Sound United Bought Classž,

Cana­dian maker of high­end amps, from Bow­ers & Wilkins. It adds an­other di­men­sion to the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing own­er­ship of Denon and Marantz, among other brands...

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Ads on Alexa?

So far, the only ads on the voice plat­form are those in­cor­po­rated into sup­ported stream­ing ser­vices. But Ama­zon is talk­ing to Proctor & Gam­ble and other com­pa­nies about prod­uct place­ment...

Dish Added Google As­sis­tant

to all gen­er­a­tions of its Hop­per DVR and Wally re­ceiver. Use it to nav­i­gate or search con­tent...

PAY-TV Rate Hikes

are ram­pant this year, with Com­cast, Cox, Directv, and Dish Net­work con­tin­u­ing to gouge con­sumers (and Char­ter ex­pected to fol­low) at rates that usu­ally far ex­ceed in­fla­tion. Cox, where in­creases are from one to five bucks, at­tributes them to “the ris­ing cost of pro­gram­ming con­tent” and “new fea­tures and func­tions” such as voice re­mote and TV Ev­ery­where...

Dish’s Hop­per Duo

is a two-tuner HD DVR with a 500-GB hard drive, which can store up to 125 hours of HD video, plus Blue­tooth, Wi-fi, VOD, PIP, and voice re­mote. There’s no up­front cost, but the DVR fee is $10/ month...

Ca­ble Op­er­a­tors

reg­u­lated by the FCC can also raise rates—by 2.09 per­cent, with the lat­est in­fla­tion ad­just­ment. This ap­plies only in ar­eas proven to have scanty com­pe­ti­tion...

ESPN Is Com­ing

to Sam­sung smart TVS along with Freeform, an­other Dis­ney-owned net­work. They are ini­tially on 2017 mod­els and var­i­ous mo­bile de­vices and even­tu­ally will make it to ear­lier smart TV mod­els...

Stream­ing “Pain Points”

may hin­der the growth of on­line video ser­vices, says an IBM Cloud Video study. Among con­sumer com­plaints are buf­fer­ing, de­layed starts, in­ad­e­quate pro­gram­ming, crude rec­om­men­da­tion tools, and (in some cases) ads...

Philadel­phia View­ers

have lost WYBE (chan­nel 35) due to the TV sta­tion’s spec­trum-shar­ing ar­range­ment with other chan­nels in the post-auc­tion spec­trum repack. It will re­main a pay-tv must-carry chan­nel, but many an­tenna view­ers may be un­able to re­ceive it due to the trans­mit­ter move...

The Spec­trum Repack

is run­ning short of funds, ac­cord­ing to Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)—NO sur­prise, since Congress al­lo­cated only $1.75 bil­lion to a process es­ti­mated to cost $3 bil­lion. Low-power trans­mit­ters and trans­la­tors are in dan­ger of get­ting lost in the shuf­fle, re­duc­ing free TV ser­vice to low-in­come view­ers and cord-cut­ters...

Cord-cut­ters Are Sav­ing

$115/month by dump­ing pay-tv for stream­ing. They tell Lend­edu that they spent an av­er­age of $33.74/month on stream­ing be­fore cut­ting the cord and $35.33/month af­ter­ward, sav­ing $51.38/ month via pass­word shar­ing...

$20/month for Stream­ing

is what 42 per­cent of con­sumers are will­ing to spend, they tell Phenix. “Most plat­forms that pro­vide ‘live stream­ing’ ca­pa­bil­i­ties of­fer ei­ther scale or speed, not both,” notes Phenix CEO Ste­fan Bir­rer...

Kalei­descape

will use foren­sic wa­ter­mark­ing tech­nol­ogy from Nex­guard in its Blu-rayqual­ity movie player, al­low­ing pro­tec­tion of Ul­tra HD con­tent with HDR.

The com­pany needs to demon­strate its anti-piracy se­ri­ous­ness to main­tain cor­dial re­la­tions with stu­dios...

“Power at a Dis­tance”

wire­less charg­ing is now a thing, with the FCC’S ap­proval of the Wat­tup Mid Field trans­mit­ter from the startup En­er­gous. It has greater range than ex­ist­ing wire­less charg­ing schemes, charges mul­ti­ple de­vices, and works with any brand of de­vice as long as it has the re­ceiver...

Con­trol4 Bought Ihiji

and is com­bin­ing their Bak­pak and In­vi­sion re­mote man­age­ment tech­nolo­gies into a sin­gle ser­vice plat­form. That will en­able the com­bined dealer base to im­ple­ment cloud-based mon­i­tor­ing and ser­vice for more than 2,000 third­party prod­ucts...

RTI Added Yamaha Mu­siccast

with a two-way driver that sup­ports the wire­less mul­ti­zone sys­tem. Now Mu­siccast prod­ucts can be in­te­grated into RTI au­to­ma­tion and con­trol sys­tems...

Youtube Is Skew­er­ing

small con­tent providers by rais­ing the thresh­old for pay­ment to contributors with 4,000-plus hours of watch time and 1,000-plus sub­scribers in a 12-month pe­riod. “We’ve ar­rived at these new thresh­olds af­ter thor­ough anal­y­sis and con­ver­sa­tions with cre­ators like you,” says a Google ex­ec­u­tive with an ap­par­ently in­ex­haustible ap­petite for irony...

Time Spent With Friends

has dropped 13 per­cent in 15 years as peo­ple have be­come more dis­tracted by mo­bile de­vices, re­ports Bri­tain’s Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics—es­pe­cially those un­der 25. “Easy in­ter­net ac­cess en­ables peo­ple to talk to friends via so­cial me­dia apps, but they’re still do­ing so alone,” says the study...

NFL May Go On­line

for fu­ture sea­sons of Thurs­day Night Foot­ball, the league is warn­ing TV net­works. If they don’t ante up, the pro­gram may to go a stream­ing ser­vice...

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