AT&T OTT Service DIRECTV NOW to Launch with 100+ Channels, Original Content for $35/month

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AT&T today took the wraps off its eagerly awaited AT&T OTT services, featuring DIRECTV NOW – and there’s a lot to sort through. There will be three AT&T OTT video offerings available on Wednesday November 30th, one of which, DIRECTV NOW, has four different tiers. Accompanying the launch will be several cross-marketing promotions involving the...Learn More

Nielsen Studies WiFi Vs. Cellular Usage Patterns

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Paying monthly mobile overage charges is becoming increasingly burdensome for consumers as they continue to consume more in the way of mobile video and other forms of data-hungry content. Six point six percent of mobile Android consumers were billed for overage charges in 2Q 2016, Nielsen highlights in a Nov. 22 blog post about WiFi...Learn More

Sling TV, Roku Plan Trial of Cloud-Based DVR Storage

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Sling TV and Roku are planning an ¨invitation only¨ cloud DVR beta program. Sling TV customers can request an invitation to participate in the Sling TV, Roku program, which is slated to begin in December, via www.sling.com/dvr. Invitations will be sent first to Sling TV subscribers that use Roku streaming media players and Roku TVs,...Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are increasingly turning to digital media players as a means of...Learn More

Financial Analyst: Cable Will be the Incumbent Phone Company in 2017

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The local cable company could be the incumbent phone company beginning in 2017, according to financial analysts at Pivotal Research Group. The analysts are generally bullish about the cable industry and bearish about the telecom industry which, according to the analysts, may never grow data subscribers again. “In the end cable simply has a better...Learn More

Comcast X1 Sling TV Integration Highlights Ongoing Embrace of OTT

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An announced Comcast X1 Sling TV integration will bring DISH’s OTT service to millions of Comcast set-top-boxes. The deal illustrates an ongoing embrace of OTT content by traditional pay-TV providers like Comcast. With this Sling deal, Comcast appears to be focused on their extensive multicultural content offerings. “The addition of Sling TV’s multicultural programming will...Learn More

Broadband Economic Benefits: Study Finds Potential $11K Annual Savings

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Growing numbers of Americans are relying on Internet, and increasingly mobile broadband, connectivity to earn their livings. Broadband connectivity also offers numerous and varied opportunities for consumers to save money, and the Internet Innovation Alliance highlights the top 10 of them in a new study about broadband economic benefits. Starting out with the Labor Department’s...Learn More

WBA Carrier WiFi Forecast Calls for Tighter Licensed/ Unlicensed Wireless Integration

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The mix of services that generate carrier WiFi revenues will change substantially between now and 2016, according to a carrier WiFi forecast from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Maravedis Rethink. Currently wholesale services are the biggest source of carrier WiFi revenues, with mobile network operator wholesale revenues representing 18% of total revenues and cable...Learn More

AT&T and DISH Acquiring INVIDI, Gains Leading Addressable Advertising Platform

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In what appears to be a classic co-opetition move, an announced partnership has AT&T and DISH acquiring INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm. Terms were not disclosed. Addressable advertising is a fast growing line of business and both...Learn More

IDC: Used Mobile Phone Market to Reach 222.6 Million Units by 2020

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The market for used and reconditioned smartphones will grow at a 22.3 percent CAGR, rising from 81.3 million to 222.6 million units from 2015-2020, according to used mobile phone market research from IDC. Most major U.S. carriers, many retailers and e-tailers are running some type of trade-in or take-back program, which is fueling growth, IDC...Learn More

Global OTT Content Revenues to Reach $53.2 Billion by Year-End

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Global OTT content revenues will increase from $47.7 billion in 2015 to $53.2 billion by year-end 2016, according to a new market research report from Future Market Insights. The roster of market leaders is chock full of big, high-tech brand names, including Akamai, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Netflix, as well as others...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Penetration to Reach 60% by Year-End, 202 Million Users in 2020

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The connected TV market will surge higher out to 2020, when U.S. connected TV penetration will represent 71.2 percent of U.S. Internet users and 60.4 percent of the national population in 2016, according to new market research from eMarketer. e-Marketer pegs this year’s growth rate for U.S. connected TV users at 20.6 percent to reach...Learn More