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Comcast’s Sky Buy Could Fuel a Global OTT Play: Analyst

Comcast has long held that the economics of an out-of-footprint OTT TV service don’t hunt, but Comcast’s bid for U.K.-based Sky could, if viewed through the proper lens, appear as the foundation of a global over-the-top offering, according to an analysis of the deal from MoffettNathanson Research’s Craig Moffett.

About 26M U.S. Amazon Prime Subs Stream Shows, Movies: Report

Amazon keeps data about its Prime subscription service close to the vest, but Reuters, citing company documents, reports that about 26 million U.S. Prime subs streamed TV shows and movies, as of early 2017.

Sling TV Brings In-App Upgrades to Roku

Sling TV, Dish’s OTT TV service, has unleashed a mix of updates and enhancements for its app on Roku devices, leading off with in-app upgrades that enable subs to purchase add-on packages, premium channels and the service’s relatively new cloud DVR option.

Virgin Media Eyes Transition to ‘Horizon’ Guide: Report

Virgin Media’s long-standing relationship with TiVo appears to be in line for a bit of a change.

Speaking at this week’s Cable Congress event in Dublin, Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media’s CEO, reportedly dropped a hint that the operator has plans to transition over to the “Horizon” user interface used by parent company, Liberty Global, but stressed that TiVo’s technology will remain in the picture.

Broadband’s Space Race Heats Up

February was a busy month in the world of satellite broadband as a new speedy service was launched, a pair of demo satellites were slung into low earth orbit, and another high-capacity bird took a step toward the launch pad.

Will a Sky Buy Help Push the Limit on X1?

When Comcast tried (and ultimately failed) to acquire Time Warner Cable, one of the tech-facing implications at the time was that the deal would help Comcast pump much more scale into X1, its cloud-powered multiscreen video platform for TVs and mobile devices.

Tracking Sling TV

With Dish Network shedding more subscriber detail about Sling TV, disclosing that the OTT TV service ended 2017 with 2.2 million subscribers, a new 10-K filing also provides some more detailed historical data on Sling TV, which was

Viasat Downplays Antenna Issue Impacting ViaSat-2’s Data Performance

Though ViaSat-2, Viasat’s new broadband satellite, is deemed “ready for service,” a technical hiccup could reduce the overall data performance of the satellite by about 14%.

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Comcast Scores More Recognition for Product Design

Comcast’s decision to bring product design in-house has received more recognition, as six products for its video, broadband and smart home services have notched iF Design Awards.

Roku Hits Back at ‘Consumer Reports’

Roku has hit back against a new Consumer Reports study finding that smart TVs from makers such as Samsung, LG Electronics, Sony, Vizio and TCL (which makes a line of Roku-powered TVs) are vulnerable to hackers, holding that they can be broken into to track what viewers are watching.