FCC Moves Further on Retransmission Consent

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As expected the FCC this week adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow video service providers including telcos and cable companies the option of bringing in broadcast network signals from outside their home markets. The goal would be to give service providers...Learn More

Cable Industry Economic Impact $386 Billion, Says NCTA

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Just what and how much does the cable industry contribute to the U.S. economy? More than $386 billion in direct, linked and indirect economic impacts, as well as 2.7 million jobs in 2014, according to “America’s Cable Industry: Working for the Future, Delivering the Future,”...Learn More

Streaming Vs. DVD: 41% Use Both, Says Nielsen

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The average American owns four digital devices and is increasingly using them to keep himself or herself entertained, according to Nielsen. But physical media — including purchased and rented DVDs — still play a key role, the research firm says. Nielsen points out that more...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Smaller Cable Companies Are Shutting Down and Congress Should Know Why

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The American Cable Association, which represents small, primarily rural, cable companies, is again asking the Federal Communications Commission to report on and study the closing of smaller cable systems, including why the closings occurred. Ninety-one cable systems serving more than 5,300 subscribers shut down in...Learn More

CableLabs Highlights DOCSIS 3.1 Interoperability Milestones

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Developers and vendors of DOCSIS 3.1 technology have accelerated their activities, which has resulted in the achievement of several milestones over the past year. CableLabs’ Belal Hamzeh, director of broadband evolution highlights and summarizes some of them in a blog post. CableLabs hosted the first...Learn More

Comcast Opens up Live Streaming App, Delivers Live Video to TV, Mobile

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In today’s digital media lifestyle, virtually anyone with a smartphone can be a broadcaster. Comcast hopes to capitalize on this reality with Xfinity Share, a live streaming app, which lets subscribers share live video with others, directly to a TV or other mobile device. Comcast...Learn More

DirecTV Expands 4K Video Capability

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A new set-top box from DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family, makes it possible for more customers to watch 4K Ultra HD (UHD)* programming on nearly any 4K TV. The new 4K Genie Mini, which is about...Learn More

Large Telco Broadband Losses – Giving up on Broadband?

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If you read analysis from Leichtman Research Group, you may come to the conclusion that large tier one telcos, namely Verizon and AT&T, have all but given up on the residential broadband business – at least in non-FiOS and U-verse markets. According to LRG’s latest...Learn More

With $3.3 Billion in Bidding Credits Rejected, What’s Next for DISH Network?

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The possibility of DISH Network offering fixed broadband in rural areas could be in jeopardy now that the FCC has denied bidding credits in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction to two companies that are majority owned by DISH. The bidding credits, intended to give small...Learn More

Report: Pay-TV Subscriber Losses Hit New Record

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U.S. multichannel service providers posted their largest quarterly subscriber loss to date in this year’s second quarter, according to SNL Kagan’s 2Q’15 “U.S. Multichannel Subscriber Report.” SNL Kagan’s 2Q data provides evidence that the perceived risk of “cord-cutting” to pay-TV providers’ is real. U.S. cable,...Learn More

AT&T to Credit DirecTV Customers Who Switch to AT&T Wireless

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DALLAS, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T is inviting DIRECTV and U-verse customers to take advantage of a new promotion of $500 credit per line for switching to AT&T’s wireless service. For a limited time, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV customers who switch their wireless...Learn More

Smaller Cable Companies See Benefits in Transition to IPTV

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Rapid changes in the video business are causing smaller cable companies, who have historically relied on RF and HFC technologies, to evaluate new IPTV options. Customers are demanding digital services like Whole Home DVR, Restart TV, and smartphone and tablet applications, which are best enabled...Learn More