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Home Networking: HomePlug AV2 Outperforms

– Speed Tests Performed in Typical Suburban Home
– Only Retail Products Were Used

One of the first things we’re all taught about technology is that the new technology is always better than the old one.

That’s not always true as we found out when we tested the HomeGrid Forum’s newly developed powerline technology against that of the older HomePlug Alliance’s HomePlug AV2.

However, HomePlug AV2 clearly outperformed in the tests we conducted in four rooms — in both up and down speeds — faster by 30% to 58%.



Home networking: solutions to 21st century problems


It helps to keep in mind that the AV2 version of HomePlug a) isn’t old – it’s as new as, b) it contains new technologies such as MIMO that make powerline home networking faster, c) the AV2 version incorporates everything its members have learned about powerline network performance over the last decade or so and d) its developers include two of the world’s leading network technology giants, the chipmakers Broadcom and Qualcomm.

The Online Reporter has been reporting on the potential of as a powerline home network technology since May of 2008 — See: “Intel Leads HomeGrid Effort to Accelerate as Single Standard for Wired Home Networks” in TOR587. products are finally coming to the retail market where they’ll compete against the much older HomePlug powerline technology — although HomePlug has a snazzy new model but with a less-than-snazzy name of AV2.

We conducted a test of Comtrend’s adapters versus D-Link’s HomePlug AV2 adapter as a result of a challenge from Rob Ranck, the president of the long-established powerline technology group called the HomePlug Alliance, whose two main chip making members are the giants and rivals Broadcom and Qualcomm. Ranck had performed the same test in three homes in Oregon and reported that he had similar results to what we found — albeit different results in each of the three home but with AV2 being faster in every room of every home he tested.

The characteristics of the home and the test procedures are detailed elsewhere in this report but any summary would say that the tests were in no way influenced by either of the powerline groups or their members and that the adapters being tested were purchased at retail and were never tinkered with by any company or chipmaker.

There are different ways of testing and calculating home network speeds but we used software from TamoSoft, which simultaneously sends data both up and down between home network adapters that are each connected to a PC. We spent almost three days testing and the final results are shown in a separate spreadsheet.

We tested only in one home but it’s a very typical suburban home: 20+ years old and about 2,400 square feet with three bedrooms and bathrooms, laundry room, storage room, an office/library, dining room, breakfast room and kitchen.

The AV2 version of HomePlug outperformed in every test in every room. No results were even close.

Box maker Comtrend, which uses Marvell’s chips, and chipmaker Sigma Designs have shipped us adapters with the latest firmware that are shipped to broadband operators but not to consumers, not yet at least. We intend to test those next week.


The most controversial aspect to the tests was whether or not the adapters we tested had the latest firmware in their chips. Specifically, whether they had the latest version of the MIMO technology that enables the chips to check whether the electrical wire has three wires and all three are connected to the three sockets in each electrical outlet. The first time we ever heard the term MIMO was from Sigma Designs when it was renaming its ClearPath technology to MIMO.

MIMO provides a substantial increase in network speed because the chip continuously monitors all three wires to determine which two it can best use to speed the flow of data. We’re pretty sure the Comtrend adapter had the MIMO technology because it performed slower when only two prongs were plugged into the electrical outlet. The fact is that the two…

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DPI Calls Its 4K Dual-LED Projector a ‘Crown Jewel’

– A Bargain at $149,995

Digital Projection International (DPI), maker of Emmy Award-winning projection systems, has a snazzy new 4K-capable projector, the INSIGHT 4K Dual-LED projector, “for elite home entertainment.” DPI describes it as the “crown jewel.”


INSIGHT 4K Dual-LED projector


DPI says the INSIGHT 4K Dual-LED “presents incomparable imagery to discerning entertainment enthusiasts” and the stability of solid-state Lifetime Illumination makes the displays “as reliable as they are captivating.” Availability is September 2015.

There’s a video of it here

DPI says the projector supports true 4K resolution – 4096 x 2160, which surpasses UHD TVs.

It also has two Displayport 1.2 ports, which can handle up to 4096 x 2160 pixels sequential input at 60fps via a single cable.

In addition to “elite homes,” the projector is marketed to:
Professional AV
Houses of Worship
Military Simulation
Outdoor Entertainment
Broadcast Television
Rental & Staging
Lecture Halls & Auditoriums
Medical & Scientific
Command & Control
Theatrical Productions
Digital Media & Advertising
Retail Environments

The suggested retail price is $149,995, but anyone that needs to ask the price probably can’t afford it.

That’s also plus …

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The 4K UHD TV Trend Line Is Spiking Up

– And the Implications for Bandwidth Are Great

by Charles Hall, Senior Analyst


“What’s so important about the speeds of broadband and home networking?” you might ask.

Here are some dots that are connectable into a trend line.

1. The Online Reporter predicts that by Black Friday of next year (2016) the only TVs 40-inches and above in stores will be UHD sets — unless there are leftover inventories.

2. Once buyers get the new sets home, they’re sure to look for 4K content to maximize their new UHD set.

3. Netflix, which is in the process of becoming larger in numbers of subscribers than any TV network, is also the largest source of 4K content, followed by Amazon. That’s where buyers of UHD sets will seek 4K content, and having found it, they’ll start streaming it over their broadband service and home network gear.


US supermarket shoppers: must now steer cart past entrance-stacked UHD TV sets


Just imagine! By January 2017, 19 months from now, upwards of 60 million or more UHD sets could be streaming 4K content.

That’s a lot of bandwidth that’ll be needed.

The proof is very visible.


36m UHD TVs to Ship This Year

Makers of the display panels that are used in TV sets are switching their production to 4K-capable panels. Digitimes reports that Sigmaintell Consulting said that in May, the number of 4K panels shipped worldwide reached 3 million, a 13.4% penetration. If that trend flatlines, which it won’t, 36 million 4K panels will be shipped this year.

It predicts that the percentage will increase to 14.4% in June to bring about an overall 13.5% penetration or the second quarter of 2015. It also expects a total of 66.77 million panels will be shipped in the second quarter, which if it flatlines is about 270 million total panels. If 13.5% of them are 4K capable, 36 million 4K sets will be shipped worldwide in 2015, give or take a couple of million. The big season for selling TV sets has always been the fourth quarter with its holiday shopping binges.


Retailers Shift to UHD Sets

Major retailers are shifting their emphasis to selling 4K-capable UHD sets.

Holiday shoppers that walked into Walmart’s Sam’s Club stores this week saw at the entrance three displays of UHD sets being sold at remarkable prices. 1080p HD sets had been pushed to the back of the aisles in the TV sets section and were being sold primarily in the $500 to $600 price range.

Remember what their prices were just a year ago!

The first display had a stunningly beautiful picture on a 55-inch curved Samsung TV, the UN55JU670DFXZA, for only $ 1,278.

The second display held only Samsung’s flat panel UHD sets:

Samsung 40-inch UN40JU650DAFXZA $678
Samsung 50-inch UN50JU650DFXZA $928
Samsung 55-inch UN55HU6840 $948

Just think —  only 12 months ago a buyer could get last year’s model of a Samsung 55-inch UHD set for $1,995!

The same set  would cost $1,495 by February 2015.

Now the 55-inch Samsung UHD set is only $948.


The third display was all Vizio’s and showed stunningly beautiful pictures on stunningly priced UHD TVs:

Vizio 43-inch M43-C1 $678
Vizio 49-inch M49-C1 $748
Vizio 50-inch M50-C1 $798
Vizio 55-inch M55-C1 $898


Sam’s Club’s mother ship Walmart is selling Seiki’s 50-inch UHD set for only $599.99.

It’s notable that LG UHD TVs were not shown on any of the special displays at the Sam’s Club store’s entrance but were on the “back shelves” along with other brands of UHD TVs. The three displays don’t confirm any conclusions but they do raise questions:

– Are LG’s UHD sets not as good as Samsung’s and Vizio’s? That is the impression we got when we tested LG’s UHD sets last year, especially their ability to upconvert lesser resolutions to near 4K quality.

– Vizio says it has sold the most UHD TVs in the States so does that mean it’s a two-horse race — Vizio and Samsung? That does not seem likely but the UHD TV business is a whole new market and consequently a very cut-throat, low margin business in which anything is possible — like a Chinese setmaker to show up in a big way at the 4K dance.


Purchasers of UHD TVs Will Look to Netflix for 4K Content

Netflix is already the world’s largest source of 4K content. As a source for video entertainment, its audience will within a year be larger than the national US TV networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox within a year — all of which have local stations broadcasting their programs in every corner of the States, well nearly. That’s according to FBR Capital Markets, which used Nielsen ratings to compare the audiences of the major US TV networks and Netflix.

The Nielsen ratings, to their detriment, don’t count viewers who watch shows from the TV networks on DVRs, which many people use, or on the TV networks’ online services.

The point, as it relates to 4K, is that buyers of UHD TVs will be familiar with the fact that Netflix is a major source of video entertainment and so a likely source for 4K content. It seems certain from various articles we have reported that it may take years, perhaps even a decade before cablecos and telcos will offer large quantities of 4K content…

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Jazztel Selects Comtrend’s PowerGrid-9070 Adapters

– Jazztel Selects Comtrend’s Gear to Connect Fiber to Copper Phone Wires

Spanish telco Jazztel has selected Comtrend’s PowerGrid-9070 adapters with Marvell’s chips to accelerate the deployment of its FTTH/FTTdp network.

Jazztel said the deployment will help it bridge the connection between the Optical Network Terminal (ONT) (or distribution point) and the subscriber’s gateway in the residence.

The adapters that Jazztel is using take a bite out of the market, as also happened at South Korea’s KT. was developed to bridge the copper wire from a residential gateway to an ONT, typically located in an external, weather-proof box or in an MDU’s basement, where fiber from the central office is connected to the copper phone wires that go to the gateway.



Jazztel: taking bite out of Spain’s market


One advantage that and both have is that the telco does not have to send an installer into the home but can instead ship the gateway to the subscriber for a plug-and-play installation.

Now that chips and products are becoming available, it’s not certain how big the market will be for to operate in’s target marketplace — connecting fiber to copper in order to get fast broadband.

This makes the second instance we have heard of where a telco selected products for what many would have considered an opportunity for In any event, the customer gets faster broadband speeds and the telco staves off the cableco or a third-party FTTH service.

Jazztel currently has the second largest FTTH network in Spain, with more than …

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Tennis Channel Expands Streaming Service

With Wimbledon and the US Open on the horizon, the Tennis Channel is expanding its OTT subscription service, called Tennis Channel Plus, to cover more markets and more devices. The Tennis Channel launched its subscription OTT service last year during the French Open. It is available to consumers directly, without a pay TV subscription, for $11.99 per month, or $79 per year.

The company’s direct-to-consumer OTT experiment has been heralded a success.



Tennis: sometimes literally OTT


During this year’s French Open, it delivered over 260 hours of coverage online, streaming 140 live matches and encore replays, and 120 hours of the nightly show French Open Tonight.

Its OTT subs have grown 400% over the last year, with about a quarter of its subscribers using the service every day. Subscription revenues from the OTT service have already surpassed the Tennis Channel’s expectations for its first 12-14 months.

Tennis Channel Plus is powered by Neulion’s streaming …

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Broadcasters Are Laggards in 4K

– Could Lead to Their Ultimate Downfall
As told by The Online Reporter for these past two years!

Broadcasters and pay TV services are laggards when it comes to 4K, according to research from Quantel and Snell, a media technology and TV management company. Despite the fact that production and sales of UHD TVs are accelerating, the company said it will take up to a decade before the majority of the world’s broadcasters make the change to Internet Protocol (IP) transmission so they can deploy 4K more easily and less expensively.


Professional broadcasters have faced IP and 4K uncertainty


The research showed when broadcasters expect the transition to IP only to take place:
– 19% believe this would occur within two years
– 42% within five years
– 27% only see this happen within 10 years

And, 60% said 4K TV will be “relevant in the future” but only in the two- to five-year period.

Quantel and Snell CEO Tim Thorsteinson said, “Broadcasters and media organizations have been bombarded with IP and ‘4K now’ messages over the last year. This has led to a great deal of uncertainty, which I know our customers have fed back to us time and again. It clearly shows that broadcasters see these as key future concerns, but for the vast majority, a full-on infrastructure lift-out and replacement with IP and 4K is not going to happen any time soon.”

More than 1,000 people in 80 countries took part in the survey.

According to Rider Research
Here is what we at Rider Research think about the broadcasters’ slow launch of 4K channels, especially if they are as slow to 4K as they say they will be:
– OTT services will become the dominant method for delivering video entertainment and information to the home, even sports (think BT), news (Bloomberg) and weather.
– People will think of TV as apps, not as a slew of linear TV channels that they are forced to wade through to find something to watch.
– By putting their own apps on smart TVs, content owners will be selling/renting most of their goodies directly to viewers, which is what ESPN, HBO, CBS and others have already started doing.
– Within two years, 100% of the TVs 40-inches and larger that are in stores will be UHD smart TVs, probably by year-end 2016 or after the setmakers launch at CES in early 2017.
– Within five years, over half the homes in first world countries will have at least one UHD TV with some having two or more.
– 4K displays will dominate the high end market for cell phones and tablets in three years, creating even more demand for 4K content, which will create demand for more 4K TVs and mobile devices, which will… Oh! You get it! It’ll become a total 4K world and broadcasters should take note that

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Alibaba Plans ‘HBO’-Like OTT Service for China

-It Makes a Big Bet on Paid OTT
-China’s Internet TV Market Is Flourishing
-And What About Netflix?

Online retailer Alibaba is planning to launch a premium streaming video service in China.

The service, called Tmall Box Office (TBO), will offer films and TV series from China and other countries, plus original series and productions. It will be available on Alibaba’s line of smart TVs and net-top boxes.



Alibaba: tapping into a 649 million consumer segment


“Our mission, the mission of all of Alibaba, is to redefine home entertainment,” said Patrick Liu , Alibaba’s head of digital entertainment. “Our goal is to become like HBO in the United States, to become like Netflix in the United States.”

The online video market is extremely competitive in China. The entertainment and media market in China is the third-largest in the world, and is projected to reach $214 billion by 2018, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

China is home to the largest market of video streamers, too, with 80% of its 649 million broadband consumers streaming online video, according to China-based iResearch. Alibaba alone has 350 million active users, about the population of the US.

The pricing structure Alibaba announced for its TBO service, which includes a little bit of SVoD, a little bit of free, ad-supported video, and a little bit of transactional video, is indicative of the market in China. Monthly subscriptions are not the norm for online video services.

TBO will compete against ad-supported OTT video services from Tencent Holdings, Baidu, and Leshi Internet Information & Technology (LeTV). Alibaba owns 16.5% stake in Youku Tudou, China’s largest online video platform.

Iqiyi, Baidu’s online video service, is one of the most popular in China. Last year, it overtook Youku Tudou in reaching viewers. It attracted 94 million monthly active users, compared to Youku Tudou’s 83.5 million. Sohu brought in around 30 million viewers, and LeTV attracted 18 million.

While there is a huge streaming video market in China, there is hardly a market for subscription OTT services today in the country. The most popular subscription service is the subscription tier of Baidu’s Iqiyi service. Baidu announced this week it has only 5 million subscribers who pay about $3.25 per month to access content. Youku Tudou also offers a subscription tier, but has only converted 1% of its huge user base into paying subscribers.

Alibaba last year launched an SVoD OTT service with Lionsgate, named Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW). That service offers popular and exclusive Hollywood content to deliver to Chinese viewers, but it hasn’t released any viewership numbers yet to date.


Studios, Pay TV Eye Posed to Enter OTT Market, Too

At a recent conference in Shanghai, film executives signaled their interest in leveraging the Internet economy to expand their content businesses and distribution networks. “We have been through 12 years of initial reform; now we need Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent to help us increase our competitiveness versus Hollywood,” said Yu Dong, CEO of Bona Film Group in China. “Already in the past year we have growth of online sales and fan bases.

Alibaba has begun lobbying local film studios and production companies for content to deliver on its TBO service. “We will leverage our assets to create an entertainment ecosystem that is open to all producers,” Liu said at the conference.

Pay TV services in China have been disrupted by the Internet just as elsewhere in the world, and are consequently looking to enter the OTT business, too. Gehua CATV Network, a pay TV operator in Beijing, is expanding its transactional streaming movie service to more areas of China this year. Gehua aims to partner with pay TV operators throughout the country for the service, which will be delivered to pay TV subscribers.


And What about Netflix?

Meanwhile, Netflix is considering entering China with its global OTT service. Earlier this year, its chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the company is interested in the market while at an event in Shanghai.



The Chinese market: Netflix probes


The cards are stacked against Netflix finding success in China, whose government is wary of Western media. Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are all blocked in the country, and local streaming video services face strict censorship and regulations in their content offerings.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the regulatory body that governs TV and video content, has recently tightened its censorship rules around foreign content. Last year, it removed a number of Western TV shows from streaming video sites without explanation or warning.

The company will need to navigate a number of licensing and regulatory obstacles before being able to launch. It will also need to secure local content, which may prove challenging for an outside firm as the streaming market becomes more and more competitive.

If Netflix does launch in China, it will need a local partner, and likely that should be a device partner, ie a TV set maker or a set-top box maker, or a studio partner to help it secure local content. And it will either need to drastically reduce its monthly fees to win over subscribers.

Still, there is already marked demand in China for…

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The 20 Most US Popular Channels Viewers Want in Their TV Bundles

As pay TV providers and Internet TV providers are exploring ways to offer new, innovative content packages that better reflect consumer preferences, Digitalsmiths this week points the way forward for the skinny bundle.

Digitalsmiths asked over 3,000 consumers which pay TV channels they would want as part of their pay TV package if they could choose.

Respondents to the survey averaged 17 channels in a bundle, at a price point of $38.


The top 20 US TV channel list, in order of preference as ranked by respondents

1. ABC
2. Discovery Channel
3. CBS
4. NBC
5. History Channel
6. National Geographic
7. Fox
8. PBS
9. HBO
10. Comedy Central
11. AMC
12. Food Network
13. Animal Planet
14. The Weather Channel
15. TBS
16. HGTV
17. TNT
18. TLC
19. FX
20. ESPN


“The numerous changes taking place in 2015 might force pay TV providers to think creatively and offer different structures in their packages,” Digitalsmiths said. “Pay TV providers might consider offering a lower-priced option, excluding content such as ESPN, to appeal to those who may not be interested in sports.”

So how does Dish Network’s Sling TV stack up?

It has seven of the top 20 channels, available for $20 per month in its basic Internet TV package.

Sony’s PlayStation Vue has four of the top 20 in its basic package, which runs $50 per month, and 10 of the top 20 channels in its Elite package, which costs $70 per month.

To be clear, these are channels that consumers said they would want in a pay TV package –not what they would be willing to subscribe to as a direct-to-consumer service. We bet that list would look much different.

At the OTT Executive Summit this week, hosted by Trender Research, a panel of consumers ranging in demographics and age groups were posed a similar question. The Trender panel was made up of five consumers informally representing five different demographics: seniors, Generation Z, the Hispanic community, Millennials and middle-aged males.

They were asked if they would be willing to pay $5 per month for an OTT service that offered access to content from a specific celebrity, TV show or network.

-The “Dutiful Dad,” representing middle-aged males, said he would gladly pay $5 a month for access to NFL games.
-The “New Vision for Univision,” representing the Hispanic community, said she would pay $5 a month for access to Bravo network shows.
-The “Social Shark,” representing Millennials, said he would pay $5 a month to watch “Game of Thrones,” because “right now I’m paying $15 for that,” he said, referring to HBO Now.
-The “No-Tech Nana,” representing seniors, said she would pick “Jon Stewart.”
– And surprisingly, the “Chatty Teen,” representing Generation Z viewers, said she would rather have her Comcast TV package because it give her access to so many shows that she likes.

See: here for more information on the consumer panelists…

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Sling TV: ‘The Market Is Ready for This’

-Hits 250K Subs in 4 Months

Dish Network’s Internet TV service Sling TV is proving its value to viewers and should not be underestimated. According to unnamed sources in Re/code, Sling TV now has around 250,000 subscribers, only four months after launching.

Sling TV is the poster child for Internet TV services; it bridges OTT SVoD and traditional pay TV packages.

It offers a decent selection of typical “cable” channels for a low price; it offers flexibility in packages, which resonates with consumers today who don’t want to pay for channels they don’t watch; its biggest content asset is the live sports it offers; and it doesn’t require a year or two-year contract to sign up for the service.

“We’re a next-generation over the top television service,” said Seth Van Sickel, general manager of partner and business operations at Sling TV, who spoke to The Online Reporter at INTX this year. “All you need is Internet.”

The power of that proposition is making itself known now. While pay TV subscriber growth has slowed significantly over the past year, OTT services are gaining new ground in living rooms around the US, and streaming video is now a mainstream behavior: Netflix has 41 million subscribers in the US alone; Hulu has now reached 9 million subscribers.


Millennials - Students_of_CEU

Not just “Millennials” but customers: Sling TV joins the hunt


According to Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, Dish recognized early on that the pay TV model wasn’t going to resonate with consumers who grew up with iTunes, smartphones and YouTube.

“Our view was, there’s going to be a new demographic coming out who would not commit to a subscription to pay TV in nearly the same percentages as generations before,” Lynch said, speaking on a panel at INTX.

“We needed a different model, we needed to look at how do they consume other content, how do they consume music? They don’t sign a two year contract; they don’t pass a credit check and have an installer show up at their house. Let’s model something that really mirrors how they consume other content.”

The service has no hardware specific to it, no installation or truck rolls, and no physical network to manage. It’s available across consumer devices such as Roku net-top boxes, Amazon Fire TV, and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles, as well as on iOS mobile devices, and it’s available on PCs and Macs.

“You’ll see us expand that,” Van Sickel said. “Google Nexus player, and smart TVs – that’s the next generation of what we’re working on.” Sling TV recently became available on Google’s smart TV platform, Android TV. Sling TV has also worked out a deal with Google that will offer Google Nexus NTBs for half-price with three months of Sling TV prepaid.

Dish Network’s experiment will demonstrate to the other pay TV providers just how lucrative the broadband-centric Internet TV business can be for them – all of which are also broadband providers.

For Sling TV, each subscriber is paying at a minimum $20 per month, which gives them the basic package; subs can add genre packs of additional channels for $5 each per month. That means Dish is bringing in around $5 million per month with the service.

Lynch said that subscriber acquisition for Dish’s pay TV service is around $800 per subscriber. “It’s a tiny fraction of that for over-the-top services,” Lynch said. “We saw on Dish World [the Internet TV service that offers international content] that people would come in, use it and leave, then come back. We don’t necessarily think of that as churn, because when they come back, it doesn’t cost us money. They’re just paying us again. It’s not something we discourage at all. Live sports will drive more of that activity. The challenge for us is can we make it more interesting for them year-round.”

The main draw to the service is its live linear channel feeds and channel packages, which viewers can navigate through by genre or channel. One of our initial criticisms of the service when it launched was that it didn’t have much of an on-demand library. The on-demand library is growing, however, and Sling TV also offers a transactional VoD service.

Since INTX, Dish has launched Sling Latino, a new Internet TV service aimed at Spanish-language and bilingual speakers. It offers two tiers: “Pacquete Total,” offering 22 channels for $12 per month, and Paquete Esencial, offering 16 channels for $7 per month. Both offer live streaming channels and on-demand libraries. Sling Latino also offers four additional channel packs, available for $5 per month each.

Lynch told The Online Reporter the on-demand library was one of the top priorities for expansion, as viewers today prefer to watch content according to their own schedules.

“One of our objectives was to make it as simple as possible,” Lynch said. “Look at Hulu or Netflix. Both of those services embody simple user propositions: pay eight bucks and I get lots of great content. We knew we were never going to make it quite that simple, because of the structure of pay TV agreements for live channels, but we wanted to make it as simple as possible.”

Dish is also integrating short-form video into the service, which it knows resonates with Millennial and Generation Z viewers. “We’re bridging the gap with the best of Internet television, and that will continue to expand in the next few months,” Van Sickel said. “There’s some great content out there and people want to see it in an aggregated fashion.”

As part of its deal with Disney, Sling TV already offers short-form content from Maker Studios, the YouTube multi-channel network that Disney owns. We might expect Vevo to appear on the service at some point too, as Dish has already begun experimenting with Vev…

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Comtrend Picks Celeno’s Wi-Fi for Its Powerline Extender

– ‘Virtualized Wi-Fi’ throughout the Home

The increasing use of Wi-Fi devices – from TVs to tablets – and the coming of bandwidth-hungry apps such as 4K have caused increased demand for Wi-Fi bandwidth and coverage in and around the home.

Equipment maker Comtrend has developed an answer to Wi-Fi’s shortcomings – plug-and-play extenders that use over the home’s powerline to carry Wi-Fi signals to every nook and corner in the residence. Comtrend uses Celeno’s Wi-Fi chips and OptimizAIR in each extender.


Attic bedroom

Comtrend’s extender promises Wi-Fi for remote parts of the house


Celeno said that with its technology, “Consumers can seamlessly access high bandwidth services wherever they are in the home as Wi-Fi capacity remains high no matter how far coverage is extended.”

Celeno’s CL1860 and CL2200 Wi-Fi chips have Celeno’s concurrent dual band Wi-Fi, which drives the powerline Wi-Fi Extenders, enabling them to leverage both the 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands.

Celeno’s smart Wi-Fi technology OptimizAIR 2.0 enables the virtualization of Wi-Fi resources, so that Wi-Fi capacity can be dynamically apportioned and provisioned to different devices, services and applications. It also enables them to offer new service business models like homespots, IoT, home security and home automation on different SSID’s from each extender.

A single push of a button enables rapid self-install. This results in a dramatic decrease in service calls and operating expenses for service providers.

Celeno’s VP of marketing Lior Weiss said, “A combination of well-coordinated gateway and multiple Wi-Fi extenders delivers the best coverage and Wi-Fi throughput. The more mobile device penetration we see, the more important it will be to extend and improve wireless coverage to enable consumers to enjoy perfect Wi-Fi in every corner of their home, while ensuring we don’t compromise on overall network capacity.”

John Hsieh, Comtrend’s marketing director, said, “Celeno’s smart Wi-Fi solution provides a significant advantage for our customers in terms of superior user experience and customer satisfaction, as well as by offering both extended coverage with reliable service and increased capacity in a distributed network.”

Celeno’s Wi-Fi chips are proven in the field. They have been used in …

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