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Charter Testing ‘SpectrumU’

Charter Communications has been quietly testing SpectrumU, a managed IPTV service for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, that is delivered via on-campus WiFi networks.

Fox Sports Ready to Do a 360

Fox Sports is placing another sizable bet on virtual reality this weekend as it again teams up with LiveLike to assemble a “virtual suite” that will provide the main broadcast of the Notre Dame at Michigan State college football matchup alongside other several other bells and whistles.

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Verizon VC Banks on P2P

Verizon Ventures is among a group that recently plowed $3.2 million into Streamroot, a startup that’s focused on a P2P-style “distributed” OTT video delivery platform that offers an alternative to more traditional server-based content delivery networks.

The Verizon VC was joined in the round by Partech Ventures, Techstars Venture Capital Fund, and R/GA.

Amazon Building New Fire TV Models: Report

Amazon is cooking up two new products that will help to broaden its Fire TV lineup, according to AFTVnews.

Look Within to Retain Customers

Shuvankar Roy, vice president of Xfinity Home, manages operations for Comcast’s home security and home automation solution, and is responsible for service and solution delivery of Xfinity Home to more than 1 million customers.

In 2016, Roy (pictured) and his team led a series of strategic initiatives to identify opportunities to improve the experience for both customers and its Xfinity technicians.

Comcast Takes Fixed Broadband Speed Crown: Ookla Study

Comcast and T-Mobile came away with bragging rights as the fastest service in their respective fixed and mobile broadband categories, per the results of a new speed test from Ookla.

DirecTV Now Cloud DVR Trial Lets Subs Store 100 Hours of Shows

DirecTV Now’s beta test of a cloud DVR is letting a small group of customers record and store up to 100 hours of shows, according to details uncovered by CordCutterNews.

AT&T declined to offer further comment on the trial, but the report, based on screen caps from the DirecTV Now app for mobile devices, notes that recorded shows can be located in the app’s My Library area.

At Bat App Hits Streaming Milestone

At Bat, Major League Baseball’s out-of-market, multiscreen OTT app/service, surpassed 2 billion minutes consumed for the month of August, the first time the app had crossed that milestone, MLBAM said, citing data from Adobe Analytics and comScore.

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Sony Cuts Price on PS VR Bundles

Apparently looking to pick up some sales momentum heading into the holidays, Sony has cut the price of two VR product bundles by $50.

Apple Readying 4K Box

Filling a gap in its video arsenal, Apple is expected to introduce a new Apple TV device next month that will enable streaming in 4K and High Dynamic Range, Bloomberg first reported.