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Ergen’s New Hobby: A Dish IoT Wireless Network Costing $1 Billion to Start

Some video executives might buy a hobby farm. But Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen’s new hobby is a Dish IoT wireless network that will cost $1 billion for phase one. “For me it’s not a job. . . it’s a hobby” Ergen reportedly told attendees...Learn More

New AirTV App Distributes Local OTA Broadcast Channels In and Out of The Home

AirTV has upgraded their platform which integrates over-the-air (OTA) local broadcast channels with streaming OTT video. The growth of streaming services has given a second life to OTA. The new AirTV system enables free local channels received at homes via antennas to be sent to...Learn More

ACSI: Video Customer Satisfaction Higher for Streaming Services Than Linear TV

Video streaming services scored a 75 out of 100 for video customer satisfaction in their inaugural appearance on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) Telecommunications Report, far outdistancing subscription TV’s score of 62. Subscription TV’s score was down 3.1% from last year. “Video streaming services...Learn More

Report: Netflix Takes HBO Now to the Woodshed, Rated Best SVOD Offering

Netflix continues to provide more of what viewers want than competing subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, according to a new report about the best SVOD offering from customer experience research firm UserTesting. Netflix scored a 90 out of 100 in a ranking that considered...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Linear TV Model is Dead, We’re Looking for an OTT Partner to Bundle with 5G

Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam shed some light on their video strategy for 5G and it involves partnering with an existing OTT player. But which player? McAdam made it perfectly clear that Verizon has no intention of developing their own OTT video offer, but...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service...Learn More

AT&T CEO: “Radical” Upgrades to DIRECTV NOW Will Increase Price; OTT Alternative to DIRECTV DBS on Tap as Well

The user interface for AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform will soon get a “radical upgrade,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference this morning. DIRECTV NOW upgrades also will include support for a cloud DVR and three simultaneous...Learn More

South Dakota CLEC Converts IPTV Middleware

May 14, 2018 — Mitchell, SD – Citing a desire to be more than just a broadband pipe, Mitchell Telecom General Manager Scott Peper says the conversion to the Innovative Systems IPTV Middleware is part of the holistic picture that they want to represent for the...Learn More

Comcast Motion Insights Tracks Foot Traffic for Business Customers

Comcast Business today announced the launch of Comcast Business SmartOffice Motion Insights, an application aimed at helping businesses understand and better react to how people move through their businesses. Comcast Motion Insights is part of the company’s SmartOffice solution. The idea is to leverage advanced...Learn More

Parks: Sports is the Key for Over One Quarter of Pay-TV Households

More than a quarter (27%) of pay-TV households subscribe for sports, according to a study from Parks Associates. Sports also has become increasingly important to OTT offerings, researchers noted. Brett Sappington, Parks Associates’ Senior Director of Research, noted CBS and ESPN recently have launched OTT...Learn More

Windstream: Bundling OTT Isn’t Helping Broadband, At Least Not Yet

Windstream reported their quarterly results today and cited a potential turn around in consumer broadband trends. Windstream has been losing broadband subscribers by the thousands each quarter, and earlier this year announced they would begin bundling OTT through a partnership with DIRECTV NOW to help...Learn More

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