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ComScore: Google, Facebook Are Most Popular Online Video Sites

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Some 191 million Americans used their desktop computers to watch online video in April, according to comScore’s latest Video Metrix report. Led by YouTube, Google sites continue to rank as the top video content property, attracting 152.8 million unique viewers in April. Facebook maintained its...Learn More

Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Valued at $89 Billion

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly told executives of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications that the commission might approve certain cable industry mergers, the two companies today announced plans to merge in a deal that also would bring Bright House Networks into...Learn More

Suddenlink Altice Deal Highlights Ongoing Cable MSO M&A Activity

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Cable MSO merger and acquisition activity continues today, but from a somewhat surprising source. The latest deal includes tier 2 cable MSO Suddenlink who is being acquired by French communications conglomerate Altice for $9.2 billion. Suddenlink is the seventh largest U.S. cable MSO with 1.5 million...Learn More

CFO: Verizon Mobile Video Plans Include Ad-Supported Offering

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Verizon plans to launch an ad-supported mobile video offering this summer that will not count against a customer’s monthly data allotment, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo at an investor conference today. Also this summer Verizon plans to launch a...Learn More

CFO Shares CenturyLink Gigabit Economics, Prism TV Profit Picture

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Most customers that CenturyLink has gained through its gigabit fiber-to-the-premises service actually sign up for speeds they could get over copper infrastructure, said CenturyLink Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing at a financial conference today. Ewing made his remarks in a question-and-answer...Learn More

ABI VidiPath Forecast: 40% of U.S. Cable Households by 2016

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Certified DLNA (Digital Living Alliance) VidiPath devices will be used in 40 percent of U.S. cable TV households that subscribe to advanced services by 2016 and 70 percent by 2020, according to a new report from ABI Research. Based on a common set of industry...Learn More

LRG Sees Big Drop in Pay-TV Net Subscriber Adds

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The number of new video subscribers added to the ranks of the 13 largest pay-TV providers took a precipitous drop in 2015’s first quarter according to the latest market data from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Representing about 95 percent of the U.S. pay-TV market, the...Learn More

The Dawn of Broadband TV is Here

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We are witnessing some profound changes in the video business these days. Broadband has now enabled some very distinct shifts in the delivery of video. It’s led to the emergence of a new model for video and entertainment – broadband TV – where an increasing...Learn More

AT&T-Hulu Deal Brings OTT Video to Mobile and Broadband

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It seems like every week lately there has been an announcement of a multi-play service provider adding an OTT video subscription service to its offerings. The latest such news comes today from AT&T, which said it has made a deal to bring the Hulu subscription...Learn More

IHS: OTT Set-Top Box Shipments to Exceed Telco IPTV STB Shipments

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Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku sold at retail shops will oustrip those of IPTV STBs installed by telco pay-TV service providers this year, according to new research from IHS. IHS expects 31 million OTT...Learn More

EdgeConneX Brings Internet Content Closer to End Users

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Content providers are moving content closer to end users to enhance network performance – and that could have added benefits for broadband providers serving markets outside the top nine from which content traditionally has been delivered. Since the end of 2014, data center operator EdgeConneX...Learn More

Verizon Digital Strategy Now Includes Buying AOL

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Verizon will buy AOL for $4.4 billion or $50 per share. AOL primarily focuses on digital content and online advertising, but has a long storied past with the Internet. Its early foundation was built on dial-up Internet subscriptions, a legacy that still contributes today, with...Learn More