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Nov
21
2014

Dish, CBS Agree to Extension to Avoid Blackout -

Dish and CBS have announced a temporary extension to avoid Dish customers losing access to CBS content as the two sides hash out a new carriage contract. According to Variety, the biggest sticking point isn’t retrans fees (as is usually the case) but Dish’s plans to launch an over the top streaming TV service, planned before the end of the year. CBS and Dish have already had a long and ugly feud over Dish’s Hopper […]

Nov
20
2014

DOJ Tells Apple Kids Will Die Because of Their Encryption Stand -

It has been interesting to see lately how Apple and Google have effectively started competing on privacy — both companies announcing recently that new encryption standards used on their latest OS’s and devices mean they’ll no longer unlock devices at the behest of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Not too surprisingly this shift has annoyed law enforcement and intelligence agencies, who’ve been escalating their rhetoric in opposition to the shift. This week the Wall Street […]

Nov
20
2014

CenturyLink Insists Users 'Don't Need' Fiber Speeds -

The New York Times recently explored the statewide protectionist bans paid for by incumbent ISPs that hinder or outright prohibit communities from building their own networks. As we’ve long covered, these bans don’t really care if ISPs aren’t willing to service these same areas, and some even block public/private partnerships. The FCC has hinted they may fight to overturn some of these bills to help accelerate broadband deployment. CenturyLink, which has a very long history […]

Nov
20
2014

Household Bandwidth Requirements Will Grow 31% Annually, Next 5 Years

Average household bandwidth requirements will increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, from a peak hour average usage per household of 2.9 Mbps in 2014 to 7.3 Mbps in 2018, according to a study sponsored by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research. Some might argue the absolute speeds are less important than the growth rate, as different studies come up with different conclusions about the current state of peak hour speeds. A […]

Nov
20
2014

Why Dish Network Wants Higher Spectrum Prices, in AWS Auction

Typically, would-be acquirers of new mobile spectrum would prefer to pay lower prices. Sometimes, though, a bidder might actually act to increase overall prices. That appears to be the case for the on-going U.S. auction of AWS spectrum. The actual identities of bidders are secret, but Dish Network, which has three entities able to bid, actually has a valid business reason for desiring higher prices. Dish Network purchased similar spectrum earlier in 2014, namely a […]

Nov
20
2014

Facebook Mobile Traffic Load Grows 60% in 1 Year Because of Video

Perhaps the single biggest new development in mobile data consumption over the past year has been Facebook’s embedding of video that automatically plays on user feeds. Over a year, Facebook traffic increased by 60 percent on the mobile network, and by over 200 percent on the fixed network, according to Sandvine measurements. That is the sort of unexpected and  significant action by a third party app provider that directly affects user data consumption, Internet service […]

Nov
20
2014

Netflix Traffic Comprises 9.5% of Upstream Prime Time Traffic -

Sandvine’s latest Global Internet Phenomenon report (spotted over at Ars Technica) offers up some interesting insights into the traffic loads on Sandvine’s client networks (aka large ISPs). While the idea that Netflix traffic comprises up to 30 to 35% of global Internet traffic during peak hours, the report also notes that Netflix surprisingly (or not) also utilizes around 9.5% of upstream Internet traffic during peak hours, second only to BitTorrent at 25.49%. The report notes […]

Nov
20
2014

Charter Might Retry Time Warner Buy if Comcast Deal Blocked -

Charter board member and minority stake holder John Malone says that he’d push to have Charter Communications make another pass at Time Warner Cable if regulators block Comcast’s attempted acquisition. “Oh yes,” Malone said when asked if a Charter buy would still be on the table in such a scenaior. “That said, we’re happy with the deal that was negotiated. In many ways it’s a better deal than going after 100% of Time Warner Cable.” […]

Nov
19
2014

Dish Customers May Lose More Turner Channels As Deadline Nears -

Dish Network customers lost access to some Turner channels including CNN last month, and as with other retrans fights, both sides have been busy using websites to try and direct consumer ire toward the other guy (See Turner’s SaveMyShows.com website and Dish’s DishStandsForYou.com website). The two sides have ramped up their PR battles as the December 5 deadline for a new contract nears, and Turner is issuing warnings that Dish users could soon lose access […]

Nov
19
2014

Dish, Turner Ramp up Rhetoric As Blackout Nears -

Dish Network customers lost access to Turner channels including CNN last month, and as with other retrans fights, both sides have been busy using websites to try and direct consumer ire toward the other guy (See Turner’s SaveMyShows.com website and Dish’s DishStandsForYou.com website). The two sides have ramped up their PR battles as the December 5 deadline for a new contract nears. As with other fights, Dish says Turner is looking for too much money, […]

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