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Netflix Subs Would Pay More to Keep Service Ad-Free

While Netflix is inserting ads that promote its original programming, the over-the-top subscription video service has been adamant that it does not and will not splice in third-party ads, meaning it’ll sidestep Hulu’s hybrid subscription/advertising revenue model for the foreseeable future. 


Comcast Patent Gets the Drop on Mobile

Offering another hint about its evolving mobile voice strategy, Comcast has recently locked up a patent that describes a method and a system that supports re-establishing a dropped call or communication.


Google Fiber Responds to Portland ‘Chatter’

Google Fiber acknowledges that it’s continuing to have discussions with city officials in Portland, Ore., about bringing its mix of 1-Gig and pay TV services there, but isn’t confirming if or when it might pull the trigger on an actual deployment.


Having a Ball With 8K

Adoption of 4K TVs has yet to reach a mainstream audience, but even more advanced 8K video is starting to creep into view in the form of some small, limited demos tied to the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament. 


Fox Sports and NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization, are holding invitation-only demos this week and next of live 8K coverage of two tournament match-ups –Japan vs. Cameroon (June 12), and U.S. vs. Nigeria (June 16) – at the Zanuck Theater on the Fox Studio lot in Los Angeles.


Sling TV Swings to 250K+ Subs: Report

Dish Network has not revealed sub numbers for its new OTT service, Sling TV, but a report from Re/code claims that they're now in the neighborhood of 250,000.


As the Apple Turns

An updated operating system for iPhones and iPads (and Macs), a new music streaming service, and perhaps a next-gen version of the Apple TV device are expected to be among the announcements highlighting Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next week in San Francisco.


What’s not expected to make the cut: a “skinny” pay TV service that Apple reportedly wanted to launch this fall.


Waiting for Gigabit Pro

If you’re a consumer in a Comcast market that’s been waiting for Gigabit Pro, the MSO’s new fiber-based 2-Gig service, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.


“We expect to start marketing Gigabit Pro this month,” a Comcast spokesman said via email. “The plan is to make it available in multiple markets simultaneously.”


TiVo CEO Drops More Aereo Hints

TiVo’s plan to create a service along the lines of Aereo, but “done legally and better,” as TiVo CEO and president Tom Rogers put it recently, is still murky, though the company is expected to reveal all at an event in San Jose sometime in July.


Ad-Vantage Netflix?

Offering hints that advertising could eventually become a component of Netflix’s streaming business, several users have told Cord Cutter News that they have begun to see post-roll ads for Netflix originals show up when viewing content on the Xbox 360.


Going After the Gigabits

Time will tell how Altice Group’s proposed acquisition of Suddenlink Communications affects the U.S. MSO’s video strategy in the months and years ahead (Suddenlink has been working closely with TiVo), but it’s clear that both companies have something in common on the broadband side of the business—the pursuit of gigabit speeds.