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Google Fiber Won't Put TV on the Menu in Two New Markets

Google Fiber will offer internet service – and internet service only – in two new deployment markets, Louisville and San Antonio, the company confirmed this week.

That means it won’t be bundling traditional pay TV services in those locations, as it does now in the other, existing Google Fiber cities, which are starting to see some rate hikes coming courtesy of rising programming costs.

Not All Whole-Home WiFi Is Created Equal

WiFi is the foundation for the super-connected home. With escalating device counts, increased video streaming, and the rise of the Internet of Things, the need for a new approach to whole-home WiFi has never been clearer. But, not all whole-home WiFi solutions are created equal.

Ataribox to Deliver Games, Streaming Apps

Atari is getting ready to go back to the future.

The company has revealed a few more details about the Ataribox, a device that’s being billed as a platform that will bring a “full PC experience to the TV.”

BAMTech Gets a Website, Logo

BAMTech Media, the technology services and video streaming operation spun out of MLBAM, quietly launched a corporate web site last week as the company pushes toward a bigger deal with The Walt Disney Company that will center on an array of new direct-to-consumer OTT offerings.

End of the Road for Original Tablo

Nuvyyo is getting ready to turn the page on the original Tablo 2-Tuner OTA DVR, as it will end production on that model for cord-cutters and amplify its focus on its new Tablo DUAL device, which also comes with two tuners, plus integrated storage.

Related: Nuvyyo Forges New Cord-Cutting Tool

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.

RELATED: Notre Dame-Michigan State Game to Run Social VR Play

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.