Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending March 18, 2016

Multichannel News reported that Altice selected ARRIS’s E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to help deliver Gigabit service to its subscribers. Altice will deploy the E6000 CER technology within its SFR unit in France, Orange-Tricom in the Dominican Republic and will further expand the use of the edge router within the operations of its recently acquired U.S. asset Suddenlink Communications.

In a move to bolster its go90 mobile video platform, Verizon Digital Media Services announced that it acquired Volicon, a video capture and archiving company, reported CED Magazine. The acquisition aims to boost Verizon’s over-the-top video services and establish itself in the online video industry.

Mashable reported that LionsGate followed up on last Spring’s plans to create a subscription video on demand (SVOD) channel tied to Comic-Con by announcing details of the new channel. Comic-Con HQ, the new SVOD beta service will launch on May 7 with original scripted and unscripted series, daily and weekly entertainment commentary, plus a library of live and library programming. The service will also feature film and TV programs.

Earlier this week, Stream Daily reported that Fandango’s recently acquired M-Go platform will be rebranded as FandangoNow, a new video-on-demand (VOD) service, slated to roll out on March 30.  The service will provide users access to new movie releases and next-day TV shows on the web, mobile, OTT devices and smart TVs.

Finally, according to a recent report from Competitive Intelligence Unit, OTT video platforms in Mexico raked in over $470 million in 2015 driving growth in the telecoms sector in the region, reported Rapid TV News. The growth of the OTT platforms is attributed to better broadband networks and evolving video consumption habits of Mexican viewers.

  1. Altice Adds Arris to Gigabit Playbook (March 16, 2016) By Jeff Baumgarnter, Multichannel News: Suddenlink Systems Among Those to Deploy E6000.
  2. Verizon Bolsters Online Video with Volicon Acquisition (March 16, 2016) By Diana Goovaerts CED Magazine: Verizon Digital Media Services is aiming to bolster its Over-the-Top (OTT) video services with the acquisition of video company Volicon.
  3. Lionsgate, Comic-Con team on VOD service that’ll make your geeky dreams come true (March 14, 2016) By Saba Hamedy, Mashable: Comic-Con and Lionsgate announced Monday that their subscription video on-demand service will roll out just in time for the annual San Diego event in July.
  4. Fandango preps new VOD service, FandangoNow (March 16, 2016) By Darah Hansen, Stream Daily: Fandango, the online movie ticket seller and MCN, has entered the VOD space with a new transactional service, FandangoNow.
  5. OTT drives telecoms growth in Mexico (March 14, 2016) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: Better broadband networks and the changing consumption habits of Mexican viewers have driven over-the-top (OTT) platforms to lead growth in the country’s telecom sector.