ATSC 3.0 Television Standard Finalized, Merges Broadband with Local Broadcast Video

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The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) yesterday approved the remaining standards that together comprise the ATSC 3.0 television standard. ATSC 3.0 is designed to provide additional flexibility via a mix of Internet and broadcast connections to enhance transmission, reception and delivery. Broadly speaking, ATSC 3.0...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

CEO: Key Broadband Metrics Encourage Possible Expansion of TDS Fiber Deployment Plans

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TDS fiber deployment plans may expand to areas of its local service territory where such deployments traditionally have been considered uneconomical, said Leroy T. Carlson Jr., TDS chief executive, at an investor conference yesterday. TDS also will consider fiber deployments in areas where other network...Learn More

Hiawatha Broadband Selects Espial Elevate SaaS Cloud Platform for Video

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November 30, 2017 — OTTAWA, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Espial announced that Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is powering its video services with Espial’s Elevate cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. HBC is a leading operator in Minnesota and Wisconsin providing television, broadband, and voice services to its customers. By...Learn More

AT&T: With 800K Subs, We Now Know Enough About DirecTV Now to Take it To the Next Level

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The next AT&T DirecTV Now platform will provide cloud DVR capability and will support pay-per-view and digital ad insertion, said John Stephens, AT&T senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, at a financial conference today. DirecTV Now is the company’s over-the-top video offering launched...Learn More

Sling TV Becomes First Live and On-demand Streaming Service on Samsung Smart TVs

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November 7, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today became the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on select Samsung Smart TVs. The launch of Sling TV on this new platform enables Sling TV to expand its leadership in device compatibility, currently supporting...Learn More

Research: Rural Consumers Still See Value in Pay TV and Internet, Spending on the Rise

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Recent research with rural consumers highlights interesting video and internet trends for rural America. The study, sponsored by Innovative Systems, reveals that rural consumers served by independent telcos are more technology‐driven than last year and eager to adopt advanced services. The research, obtained through a...Learn More

iPhotonix Completes Integration with NeoNova

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RICHARDSON, TX (PRWEB) OCTOBER 05, 2017 — iPhotonix, an industry innovation leader for high-speed fiber-optic technology, announced today that its iVolve ONT solutions have been fully integrated with NeoNova, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRTC. The iVolve platform supports NeoNova’s network management service offerings and solutions. NeoNova’s TR-069-compatible...Learn More

New York IPTV Provider Moves to Innovative Systems Middleware

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October 5, 2017 — Germantown, NY – As G-Tel presses forward with an aggressive fiber expansion into new areas of the Hudson River Valley of New York, the decision was made to switch to the Innovative Systems IPTV Middleware service. According to General Manager Jason Shelton, as the...Learn More

Roku OS 8 Unveiled, Aims to Bridge Local Over-the-Air Broadcast with OTT

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Roku OS 8, announced today, is designed to more fluidly consolidate HDTV antenna-delivered free, local broadcast TV and streaming. The new OS also includes an updated Smart Guide and more extensive voice activation features. The company believes that the new OS enables it to more...Learn More

Report: Destination Television Boosts Pay-TV Viewing, Despite OTT Gains

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New research from J.D. Power provides evidence that pay-TV subscribers’ behavior is growing in complexity. The bottom line is that there is good news for everybody and that viewership share likely is not a zero-sum game. Key to traditional pay-TV popularity is what researchers called...Learn More

Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV Grows to 23 Pay-TV Operators

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., September 20, 2017 – Evolution Digital today announced the expanded deployment of its fully-packaged eVUE-TV® IP video platform with additional pay-TV operators nationwide. Newly-announced operators deploying eVUE-TV include Cablevision of Marion County, BELD, DTC, LHTC Broadband, Tullahoma Utilities Board, Valley Telecom Group and Gold...Learn More

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