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AT&T faces more pressure to jettison DirecTV – report

Bankers reportedly are set to put the heat on AT&T to spin out its struggling DirecTV unit as AT&T company grapples with a big debt load and critical 5G commitments.

SeaChange's video biz takes hit as COVID-19-caused delays mount

Says the video delivery sector has been 'meaningfully impacted' by the pandemic, slowing deployment decisions on the vendor's new Framework platform for cloud and on-prem services.

Netflix gives its subscriber list a good scrub

In a display of goodwill and confidence in its underlying business, Netflix has begun to auto-cancel subscriptions that have been inactive for a year, estimating that it pertains to a small sliver of its base.

Cable travels tech-agnostic road to smart cities

There's no silver bullet solution for smart cities projects, so cable ops are utilizing a variety of technologies, including LoRaWAN, cellular, Wi-Fi and narrowband-IoT, to support those efforts.

WiCipedia: Women in tech roles hit hard by pandemic

This week in our WiC roundup: The N95 mask's origin story; women in tech concerned about job loss; Intel announces new diversity goals; and more.

Comcast: We're 'fully committed' to Full Duplex DOCSIS

Comcast's affirmation of that commitment comes amid chatter that the cable op has reassessed its near-term engineering priorities during the pandemic. Still, that decision could impact suppliers involved in the project.

China Mobile, CBN strike long-awaited network-sharing deal

New partnership with China Broadcasting Network Corporation (CBN) for joint 5G build gives China Mobile access to valuable 700MHz band.

Altice Europe maintains 2020 outlook despite 'challenging backdrop'

Telecoms group reports 3.6% revenue growth in the first quarter of 2020, with a slight rise in EBITDA.

Eurobites: Euskatel goes nationwide under Virgin brand

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: top BT execs do the decent thing; TIM, Google collaborate on cloud services; Colt appoints new CEO.

HBO Max adds distribution partners as launch nears

Altice USA, Cox, NCTC and Verizon are among the latest to agree to offer the new supersized SVoD service, but Comcast and Dish are still absent from that list.

FCC vote positions ATSC 3.0 as a new broadband pipe

Commissioner Brendan Carr says proposal to remove the 'overhang of legacy media regulations' sets stage for 'Broadcast Internet' services that ride on ATSC 3.0 to deliver 25 Mbit/s data streams.

Tele Columbus navigates through COVID-19

German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.

Digicel is on life support in its Caribbean hideout

Owned by Irish billionaire Denis O'Brien, the Caribbean operator is asking bondholders to write off money they are owed.

All roads lead to Rome DOCSIS 4.0

Those roads will be strewn with signal power challenges as spectrum is raised to 1.8GHz, but DOCSIS 4.0 provides a prime opportunity to rethink the design of HFC networks and introduce a new Distributed Gain Architecture.

Eurobites: Liberty's electric vehicle plans get UK blessing

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia boasts 5G world record; Etisalat loses CEO; Altice pays off debts; Angola awards fourth license.

FCC on 1 Gbit/s in rural areas using 5G: Good luck with that

The FCC reversed course and now will allow fixed wireless providers, including those using 5G, to get government money for 1Gbit/s services. But the agency clearly has doubts that's possible.

Apple nabs NextVR as details about AR glasses leak out

Apple's deal for NextVR, a company that produces live and on-demand VR content, emerges amid a report that the company is nearing the introduction of augmented reality specs under the Apple Glass brand.

Putting the squeeze on 8K

Content in the 8K format remains sparse, but industry leaders in the video tech arena are sizing up new AI-assisted encoding techniques to deliver 8K in a bandwidth-efficient manner.

Comcast seeks to one-up Charter in 5G

Comcast said its 5G will be available for no extra charge on its $45 unlimited and 'by the gig' plans. Charter, meantime, only offers 5G on its unlimited plan.

IBC 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

Show organizers determine that 'a return to (a new) normal is unlikely to be achieved by September' and will instead pursue digital alternatives.

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