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Cable One Strategy of Leading with Broadband over Video Was the Right Choice, Says CEO Julie Laulis

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Several years have passed since cable MSO Cable One made the decision to de-emphasize video and focus on broadband. The choice has proven to be a good one, said Cable One President and CEO Julie Laulis yesterday. The Cable One strategy choice to de-emphasize video...Learn More

CEO: AT&T Time Warner Plans Include Better Content Monetization, More Mobile Integration

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AT&T sees significant opportunities for monetizing the content assets it will own when its planned acquisition of Time Warner is completed, noted AT&T CEO, Chairman and President Randall Stephenson today in a question-and-answer session at an investor conference, where he discussed AT&T Time Warner plans....Learn More

$2.3B Wave Broadband Acquisition by RCN Will Create Sixth Largest Cable Broadband Operator

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In its latest deal, TPG Capital is backing RCN’s $2.3 billion Wave Broadband acquisition. Wave Broadband will join TPG Capital’s cable and broadband portfolio, which also already includes RCN and Grande Communications – two operators that, like Wave, are focused on multi-play offerings including broadband...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

Streaming Media Adapters Forecast Highlights Growing 4K Penetration

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Demand for streaming media adapters is poised for a sharp growth spurt amidst growth of recently introduced linear, 24×7 streaming video services, such as DirecTV Now and YouTube TV, according to a streaming media adapters forecast from ABI Research. Global unit shipments will rise to...Learn More

Coming Soon to a Streaming OTT Offer Near You – Your Local Broadcast Affiliates

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It’s no secret that streaming OTT services like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue are on the rise and beginning to offer a legitimate OTT alternative to traditional subscription pay TV packages. But outside of a few major cities, these streaming offers have struggled...Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Roadmap: 15 Mbps Capable Connections Will Be Upgraded First

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Consolidated Communications hopes to complete its acquisition of FairPoint in mid-summer, said Consolidated CEO Bob Udell yesterday. When that occurs, a Consolidated FairPoint roadmap will prioritize upgrading broadband lines currently capable of supporting speeds of 15 Mbps to support 20-100 Mbps, Udell told attendees at...Learn More

Availability of Complete Series Boosts Xfinity Watchathon Week Viewing

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The ability to “binge watch” episodes of TV series on big and small screens alike has helped change the way viewers watch television. Having introduced Xfinity TV subscribers to “Watchathon Week” in 2013 — two years prior to the term “binge watch” being named “Word...Learn More

Hulu vMVPD Service Enters Beta, Hulu with Live TV Joins Crowded Streaming PayTV Field

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A long discussed Hulu vMVPD service was unveiled today and it offers a streaming OTT payTV alternative to traditional payTV services offered by cable, telco, and DBS operators. Hulu with Live TV joins a crowded streaming OTT payTV field which includes DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue,...Learn More

Cable ONE Completes Acquisition of NewWave Communications

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Phoenix, Arizona — May 1, 2017 — Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) (the “Company” or “Cable ONE”) today announced the completion of its acquisition of NewWave Communications (“NewWave”), a cable operator providing high-speed data, video and voice services to residential and business customers throughout non-urban...Learn More

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