If there is one thing that consumers love, it's getting access to their local news and content from any location. However, the challenge for local TV stations to carry out-of-market streaming today is that it is limited to local newscasts due to copyrights around network programming.
Sprint said it plans to increase the cost of its unlimited plan-- which offers unlimited calling, texting and data-- by $10 per month starting Oct. 16. The carrier currently charges $60 per month for unlimited service, and that price will increase to $70 per month in roughly two weeks. Importantly, the carrier pointed out that price is still cheaper than what T-Mobile US charges for unlimited service ($80 per month). AT&T and Verizon Wireless don't offer unlimited data options.
Stephen Bye, Sprint's former chief technology officer, will become CTO of Tier 2 carrier C Spire on Nov. 1. Bye left Sprint in July amid the company's network densification efforts.
At the risk of throwing too many clichés at you, this is the best of times and the worst of times for the broadcast industry. The potential to reach a greater audience is bigger than ever, but the cost and complexity involved in leveraging OTT technologies makes adding an OTT strategy somewhat risky.
Frontier Communications says it sees potential revenue opportunities to expand FiOS and business services in California, Florida, and Texas-- three markets where it will enter next year when it completes its acquisition of Verizon's assets in those states.
The government of Myanmar has delayed the award of the market's fourth and final mobile telecoms licence until October despite receiving expressions of interest from 17 local companies, the local Irrawaddy newspaper reported.
Telenor said a management team established to run its planned joint venture with TeliaSonera in Denmark is now in the process of shutting the project down.
AT&T said it expects to report positive IP broadband net additions in the third quarter, while U-verse TV customers will drop.
As predicted, Google introduced a newly redesigned Chromecast at its press event, with a sleeker form factor that it says will be easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. It also has improved Wi-Fi capability, supporting the latest standards, and features an updated content discovery capability on the Chromecast app. Furthermore, the new device supports Sling TV.
As Verizon's new go90 mobile-focused OTT service rolls out, the provider is announcing a number of partnership deals designed to boost both its content offerings and its advertising inventory. At an Advertising Week event in New York, AOL, which is leading go90's ad sales strategy, announced a year-long partnership with the world's third largest advertising group, Publicis Groupe, in a deal worth $50 million.