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Dish execs see OTT as the long-term winner
Earnings, Operators, OTT
Dish execs see OTT as the long-term winner
Apr 20 2016 7:00 PM

Dish Networks made a little more money than expected and lost more pay-TV subscribers than expected in the first quarter, but CEO Charlie Ergen and Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch spent most of the company’s earnings call with analysts talking about the challenges – and opportunities – of over-the-top video, especially in relation to Millennials.

The call revealed an interesting perspective for a company that knows big changes are coming and wants to stay ahead of them.

Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Pay TV, Operators, Connected TVs & Devices
Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Apr 20 2016 4:45 PM

Some Comcast customers will be able to save a few dollars a month after the cable giant today said it would allow subscribers to watch Comcast content without leasing a cable set-top box.

The move was in response to a push by federal regulators to relax the STB market, allowing customers to use devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV instead.

IPTV numbers top satellite TV in Western Europe
EMEA, Operators
IPTV numbers top satellite TV in Western Europe
Apr 13 2016 7:00 PM

IPTV households outnumbered satellite TV homes in Western Europe in 2015 for the first time, as rapid growth of IPTV delivery technology saw IPTV HH more than double since 2010. A new forecast from Digital TV Research expects that rapid growth to slow slightly, but still increase 27% to more than 32.5 million households in 2021, an increase of nearly 7 million.

DirecTV plans to broadcast 25 MLB games in 4K in 2016 season
Sports, Operators
DirecTV plans to broadcast 25 MLB games in 4K in 2016 season
Apr 12 2016 8:45 AM

Satellite pay-TV provider DirecTV will flex its 4K muscle this year, televising more than two dozen

Major League Baseball games in 4K/UHD.

The AT&T property said it would start with Friday’s intrastate game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. 

Germany’s Unitymedia sets analogue switch off target
EMEA, Operators
Germany’s Unitymedia sets analogue switch off target
Apr 07 2016 7:15 AM

Germany’s Unitymedia has announced it will use Hanau as the pilot city for its plan to switch all of its cable TV customers to digital from analog service. Unitymedia, a subsidiary of Liberty Global, said Hanau, in Germany’s Hesse region, will be converted by Sept. 20, with plans to completely switch off its analogue TV network at the end of 2Q17.

Verizon closes $10.5B sale of assets to Frontier, including FiOS video, broadband subs
Operators, Pay TV, Broadband
Verizon closes $10.5B sale of assets to Frontier, including FiOS video, broadband subs
Apr 01 2016 11:30 AM

Verizon has wrapped up its $10.5 billion deal with Frontier Communications, closing on the sale of Verizon's local wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas.

The deal helps Verizon shed some debt from the AWS-3 FCC spectrum auction early last year.

Included in the deal: Some 2.1 million broadband connections, 1.2 FiOS TV subscribers and about 3.3 million voice connections. Verizon also walks away from its local ILEC businesses.

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