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Cellular Network Traffic Forecast: Avg Smartphone Data Usage will Reach 5GB/month

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Telecom and Internet service providers should be preparing for another sharp rise in mobile network traffic. More specifically, the annual volume of cell phone data traffic will reach 129,000 petabytes by 2018, according to a cellular network traffic report from Juniper Research released Dec. 6....Learn More

Ovum: Triple Cord Cutting Threat Looms Over U.S. Telcos

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Americans aren’t only ¨cutting the cord¨ on traditional pay-TV services; they’re canceling fixed broadband and voice subscriptions as well, according to new market research from Ovum. The triple cord cutting threat looms large and clouds the outlook for incumbent service providers, researchers said. AT&T and...Learn More

CEO on AT&T DIRECTV NOW Sales: December Sales Target Reached Already

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AT&T already has hit the December target the company had set for its DIRECTV NOW sales figures, which launched just last week, said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today. Stephenson made his comments at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, which was also webcast. DIRECTV...Learn More

CenturyLink and Frontier Weigh OTT Options, Float DIRECTV NOW Resale Option

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Two major telcos expressed interest today in possibly reselling AT&T over-the-top (OTT) video offerings launched last week. In separate question-and-answer sessions, company executives outlined current Frontier and CenturyLink OTT video plans, but also said they might be interested in a wholesale relationship with AT&T involving...Learn More

TiVo and Netflix Enter Into Product and Intellectual Property Agreements

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November 28, 2016 — SAN CARLOS, Calif. & LOS GATOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO), the global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights, and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced they signed licensing agreements that allow both companies to...Learn More

AT&T OTT Service DIRECTV NOW to Launch with 100+ Channels, Original Content for $35/month

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AT&T today took the wraps off its eagerly awaited AT&T OTT services, featuring DIRECTV NOW – and there’s a lot to sort through. There will be three AT&T OTT video offerings available on Wednesday November 30th, one of which, DIRECTV NOW, has four different tiers....Learn More

Nielsen Studies WiFi Vs. Cellular Usage Patterns

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Paying monthly mobile overage charges is becoming increasingly burdensome for consumers as they continue to consume more in the way of mobile video and other forms of data-hungry content. Six point six percent of mobile Android consumers were billed for overage charges in 2Q 2016,...Learn More

Sling TV, Roku Plan Trial of Cloud-Based DVR Storage

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Sling TV and Roku are planning an ¨invitation only¨ cloud DVR beta program. Sling TV customers can request an invitation to participate in the Sling TV, Roku program, which is slated to begin in December, via www.sling.com/dvr. Invitations will be sent first to Sling TV...Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are...Learn More

Comcast X1 Sling TV Integration Highlights Ongoing Embrace of OTT

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An announced Comcast X1 Sling TV integration will bring DISH’s OTT service to millions of Comcast set-top-boxes. The deal illustrates an ongoing embrace of OTT content by traditional pay-TV providers like Comcast. With this Sling deal, Comcast appears to be focused on their extensive multicultural...Learn More

Broadband Economic Benefits: Study Finds Potential $11K Annual Savings

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Growing numbers of Americans are relying on Internet, and increasingly mobile broadband, connectivity to earn their livings. Broadband connectivity also offers numerous and varied opportunities for consumers to save money, and the Internet Innovation Alliance highlights the top 10 of them in a new study...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Penetration to Reach 60% by Year-End, 202 Million Users in 2020

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The connected TV market will surge higher out to 2020, when U.S. connected TV penetration will represent 71.2 percent of U.S. Internet users and 60.4 percent of the national population in 2016, according to new market research from eMarketer. e-Marketer pegs this year’s growth rate...Learn More