DISH's Hopper, Wally devices now compatible with Amazon Alexa | New DIRECTV feature allows subs to purchase movies, TV shows | Icelandair to install ViaSat internet tech on Boeing model
May 23, 2017
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DISH's Hopper, Wally devices now compatible with Amazon Alexa
DISH's Hopper, Wally devices now compatible with Amazon Alexa
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DISH Network has added Amazon Alexa compatibility to its Hopper cable boxes and Wally satellite devices. Customers can use Alexa to perform a variety of tasks, such as changing TV channels, searching for new shows and fast forwarding.
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New DIRECTV feature allows subs to purchase movies, TV shows
DIRECTV has added an electronic sell-through feature; it allows current subscribers to purchase TV and movie titles for on-demand viewing through the Genie HD DVR. The company says it expects to have thousands of titles available for purchase by the end of the year.
Multichannel News (5/22) 
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Icelandair to install ViaSat internet tech on Boeing model
ViaSat has won a contract to supply Icelandair with high-speed internet services on the line's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series. "This is a watershed moment for ViaSat -- as this is the first time an airline will use our technology to offer full internet connectivity," the company said.
Aviation Week & Space Technology (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Sling TV, SpotX partner to offer real-time ad bidding
Sling TV, SpotX partner to offer real-time ad bidding
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Sling TV has teamed up with SpotX to offer marketers real-time bidding on targeted ad spots. "We're creating turn-key, off-the-shelf segments for brands seeking the most popular audiences at a given time," said Sling TV and DISH Media Sales Director of Advanced TV and Digital Sales Adam Lowy.
MediaPost Communications (5/17) 
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AR surges, VR lags in US
With a boost from Facebook and Snapchat, US consumer usage of augmented reality is on track for about 30% year-on-year growth, according to eMarketer. AR is expected to reach 12% of the population in 2017 while virtual reality usage remains below 3%.
eMarketer (5/22) 
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Amazon launches apps to complement Echo Look camera
A new Amazon app for iOS and Android allows Echo Look owners to view live photo previews from the Look's camera. The apps are designed specifically for the $200 Look, which takes full-length photos and records brief videos of users with a depth-sensing camera using its own LED lighting and background blur.
TechCrunch (5/22) 
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Survey: Smart home users have more than 3 devices
Survey: Smart home users have at least 3 devices
Smart home users have 3.4 smart devices in their homes on average, per a recent ReportLinker survey. The most popular devices were home appliances, followed by smart thermostats and security systems.
Telecompetitor (5/19) 
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Google offers high-speed internet alternative with Webpass
Google is attempting to provide an alternative to high-speed broadband offered by cable companies and telecoms with its wireless broadband, Webpass. The niche internet service provider uses wireless radios installed on rooftops and taps into fiber optic lines to deliver broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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