Last Friday, the FCC approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion dollar acquisition of DirecTV. According to The Verge, the merger is projected to combine around 26 million pay-tv subscribers—ranking them as the largest pay-tv service in the nation.
Light Reading reported on IHS’ recent global survey that revealed one-third of residential customers will be passed by DOCSIS 3.1-enabled headends as soon as April 2017.The US alone is projected to have more than 17 million cable modems supported by the technology, with speeds as high as 10 Gbit/s.
Additionally, Juniper Research also published its latest study reporting the number of connected devices will increase 285% over the next five years. The shift is primarily due to an increase in the Internet of Things market, reports Market Watch.
Similarly, eWeek covered IBM’s launch of its new, cloud-based, Internet of Things (IoT) developer community. This platform will serve as a tool for collaborative sharing between both beginners and advanced developers interested in IoT, connected devices and data interpretations.
Lastly, Bloomberg Business reported Verizon’s unveiling of its new mobile-TV service, Go90. Originally scheduled for an early June release, the mobile-TV service launch has been pushed to late August. The streaming service is said to feature live TV, short clips and video-on-demand capabilities.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
- FCC approves AT&T–DirecTV merger (July 24, 2015) By Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge: The FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV, bringing one of the nation’s largest wireless carriers together with the largest satellite TV provider.
- DOCSIS 3.1 Seen Taking Off (July 28, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Seeking to join the Gigabit Parade, cable operators are apparently chomping at the bit to deploy the emerging next-gen DOCSIS 3.1 spec so they can offer 1 Gig and higher speeds themselves.
- Connected devices powering smart cities, homes to triple by 2020 (July 28, 2015) By Jennifer Booton, Market Watch: The number of connected devices as part of the burgeoning industry known as the Internet of Things is expected to skyrocket 285% over the next five years, reaching 38.5 billion devices by 2020 from just 10 billion today, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
- IBM Launches Internet of Things Developer Community (July 29, 2015) By Darryl K. Taft, eWeek: A week after launching a broad-based community destination for cloud developers focusing on open-source technologies—IBM developerWorks Open—Big Blue has announced a new community aimed at Internet of things (IoT) developers.
- HDTV, VOD to drive IPTV to near $80BN revs by 2020 (July 27, 2015) By Scott Moritz, Bloomberg Business: Verizon Communications Inc. will ask thousands of customers in the coming weeks to test out a new mobile-TV service, Go90, originally slated for introduction in June, though now pushed back to late summer.