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Google Fiber a ‘Real Business’

The true intention of Google Fiber has been a point of debate ever since the initiative was announced to the world back in early 2010.


Amazon Eyes European Expansion for Prime Video: Report

As the U.S. video streaming market shows signs of saturation, international expansion is becoming increasingly important for OTT players.


DOCSIS 3.1 In The Wild

Comcast’s deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 is still technically in the “advanced consumer trial” phase ahead of a broader commercial rollout of the new platform, but evidence of that early handiwork is starting to emerge.


Unbundling YouTube

Integrating YouTube on set-top boxes is not a new thing for cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors. Though providing integrated access to that content at the set-top can help to keep viewers engaged on the MVPD’s platform, the operator isn’t getting much in the way of payback.


Altice to Hang Up Cablevision’s Freewheel Service

With Altice closing its acquisition of Cablevision Systems, it appears that one of the first casualties could be Freewheel, the WiFi-only phone service that Cablevision launched in early 2015.


Adult Swim Swings Full TV Episode on Vine

Vine, Twitter’s video sharing platform, is apparently getting into long-form programming.


Turner’s Adult Swim block on Cartoon Network said it has become the first TV network to unleash a full episode on Vine – in this case, the first episode of Brad Neely’s strange, animated sketch show Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio – ahead of its scheduled premiere on regular TV on Sunday, July 10 at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT.


Netflix Said to Be Getting Down With Downloading

If you are a Netflix sub who travels a lot, some good news may be coming your way.


Once aloof on the idea, Netflix appears to be warming to a downloading option for some content, according to Light Reading.


Altice USA Gets Rolling

Soon after closing its acquisition of Cablevision Systems, Altice has launched its U.S.-focused Web site, including a page dedicated to its new leadership team for the region, as well as key stats for Altice USA (i.e. more than 18,000 U.S. employees, 4.3 million residential customers, and 350,000 business customers)


And Altice USA has posted a corporate video. Take a look:


Vidgo Drops More Hints

Vidgo, a virtual MVPD in the making, came out of hiding in January at CES with claims that it would soon offer low-cost pay TV bundles and VOD services over-the-top, including local TV, sports fare and premium services.


But it didn’t offer much in the way then of what programming it will offer, how it will be priced, and which platforms it will support early on.