TiVo charted its largest net subscriber growth for the three-month period ending Oct. 31, increasing its rolls by 418,000 to 6.5 million. More than 85% of the new customers are from small and medium cable providers that don't offer their own set-top services. CEO Tom Rogers, who is giving up the title but will remain as chairman, believes the release of TiVo's ad-skipping Bolt DVR will help drive future growth.
"Sesame Street" will launch on Jan. 16 on HBO with a pair of 30-minute episodes. PBS, where "Sesame Street" originated, will show the episodes following their first airing on HBO.
"The Walking Dead Experience," a live theatrical presentation, will debut Dec. 4 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey before kicking off an eight-city tour that includes stops in Chicago, Dallas and Boston. The experience is intended to have mass-market appeal, but it has been crafted by people with experimental theater credentials.
Netflix's expansion into Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other parts of Asia early next year is likely to inspire copycat services and boost the market for subscription services across categories. By 2020, the Asia-Pacific market, led by Japan, is projected to have 68.8 million subscription video-on-demand homes. Almost 8% of homes are likely to purchase VOD packages, generating $4.76 billion in revenue, per Digital TV Research.
Frontier Communications will begin rolling out an IP-based TV service in Durham, N.C., in January. FrontierTV will be offered as part of a data, voice and video bundle for $150 a month for gigabit broadband, while a similar package with lower Internet speeds will begin at $70 a month.
The Justice Department is conducting an antitrust probe into whether Comcast has engaged in "monopolization or attempted monopolization" in the spot cable ad sales marketplace, documents show. Comcast pledged its cooperation with the investigation and defended its sales practices as being "good for advertisers and consumers.”
Cogent Communications has signed an interconnection pact with CenturyLink aimed at creating seamless bandwidth exchanges between the companies' networks. CenturyLink described the partnership as a "long-term, bilateral interconnection agreement" to encourage "balanced, scalable and mutually economical" network coordination.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler writes that the technology operating the US 9-1-1 system is "dangerously out of date" as call centers that handle some 240 million calls each year cannot accommodate widely used cellphone capabilities such as text, photo and video. He writes that 9-1-1 call centers must upgrade to next-generation 9-1-1 technology, and Congress must provide state and local authorities with funding to help in the transition.
Software-defined networking technologies are on track to produce $1.4 billion in revenue for 2015, nearly double the 2014 amount, an IHS Infonetics study has found. The research firm predicts SDN will become a mainstream technology in 2017.
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