A report from Kagan has revealed that many consumers are engaging in cord-switching, or shifting to streaming services such as DIRECTV Now and Sling TV. Nonetheless, recent Nielsen data revealed that 93% of households with a streaming service still watch traditional TV, with the report noting, "As the average American now has more ways than ever to view content, the resilience of traditional programming is impressive in today's digital age."
Windstream CEO Tony Thomas outlined the regional telecom's video strategy, describing it as a mix of broadband and over-the-top offerings. Windstream, which provides video through AT&T's DIRECTV Now OTT service, can compete effectively against cable on its bundle's value, Thomas said.
A detailed report from WinFuture suggests Google is planning its own augmented-reality headset. The arrival of a device to compete with Microsoft's AR products would follow up on earlier comments by Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh to the effect that the company is exploring "different form factors" for AR.
Personalized interfaces that improve the customer experience could be key to keeping pay-TV strong in the marketplace, particularly with younger demographics, said a panel at the Pay TV Show. The panel discussed the importance of creating a product that is cost-effective and gives the consumer a more intuitive experience.
A host of advocacy groups -- including Demand Progress, SumOfUs, the Content Creators Coalition, Citizens Against Monopoly, Jewish Voice for Peace, MoveOn Civic Action, MPower Change and the Open Markets Institute -- are behind the Freedom From Facebook initiative calling on the Federal Trade Commission to divide up Facebook and its subsidiaries WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. The alliance intends to run a six-figure digital and social campaign to encourage users to sign a petition with messaging including, "Facebook keeps violating your privacy. Break it up."
CableLabs is working to create a glasses-free virtual reality system that would use rays of light directed from a panel to create 3D images. The company is working with visual effects companies using ORBX technology to create a new spec that could be ready by the end of 2018.
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