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Report: Ultra HD TV Penetration to Reach Nearly 50% of Homes by 2020

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Falling prices will prompt a surge in Ultra HD TV penetration this year, according to new market research from Strategy Analytics. The start of a phase-out of 1080p large-screen models will contribute to rise. Ultra HD TVs will be present in 1 of 8 North...Learn More

Report: First Ever Drop in Streaming Video Spending Growth

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The streaming video spending growth rate will see its first ever decline between 2015 and 2016, according to Strategy Analytics, which forecasts U.S. consumers will spend $6.62 billion on video streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, this year. If realized, the forecast...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency,...Learn More

Survey: Netflix Popularity Twice That Of TV Among OTT Users

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Streaming TV shows via Netflix is more popular than traditional ¨live¨ TV watching, at least among those who have been ¨exposed¨ to streaming via the Internet according to a new national Netflix popularity survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research. Survey respondents preferred streaming TV shows...Learn More

New Netflix Speed Test, fast.com, Provides Simple Broadband Speed Analysis

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A new Netflix speed test offers a very simple way to test your current broadband speed connection. By visiting fast.com, users get a very simple read out of their current Internet connection. The test works for both fixed and mobile connections. “Like the cellular data...Learn More

Survey: 20% of Video Streamers Intend to Cancel Pay TV

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A new study conducted by TDG (The Diffusion Group) for CSG Systems International reveals that 20% of video streamers intend to cancel pay TV. The results highlight OTT streaming video’s expanding incursion into pay-TV providers’ traditional market domain and the impacts of video streaming on...Learn More

WOW! Deploys Evolution Digital Hybrid IP Set-Top-Box

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Centennial, Colorado — May 17, 2016 — Evolution Digital today announces that WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone is the first broadband operator to offer Evolution Digital’s acclaimed eBOXTM IP hybrid set-top box, powered by TiVo®. eBOX is being deployed for WOW!’s newly developed SW!VEL service, which...Learn More

Ahead of DIRECTV OTT Streaming Launch, AT&T Acquires Quickplay

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AT&T is busily preparing for an upcoming DIRECTV OTT streaming launch, and is acquiring Quickplay in the process. Quickplay provides a managed video platform that powers OTT, TV Everywhere, and other digital video solutions. AT&T already uses Quickplay for their U-verse TV platform. AT&T is...Learn More

OTT Sports Subscribership: 16% of Broadband Households, Parks Says

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OTT sports subscribership has risen to 16% of U.S. broadband households, according to new market research from Parks Associates. NFL Game Pass was the most popular OTT video sports subscription at 6%, though it doesn’t stream live games, Parks highlights in a press release. WWE...Learn More

FCC Approval for Charter TWC Bright House Merger Received

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FCC approval for Charter TWC Bright House merger plans, announced late Friday, means the deal could close soon. The only remaining hurdle is the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote to approve the deal this week. Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner...Learn More

Netflix Mobile Data Controls Introduced

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Netflix mobile data controls introduced today give end users the ability to adjust streaming video quality and limit the amount of mobile data consumed. In its default setting, the new mobile data management tool limits cellular data consumption via Netflix to one gigabyte of data...Learn More

AT&T Selects Synacor for Portal Services

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BUFFALO – May 4, 2016 – Synacor, Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNC), the trusted multiscreen technology and monetization partner for video, internet and communications providers, device manufacturers and enterprises, today announced that AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), the largest pay TV provider in the United States, has awarded a portal...Learn More