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By Brett Sappington and Billy Nayden What a great coincidence that AT&T’s acquisition of the company that brought us the power struggles of Westeros and Game of Thrones is likely to set off a new era of competition in pay TV. With a federal judge approving AT&T’s $85 billion buyout of Time Warner late Tuesday afternoon, the courts cleared a path for a number of imminent media deals that will undoubtedly bring substantial change to the media landscape....
Another day of meetings and discovery at CES 2018. Here are a few additional thoughts on what I have seen at the show on day two. 8K is moving closer to reality. Yes. I understand. 4K is just gaining a foothold in the market, and HDR provides a visual pop at retail that may be more compelling than 4K alone. Yet, new 8K-based products are in evidence, with several slated for public release later this year. Samsung’s massive 146-inch “The Wall” TV (which is actually modular...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 11, 2018
Tags: 4K, CES, connected CE, Google, operator, pay TV
On February 8th, Verizon moved to introduce its new—and first—smart watch, the Wear24 . The Wear24 is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices. Its standout feature is that it offers LTE connectivity, and is capable of making and receiving calls and texts without being paired to a nearby smartphone. (You still need to have a phone on Verizon's network, though.) Like the LG Watch Sport—another Wear 2.0 device, developed by LG in partnership with Google—the Wear24 offers...
 
by Kristen Hanich | Feb. 16, 2017
Tags: mobile, operator, smart watch, wearable
This is an interesting time to be in music streaming. Competition is rife, and the margins are thin. The largest players are either unicorns in search of profitability (i.e., Spotify, Pandora) or tech giants looking to lock consumers into their ecosystem (Apple, Google, Amazon). Smaller players are increasingly looking at ways to differentiate and stay afloat. For example, Sprint recently announced that it is acquiring one-third of TIDAL, a rebranding of the Norwegian WiMP service...
Pay TV is fighting a battle on two fronts . Fighting the slow erosion of the core business is one, both through retaining existing subscribers and attracting the newest generation of consumers to pay TV. The second is the fight for premium revenues, uptake of premium pay TV services including VoD, pay-per-view, DVR, and premium channels. Nowhere is this struggle more evident than in North America, home to some of the highest pay TV ARPUs in the world , fueled in part by uptake of...
 
by Brett Sappington | Aug. 2, 2016
Tags: online video, operator, OTT, pay TV
William Morris Endeavor - International Marketing Group (WME-IMG) bought the UFC earlier this month for $4 billion. WME-IMG is a conglomerate of two accomplished agencies: talent agency WME specializing primarily in movies, television, and music, and IMG’ focusing on management for international sports and events. Brothers and co-owners of the UFC, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, are stepping down after the sale is finalized, but Dana White will remain on in his current role as...
Protecting customer information is not just about protecting the customer but also protecting the operators’ investments in video analytics data. Any security breach reduces customer trust in their video service provider and reduces the trust of vendors, partners, and advertisers in the ability of an operator to provide valuable analytics information and insight. Join Parks Associates and Verimatrix on Tuesday, July 19 for a complimentary one-hour industry webinar  examining...
I've been doing a lot of research into Wi-Fi based phone plans recently. They're a service that some 70% of broadband households are interested in - which is not a surprise, given that most consumers use less than half of their cellular data plan. These plans make use of a collection of private and public WiFi hotspots in order to provide voice, text and data services. Some plans supplement hotspot access by pay-as-you-go cellular data. Current plans are offered by service providers...
 
by Kristen Hanich | Mar. 2, 2016
Tags: broadband, mobile, operator, OTT, smartphone, Wi-Fi

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