Report: Two Paths Emerging for Voice Network Virtualization

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It wasn’t so long ago that VoIP and softswitches appeared to be the future for telecom voice networks. But much of that equipment already is due for replacement – and rather than deploying more of the same, service providers increasingly are looking at voice network...Learn More

FCC: No Changes to Retransmission Consent Rules Needed, More Blackouts to Come?

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Video operators looking to the FCC to change retransmission consent rules received bad news today. According to a blog post by FCC Chairman Wheeler, no rules changes are needed. That’s somewhat of a victory for broadcasters who held the position that the current rules are...Learn More

DISH Debuts New Voice Remote to Customers Nationwide

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July 14, 2016 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today launched its Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting. This remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes. “Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most...Learn More

Video Cord Cutting Survey: 25% of U.S. TV Households Forgo Pay-TV

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U.S. TV households are increasingly relying on over-the-air broadcast TV and over-the-top (OTT) Internet video services, according to a video cord cutting survey from GfK. No less than one-quarter have chosen to forgo cable or satellite pay-TV services. According to the GfK Home Technology Monitor...Learn More

Cable Firm Transitions to IPTV with Innovative Systems

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Mammoth PA – With their vision to fiber migration and the desire to give their legacy cable TV customers a better experience, Citizens Fiber in southwest Pennsylvania has chosen the APMAX platform from Innovative Systems for the delivery of their IPTV middleware. According to Citizens...Learn More

Ethernet over HFC Definition Will Be Critical to Business Data Services Debate

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With the FCC poised to regulate business data services, opponents are arguing vociferously about the extent of competition in the business data services (BDS) market – and a critical issue is whether Ethernet over HFC counts as a business data service. According to an Ethernet...Learn More

Mediacom Community WiFi on Tap, Trials Underway

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Large national cable MSOs have long coveted WiFi access as a broadband service value add, and a new Mediacom community WiFi initiative demonstrates how smaller cable companies are joining the effort. New York based cable MSO Mediacom, with operations in 22 states, has community WiFi...Learn More

Netflix Comcast X1 Integration Helps Push Netflix into Traditional Pay-TV Mainstream

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Netflix continues its push into the traditional pay-TV experience with news that a Netflix Comcast X1 integration is currently underway. Recode is reporting both companies have confirmed the Netflix Comcast X1 integration, although details have not been revealed. A joint statement on the Recode site...Learn More

TV Retransmission Fees Forecast to Hit $11.6 Billion by 2022

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A new TV retransmission fees forecast calls for U.S. TV station owners to receive $11.6 billion in fees from multi-channel operators by 2022.  That’s a steep increase from the $6.4 billion in retransmission fees that station owners received in 2015, according to the forecast, which...Learn More

ZoneTV: OTT Content Integration is Key to Pay-TV Success

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In order to adapt to the changing pay-TV landscape, operators must embrace OTT content integration with the traditional channel line-up, says ZoneTV CEO Jeff Weber. Weber made his comments at Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV event. Weber, who has a long history in the video business, having...Learn More

Altice Cablevision Purchase Completed; Investment Plans Include New CPE, WiFi

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Cable industry consolidation continues with the Altice Cablevision purchase completed yesterday. The news comes just weeks after completion of a deal that made Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks part of Charter Communications. Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, having previously...Learn More

Skinny Bundles, OTT Upset the Programming Landscape for Pay-TV

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Video operators are seeing dynamic change in the pay-TV marketplace as consumers embrace skinny bundles, OTT, and other emerging video products. That was one conclusion from Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV event. Madeleine Forrer, Vice President of Video Services for NRTC and Stewart Myers, VP of Programming...Learn More