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Oct
27
2014

On Heels of Fire Phone Dud, Amazon Unveils Fire TV Stick -

Amazon’s earnings last week confirmed what most analysts have been guessing for several months: Amazon’s smartphone is a dud. A combination of uninteresting gimmicks and AT&T exclusivity hindered the phone out of the gate, and while Amazon isn’t sharing the number of units sold, the company did say they took a $170 million charge on inventory commitments last quarter because of the device and is sitting on another $83 million in unsold phones. More successful […]

Oct
27
2014

Concern Arises Over Verizon's New Sneaky 'Stealth Cookie' -

Verizon Wireless has started taking heat from privacy advocates for altering their customers’ traffic and inserting unique identifiers that users have no control over. We’ve already explored how over the last two years Verizon has been ramping up data collection on its wireless customers via programs like Verizon Selects and their Relevant Mobile Ad department, which track your personal information and web habits for more tailored advertisements (that data’s also sold to third parties). Curiously, […]

Oct
27
2014

Cable: If You Ignore Half the Country, US Broadband Awesome! -

For years there has been a concerted push by the broadband industry to try and insist that the United States broadband market is secretly flawless, awesome and highly competitive, despite the fact that absolutely every independent source of broadband data (from Akamai and the FCC to the OECD and OOkla’s Net Index) suggests we’re absolutely and utterly mediocre at every metric that counts. That’s not to say we’re not improving in some very select regions […]

Oct
27
2014

Verizon Offers Free Year of Netflix with New Bundle

Verizon now is offering a free year of Netflix for new customers buying a $89.99 triple play service. That offer includes symmetrical 75 Mbps high speed access service, a $150 Visa gift card and a full year of Netflix.   BTIG analyst Walt Piecyk thinks the marketing message is noteworthy. Though a major supplier of linear video subscriptions, Verizon actually does not mention that fact as part of the promotion. Instead, the new offer banks […]

Oct
27
2014

How a Faster Broadband Definition Could Hurt Comcast Merger -

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been talking a lot lately about raising the standard definition of broadband to at least 10 Mbps (for government-subsidized rural options) and 25 Mbps for everybody else. He’s also been talking about how when you look at speeds of 25 Mbps higher there’s little to now competition — as most DSL providers struggle to offer that speed in any volume. “Three-quarters of American homes have no competitive choice at 25 […]

Oct
27
2014

Verizon Offers 1 Year Free Netflix to FiOS Triple Play Users -

While Netflix and Verizon have sparred over poor (but now improved) streaming performance to the point of threatening lawsuits, that disagreement only appears to go so far. In a research note BTIG Research (registration required) indicates that Verizon is now offering new FiOS customers a $150 VISA prepaid gift card and a free year of Netflix service if they sign up for the FiOS triple play. It’s an interesting move given the animosity many larger […]

Oct
27
2014

Viacom Uses Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Retrans Fight -

Viacom has taken their retransmission fight with Suddenlink to a new, decidedly more mutated, level. According to the Charleston Gazette, Viacom has taken to using actors dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to shame Suddenlink at public events after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on retransmission fees. Viacom channels went dark for Suddenlink customers at the beginning of this month, and is also blocking Suddenlink broadband customers from accessing Viacom content […]

Oct
26
2014

Why "Internet of Everything" Makes So Much Sense

Cisco these days touts the “Internet of everything,” and that might not be a bad way to describe what is happening in the world of devices and Internet connections. Cisco defines the Internet of Everything (IoE) as “bringing together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before-turning information into actions.” The neatness comes from the fact that the “Internet of everything” definition does not require discriminating between […]

Oct
26
2014

Will Mobile Churn Start to Rise as Mobile Marketing War Persists?

Logic would suggest that as more customers shift from mobile service contract plans to “no contract” service plans, the amount of churn would increase. Ever since T-Mobile US launched its “no-contract service” in 2013, observers have speculated about the potential impact on industry churn dynamics, marketing costs and revenues. So far, that seems to have been less a concern for AT&T and Verizon than for Sprint and T-Mobile US, though likely for reasons that have […]

Oct
26
2014

FCC postpones 600 MHz auction again

The FCC announced it postponing again the upcoming Incentive Auction from mid-2015 to 2016. The goal of the auction is to resell rights to 600 MHz spectrum previously reserved as unused buffer space to avoid interference between TV broadcast stations. The Commission attributed this second delay to legal challenges from broadcasters, as well as the auction’s complexity and “the need for all auction participants to have certainty well in advance.” Read more about FCC postpones […]

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