Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending June 24, 2016

24 Jun 2016

According to ABI Research, video-centric entertainment and richer media are the key drivers for gigabit speeds, reported Videonet. And ARRIS CTO, CPE, Charles Cheevers commented that the most pressing need for gigabit speeds is to handle multiple concurrent 4K video streams to different devices in the home, usually over Wi-Fi®.

Altice has officially closed its deal to purchase Cablevision for $17.7 billion, according to FierceCable. Altice will combine Cablevision with Suddenlink (acquired in December 2015) to form Altice USA, which will be the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S. The company will serve 4.6 million customers across 20 states.

According to Bloomberg Technology, NBCUniversal announced that the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for $3.8 billion. NBCUniversal expects to close the deal in the coming months.

A new report by Parks Associates found that U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens each week, according to Digital TV News. This accounts for 20 percent of all video viewed on TV screens. The report also cautioned that consumers might increasingly employ the use of ad blocking solutions while streaming video.

Netflix will be implementing a price hike for long-term customers over the course of the year, which could result in a loss of hundreds of thousands of subscribers, according to Variety. Netflix noted that it expects moderate churn following the higher prices, but also expects $520 million in additional revenue.

  1. The need for Gigabit broadband speeds (June 22, 2016) By John Moulding, VideoNet: We are about to enter a new era in entertainment and communications thanks to Gigabit speed broadband. While the smart home and IoT will spawn innovative services and applications that help to fill these pipes, CCTV security monitoring is their only bandwidth hog right now. The initial benefits that Gigabit broadband brings to these nascent markets is therefore lower latency and ultra reliability.
  2. Altice completes Cablevision acquisition, appoints Dexter Goei as CEO of U.S. business (June 21, 2016) By Ben Munson, FierceCable: Altice today announced it officially closed its $17.7 billion deal to purchase Cablevision, which it will combine with its recently acquired Suddenlink to form Altice USA, the fourth largest cable provider in the U.S.
  3. Comcast’s NBC Says U.S. Clears DreamWorks Animation Deal (June 21, 2016) By Anousha Sakoui and David McLaughlin, Bloomberg: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal said the U.S. Justice Department cleared its proposed $3.8 billion purchase of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and that the company looks forward to completing the deal soon.
  4. U.S. broadband households watch 3.8 hours of internet video on TV per week (June 22, 2016) By Digital TV News Staff, Digital TV News: U.S. broadband households watch nearly four hours of Internet video per week on a TV screen.
  5. Netflix Price Hikes Could Lead Nearly 500,000 U.S. Subs to Cancel (Study) (June 20, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Hundreds of thousands of Netflix subscribers may bail on the streaming service after the No. 1 subscription video service raises prices for long-term customers over the course this year.
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