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Comcast, DirecTV among pay-TV operators kicking the tires on virtual reality

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.

Comcast and Charter will control 70% of 25 Mbps market with merger: report

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 partners with Twitter for first-ever social campaign to promote X1

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, DirecTV and Major League Baseball settle fan lawsuit over RSN distribution

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 calls cable operators a wild card in the business services market

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.

AT&T, CenturyLink's FTTH expansions create ongoing revenue funnel for Dycom, says Wells Fargo

As AT&T and CenturyLink move forward with their ambitious 1 Gbps FTTH service plans, Dycom should gain revenue benefits, says Wells Fargo.

Comcast kicks Viacom's Spike and CMT out of lower-cost programming tier

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.

Smart home device sales will double by 2017... if DIY installation improves

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.

Comcast no closer to YES Network deal despite looming Yankees season

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.

Comcast Wholesale launches international IP voice termination services

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.