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September 23, 2016

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Today’s Rundown

  1. DirecTV Now will become AT&T’s primary video platform in 3-5 years, report says

  2. As Charter ramps MVNO, T-Mobile buys Charter’s 700 MHz spectrum in Montana

  3. Arris launches new line of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways aimed at service providers

  4. Comcast warned to stop airing ads calling DirecTV’s tech ‘old’

  5. Comcast buys late Ed Snider’s 24% stake in the Philly Flyers’ parent, Comcast Spectator

  6. House Dems express concerns to Wheeler over set-top proposals standard license clause

  7. Verizon’s Shammo: We’ll use 5G fixed wireless to compete with cable

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DirecTV Now will become AT&T’s primary video platform in 3-5 years, report says

AT&T’s soon-to-launch virtual-MVPD service, DirecTV Now, will become the company’s dominant video service in the next three to five years, usurping both AT&T U-verse and the DirecTV satellite service.


As Charter ramps MVNO, T-Mobile buys Charter’s 700 MHz spectrum in Montana

Friday, September 23, 2016

T-Mobile said it recently inked an agreement to purchase Charter Communication’s 700 MHz A Block spectrum for Eastern Montana. T-Mobile said the spectrum covers 600,000 POPs and 120,000 square miles of geography in the area.

Arris launches new line of DOCSIS 3.1 gateways aimed at service providers

Thursday, September 22, 2016

After releasing a series of DOCSIS 3.1 products aimed at the retail market earlier this year, Arris has announced the availability of modems and gateways aimed at service providers.

Comcast warned to stop airing ads calling DirecTV’s tech ‘old’

Friday, September 23, 2016

After checking Comcast on allegedly bogus claims targeting Verizon last month, the National Advertising Bureau has criticized the top cable company for ads taking down DirecTV.

Comcast buys late Ed Snider’s 24% stake in the Philly Flyers’ parent, Comcast Spectator

Friday, September 23, 2016

Comcast said it has agreed to buy out the remaining 24 percent stake in the joint venture that owns the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, as well as the arena the team plays in.

House Dems express concerns to Wheeler over set-top proposals standard license clause

Friday, September 23, 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler received more complaint mail this week regarding his newly revised pay-TV set-top regulation plans, with 64 House Democrats writing to express concerns over the proposals “standard license” language.

Verizon’s Shammo: We’ll use 5G fixed wireless to compete with cable

Friday, September 23, 2016

Verizon will begin commercially testing 5G services next year, CFO Fran Shammo reiterated yesterday. And the nation’s largest carrier hopes to use 5G fixed wireless offerings to compete with traditional fixed-line service providers.

News of Note

AT&T has sued the city of Nashville, Tennessee, over its passage of the Google-backed “One Touch Make Ready” pole-attachment rules. Complaint (PDF)

Windstream has rolled out fixed wireless access in Salt Lake City. CED Magazine story

Sling TV is offering an 18-hour free preview of its Sling Orange service to all new Sling TV customers, ahead of both the first presidential debate and the Atlanta-New Orleans pro football game airing Sept. 26. Press release

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has reached a $450,000 settlement with AT&T to resolve an investigation into whether AT&T operated fixed wireless stations without authorization or without filing required license modification notices. Press release

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