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Consolidation Continues with CountryWide Broadband, Full Channel Cable Deal

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A  CountryWide Broadband, Full Channel Cable deal announced yesterday is the latest example of broadband provider consolidation. St. Louis-based broadband acquisition and management firm CountryWide Broadband Group (CWBG) said it had acquired Full Channel Cable of Rhode Island, operator of a deep fiber network, providing...Learn More

ATSC 3.0 Television Standard Finalized, Merges Broadband with Local Broadcast Video

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The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) yesterday approved the remaining standards that together comprise the ATSC 3.0 television standard. ATSC 3.0 is designed to provide additional flexibility via a mix of Internet and broadcast connections to enhance transmission, reception and delivery. Broadly speaking, ATSC 3.0...Learn More

TiVo: 20% of Daily Life Involves Engaging Video Services, Pay TV Subscribership at 90%

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Consumers spend an average of 4.4 hours each day watching video, and an average of 28 minutes daily searching for what they want to watch, according to new research from TiVo Corp. The research also found that people are using a combination of traditional pay...Learn More

Vivint Smart Home Introduces Streety, Smart Home Security to the Neighborhood

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January 08, 2018 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Streety provides a simple and secure way to help neighbors look out for each other and solve problems together Today at CES 2018, Vivint Smart Home, the leading smart home services provider in North America, unveiled Streety, a free app that...Learn More

Report: Frustration with the OTT Experience Will Drive Major Change

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Consumers are increasingly demanding video content on at any time, anywhere and on any device, but are overwhelmed by some 200 OTT choices, according to a new report from Ooyala. Yet, even with that many choices, millennials are not completely satisfied with their current OTT...Learn More

Verizon A+E Networks Deal Illustrates Growing Digital Reach

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Verizon has spent the past few years spending billions of dollars on digital media brands including Aol and Yahoo, generating questions about strategy and monetization. A new Verizon A+E Networks deal sheds some light on these questions. News of a distribution deal between programmers like...Learn More

NPD: Unlimited Plans Help Drive 25% Growth in Monthly Mobile Data Usage, Now at 31.4 GBs

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Wireless subscriber’s monthly mobile data usage patterns differ when it comes to utilization of cellular or WiFi networks depending upon whether they are on limited or unlimited plans. One thing both groups do a lot, however, is stream video. The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Smartphone...Learn More

Consolidated Adds Fubo to Video Lineup

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MATTOON, Ill. – Dec. 21, 2017 – Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, today announced it has reached a first-ever agreement with fuboTV, the leading sports-first live streaming TV service, to bring its robust content line-up to Consolidated Communications’ customers. fuboTV is one of...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

ITS Telecom Launches Whole Home Wi-Fi, Eyes Carrier Smart Home Opportunities

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ITS Telecom, an independent telco serving rural Florida, recently launched what the company is calling Whole Home Wi-Fi, an offering aimed at providing coverage throughout customers’ homes. That capability, in turn, will enable carrier smart home opportunities, explained Jeff Leslie, ITS Telecom CEO, in an...Learn More

FuboTV Roku Offering Should Help Spur Popularity of the Niche Streaming Service

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fuboTV, a sports-oriented live streaming TV service, has come out of beta on Roku. The fuboTV Roku offering features a significantly upgraded design. The upgraded platform provides 30 hours of personal storage with no expiration date and the ability to add 500 hours. The Roku...Learn More

Survey: Retransmission Negotiations are More Akin to Bullying Than Negotiation

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Broadcasters use retransmission negotiations to demand huge rate hikes and force unwanted channels into program lineups, according to a retransmission negotiations survey conducted by the American Cable Association. Additionally, cable companies are concerned that their customers often blame them for the rate hikes and unpopular...Learn More

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