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Three Keys to Success for Superior Service in a Merged Environment

Years from now, we will look back at this decade as one of extraordinary change, a defining time for our industry. Our reflections will be about more than mergers, acquisitions and consolidation. We will measure our progress not just by what we did, but how we did it.  This is a time of opportunity. Will we seize it?


SCTE Reels in Success for Cable Industry

Take it from a lifelong fisherman: Building an organization is a lot like hooking a marlin. It takes patience, strategy, tenacity, luck and contributions from those around you to get to that pivotal moment when you know you’re on your way to landing your prize.


Amazon Noodling Live OTT: Report

Amazon’s got the tech platform to deliver a live over-the-top video service, and now it’s said to be working on content deals that could make it happen.


92% of Millennials Use Smartphone as Primary Mobile TV Device

In a study that should provide comfort to Comcast and Verizon as they try to draw eyeballs to their new Watchable (pictured) and go90 over-the-top services, Adobe found that 92% of millennials in the U.S. consider the smartphone to be their primary device for watching TV when on the go. 


TiVo App for Fire TV Nears Launch

Ira Bahr, TiVo’s chief marketing officer, jumped into the TiVo Community Forum (which isn’t part of TiVo) this week to take a bunch of questions about the company’s direction following the introduction of the TiVo Bolt.


You can read the whole thing here, but here are a few takeaways: 


Netflix Streaming Takes Flight

Netflix is joining the Mile High Club…or make that the 6.6 Mile High Club, as the service will be available on select Virgin America flights once they reach an altitude of 35,000 feet.


A Deeper Look at the Netflix VR Environment

Whether it’s been tablets, smart TVs or the latest, greatest streaming device,  one can count on Netflix to be among the first to jump on board a new platform. That goes for virtual reality, too.


4K for Roku?

Evidence continues to point to a 4K/UHD upgrade for the Roku platform, but it’s still not clear if there’s a new Roku 4 model in the making or if the video streamer will be adding that capability to the existing product lineup.


CableLabs Weighs VR Opportunity

As cable operators mull their role in the future of virtual reality, CableLabs is already playing its part, testing the technology for future distribution and bandwidth considerations and seeing how consumers are reacting to the wonders of immersive video.


Before CableLabs trotted out a bunch of demos to show the progress being made with DOCSIS 3.1, it also offered a glimpse of VR with some video running on Samsung Galaxy Note 4 paired to a Samsung Gear VR headset (pictured).