IHS: Conditional Access STB Market to Peak in 2015

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Revenue in the global market for conditional-access set-top boxes (STBs) has surged along with strong growth in pay-TV over the past ten years. That’s going to change in coming years, as pay-TV market growth slows and reaches saturation, according to new market research from IHS...Learn More

Cox Extends Low-Income Internet Program

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cox Communications today announced a two-year extension of its participation in Connect2Compete, the broadband adoption program that offers discounted high speed internet service to low-income families with children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Cox pledged $15...Learn More

Report: African-American Cord-Cutting Could See Big Rise

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When it comes to home TV, Internet and phone services, African-Americans are some of the biggest spenders in the U.S. And while African-American households are the most likely to subscribe to digital add-ons like DVR, HD and premium channels, they’re also more likely than their...Learn More

Feds: Low-Volume Buyers Don’t Have to File Special Access Pricing Data

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Communications service providers that purchased less than five million dollars in dedicated services in price cap territories in 2013 are not required to file special access pricing data with the FCC, said the federal Office of Management and Budget on Friday. This is a departure...Learn More

Cable Operator Revenues Approach Historic Shift

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Leichtman Research Group (LRG) says the largest U.S. cable TV operators now have more high speed access customers than they do video customers, according to  Bruce Leichtman, LRG president and principal analyst. And, sometime in 2015, it is possible AT&T will have more fixed network...Learn More

LRG: Cable Broadband Subscribers Exceed Video Subscribers

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Representing about 93 percent of the market, the seven largest U.S. cable companies and telcos added nearly 385,000 new high-speed Internet subscribers on a net basis in 2Q 2014. High-speed Internet subscriber rolls among the seven now total more than 85.9 million, according to the...Learn More

DISH Accepts Its First Bitcoin Payment

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August 14, 2014 – ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– DISH® accepted its first bitcoin payment today as the payment option is now available for all DISH customers through mydish.com. Today’s inaugural bitcoin transaction follows DISH’s recent announcement that DISH customers could pay their monthly bill with bitcoin...Learn More

Benchmarking, While Valuable, Has Disruptive Implications

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Benchmarking–the practice of comparing one’s performance against other firms in the same industry–is widely practiced. Typically, such measures provide an indication of how well a firm is doing, compared to its competitors. Benchmarking across industries likewise can be quite useful, highlighting gaps or areas where...Learn More

ABI: 4K TV Adoption Will Vary Between OTT and PayTV

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Next-gen Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution offers TV and video network and content providers a means of differentiating their services, with different categories of provider more or less likely to be early adopters of the technology for distribution across different types of devices and services,...Learn More

Dish Rolls Out New TV Everywhere App

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August 07, 2014 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH rolled out the latest update for its DISH Anywhere™ app on iPad, Android and Kindle tablets. DISH Anywhere gives Hopper® with Sling customers the ability to view live, recorded and Video On Demand content at home or on-the-go...Learn More

CenturyLink Gigabit Multi-City Stealth Launch

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Updated August 5 While some network operators have been announcing future gigabit service launches and pondering where to build out the ultra-high-speed broadband service next, CenturyLink apparently has been stealthily deploying the service in numerous markets in its ILEC service territory. The company announced today...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Low-Income Broadband Offers Amnesty on Past Due Balances

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An announcement today from Comcast highlights a broadband adoption challenge that may have been previously overlooked. The company said it will make its Internet Essentials low-income broadband service available to people who previously were not able to receive the service because they had past due...Learn More