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April 3, 2012
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  • Satellite providers target rural DSL subscribers for fast broadband
    Satellite companies ViaSat and Hughes Network Systems are set this year to bring faster download speeds and more reliable broadband service to rural areas with the launch of new satellites. Hughes has yet to set pricing for a service based on an upcoming satellite launch that will speed downloads up to fivefold. ViaSat upgraded from the WildBlue Internet to its new Exede brand earlier this year after a satellite launch in 2011. "Unserved customers (are) a sizable market," noted analyst Chris Baugh with the NSR research firm. USA TODAY (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint is open to DISH spectrum deal, exec says
    Sprint Nextel Chief Financial Officer Joseph Euteneuer said at a recent analysts conference that Sprint would be open to an agreement with DISH related to the cache of wireless spectrum the satellite provider holds, either by buying frequencies or by playing host to a DISH-branded service. "We'd be a great hosting partner," he said. Reuters (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Lack of standards holds back 3D content, executive says
    The lack of industry standards for broadcasting 3DTV programs or transmitting three-dimensional content to mobile devices is hampering the adoption of 3D viewing in the home, according to Insight Media. "When you put a Blu-ray disc into your 3D Blu-ray player, it automatically detects it," Insight Media President Chris Chinnock said. "The problem in the broadcast realm is that's not there. There's no system detection." Home Media Magazine (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panasonic, Nuance give viewers a voice in TV control
    Voice-recognition technology could be the next major frontier for television. Nuance Communications, known for its Dragon NaturallySpeaking line of voice software for PCs, has begun testing speech-recognition software for TV sets similar to the Siri personal assistant that it designed for the iPhone. Meanwhile, Panasonic says it will introduce voice-controlled functions on its 2012 line of Viera TV sets that will allow users to change channels, adjust the volume, search listings and set up program recording. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/31), (U.K.) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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