DISH Delivers Hands-Free TV with the Google Assistant

July 9, 2018 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DISH today debuted its new integration with the Google Assistant for a Hands-Free TVTM entertainment experience. DISH customers with a Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey or Wally can control their TV using just their voice when paired with an Assistant...Learn More

TiVo Announces CEO Transition

July 05, 2018 — SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO) announced today that Raghu Rau, a member of TiVo’s Board of Directors, has been named interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The appointment follows Enrique Rodriguez’s personal decision to resign from his role...Learn More

Cable One Introduces Cloud-Based Hosted Voice, Seats Start at $20/Month

Top ten cable cable MSO Cable One has introduced hosted voice, a cloud-based virtual PBX. The service has launched in 8 markets across 7 states. It will be available to the majority of Cable One’s markets by the end of the year. “Hosted Voice is...Learn More

New CableLabs Spec Targets Fiber Capacity Needs as Cable MSOs Migrate to Full Duplex

Cable industry consortium CableLabs has introduced the Point-to-Point Coherent Optics specification, which it says will increase fiber capacity by a factor of ten. Coherent optics uses amplitude, phase and polarization to dramatically increase capacity. CableLabs says that the new specification can be used to push...Learn More

Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit...Learn More

TDS Cable Broadband Upgrades Continue, 600 Mbps Broadband Coming to More Markets

An additional five markets will see TDS cable broadband upgrades, bringing 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps tiers to communities in Texas and Colorado, the company announced yesterday. The upgrades are part of a broader strategy by TDS to improve broadband speeds in their cable properties....Learn More

NCTA Touts Rural Cable Gigabit Successes

Rural cable gigabit success stories are highlighted in a range of new blog posts from NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. The success stories come from tier 2 and 3 cable companies such as Mediacom and Alaska’s GCI. The initiative suggests that the cable...Learn More

Windstream 300 Mbps Broadband Coming to Cable Broadband Footprint

A new Windstream 300 Mbps broadband tier is being introduced across the carrier’s cable footprint in north Georgia, the company announced today. The upgrades will reach 67K households across 13 communities and will be completed within 12 months. The move is part of a broader...Learn More

Comcast Launches New Interactive Xfinity Store Design Centered On The Customer

May 21, 2018 — Comcast has been on a journey to transform its customer experience and the stores provide new and existing customers a place to learn how to optimize their Xfinity services and to address any service needs. The first locations of the new...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel...Learn More

Hammer Communications and 1stPoint Communications Announce Mobile Network Service Provider Program

POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J., May 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NetworkWire – Hammer Fiber Optic Holdings Corp d/b/a Hammer Communications (OTCQB:HMMR) and 1stPoint Communications announced today the launch of their Mobile Network Services Provider program. Hammer will assist wireless Internet service providers and cable...Learn More

AT&T CEO: “Radical” Upgrades to DIRECTV NOW Will Increase Price; OTT Alternative to DIRECTV DBS on Tap as Well

The user interface for AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform will soon get a “radical upgrade,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference this morning. DIRECTV NOW upgrades also will include support for a cloud DVR and three simultaneous...Learn More

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