DIRECTV NOW Cloud DVR Will Come Courtesy of New Unified AT&T Entertainment Platform

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AT&T is working on a unified platform for all of its video services, including DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, and U-verse TV. A DIRECTV NOW Cloud DVR will be the first feature to show up from this new platform evolution, coming this summer, the company announced. Currently,...Learn More

Roku Monthly Accounts Now Number 15 Million, Streaming 7 Billion Hours of Video

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Roku monthly accounts have reached a new milestone as of June 30th — 15 million, the company announced. The company said that  is a 43 percent increase over the year-ago period. Those users streamed almost 7 billion hours on the platform during the first half...Learn More

Parks: Majority of Broadband Households Watch OTT Video on TV

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New research from Parks Associates shows that the majority of Internet households watch OTT video on TV. This is a significant revelation in the evolution of entertainment video. “Today, more televisions are connected to the Internet than ever, either directly or through connected devices like...Learn More

i3 Broadband Expands Residential and Business Fiber Optic Network in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois — July 10, 2017 — i3 Broadband, a neighborhood provider of fiber optic Internet, today announced it will start construction in multiple neighborhoods to continue its multi-year, multi-million dollar investment in extending the fiber network throughout Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. i3 Broadband offers ultra-high speed...Learn More

Evolution Digital Reaches eVUE-TV Agreement with GCI

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Centennial, Colorado — June 20, 2017 — Evolution Digital today announces that it has reached an agreement with General Communication Inc. (GCI) to deploy its fully managed eVUE-TV® IPTV Solution to GCI customers in select service regions. GCI delivers residential and business telecommunications services primarily...Learn More

Report: TV Streaming Subscribers Can Be Segmented into Four Categories

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About two-thirds of U.S. adult broadband users have subscriptions to video-on-demand (SVOD) on a home television. Streaming movies and TV programs via the Internet to their TV screens isn’t the only thing that distinguishes home SVOD subscribers from the larger population of U.S. adult broadband...Learn More

Research: Screen Penetration Still Led by TVs, Smartphones Closing In

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Household smartphone penetration jumped six percentage points year-over-year to reach 80 percent, but that only gets them to second place for screen penetration, according to CTA’s (Consumer Technology Association) “19th Annual Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study.” Americans own 27 million more smartphones than...Learn More

ACSI: Pay-TV Customer Satisfaction Remains “Abysmal”

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American pay-TV customer satisfaction was even worse in the roughly 12 months from May 17, 2016 to April 25, 2017 than it was in the period prior, according to the latest ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index). Overall customer satisfaction with their pay-TV subscription services dropped...Learn More

Comcast: X1 Will Win the Day for Us Even Against OTT

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We lost track of how many times Comcast’s new CEO Dave Watson touted the company’s X1 user interface at an investor conference today. But it was in the range of a dozen times or more. Among the X1 competitive benefits cited: reducing churn, improving customers’...Learn More

CFO Touts Benefits of AT&T Broadband Bundles, Sees Broadband as a Growth Area Again

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AT&T broadband will be a growth area again, said John Stephens, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer for the carrier, at an investor conference today. He added that AT&T broadband bundles have helped the company minimize churn substantially. Stephens attributed AT&T’s improved broadband...Learn More

TDG: Cord Cutting is Surging with 58% of U.S. Cord Cutters Cancelling Pay-TV in the Past Two Years

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Over half of U.S. cord cutters (51.8%) canceled their pay-TV service subscriptions in 2015 and 2016, according to new market research TDG (The Diffusion Group). One-third did so last year, TDG said. TDG predicted that high prices and the growing popularity of on-demand OTT (Over...Learn More

EPIX and Frontier Communications Renew Distribution Agreement

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New York — April 17, 2017 — Premium entertainment network EPIX today announced that it has renewed its distribution agreement with Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), a leader in providing communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states. Terms of the agreement were not...Learn More

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