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T-Mobile Enters Pay-TV Business with Layer3 Acquisition

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In what T-Mobile CEO John Legere calls the next phase of their ‘un-carrier’ strategy, the wireless provider announced an acquisition of IPTV pay-TV provider Layer3. The acquisition catapults T-Mobile into the rapidly evolving video business. “People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers....Learn More

Clear Creek Communications Brings Next-Gen Video Experience To Customers with Espial Elevate SaaS Cloud

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OTTAWA, Canada — Dec. 11, 2017 — Espial announced that Clear Creek Communications is powering its video services with Espial’s Elevate Cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. Clear Creek is a leading operator in Oregon providing television, broadband, voice, home automation and security services. With Elevate,...Learn More

New NFL Verizon Deal Removes Mobile Exclusivity for Games

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The National Football League and Verizon have launched a multi-year partnership in which Verizon’s digital and mobile media properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, regardless of mobile network. This new NFL Verizon deal eliminates Verizon’s previous exclusivity for mobile streaming of...Learn More

C Spire Fixed Wireless Launch: Five-Mile Range Using Unlicensed Spectrum

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C Spire today launched fixed wireless service at speeds up to 100 Mbps in 40 markets in the company’s home state of Mississippi. C Spire fixed wireless service will be available to consumers in 22 markets and to businesses in all 40 markets, supporting speeds...Learn More

Report: Virtual Pay-TV Providers are Pursuing the Wrong Streaming Strategy

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Live streaming, or streaming traditional live channel line-ups as Sling TV and Directv Now do, is not living up to the hype, according to a new live video streaming survey, which found that only 11% of people who stream pay for live content. StreamOn, a...Learn More

NCTC, MobiTV Deal to Test Consumer Appetite for App Based Pay-TV

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A new NCTC, MobiTV deal, announced today, will help shape an ongoing debate about the future of pay-TV. Is that future based on a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) app model, or will customers continue to opt for the status-quo operator provided set-top-box (STB) scenario? The National Cable...Learn More

Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

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User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart...Learn More

Total Directv Now Subscribers Hits 1 Million, AT&T Announces OTT Enhancements

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Total Directv Now subscribers have reached the 1 million mark, AT&T announced today. AT&T’s streaming OTT service provides a live channel line-up and video-on-demand, competing with a growing number of OTT alternatives to traditional pay-tv services. Directv Now is about a year old. There was...Learn More

Hiawatha Broadband Selects Espial Elevate SaaS Cloud Platform for Video

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November 30, 2017 — OTTAWA, Canada–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Espial announced that Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is powering its video services with Espial’s Elevate cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution. HBC is a leading operator in Minnesota and Wisconsin providing television, broadband, and voice services to its customers. By...Learn More

TDG: Virtual Pay-TV Penetration Forecast to Hit 14% of an Overall Shrinking Pay-TV Marketplace

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Traditional pay-TV providers are in a pitched battle with virtualized competitors such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now, or vMVPDs. Complicating matters is that virtual and traditional pay-TV providers are fighting over a shrinking pie, according to  new research about virtual pay-TV penetration from The...Learn More

Amazon AWS Upgrades Elemental Video Services

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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 27, 2017– Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced five AWS Elemental Media Services, an integrated suite of services that make it easy for video providers of all kinds to create reliable, flexible, and scalable video offerings in the...Learn More

HD Share of Mobile Video Traffic Hits 38%

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The high-definition HD share of mobile video traffic is now 38% globally – a far higher percentage than mobile operators had predicted a few years ago, according to new research from OpenWave Mobility. HD video was only 5.7 percent of mobile video traffic four years...Learn More

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