DogTV has launched a subscription-video-on-demand service on Comcast for $4.99 per month. The service includes original content that is "scientifically developed and tested" for dogs to view when their owners are away.
Industry executives at an NAB Show panel encouraged broadcasters to begin experimenting with virtual-reality technology. Experimenting now can put broadcasters at the forefront of the tech, creating a strong foundation and generating data that can be used for more widespread adoption, said consultant Caitlin Burns.
The NAB Show's Future of Cinema Summit kicked off Saturday, and one of the key topics was the harm of digital, with Ben Ritterbush of 20th Century Fox saying, "[Digital] overcomplicated everything." Other executives at the Summit have been discussing ways to better manage the influx of digital while keeping consumers satisfied.
TV Everywhere has reached an "aided awareness" level of 73%, a Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing survey has found. The survey also found that 51% of cable subs used TV Everywhere services in the previous month and 56% in the past six months.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed copper retirement and pole attachment reforms to remove infrastructure barriers and promote the growth of wireline broadband and next-generation services. "When you make it easier and cheaper to build high-speed networks, companies are more likely to build those networks," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Resolving speed and connectivity issues was at the forefront of last week's Wi-Fi Now event. The need for additional unlicensed spectrum, the use of 802.11ax and communication with other industries were some of the topics tackled at the event that could lead to increased speeds and connectivity for wireless.
CenturyLink is apparently seeking to retain customers in Nevada by offering a lifetime pricing guarantee on three of its broadband speed tiers. CenturyLink has not said whether it will extend the offer to other regions.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai won a victory when a federal appeals court agreed to let the agency, rather than the court, handle a utility regulatory group's challenge to Lifeline rules enacted under former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, like Pai, believes states should control the process.
Federal regulators are asking for comments on rules intended to speed copper retirement and ease pole attachment rules.
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