Comcast reportedly acquires rights to sell online video outside its markets | House votes today on elimination of FCC privacy regulations | Comcast considers upstream "mid-split" to boost capacity
March 28, 2017
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Comcast reportedly acquires rights to sell online video outside its markets
Comcast has reportedly acquired rights that will allow it to sell online video services nationwide outside of its markets. The rights were acquired under "most favored nation" contract clauses negotiated through carriage deals; the company reportedly does not have plans to sell nationwide services.
Bloomberg (3/24) 
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What is Fiber Deep?
With the rising popularity of Over-the-Top (OTT) enhanced quality of experience is top of mind. Fiber Deep is the trend in which MSOs push fiber ever closer to customers to provide them with better service. Read the full post
Wireless & Broadband
House votes today on elimination of FCC privacy regulations
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The House will vote today on eliminating a Federal Communications Commission privacy policy that affects internet service providers. The bill, which is widely expected to pass, would nullify rules that require broadband providers to obtain permission to use or share consumer data.
The Hill (3/27) 
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Comcast considers upstream "mid-split" to boost capacity
Comcast is considering a "mid-split," which would bring fiber closer to the home to eliminate the number of amplifiers needed between the node and the home, which would boost the spectrum dedicated to upstream to 85 MHz. The company is also looking at Full Duplex DOCSIS to keep up with capacity demands.
Multichannel News (3/24) 
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Trends in Technology
Study: Pricing influences a la carte package interest
Broadband consumers selected 19 channels for a la carte packages in a recent Hub Entertainment survey, which asked 1,500 respondents to create their own bundles. However, when shown average pricing, more than half of the respondents cut their lists to nine networks; 48% chose at least one subscription-video-on-demand network.
Multichannel News (3/24) 
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IP Download
4C Insights debuts product suite to bridge gap between TV, digital
4C Insights has unveiled tools to help TV advertisers gain a more in-depth understanding of viewers, using social media analytics, real-time viewing stats and household-level data. Products in the suite include programmatic buying with predictive capabilities and linked digital and TV ads.
Broadcasting & Cable (3/27) 
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Digital Trends
Disney reportedly not onboard with premium video-on-demand service
Disney will not be among the studios that offer theatrical releases for home viewing through a premium video-on-demand service, sources say. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is making headway on releasing films 17 days after they hit theaters, studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara says.
FierceCable (3/27) 
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TV recommendations startup acquired by Spotify
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Music streaming service Spotify says it has acquired MightyTV, a startup that developed an app that makes suggestions to viewers about what TV shows and movies to watch. Spotify said the company's technology will help it target specific groups for advertising.
Bloomberg (3/27) 
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Apply by Friday for FIRSTĀ® grant -- a great opportunity
SCTE Foundation Grants for FIRST® inspire students to pursue higher education and careers in STEM. SCTE•ISBE and the SCTE Foundation encourage high school robotics clubs and groups whose membership includes at least one son or daughter of an SCTE•ISBE member to seek the next $2,500 grant. Find details and apply by this Friday. The SCTE•ISBE member must submit the application.
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Do you know digital video/network operations?
Respond to the calls for papers for the upcoming issues of the SCTE•ISBE Journal of Digital Video and the SCTE•ISBE Journal of Network Operations. The DVS and NOS subcommittees have detailed the types of content they seek. Get details and submit papers at by next Tuesday, April 4, for digital video and by Tuesday, April 18, for network operations.
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