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Verizon’s OTT TV Service Delayed to Spring 2018: Report

The debut of an OTT TV service from Verizon that would compete against traditional pay TV providers and a growing cadre of virtual MVPDs is delayed until next spring, and possibly longer, Bloomberg reported.

X1 Enters the Halloween Zone

Zone TV is connecting with Comcast’s X1 platform for the scary season with “Halloween Countdown,” an OTT-delivered, thematic offering that features a mix of games, movies, “Spooky Tunes” (internet radio) and several karaoke titles from Stingray Karaoke.

It’s not the first time Zone TV has hooked up with X1, as it also the company behind a “Santa Tracker” app/service that made its way to X1 last year.

Cable-Tec Expo: Descrambling Densification, Latency and Node Splits

No better place than this week’s SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, in Denver, for an ample jargon immersion. This quick descrambler aims to reveal the larger trends underneath a roiling sea of Impressively Nerdy Terms. Here goes.

Capacity: Densification and Latency

Nokia Halts Development on ‘Ozo’ VR Cameras

Offering another big indicator that the virtual reality (VR) market isn’t moving as rapidly as some companies would like, Nokia announced Tuesday that it will halt development on new versions of its Ozo VR camera (pictured) and other hardware products in the Ozo family.

Instead, Nokia will put more focus on technology licensing opportunities.

Nokia stressed that it will maintain comments to existing Ozo customers, but said “slower-than-expected development of the VR market” was the culprit behind the decision.

Google Fiber Won't Put TV on the Menu in Two New Markets

Google Fiber will offer internet service – and internet service only – in two new deployment markets, Louisville and San Antonio, the company confirmed this week.

That means it won’t be bundling traditional pay TV services in those locations, as it does now in the other, existing Google Fiber cities, which are starting to see some rate hikes coming courtesy of rising programming costs.

Not All Whole-Home WiFi Is Created Equal

WiFi is the foundation for the super-connected home. With escalating device counts, increased video streaming, and the rise of the Internet of Things, the need for a new approach to whole-home WiFi has never been clearer. But, not all whole-home WiFi solutions are created equal.

Ataribox to Deliver Games, Streaming Apps

Atari is getting ready to go back to the future.

The company has revealed a few more details about the Ataribox, a device that’s being billed as a platform that will bring a “full PC experience to the TV.”

BAMTech Gets a Website, Logo

BAMTech Media, the technology services and video streaming operation spun out of MLBAM, quietly launched a corporate web site last week as the company pushes toward a bigger deal with The Walt Disney Company that will center on an array of new direct-to-consumer OTT offerings.

End of the Road for Original Tablo

Nuvyyo is getting ready to turn the page on the original Tablo 2-Tuner OTA DVR, as it will end production on that model for cord-cutters and amplify its focus on its new Tablo DUAL device, which also comes with two tuners, plus integrated storage.

Related: Nuvyyo Forges New Cord-Cutting Tool

Charter Testing ‘SpectrumU’

Charter Communications has been quietly testing SpectrumU, a managed IPTV service for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, that is delivered via on-campus WiFi networks.