Report: Multi-Screen TV Viewing Far Exceeds OTT Video Viewing

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Americans spend an average 175 hours per month engaged with a combination of multi-screen TV, four major Internet portals, YouTube and Facebook – 35 hours/month more than they spend working, according to recent Nielsen and comScore market research findings. Eighty percent of that time is...Learn More

Add Nickelodeon OTT to the Growing List of Broadband Delivered OTT Channels

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The list of mainstream traditional programming that will become available direct-to-consumer, without the need of a pay-TV subscription is growing. The popular children’s channel Nickelodeon is the latest to join this list, which also includes HBO, CBS, Showtime, Univison, and others. These moves illustrate a...Learn More

First Cable Wi-Fi Mobile Service, Freewheel, Will Challenge Mobile Industry

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The cable industry has long embraced Wi-Fi as a competitive differentiator. New York based Cablevision was an early pioneer in cable Wi-Fi, and they are once again out in front with Freewheel, the first cable Wi-Fi based mobile phone service. Freewheel could be a sign...Learn More

Midcontinent Selects Equinox for Fraud Management

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(NASHVILLE, TN) January 14, 2015–Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems announces that Midcontinent Communications®, the fastest Internet Service Provider in America (as named by PCMag.com in September 2014*), has chosen the Protector fraud management solution (FMS) from Equinox. Protector is widely recognized as the industry’s most reliable...Learn More

Broadband-Only Homes are Growing and Important, But Actual Numbers are Elusive

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Broadband-only homes, defined as homes without a traditional subscription pay-TV service in this context, are a major focus these days. But exactly how many of them exist? When discussing the launch of their upcoming OTT channel, HBO CEO Richard Plepler cited 10 million broadband only homes as the...Learn More

Country Singer Joins Frontier Small Town Initiative

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January 07, 2015 — NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Multi GRAMMY® Award Winner Vince Gill, Frontier Communications, DISH Network and CoBank will announce a new partnership as part of the significant investment to revitalize small towns and cities across America next Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. (CST)...Learn More

Infonetics: Broadband CPE Revenue Grows 6% in One Quarter

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Tracking developments in digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), and fixed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) customer premises equipment (CPE), the latest quarterly report from Infonetics Research reveals that the global broadband CPE market grew to $2.6 billion from July to October 2014, a sequential quarterly...Learn More

Smart TV Alliance: One Third of Smart TVs Can Use Our Development Kit

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Fully one-third of the world’s smart TVs are now compatible with the Smart TV Alliance’s development toolkit, the alliance said. Developers registered with the Smart TV Alliance are using its Common Developer Portal to develop apps for some 58 million smart TVs, the industry association...Learn More

2014’s Gigabit Network Boom: A Recap

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The gigabit network trend accelerated substantially in 2014. I took a look back at Telecompetitor’s coverage (see list below) and was astonished how many new players this year entered the market or announced plans to do so. In addition, several carriers that announced gigabit plans...Learn More

Gigabit Services: Who Has the Inside Track – Google, Telcos, Municipals, or Cable?

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The rise of Gigabit services has attracted a wealth of interest from broadband service providers of all types, both old and new. The movement began with municipal provider EPB of Chattanooga with their Chattanooga Gig initiative. Since then, Gigabit action has come from large tier...Learn More

Telecom 2014: The Top 12 Stories Are All “To Be Continued”

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Telecompetitor covered a lot of big telecom stories in 2014, but there were 12 that stood out in my mind – and I thought readers might find it helpful to see them all recapped in one place. If there is any single common thread among...Learn More

OTT and MVPD: FCC Considers Treating Internet Video Providers as Cablecos

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Some providers of Internet-delivered, or “over the top”, video could gain the privileges and obligations of cable TV providers if the FCC moves ahead with a proposed plan to classify those providers as multichannel video distribution providers (MVPDs). The proposed plan is described in a...Learn More