...Learn More

OTT: A Net Neutrality Can of Worms?

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As OTT distribution of video continues to multiply, video and broadband service providers must navigate shifting net neutrality regulations, which are subject to multiple interpretations. Operational strategies like caching, peering, and content delivery networks (CDNs) complicate the net neutrality and open Internet debate, leaving service providers guessing. Jimmy Todd, CEO of Kansas based regional provider...Learn More

Report: Apple Goes from Zero to Smartwatch Market Domination

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Demand for smartwatches picked up markedly in 2Q 2015, rising a record-high 457 percent annually, according to the latest market data report from Strategy Analytics. Unit volume totaled some 5.3 million, up from 1 million a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics’ WDE (Wearables) market research service. 2Q’15 smartwatch shipment volumes totaled more than those...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a requirement to bring fiber-to-the-premises to 12.5 million customer locations that...Learn More

RootMetrics: Verizon Has Fastest Airport Mobile Data Service

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Mobile data and network performance have become a criterion by which people judge the quality of experience at airports as well as retail outlets and other commercial and public facilities open to the public. Testing the quality of mobile networks among the top four wireless network carriers at the 50 busiest U.S. airports, RootMetrics determined...Learn More

GSA: Number of Carriers Offering LTE Rises to 422

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Commercial 4G LTE services are now up and running for 422 wireless carriers in 143 countries, according to the latest update to GSA’s ¨Evolution to LTE¨ report. A total of 106 began offering LTE services this past year, according to a news release. More broadly, 677 wireless carriers in 181 countries are making LTE investments....Learn More

J.D. Power: Business Telecom Satisfaction Increases

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Customer satisfaction has improved across all three business segments of the wireline telecom market thus far into 2015. Lower pricing and improved service plans have been the main motivating factors, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Business Wireline Satisfaction Study. Those three segments are very small, small-to-medium size and and large enterprise businesses.  Six...Learn More

TIS: All Paths Lead to OTT, IP Video

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Independent cable operators met this week in Boston at NCTC’s annual The Independent Show (TIS), and a growing sense of urgency was on display. That urgency involves correctly positioning a small cable company in a fast changing market, where the historical core service of video delivery is in flux. Both the technology and business rules...Learn More

STB Consolidation Continues with Cisco/ Technicolor $600 Million Deal

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As the set-top box market undergoes major technology changes, it also is undergoing major ownership changes, with two important deals occurring this week. Just two days after England-based Amino said it would acquire STB manufacturer Entone Technologies for $73 million, France-based Technicolor said today that it plans to acquire Cisco’s STB business for $600 million....Learn More

Southeastern Regional Carrier PalmettoNet Inks Big Fiber-to-the-Tower Deal

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PalmettoNet, a regional fiber network owned by 11 independent telcos, has won a big contract to provide fiber optic connectivity to more than 650 cell towers to be built by a major U.S. operator in PalmettoNet’s North and South Carolina serving territory. PalmettoNet won the deal through an RFP process, noted PalmettoNet Director of Marketing...Learn More

OTT Video Demographics Report: Streaming Most Popular with Gen X

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Households in which at least one person is a member of Generation X (roughly 35-49) and those with children (17 and under) are much more likely to stream video and other over-the-top content. More than half (54 percent) of homes with kids view OTT content on TV sets as compared to 40 percent of all...Learn More

Report: Streaming, Device Proliferation Fuel Wi-Fi Dissatisfaction

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Actual performance of Wi-Fi in the home falls well short of consumer expectations. according to new research. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of consumers have experienced significant issues revolving around slow Internet speeds that hinder fast, efficient streaming and downloading of large files and video, according to the 2015 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI). Home users,...Learn More