Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 14, 2015

18 Sep 2015

The New York Times reported that Cablevision agreed to be acquired by Altice Group. If the acquisition is approved, Altice would rank among the largest cable operators in the United States, with about 3.7 million video subscribers.

Multichannel News reported that ARRIS is deploying a DOCSIS 3.0-powered gateway (ARRIS TG1682), with Comcast as part of its new XB3 service. The gateway enables gigabit wireless speeds, IP video and integrated home automation and security capabilities.

ARRIS has been selected to be the new supplier of an updated IPTV Box for Telefonica’s Movistar+ platform, according to Broadband TV News. This upgrade features 50% more processing capacity and provides 1GB of memory.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, BBC is launching an over-the-top (OTT) video service in the U.S. next year. Over the next few years, BBC will try to expand services globally to take advantage of the British programming and digital opportunities.

Multichannel News reported on the findings of an Evercore ISI Group study of 866 millennial men and women, which showed that the younger generation is willing to pay for content.

  1. Expanding in U.S., Altice Plans to Buy Cablevision for US$ 17.7 Billion (September 17, 2015) By Emily Steel and Mark Scott, The New York Times: With its US$ 17.7 billion takeover of Cablevision, the European company Altice solidified its position as a bold new player in the fast-consolidating American cable market.
  2.  Comcast, Arris Open Up Gateway Deployment (September 14, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Arris said it has begun to deploy a new DOCSIS 3.0-powered gateway with Comcast that supports 802.11ac WiFi, IP video and integrated home automation and security, and represents a component of the MSO’s new “XB3” service.
  3.  Arris wins Movistar+ box supply deal (September 12, 2015) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Arris has been selected as the supplier of a new IPTV box for Telefonica’s Movistar+ platform.
  4.  BBC to Launch U.S. Streaming Service Next Year (September 17, 2015) By George Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter: The BBC will launch an over-the-top video service in the U.S. next year, the U.K. public broadcaster's top executive, director general Tony Hall, said at a TV industry convention in Cambridge, England on Thursday.
  5. Study: Most Millennials Don’t Want to Cut The Cord (September 15, 2015) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: An Evercore ISI Group study of 866 millennial men and women showed that while the younger generation watches most of its video online, they are more than willing to pay for it and are in no rush to cancel their cable/satellite/telco subscriptions.
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