Senators want DIRECTV to carry local TV in every market | Space startup gains $1.25B for broadband satellites | Cincinnati Bell's CBTS releases white box broadband offering
March 19, 2019
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Senators want DIRECTV to carry local TV in every market
A group of senators are pressing AT&T to up its investment in delivering local TV stations on DIRECTV to 12 remote communities that receive imported programming from affiliates in New York or Los Angeles. The lawmakers say their constituents are shortchanged by lack of access to local broadcasting and may miss vital news and emergency information.
Broadcasting & Cable (3/14) 
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Space startup gains $1.25B for broadband satellites
Space startup OneWeb has raised $1.25 billion for the purpose of deploying broadband satellites that could provide global internet access. This takes total funding for the company to $3.4 billion, with investments coming from companies including Qualcomm, Grupo Salinas and SoftBank.
VentureBeat (3/18) 
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Cincinnati Bell's CBTS releases white box broadband offering
Cincinnati Bell's CBTS unit has launched a white box broadband product that uses Carrier Open Infrastructure reference architecture and open-source software. It's designed to streamline broadband network operators' process of changing from one technology to another.
Telecompetitor (3/14) 
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Intelisys partners with Skywire in NYC
After teaming up with Skywire Networks, distributor Intelisys now offers its services on Skywire's broadband network in New York City. "Unlike most fiber providers that have focused exclusively on midtown and downtown Manhattan, our footprint covers the rest of the city," Skywire CEO Alan Levy said.
Channel Partners (3/12) 
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OTT streaming only lags linear TV in how it's measured
Over-the-top video-streaming advertising revenue will continue to grow in the coming year, hitting $2.6 billion, according to forecasts from the Winterberry Group. Data from eMarketer suggest that OTT is outstripping linear TV in every context except in how it's measured.
Multichannel News (3/18) 
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Consumers tap many digital sources for entertainment
Consumers tap many digital sources for entertainment
US consumers are drawing on a variety of digital sources to assemble their entertainment experiences, a Deloitte study shows. The survey found that an average customer typically subscribes to three different services for streaming video, while many also have some form of pay TV.
VentureBeat (3/18) 
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FCC urged to review ratings, incorporate marks for ads
Government officials and public interest groups are encouraging the Federal Communications Commission to review its TV ratings system. Sen. Jim Lankford, R-Okla., is urging the organization to consider a similar rating mark system for TV ads, so individuals are aware if the ads are family-friendly, show violence or contain sexual content.
MediaPost Communications (3/18) 
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Streaming complements traditional live sports viewing
Video-streaming services have steadily increased, and many have included live sports, but most viewers aren't primarily using these services to watch live sporting events, writes CSG's Kent Steffen. The majority of sports fans -- 71% -- still use traditional TV subscriptions to view live games, a recent study found.
ECN Magazine (3/13) 
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It's official: Subscription fatigue is a thing
A recent survey from Deloitte's Digital Media Trends shows that 47% of consumers in the US are overwhelmed by the number of subscriptions needed to watch TV, and 57% are annoyed when their favorite content is pulled off platforms. The report also highlights just how much original programming contributes to subscription numbers, and the growing concern consumers have about data privacy.
Variety (3/18) 
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Lack of effort bends me out of shape.
Bernadette Locke-Mattox,
first woman to serve as assistant coach for a men's NCAA Division I basketball team

NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament is March 19 to April 8, and March is Women's History Month

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