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Scary Stuff

With Halloween just around the corner and consumers increasingly likely to tee up some scary movies and TV shows to amplify the mood, digital security specialist Irdeto took a look at what titles from the horror genre are most attractive to pirates.


Hot Ticket

While millions will tune into CNBC tonight for the Republican Presidential Debate, it’s been a hot ticket for those interested in witnessing it first-hand at the University of Colorado’s Coors Event Center.


Netflix Regulars Watch 10 TV Shows Per Week

We already knew that Netflix dominates the downstream of fixed U.S. ISP networks, but new data from GfK offers a different angle on how the OTT-SVOD service is impacting consumer viewing behavior.


Charter Targets Cord-Cutters With ‘Spectrum TV Stream’

Charter Communications has been quietly testing out a subscription service called Spectrum TV Stream that's aimed at broadband-only customers, starts at $12.99 per month and bundles in a free Roku 3 streaming player. 


Home Media Magazine first caught wind of it earlier this month, noting that the new offering features the Big 4 broadcasters, plus either the Showtime or HBO multiplex.


Slingbox May Air It Out

In an apparent move to make its video place shifting platform more attractive to cord-cutters, EchoStar looks to be developing a version of the Slingbox that would capture free over-the-air TV signals and pass them along to users who connect to the device via mobile apps and Web browsers.


Humans Still Matter in Our App-Driven World

In our over-scheduled, over-automated, app-based world, meeting the cable field service technician in person is one of the only times a customer meets anyone from their cable provider face-to-face.  And our research has shown that who the technician is matters just as much as the service that he or she delivers that day.


The Gigabit World Won’t Wait

AT&T GigaPower. CenturyLink 1-Gig. Google Fiber. Driven by the overwhelming growth of over-the-top (OTT) video, social media and other rich content, the Gigabit Internet era is here for U.S. consumers. They want it now, they’ll switch providers to get it, and they most definitely will not wait for it.


Cable-Tec Expo: A Glimpse of DOCSIS 3.1

New Orleans – Arris introduced its first pair of DOCSIS 3.1 modem models earlier this week – the Touchstone CM8200, which is for direct-to-MSO distribution, and the SURFboard SB8200, a version that Arris will sell at retail.


vCPE: No Longer Just a Pipe Dream

The industry trend towards network function virtualization (NFV) is no longer just a nice idea for the future — it’s the reality we’re living in. The simple concept of decoupling software from hardware is giving service providers new ways to differentiate their services from straggling competitors. One of the most acclaimed forms of this trend is virtualizing the functions that control and manage customer premises equipment, or as it’s commonly called, vCPE (virtual customer premises equipment).


Charter Pursuing ‘Remote’ DVR

Charter Communications continues to move forward on a video strategy that incorporates cloud-based user interfaces and applications, and it now appears that a “remote” DVR is also starting to factor into that game plan.