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Netflix: Data Caps ‘May Unreasonably Limit Internet Television Viewing’

Netflix, never a fan of data caps, expressed and expanded on its position in an ex parte document filed September 6 with the FCC following the Commission’s Twelfth Broadband Progress Notice of Inquiry.


 “Watching television shows and movies on the Internet is no longer a novelty,” Netflix said in the filing (hat tip: DSL Reports).


TiVo Working on ‘Mantis’ 

Even as its merger with Rovi nears the finish line, TiVo appears to be pushing ahead with its plans to create new retail products that aren’t traditional DVRs. 


Comcast Appears to Be Trying New Twist on ‘Send To TV’ Beta

Comcast’s X1 platform already supports integrated access to a small number of OTT apps such as Pandora, the MSO’s new ad-supported Watchable service, and has plans to add Netflix to that list later this year.


Roku Set To Refresh Streaming Device Lineup: Report

As was the case last year with the Roku 4, it appears that the lid is being blown on a new lineup of Roku devices before they are officially introduced to the world.


Google's VR 'Daydream' Nearing Reality

Google will launch Daydream, its new Android-based virtual reality platform, in the “coming weeks and has been lining up talent and apps partners in preparation for the big debut, Bloomberg reported.


The Next Big Thing in Video Streaming Is: NOT STREAMING

There’s a growing trend afoot in video streaming. It’s called – wait for it – not streaming.  That’s right – it’s about downloading the content to the mobile device, to be able to watch the video anywhere, anytime, regardless of the availability of a robust WiFi connection. This is because today, and the foreseeable future, ubiquitous broadband connectivity simply doesn’t exist.


Dish-EchoStar ‘Sling AirTV’ Nears Retail Debut: Report

Dish Network and corporate cousin EchoStar appear to be nearing the retail launch of Sling AirTV, a product that integrates over-the-air broadcast TV with Sling TV’s OTT service.


Remembering a True Visionary

Silicon Valley and the tech industry at large are still reeling from the tragic death of Blake Krikorian, a forward-thinking entrepreneur who is probably best-known for co-founding Sling Media and the iconic and game-changing Slingbox.


Cable in 2020: The Role Virtualization and Fiber Deep Is Poised to Play

In today’s environment of cord-cutters and streaming services, cable MSOs are under pressure to offer competitively priced services while providing an enhanced quality of experience.


Liberty Global Moves Ahead With ‘EOS’

Liberty Global execs said the MSO is pushing ahead with EOS, a next-gen, cloud-powered box equipped with 4K capabilities that will bring more unity to its video platform.


EOS is “going to be the workhorse for our video platform. It’s powerful, inexpensive with great scale benefit,” Mike Fries, Liberty Global’s CEO, said last week on the company’s Q2 earnings call.