With trade show floor and executive panel presentations over-indexing with hype about virtual reality (VR) at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, questions emerged as to whether VR will go the way of 3D TV, another former CES uber-trend that never caught on with consumers. A consensus quickly evolved that VR is not that technology. Analysts now see virtual reality as having too many practical applications-- everything from education to health care to real estate-- to fail. Naturally, pay-TV companies are experimenting with VR, with some expecting to reap big rewards.
If Charter Communications is successfully able to acquire Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, it will combine with Comcast to serve around 70 percent of the U.S. marketshare of broadband users with download speeds of 25 Mbps or higher-- not the 90 percent figure posited by merger opposition coalition Stop Mega Cable, according to figures compiled by Ars Technica.
Comcast has partnered with Twitter-owned social marketing specialist Niche on an influencer-based social media campaign to promote the MSO's X1 advanced video platform.
Comcast and DirecTV have joined Major League Baseball in settling a class-action suit filed by fans fed up with the way regional sports networks limit viewing access to their favorite teams.
Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets.
As AT&T and CenturyLink move forward with their ambitious 1 Gbps FTTH service plans, Dycom should gain revenue benefits, says Wells Fargo.
Comcast has quietly moved two Viacom-owned channels, Spike TV and CMT, out of a less expensive programming tier in a move it says is intended to cut programming costs.
A strong showing of smart home devices at the recent CES 2016 trade show illustrates the growth potential of the emerging smart home network, one that ABI Research forecasts will nearly double in 2017.
With Yankees pitchers and catchers set to report for spring training on Feb. 18, baseball fans and regional sports programmers in the Northeast are getting nervous. The Fox-owned YES Network, which is the exclusive regional sports home for the New York Yankees, has been blacked out on Comcast since November.
Just in time for the upcoming PTC 2016 trade show, Comcast Wholesale has begun offering international IP voice termination service to its growing portfolio of wholesale services.