Level 3 may serve as an intermediary between residential consumer service providers and content providers like Netflix, but it has told the FCC that traditional ISPs should provide information to consumers on broadband network performance.
DirecTV is currently testing live UltraHD sports transmission and expects to have a live 4K service sometime "early in 2016," according to Phil Goswitz, senior VP of video and space communications for the satellite TV operator.
Google this week introduced a feature for its Chrome mobile browser that it claims can reduce data consumption on the web as much as 70 percent. Data Saver, as the feature is dubbed, omits most images when a page is loaded through a slow network connection. Users can tap the screen to display specific images or all of them, reducing load times as well as data charges.
SaskTel is moving forward with its InfiNet fiber-to-the-premises network buildout plan, announcing that it will roll out services to Estevan and Weyburn, Saskatchewan, in March 2016.
CenturyLink is realigning its cloud services management ranks, announcing that Jared Wray and Jonathan King will be leaving the company today, a sign that it may be reassessing its cloud services strategy.
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is the latest NCTC member company to pipe up about stalled carriage renewal talks with AMC Networks, accusing the programmer of seeking an excessive 379 percent fee increase over its current contract.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has named veteran Comcast executive Chris Bastian as its new senior VP and CTO, replacing Daniel Howard, who shifted to an org fellow position back in February.
AOL President Bob Lord is leaping back onto the path he was on before the online company was acquired by Verizon earlier this year: moving toward running a publicly-owned company. The executive said he will leave AOL sometime in 2016, though an exact date hasn't been announced.
Traditional pay-TV service revenues may be declining, but Cablevision and Comcast are among operators that see potential dollars in using dynamic ad insertion and programmatic marketplace tools in their on-demand video offerings.
AT&T confirmed that it will increase the price of its legacy unlimited data plan by $5 per month, to a total of $35 per month, starting in February. 9to5Mac first reported the news, citing an unnamed source, and an AT&T representative subsequently confirmed the price increase to FierceWireless.