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Mar
4
2015

HBO Go Comes To the PS4, But Not If You Have Comcast -

Comcast has oddly been blocking Comcast users from enjoying HBO Go on select devices for years now. Since 2011 users complained that the cable giant didn’t allow HBO Go to work on Roku if you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, and while that was only recently remedied, Comcast’s also been blocking its customers from using HBO Go on the Playstation 3 for around a year now. I’ve yet to see a meaningful answer as to why […]

Mar
4
2015

Are Dish Network, Sprint, T-Mobile US Operations Really Worth "Nothing?"

While assigning a value to a company is always based on some key assumptions, the present circumstances surrounding valuation of Dish Network, Sprint and T-Mobile US illustrate the huge role of assumptions. Dish makes its money from selling video entertainment services. Its value normally is a multiple of the recurring revenue stream. The same sort of analysis works for Sprint and T-Mobile US, even if the services sold by those two companies are mobile communications […]

Mar
4
2015

Network Neutrality Might Interfere with 5G: Uh oh.

Nobody yet knows what is contained in the 332-page Federal Communications Commission decision on network neutrality. Given the certain round of lawsuits, nobody knows whether the rules, or what parts of the rules, might ultimately be sustained. Nobody knows whether Congress might intervene at some point. Assuming the rules eventually are sustained, or that major Internet service providers conclude they have to build their businesses as though some version of the rules will be in […]

Mar
4
2015

Cable One Bumps Premier and Ultra Plans to 75 & 100 Mbps -

DSLReports reader uid://1079171 writes in to point out that Cable One has announced another speed bump for the company’s broadband customers. According to an e-mail being sent to subscribers, Cable One is bumping the upload and download speeds for the company’s Premier and Ultra service plans starting in April. According to the notice, customers on Cable One’s Premier plan will be automatically upgraded to 70 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream. Customers on the company’s […]

Mar
4
2015

Sling TV Adds IFC, AMC, Plus New Movie Add On Pack -

Dish Network’s Sling TV streaming video service just got a littler fatter. According to a company blog post, the company has added AMC Network and IFC to the company’s base $20 “Best of Live TV” channel package. On the heels of adding a $5 sports channel pack add on, another blog entry states the company has also added a $5 “Hollywood Extra add-on pack,” which includes EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, EPIX Drive-In and Sundance TV. We […]

Mar
4
2015

FCC Boss Wheeler Defends His New Net Neutrality Rules -

FCC boss Tom Wheeler spent some time this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona defending his agency’s new net neutrality plans, while attempting to walk hyperbole-prone neutrality opponents back from the edge. While a lot has been made about how the rules are “heavy handed” and will somehow obliterate the Internet, Wheeler made it clear that the agency actually will not apply most of the heavier-handed utility aspects of Title II: quote:“There are 48 […]

Mar
4
2015

Netflix: Zero Rated Apps Are Bad But We're Doing It Anyway -

Yesterday we noted that Netflix will soon enter the Australian market without their net neutrality principles in tow. Despite being a very vocal opponent to usage caps and zero rated apps (exempting some content from usage caps) here in the States, Netflix is striking deals with Australian ISPs to exempt all Netflix content from usage caps in the country. That after the company blasted Comcast for exempting their content when used via the Xbox 360 […]

Mar
4
2015

We're Always Looking For Community Content Contributors -

Remember: we’re willing to pay community members or guest contributors who’d like to write content for the front page! Contact me if you’re interested. Topics can range from networking tips or your review of a new router, to your experiences as a cable installation technician, involvement with the transition to IPv6, or your effort to get your town wired with better broadband service. Be creative and pitch me a topic. The latest examples of community-crafted […]

Mar
4
2015

NBC Planning Comedy-Focused Streaming Service -

NBC is considering a new streaming video service that will focus on comedy content. According to the Wall Street Journal, the service will heavily feature “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live,” and other NBC mainstays, but will also incorporate some other outside comedy content. There’s no official word on pricing, but the Journal’s sources say NBC is considering a price point somewhere between $2.50 and $3.50 per month. The company has also […]

Mar
4
2015

IoT, OTT Mobile Video Will Drive Incremental Revenue for Verizon

Exhaustion of the older revenue models and products means firms such as Verizon increasingly will rely on new services to drive revenue growth in the future, Verizon CFO seems to agree. Incremental subscriber account additions have been the most important measure of mobile service provider growth, as access lines once were the most-convenient shorthand for the health of a fixed line telco, or basic subscribers once were the easiest way to assess the value of […]

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