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INS and Skitter Partner for IPTV and Broadband TV

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Iowa Network Services (INS), a regional network provider owned by Iowa telcos and an early pioneer in IPTV, has selected an additional platform to provide both IPTV and broadband TV services to its member companies (and beyond). INS will partner with Skitter for both platforms....Learn More

Verizon Goes OTT with HBO Now

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Verizon just became the largest broadband provider to offer HBO’s OTT channel HBO NOW. Verizon’s broadband subscribers can access the OTT channel immediately, and some version of it will soon be made available to Verizon’s 100 million wireless subscribers. The move illustrates the rapidly evolving...Learn More

Forget the Big Screen TV, Fujitsu Works on Creating a Digital Room

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Fujitsu announced it is field testing a new user interface (UI) technology that promises to convert large, common spaces – walls, tables, even rooms – into digital spaces. Developed by Fujitsu Laboratories and making use of a support application developed by Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory,...Learn More

Report: Number of Americans Watching Desktop Video Hits 194 Million

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Nearly 194 million Americans (193.6 million) watched online videos via desktop computers in June, comScore reports. Google sites continue to be the leading source of online video content among Americans, attracting 172.7 million unique viewers and driven primarily by YouTube video viewing, according to the...Learn More

OTT: A Net Neutrality Can of Worms?

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As OTT distribution of video continues to multiply, video and broadband service providers must navigate shifting net neutrality regulations, which are subject to multiple interpretations. Operational strategies like caching, peering, and content delivery networks (CDNs) complicate the net neutrality and open Internet debate, leaving service...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

TIS: All Paths Lead to OTT, IP Video

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Independent cable operators met this week in Boston at NCTC’s annual The Independent Show (TIS), and a growing sense of urgency was on display. That urgency involves correctly positioning a small cable company in a fast changing market, where the historical core service of video...Learn More

STB Consolidation Continues with Cisco/ Technicolor $600 Million Deal

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As the set-top box market undergoes major technology changes, it also is undergoing major ownership changes, with two important deals occurring this week. Just two days after England-based Amino said it would acquire STB manufacturer Entone Technologies for $73 million, France-based Technicolor said today that...Learn More

OTT Video Demographics Report: Streaming Most Popular with Gen X

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Households in which at least one person is a member of Generation X (roughly 35-49) and those with children (17 and under) are much more likely to stream video and other over-the-top content. More than half (54 percent) of homes with kids view OTT content...Learn More

Creating Business Value Out of Local Content Channels

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Many video service providers have long offered local content channels, featuring local events, local sports, and special interest stories. The model for providing local content is evolving and many companies are now looking to their local content channels to deliver more than just interesting content...Learn More

Roku Looks to Expand Service Provider Partnerships for Streaming and OTT

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Roku may well be the most familiar streaming OTT device to consumers, thanks in large part to an aggressive retail strategy. But Roku is also now turning their attention to service provider partnerships to help place Roku devices in consumer homes. At Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV...Learn More

Report: Mobile Video Traffic Spiked July 4 Weekend

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North American mobile video traffic as measured by mobile ad requests received on Videology’s platform surged some 89 percent over the 4th of July weekend as compared to typical days the previous month. In contrast, video PC traffic declined approximately 24 percent from the previous...Learn More