Comcast will be testing fixed and mobile wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in Philadelphia, the home of its headquarters. The company will use three types of radio transmitters and three types of mobile devices and handsets during the trials.
Over-the-top services for CBS and Showtime are exceeding expectations, with around 5 million combined subscribers, says CBS CEO Les Moonves. The services are well on track to surpass 8 million subscribers by 2020, Moonves says.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is committed to removing reimbursement barriers that telemedicine proponents say have crimped the rise of the technology. "I do suspect there's significant statutory barriers around reimbursement there, given that most of our constructs were set up in the 1960s for our payment regimes," he told a House committee.
The government can solve the digital divide in rural areas with outlays of $13 billion to $19 billion to install fiber in local anchor institutions, according to a report from the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition. The group also calls for the use of TV white space technology.
CenturyLink CEO Glen Post told analysts his company's success depends on automating multiple functions to keep customers happy. "We are increasing digitization of end-to-end service delivery platforms, allowing more efficient customer-friendly interactions," he said.
The radio industry and government agencies are dialing up the pressure on Apple to activate FM chips in its iPhones to provide critical information during emergencies. "Apple portrays itself as cutting edge and consumer friendly, we think it just makes good business sense to have a public service ethic that allows people to access local radio stations," says National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton.
Viewers consumed 445 million minutes of NBC's streaming coverage of the Olympic Games in the first six days, surpassing the numbers posted for the full 18 days of the 2014 Sochi Games. Although broadcast and cable remain the main sources for Olympics coverage, streaming is drawing in younger audiences.
The TV industry is losing between $3 billion and $6 billion in ad revenue due to viewers watching content on Netflix, which isn't ad-supported, per an nScreenMedia analysis. The average Netflix viewer misses about 35 30-second ads each day, totaling nearly 2 billion daily ad views across Netflix's subscriber base, the analysis showed.
Arris saw a 23.4% drop in video device sales in the fourth quarter, but its network and cloud business drove revenue to within 1% of the company's bottom line. "We expect sales in the CPE segment to continue to shift towards the higher mix of broadband and less video," Arris CEO Bruce McClelland said.
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