by Karl Bode 08:00AM Monday Mar 10 2014
70% of consumers have never heard of the 4K high definition TV standard, according to a new study by Leichtman Research Group. Of the 30% who have heard of the higher-resolution standard, only about a third of those has actually seen a 4K set. That said, expectation and awareness changes quickly, and awareness and ownership of 4K sets should rise dramatically as prices begin to fall in line with more traditional high-definition televisions.
"Nearly 60% of TV sets used in US households are now HD sets, up from less than 20% just five years ago," notes Bruce Leichtman. Other notable bits from the study:
•88% with annual household incomes over $50,000 have an HDTV -- compared to 68% with household incomes under $50,000
•Among those getting HD programming from a cable, satellite, or Telco provider, the perceived mean number of channels of HD programming is 82 -- up from 42 five years ago
•28% of those who have seen a 4K Ultra HDTV are very interested in getting it, while 15% of all who have heard of 4K HDTV are very interested in getting it
•14% of households have a Smart TV set that is connected to the Internet, including 3% of households that have more than one connected Smart TV set -- connected Smart TVs account for about 7% of all television sets used in US households
•22% of all households purchased a TV set in the past 12 months -- an annual level that has been fairly consistent for the past decade.
by Karl Bode 07:38AM Monday Mar 10 2014
HBO's popular crime series "True Detective" appears to have broken the company's online streaming service. "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users," stated HBO's Twitter account last night as users tried to watch the television show online.story continues..
by Revcb 07:34AM Monday Mar 10 2014
• SoftBank's CEO Wants U.S. Mobile Industry to Follow Japan's Lead. Um, No Thanks. [forbes.com]
• Minnesota: Broadband is state economic imperative [startribune.com]
• Ultra-Fast 5G Broadband for the UK in Collaboration with Germany [ibtimes.co.uk]
• With Comcast deal, say goodbye to the Internet as we've known it [computerworld.com]
• Softbank Said to Ready Broadband Pitch Amid Merger Doubt [bloomberg.com]
• Hey Verizon, we're not as stupid as you think we are [infoworld.com]
• The solution to our broadband woes is so fair and practical that it stands no chance of coming to fruition in the States [infoworld.com]
• AT&T lights up LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in Chicago, other markets [fiercewireless.com]
• The indie game console may already be dead [theverge.com]
by Karl Bode 10:29AM Saturday Mar 08 2014
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by Karl Bode 04:21PM Friday Mar 07 2014
Sprint's new ownership by SoftBank hasn't born much fruit yet here early on, with Sprint continuing to flounder in most speed, latency and consumer satisfaction studies, while playing second fiddle to T-Mobile's recent bout of aggressive pricing promotions. But SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son has taken aggressive steps to shore up what the Japanese industry titan has declared is a "loser" mentality at the company.story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:26PM Friday Mar 07 2014
Verizon today announced a new promotion that delivers new savings for users willing to bundle FiOS with Verizon Wireless service. According to a company announcement, the new promotion, dubbed Double Up, can save customers who buy both FiOS and wireless services $20 per month ($480 over two years).story continues..
by Bill Neilson 12:13PM Friday Mar 07 2014
As Karl Bode noted last month, Google’s installation of a telecom cabinet in the middle of a sidewalk caused a bit of an issue with residents of Kansas City, MO. Now, others seem to be having similar issues with the installation of Google fiber boxes.story continues..
by Karl Bode 10:27AM Friday Mar 07 2014
While AT&T has been winning most of the recent LTE speed tests, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray has recently been promising that will soon change. The company is in the process of migrating to 2x10MHz channels to speed up LTE connectivity, and early indications were that they were starting to nip at AT&T's heels in terms of speed, after spending the last few months hitting AT&T in terms of pricing.story continues..
by Karl Bode 09:29AM Friday Mar 07 2014
A new survey of US consumers has found that one in ten Americans think that html is some type of sexually-transmitted disease. The full survey results of the 2,392 adults polled is a real treat, noting that 29% thought a migraine was a type of rice, 42% thought a motherboard was a type of deck on a cruise ship, and 23% thought an MP3 was a "type of Star Wars robot."story continues..
15% thought that software was a type of especially comfortable clothing.
by Karl Bode 08:54AM Friday Mar 07 2014
By this point, most of us are familiar with the concept of COWs, or cellular towers on wheels. They're usually brought in either during major events like the Superbowl -- or during natural disasters to quickly shore up cellular infrastructure.story continues..
by Revcb 08:43AM Friday Mar 07 2014
• Justice Department confirms antitrust probe of Comcast-TWC deal [rawstory.com]
• It’s happening: Carriers are moving to punish content providers [pocketnow.com]
• The rise of console-free gaming: OnLive ditches rentals for Steam synced gaming [digitalstrategyconsulting.com]
• Slow broadband 'damaging education' for rural families [bbc.com]
• AT&T: Device subsidy model is 'fundamentally changing' [fiercewireless.com]
• Leap takes hit from T-Mobile, loses 27% of its customers in 18 months [fiercewireless.com]
• Cincinnati Bell's aggressive fiber rollout stems its legacy revenue bleeding, but competitors loom large [fiercetelecom.com]
• AT&T expands U-verse, business fiber footprints in Michigan, Missouri and Ohio [fiercetelecom.com]
• Mercedes-Benz plans aftermarket CarPlay installations for older vehicles by end of the year [9to5mac.com]
• Microsoft plans to patch critical under-attack IE bug next week [computerworld.com]
by Karl Bode 07:05PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
The country's top antitrust official, Bill Baer, will be recused from reviewing Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, reports Reuters. Baer represented NBC Universal owner, General Electric, when Comcast successfully acquired NBC Universal back in 2011. Leading the antitrust review will be Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Renata Hesse and Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Gelfand. Renata Hesse was the FCC's top antitrust official during the review of the AT&T's rejected attempted takeover of T-Mobile.
by Karl Bode 04:11PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference today, AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson stated that the company will be launching their 1 Gbps "Gigapower" U-Verse tier somewhere in the Dallas area starting this summer. AT&T's Gigapower service currently only exists in select portions of Austin, providing users with speeds of 300 Mbps.story continues..
by Karl Bode 02:26PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
The Center for Disease Control has long been an excellent source of statistics on cell phone and POTS usage, since they collect that data to maintain accurate polling statistical information (in large part because those with no landlines trend younger). The latest data from the CDC (pdf) indicates that nearly 40% of American homes rely solely on wireless phones.story continues..
by Karl Bode 12:08PM Thursday Mar 06 2014
Earlier this week Dish struck an agreement with ABC that would disable ad-skipping on Dish's Hopper DVR for three days when viewing ABC content. In exchange, ABC agreed to back off a lawsuit claiming the DVR's ad-skipping technology violated copyright, in addition to giving Dish a broader licensing agreement that could open up the possibility of a Dish over-the-air Internet video service.story continues..
by Karl Bode 10:32AM Thursday Mar 06 2014
It appears that Deutsche Telekom is heeding warnings that the company's attempted sale of T-Mobile to SoftBank/Sprint would have a tough time getting past regulators. Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges told directors yesterday that a sale of T-Mobile is "less likely in the near term" because of steep regulatory opposition:
quote:DT has long been eager to exit the states and sell their 67% stake in T-Mobile, but regulators worry a sale to Sprint would lessen competition at a time when T-Mobile is only just starting to make waves in wireless sector policies and pricing. About a month ago SoftBank stated they'd decide in weeks whether to keep pushing for a deal, but every indication is they won't "pull an AT&T" and try and bully and bluff the deal through.
by Karl Bode 09:08AM Thursday Mar 06 2014
If you didn't know, Netflix's content selection continues to loom over other streaming options from the likes of Hulu and Amazon. LifeHacker has crafted a simple diagram highlighting which content is available on what service, and Netflix comes out clearly on top when it comes to TV show availability (they've offered up the raw data, with a much longer list of what's available where, here).story continues..
by Karl Bode 08:55AM Thursday Mar 06 2014
HBO has announced that they continue to expand availability of their HBO Go streaming effort, which is this week being made available on the Sony Playstation 3. However, once again highlighting the fractured and often annoying tendency of content agreements and the "TV Everywhere" approach, Comcast users won't be able to use the new functionality.story continues..
by Revcb 08:50AM Thursday Mar 06 2014
• It shouldn’t take a merger for low-income Americans to get cheap broadband [washingtonpost.com]
• Does The European Commission Really Think The Internet Is A 'Value Tree' That Requires A 'Transmission Belt Of Euros'? [techdirt.com]
• Why Copyrighted Coffee May Cripple the Internet of Things [wired.com]
• Setback for Apple: U.S. judge denies renewed bid for permanent injunction against Samsung [fosspatents.com]
• DirecTV in talks with Disney on deal for Internet rights [chicagotribune.com]
• FreedomPop unveils 'Privacy Phone' to focus on security for voice, texting [fiercewireless.com]
• Low-cost smartphones, '5G' and the evolving OTT landscape dominate 2014 MWC [fiercewireless.com]
• The Cost of Internet Defamation [huffingtonpost.com]
by Karl Bode 06:04PM Wednesday Mar 05 2014
For years now, the UK government has given lectures on Internet morality whenever and however possible, forcing ISPs there to implement pornography filters that force broadband users to opt out, frequently filter entirely legitimate websites, and can usually be bypassed by anyone with a modicum of technical know how. With that going so well, conversations are now currently underway in the to extend the porn filters to include government-determined "extremist content."story continues..
Given this righteous attempt to legislate morality, it's a bit ironic then that a scandal has broken out in the UK after Patrick Rock, a top aide to Prime Minister David Cameron and a chief architect of the country's porn filters, was arrested for possession of child pornography.
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