AT&T completed its acquisition of DirecTV last week, about a year after it was first announced. To be honest, I was never a big fan of this move. Pay TV is not a growing business, and I believe AT&T's dollars would have been better spent expanding its broadband business in the U.S. But now that AT&T owns DirecTV and its 20 million U.S. subscribers (plus 19 million in Latin America), what should we expect?
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T-Mobile US said it now expects to add 3.4 million to 3.9 branded postpaid net customers in 2015, up from the company's previous guidance of between 3 million and 3.5 million, which it issued in April.
Sprint is going after T-Mobile US and other carriers with a new family plan promotion that offers unlimited voice, texting and 10 GB of shared data for $100 per month. The carrier also said that families can choose Sprint's 40 GB shared data plan for just $20 more per month, or $120 in total.
If it seems as if the latest buzzword in the OTT dictionary is personalization, that's because this aspect of content discovery is fast becoming an important component of providers' search and recommendation platforms. As consumer demand for content continues to grow, and as both traditional operators and new OTT entrants look to stand out in the IP video market, personalization of content is now a driving concern. Special report.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes will step down from his role on Sept. 1 as the vendor moves toward completing its deal with rival Nokia; the combined company is going to be led by Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
Nokia reported stronger sales overall in its core networking business and a strong increase in sales in North America. The company had its most profitable quarter overall since it sold its handset business to Microsoft in April 2014, according to Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri.
Samsung Electronics' mobile sales and profit fell in the second quarter, as the company's flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones failed to meaningfully boost revenue or earnings compared to last year. Samsung signaled it will be cutting the price of its premium phones but it insisted that its supply shortage of the S6 Edge is over.
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The NCTA responded aggressively to comments made by two Democratic senators today, refuting their assertion that pay-TV consumers are paying too much for video set-top boxes and that more competition is needed in the set-top market.