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TDS Acquires K2 Communications, Opportunistic Buying Spree Continues

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Another small cable company is being acquired by TDS, as the telecom operator continues an opportunistic cable operator buying spree. K2 is located north of Denver, Colorado, in close proximity to a larger TDS cable acquisition, Baja Broadband. TDS Acquires K2 Communications A relatively new...Learn More

Verizon Digital Media Services’ Powers OTT for Stadium Digital

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LOS ANGELES (Aug. 29, 2017) – Verizon Digital Media Services, part of Oath, today announced that its Uplynk Video Streaming service has been integrated into Canadian sports technology leader Stadium Digital‘s All Access Platform –  a proprietary digital loyalty and fan engagement platform. By supporting the streaming...Learn More

All West Communications Acquisition of Sweetwater Television Announced

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All West Communications has announced the acquisition of the Sweetwater Television Company, which it says will help it expand into southwest  Wyoming. Financial details of the All West Communications acquisition of Sweetwater Television were not released. “We felt this natural geographic expansion of our current...Learn More

Innovative Systems Launches New WiFi Set-Top-Box

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A new Innovative Systems set-top-box is now in market trials and should be available by the end of 2017. The set-top-box currently works exclusively with Innovative Systems’ IPTV middleware platform, an Innovative Systems (IS) spokesperson confirmed with Telecompetitor. The new STB features 802.11ac WiFi connectivity,...Learn More

Roku Extends Its Media Player Market Share Lead, Amazon Fire TV Makes a Move

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Roku streaming media players were owned and used by 37 percent of broadband homes in the United States as of the first quarter of the year, according to media player market share research from Parks Associates. Roku has extended its lead among streaming media players,...Learn More

Millennial Streaming Video Survey: 48% Subscribe to Multiple Services

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Millennials like streaming services, though they think there are too many of them, according to a millennial streaming video survey from research and media company Morning Consult. Fifty-seven percent of millennials surveyed agreed with the statement that there are too many streaming services and would...Learn More

vMVPD Satisfaction: Despite the Technical Shortcomings, Subscribers are Warming to Pay-TV Alternatives

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Virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) may be immature and technically behind their more established competitors—but subscribers, for the most part, don’t care, according to a new vMVPD satisfaction survey. vMVPD is the term increasingly used for streaming pay-TV services such as YouTube TV, Sling...Learn More

Disney, ESPN OTT Streaming Services to Begin Next Year, Says Goodbye to Netflix

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It’s just been a matter of time. It’s now confirmed by Disney executives that Disney and ESPN OTT streaming services are now on tap, embracing a direct to consumer model for content distribution. Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed the plans on Disney’s quarterly earnings conference...Learn More

AT&T Touts Fewer TV Commercial Interruptions as Potential Benefit of Time Warner Merger

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AT&T envisions the possibility that the number of ads during TV shows could decrease when the company’s planned merger with Time Warner is completed, said AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor conference today. AT&T addressable advertising capabilities will improve dramatically with Time...Learn More

The Need to Compete Flexibly and Globally Behind Discovery’s $14.6B Acquisition of Scripps

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The great changes in how content is packaged and delivered and the desire to compete worldwide are two drivers of Discovery Communications’ acquisition of Scripps Network Interactive, according to the companies. The goal is to increase Discovery’s depth and reach. “We believe that by coming...Learn More

Charter – Sprint M&A Not Dead? Softbank Reportedly Planning a Purchase Offer

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The possibility that Charter might buy Sprint appeared to be dead as of late yesterday, when Charter gave reporters a statement saying the company wasn’t interested in acquiring Sprint. But SoftBank, the company that controls Sprint, apparently isn’t giving up on the idea of Charter...Learn More

Consolidated CCI All Access App Supports 100 TV Everywhere Channels and OTT Content

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Consolidated Communications has launched a new TV app, dubbed CCI All Access, to support the company’s TV Everywhere offering. The CCI All Access app lets Consolidated Digital TV subscribers watch content on Apple and Android devices. The app is free for Consolidated Digital TV subscribers...Learn More

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