Posts by Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is a long time writer and editor, covering technology. His writing has appeared at IT Business Edge, Broadband Technology Report,, InternetWeek and many other sites and publications.

Charter Spectrum App Coming to Apple TV, Expands Charter Availability Beyond STBs

Charter will offer its Spectrum pay-TV service as an app on Apple TV later this year. The Apple TV Charter app will provide access to the Charter lineup to nearly 50 million households, according to an Apple press release. In addition Charter will add Apple’s TV 4K offering to its lineup. AppleTV 4K offers 4K...Learn More

AT&T Flying COW Drone: Funny Name, Serious Mission

An AT&T flying COW drone demonstrated at the carrier’s Bedminster, NJ, facility and in Redmond, WA aims to help speed disaster recovery efforts. While readers may be familiar with using the COW acronym to mean “cellsite on wheels,” this COW is a “cell on wings.” The Flying COW was created by AT&T in connection with...Learn More

Parks: Streaming Media Player Penetration Hits Nearly 40% in U.S. Broadband Homes

It’s been a great decade for streaming media players, according to research from Parks Associates. The firm found that streaming media player penetration has risen from 6% among U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of this year. The research also looks at the competitive landscape. It found that Amazon’s share...Learn More

Google Cloud Platform Joins AT&T NetBond for Cloud Ecosystem, G Suite Now a Part of AT&T Collaborate

AT&T and Google are partnering on an expansive cloud networking and productivity services platform for business customers. Google Cloud Platform will join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem. The Google Cloud Platform AT&T NetBond for Cloud deal will enable businesses to use AT&T NetBond for Cloud to connect to the Google Cloud Platform through Google’s...Learn More

Broadband Forum: Citing Global Fixed Broadband Statistics, Fiber Now Underlies 77% of All Connections

Fiber, copper and cable networks supported 77% of fixed subscribers worldwide at the end of last year, according to global fixed broadband statistics compiled by Point Topic. The new research from the company found that more than half of people get their broadband over these types of networks in more than 40 countries. Leading the...Learn More

New AirTV App Distributes Local OTA Broadcast Channels In and Out of The Home

AirTV has upgraded their platform which integrates over-the-air (OTA) local broadcast channels with streaming OTT video. The growth of streaming services has given a second life to OTA. The new AirTV system enables free local channels received at homes via antennas to be sent to Internet-capable televisions via the home’s WiFi network. The channels can...Learn More

ACSI: Video Customer Satisfaction Higher for Streaming Services Than Linear TV

Video streaming services scored a 75 out of 100 for video customer satisfaction in their inaugural appearance on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) Telecommunications Report, far outdistancing subscription TV’s score of 62. Subscription TV’s score was down 3.1% from last year. “Video streaming services significantly outperformed subscription TV,” David VanAmburg, the Managing Director of...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel subscriptions fell to 93.2 million. Of those, 90.3 million were...Learn More

Report: Google Explodes Onto the Smart Speaker Category with 709% Growth but Still Trails Amazon

Amazon led the smart speaker category during the first quarter of the year with shipments of about 4 million units, according to Strategy Analytics. Though that’s almost half of the total category shipments of 9.2 million units, Amazon’s market share took a hit. It was almost cut in half and dipped below 50% compared to...Learn More

Senate Net Neutrality Vote Aims to Reinstate Rules

The Senate voted 52-47 yesterday to overturn the decision late last year to end Net Neutrality rules. The Senate Net Neutrality vote was brought up under the Congressional Review Act, which allows a vote on regulatory changes within a limited time after they are signed into law. Three Republicans – John Kennedy of Louisiana, Linda...Learn More

Verizon and Partners Test Mobile CBRS on Live Network in Florida, Achieve 790 Mbps Peak Speed

Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies said they have tested Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in a live commercial network in Florida. CBRS is shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of which already has been freed up for unlicensed use on a shared basis with government users and a portion of...Learn More

Spectrum Enterprise Fiber Investment Will Help Maintain 50 Fiber-Lit Building Per Day Momentum, Now at 200K Buildings

Spectrum Enterprise fiber investment will exceed $1 billion for 2018 –the second year that unit of Charter Communications has received investment dollars exceeding $1 billion. The investment by the company will primarily be used to increase the density of its national fiber network. It also will finance new tools, training and client services. The investment...Learn More

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