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The Quest for Video Monetization’s Holy Grail

As we all know by now, television has been evolving toward a more personalized experience. Recently, the ability to view high-quality content on devices attached to a broadband Internet connection has obliterated place and device limitations and further hastened the multicast-to-unicast transformation of video consumption.


Release Date for Arris DOCSIS 3.1 Modem a Moving Target

Don’t set your watch by the anticipated release date of the SB8200, Arris’s first DOCSIS 3.1 tagged for retail. It’s been a moving target.


RELATED: Arris DOCSIS 3.1 Retail Modem to Sell for $199.99


Zigbee's New IoT 'Universal Language' Seeks Standards Dominance

The zigbee alliance is assuring developers that "dotdot," its newly released unified Internet of Thing (IoT) language which operates on the applications layer, can be applied across almost all IoT networks.

Hulu to Add Video Downloading ‘In a Few Months’

Add Hulu to the growing list of OTT service providers that will enable subs to download titles and watch them offline.


“Yes, it's definitely on our road map. It's something that we're going be doing in a few months. We're working hard on the technology around that and getting the rights squared away,” Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins told Adweek.


Hulu Sending Invites for Live TV Beta

Hulu has reportedly sent out a wave of beta invites for a new virtual MVPD service that’s expected to debut sometime in Q1.  


Hulu’s been asked for further comment, but Cord Cutter News estimates that fewer than 100 invites have been sent, and that the version of the app being tested will look much different than the one that will launch commercially.


Apple Ramping Up Plan for Original TV Shows, Movies: Report

Apple is hunting around Hollywood to form a new business focused on high-quality original TV shows and movies and to start offering scripted content by the end of this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.


The Mouse Meets Android TV

Reports from last week’s CES that Disney is on the verge of selling a Disney-branded streaming device with exclusive content and powered by a modified version of  Android TV are not accurate, I’m told by a rep from the company that was demonstrating a mocked-up device at the gadget-fest.


Quality Is Key in Crowded OTT Ecosystem

Netflix recently encountered a  2.5 hour weekend outage (a weekend outage!), ultimately attributed to streaming issues. It was occurring just one day after the company made its new Marvel TV series Luke Cage available to stream, and loyal customers were less than pleased.


CES 2017: TiVo Exec: ‘We Talk to All the OTT Providers’

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Las Vegas -- TiVo has poured plenty of money and manpower into supporting cable pay TV services on its platform using the clunky CableCARD over the years, so it would seem appropriate (and seemingly so much easier) for the company to integrate services from a new legion of virtual MVPDs, such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now and a live TV service from Hulu that’s expected to debut in Q1.


CES 2017: Why Sinclair Has the Hots for ATSC 3.0

Las Vegas -- ATSC 3.0, a new standard for a broadcast system that will blend over-the-air with broadband capabilities, is poised to deliver a big bundle of benefits to both broadcasters and consumers alike, a panel of experts predicted here Wednesday at CES.