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SpaceX's broadband plans gain strength with new flight

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
SpaceX has launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in two weeks as part of its plan to provide satellite-based broadband service to isolated areas of the globe. "SpaceX is addressing many of the challenges that have stymied past attempts to achieve affordable, high-speed broadband from space," the company's Patricia Cooper told Congress this month. CBS News (5/15)

ViaSat becomes Dynamic Spectrum Alliance's newest member

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
ViaSat has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, becoming the first broadband satellite company to join its ranks. "ViaSat's focus on increasing worldwide connectivity, which can help to alleviate the spectrum crunch and connect the unconnected, aligns with several of the DSA's core goals," said DSA President Kalpak Gude. Via Satellite online (5/12)

AT&T execs discuss initial growth of DIRECTV Now

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
DIRECTV Now took off more quickly than expected -- adding 200,000 subscribers in the first month alone -- and the platform is stabilizing and error rates are down, said AT&T President of Technology and Operations Bill Hogg. And AT&T's Tony Goncalves recently noted, "We saw more activity in one day than most (cross-platform streaming video services) see in a lifetime. This is the first live TV experience at scale." FierceCable (5/15)

Analyst: DISH could build a wireless network for $2.6B

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
DISH Network can meet federal regulatory demands that it build out its wireless network by spending as little as $2.6 billion, per MoffettNathanson Research; such a move would give the satellite provider time to auction off its valuable spectrum trove. FierceWireless (5/9)

FCC nears first vote on reversing net neutrality

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's effort to do away with the net neutrality rules the commission adopted during the Obama administration is to come up for its first vote at an open meeting Thursday. If the commissioners back Pai, the issue will be opened up to input from the public. The Hill (5/15)

Internet-enabled TVs are now the norm, study finds

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Most Americans -- about 56% -- now own a TV that can stream digital video, and those who do are streaming content 24% of the time while watching live TV 39% of the time, an online study from the IAB and MARU Matchbox has found. It also notes that half of Internet-enabled TV owners prefer ads to subscription-based content and 44% say digital video ads are not as intrusive as traditional TV ads. Recode (5/10)

Commentary: Why broadcasters are bundling networks

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
Broadcasters such as CBS, ABC and NBCUniversal are aggregating their networks, merging local and national networks via licensing deals with over-the-top providers. This move makes content more valuable to OTT providers, opens new distribution policies and gives national networks more leverage in striking deals, writes Mari Silbey. Light Reading (5/12)

Advertisers get OTT viewing metric from comScore

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 18:09
ComScore has unveiled an over-the-top viewing metric for US content streamed to TV, based on its Total Home Panel. The feature will measure content from providers such as Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and Netflix, giving advertisers demographic data. MediaPost Communications (5/11)

Report: Over 17K aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
More than 17,000 commercial aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021, up from 6,500 in 2016, a Euroconsult report states. The report notes that the added capacity will be made possible thanks to investment in networks and satellite systems from ViaSat, Gogo, Intelsat and SES, as well as new market entrants, such as SmartSky Networks. Satnews (5/8)

DIRECTV Now compatible with select LeEco 4K smart TVs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DIRECTV Now has launched an app that makes the service compatible with some LeEco 4K smart TVs that operate Android TV. The app can be downloaded on LeEco's Super4 X65, X55, X43 Pro and uMax85 models. Multichannel News (5/4)

Sling TV changes tune in pursuit of OTT subs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DISH Network's Sling TV has responded to newly competitive entrants among over-the-top video providers by altering its original strategy of not trying to compete with the traditional cable bundle, DISH CEO Charlie Ergen says. "There's no question now that it's game on to convert a cable subscriber to an OTT subscriber for essentially the same services," Ergen said after DISH reported earnings last week. FierceCable (5/2)

Microsoft gives more details on upcoming smart speaker launch

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Microsoft will be launching the Invoke smart speaker this fall to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. The Invoke will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant to perform functions including playing music and getting traffic reports, and users will be able to make phone calls using Skype. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/8)

Amazon reveals touch-screen Echo Show

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Amazon extended the reach of its Echo product line with the introduction of the Echo Show, a home device featuring a 7-inch touch screen that allows users to make video calls and watch YouTube videos and see products. The $230 device will ship beginning June 28, most likely in the US first. TechCrunch (5/9)

Snapchat collaborates with TV partners to bring original content to Snap TV

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Snapchat has signed deals with media companies including NBCUniversal, ESPN and ABC for original content on Snap TV. Snapchat staff have worked closely with the companies to find ways to better present content, and Snapchat has even provided detailed instructions to help its partners better expose content to Snapchat's younger user base. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/4)

Epix launches streaming app for connected TVs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Epix has launched its Epix Cast mobile app, which allows users to watch streaming content on connected TVs without installing the app on the TVs. The app is compatible with several smart TVs, plus Sony Blu-ray players and Google Chromecast, with support for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and TiVo expected in the future. TechCrunch (5/4)

The real affliction of old age is remorse.

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
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Report: Over 17K aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
More than 17,000 commercial aircraft will offer in-flight connectivity by 2021, up from 6,500 in 2016, a Euroconsult report states. The report notes that the added capacity will be made possible thanks to investment in networks and satellite systems from ViaSat, Gogo, Intelsat and SES, as well as new market entrants, such as SmartSky Networks. Satnews (5/8)

DIRECTV Now compatible with select LeEco 4K smart TVs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DIRECTV Now has launched an app that makes the service compatible with some LeEco 4K smart TVs that operate Android TV. The app can be downloaded on LeEco's Super4 X65, X55, X43 Pro and uMax85 models. Multichannel News (5/4)

Sling TV changes tune in pursuit of OTT subs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DISH Network's Sling TV has responded to newly competitive entrants among over-the-top video providers by altering its original strategy of not trying to compete with the traditional cable bundle, DISH CEO Charlie Ergen says. "There's no question now that it's game on to convert a cable subscriber to an OTT subscriber for essentially the same services," Ergen said after DISH reported earnings last week. FierceCable (5/2)

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