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LATEST NEWS FROM LIGHT READING
Charter Preps Launch of OTT-TV Service Sans Local Broadcast, Sports Nets
Taking deeper aim at video cord-cutters and its broadband-only customer base, Charter Communications is nearing the launch of Spectrum TV Essentials, an OTT-delivered package of more than 60 channels that won't include local broadcast TV networks and major sports channels like ESPN...
Altice USA Expects to Bring 'Major' OTT-TV Player to Set-Top Platform
Altice USA hopes to announce a set-top box integration deal with a "major player" from the virtual MVPD sector in the next several months, CEO Dexter Goei said in a conference call with reporters tied to the company's Q4 2018 results....
How Cable Vendors Could Profit From DAA Upgrades
Cable network vendors are bracing for a tough 2019 as cable ops mull over how they will migrate to a distributed access architecture (DAA), but relief is expected to follow as deployments begin to kick in during the subsequent years, according to a new forecast from the Dell'Oro Group....
Consumer Interest in à la Carte Declining – TiVo Study
Most consumers still want to buy video content and programming on an à la carte basis, but that group is shrinking as the market for TV shows and movies becomes increasingly fragmented and "content fatigue" is beginning to set in, TiVo found in its latest "Video Trends Report."
TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s study, based on a Q4 2018 survey of some 4,458 adults in the US and Canada, found that 70.9% of consumers remain interested in the à la carte option. But that's down markedly from...
Can NBCU Crack the Economics of OTT?
Comcast has long held that the economics of an OTT-TV service don't add up. But its big programming and studio unit, NBCUniversal, is going to tackle the challenge in 2020 using a mix of free- and fee-based options that, it hopes, will appease cord-cutters as well as people who still get regular pay-TV services. (See NBCU Sets Plan for Standalone Streaming Service .)
NBCUniversal LLC will attempt to crack that economic nut using a set of models...
Navigating the Fiber Gold Rush
While service providers around the world are now feasting on fiber more than ever, they are running the risk of getting heartburn if they don't plan their migration to fiber-based service delivery very, very carefully.
That's one of the chief conclusions of a new white paper produced by Heavy Reading and sponsored by Incognito Software. Based on a comprehensive online survey of more than 150 wireline service providers around the world, the white paper asserts that while communications service providers (CSPs) are now more...
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New Household Formation Vital to Cable's Broadband Growth Story in US
Penetration rates and stealing market share from the telcos remain important avenues for the US cable broadband growth path, but the rate of new household formation is a more critical -- and perhaps less appreciated -- metric in determining how much runway is left for what's become the industry's most important business, a top analyst says..
Have Cable Business Services Topped Out?
In less than two decades, cable operators have built a huge business out of business services from scratch. In the US, for example, commercial services now generate close to $18 billion annually for the cable industry, up from less than $2 billion a dozen years ago, according to the latest tally by Heavy Reading...
5G: Friend or Foe for European Cable?
If there's one thing that European cable TV providers know better than anyone else in the world, it's fixed-mobile convergence.
Unlike their US counterparts, European cable TV operators have embraced mobile (voice, data, video and other services) as a key element of their product bundle for years. In fact, at last count, at least 16...
Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...
Mile High in Denver
DENVER – The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo show in Denver takes LR's Alan Breznick to the next level. The event brought out insights into DOCSIS 3.1, cable's fiber investments and virtualization... and the other side of Alan.
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Denmark's Stofa Offers Glimpse of the Future HFC Network
If you want to take a gander at what the HFC network of the future might look like, consider paying a visit to Stofa in Denmark.
There, Stofa has been teaming with Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) on what's being billed as one of the world's largest Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) deployments, marked, in this instance, by hundreds of remote PHY nodes working in tandem with the vendor's flagship E6000 Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP). In addition to...
Using AI for Smarter Cable CX
Your on-demand movie service makes a movie recommendation that is not even close to the type of film you like. You keep seeing online ads for a product you already purchased months ago. Your voice-controlled smart speaker does not understand your accent. Chatbots cannot find the right answer to your service question. You find yourself screaming into your phone, "Speak to a representative!"
These all-too-common maladies of modern technology persist as companies seek to mine their big data and apply artificial intelligence (AI)...
Wow, Free OTT Video Sure Costs a Lot
Developing and delivering ad-supported, "free" OTT video services sure seems to be a pricey proposition. Those services need to feed their viewers with great content, and procuring great content isn't getting any cheaper.
Tubi seems to know this pretty well. The company behind an ad-based, multiscreen OTT service announced Wednesday that its business is clicking, with revenues growing 180% in 2018, and that the money that flew in the door in Q4 2018 was more than what Tubi generated in all of 2017...
How Can Cable Stay #WOKE?
Light Reading's Alan Breznick shares LIT millennial insights on the cable world.
Can Cable Beat 5G?
Can cable beat 5G wireless with 10G wireline?
That looms as the biggest question of the year for the cable industry to answer as it ramps up its new 10-Gigabit initiative to counter the onslaught of fifth-generation cellular technology rollouts by the big telcos, which are promoting 5G as their way to bring multi-gigabit speeds to consumers and businesses. Cable's unified 10G drive, now formally known as 10 Gigabit Full Duplex DOCSIS, aims to smash the hype around 5G by showing....