Comcast Internet Essentials Doubles Speed, Adds Free Wi-Fi Router

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Comcast said today it is doubling the speed of its low-income Internet Essentials broadband service at no extra cost and adding a free Wi-Fi router to the offering. The cable company also will expand eligibility for the program and conduct a trial of a discounted...Learn More

Sling TV Vs. Comcast: NBC Stations Won’t Air “Old TV” Ads, SlingTV Says

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“You’ll pay for extra channels and like it,” says a pubescent bully portraying “old TV” as he pins another young man portraying a typical cable customer in a new television ad from Sling TV. Sling TV is running the ad on its web page, along...Learn More

15 Small Telcos Could Lose USF Support: FCC Analysis Shows 100% Competitive Overlap

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Fifteen small U.S. rate-of-return telecom providers could lose Universal Service Fund high-cost support for an entire study area as the result of an analysis conducted by the FCC and released Wednesday. The telcos are in areas where the FCC’s analysis shows that an unsubsidized competitor...Learn More

IHS: Cable Migration to DOCSIS 3.1, Distributed Access is Well Under Way

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Decentralization is a concept that has gained credence, proponents and adherents as it has spread, providing the basis for strategic plans across a wide range of industries, including cable and telecoms. Digital information and communications systems architectures continue evolving, in turn providing the basis for...Learn More

Time Warner Cable Business Class Expands Its Global Calling Plan

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July 28, 2015 — NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) today announced more enhancements to its Business Class Phone (BCP) Global Calling Plan. The service has been enhanced to include more mobile destinations and expanded to include calls to Israel, Romania, and Thailand....Learn More

TIS: All Paths Lead to OTT, IP Video

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Independent cable operators met this week in Boston at NCTC’s annual The Independent Show (TIS), and a growing sense of urgency was on display. That urgency involves correctly positioning a small cable company in a fast changing market, where the historical core service of video...Learn More

STB Consolidation Continues with Cisco/ Technicolor $600 Million Deal

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As the set-top box market undergoes major technology changes, it also is undergoing major ownership changes, with two important deals occurring this week. Just two days after England-based Amino said it would acquire STB manufacturer Entone Technologies for $73 million, France-based Technicolor said today that...Learn More

Alianza Exec: Cloud VoIP Gains Speed as Softswitches Reach End of Life

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Alianza’s announcement this week that three smaller cable companies will use its cloud-based VoIP offering illustrates a broader trend, said Alianza Vice President of Marketing Kevin Mitchell in an interview. After deploying softswitches and other VoIP equipment five to 10 years ago, or buying service...Learn More

Roku Looks to Expand Service Provider Partnerships for Streaming and OTT

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Roku may well be the most familiar streaming OTT device to consumers, thanks in large part to an aggressive retail strategy. But Roku is also now turning their attention to service provider partnerships to help place Roku devices in consumer homes. At Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV...Learn More

Exec Survey Foresees Rise of Niche OTT Video Subscriptions

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How fast will the U.S. market for over-the-top (OTT) video service grow, what’s driving growth and what will the market look like in three years? Forty-five leading providers of entertainment content and services weigh in on these topics in a market research report released today,...Learn More

Comcast OTT Offer Xfinity Stream Adds OTT to Comcast Broadband

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Comcast broadband customers will soon be able to add an OTT offer to their Internet subscription, with no requirement for a traditional video service subscription. The service will feature a limited channel line-up, access to on-demand content, and a cloud DVR. The move appears to...Learn More

Moffett: AT&T FTTH Commitment is Bad News for Cablecos

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Pending approval of its DirecTV acquisition, AT&T’s commitment to a major expansion of its fiber-to-the-premises network could create some major challenges for cable companies, notes Craig Moffett, senior analyst for financial research firm Moffett Nathanson in a research note issued this week. Last week an...Learn More