As reports swirl that Hulu is in talks to sell a stake in its business to Time Warner, a few industry watchers see the deal as not likely to happen, particularly under Hulu's current licensing model of next-day availability of broadcast content. Making a few changes to that licensing model, however, might make the SVOD provider more attractive to potential buyers.
While voice over Wi-Fi has existed in various formats, the key challenge for mobile operators is that, like VoIP and other over the top voice technologies, they can't control these services.
In the UK, the next generation of Wi-Fi calling-- where the service is embedded in the smartphone and accessed via the normal phone dialer-- is offering operators a way to take back control by enabling them to provide voice services in areas where they have little or no coverage due to poor signal strength. Special report
Sprint is rebranding part of its LTE network and said that it has now deployed carrier aggregation and beamforming technology in 77 "major" markets across the country, in what it calls an "LTE Plus" deployment. The carrier will continue using LTE Advanced techniques to make its network faster and more robust, according to Sprint CTO John Saw.
ZTE said it has won LTE contracts for Cameroon and Zambia from Afrimax. Meanwhile Facebook has partnered with Airtel Africa to roll out Free Basics in 17 markets.
France completed the auction of six blocks of 700 MHz frequencies after 11 rounds over two days, raising a total of €2.79 billion ($2.98 billion).
The next generation of Wi-Fi calling-- where the service is embedded in the smartphone and accessed via the normal phone dialler-- is offering operators a way to take back control by enabling them to provide voice services in areas where they have little or no coverage due to poor signal strength.
In our latest special report we look at the approaches being taken by mobile operators in Europe to integrate Wi-Fi calling into their overall service offer. You can read the full report here.
How did the top pay-TV operators fare in the third quarter? AT&T topped the list in terms of active subscribers at 26.16 million, even though it lost around 40,000 subs during the quarter. Overall, the cable and satellite segment's top 13 operators lost about 190,000 net video subscribers-- but that is something of an improvement.
The owner of Evansville, Ind., CBS affiliate WEVV-TV said Dish Network has paid it an undisclosed sum in back interest fees, plus interest, after the broadcaster sued the satellite operator in August.