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Research: FAST viewing up 70% YoY in US

Inscape, provider of ACR data from millions of VIZIO smart TVs, has revealed that the consumer shift in streaming is here to stay and the media industry should expect this trend to continue to accelerate. A rise in availability and consumer usage of streaming apps and free ad-supported TV (FAST) services has made streaming the […]

September 7, 2023

AdImpact, Inscape partnership

Ad intelligence Software-as-a-Service company AdImpact has agreed a multi-year deal with Inscape, a provider of currency-grade ACR data and the technology division of Vizio Holding Corp. The agreement will combine AdImpact’s advertising intelligence capabilities and proprietary ad catalogue with Inscape’s industry leading ACR data and nationally representative panel (NRP), empowering AdImpact to provide a comprehensive […]

August 10, 2023

Data: Improved rural connectivity worth £65bn to UK economy

Improved rural connectivity could boost the UK economy by £65.1 billion (€76bn), new economic modelling from economics consultancy the Cebr for multiplay telco Virgin Media O2 has found. The report, The Great Rural Revival, addresses four sectors central to the UK’s rural economy – tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and small businesses – and finds connectivity improvements […]

August 1, 2023By Colin Mann

Liberty Global Q2: ‘Well positioned to achieve FY guidance’

Liberty Global has announced its Q2 2023 financial results, with CEO Mike Fries stating: “We saw improved sequential Adjusted EBITDA performance in Q2, underpinning the confirmation of all full-year guidance targets across our core FMC operations. Demand for reliable high-speed connectivity remains strong and despite communicating price adjustments across our footprint, we delivered broadly stable […]

July 25, 2023

VMO2 Q2: Accelerated network rollout

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media O2 has released its Q2 results which show that its fixed network rollout accelerated with 175,500 additional homes serviceable. Its 5G services are now available in over 2,800 towns and cities. Lutz Schüler, CEO of Virgin Media O2, said: “As we navigate a tough economic climate, we have a clear […]

July 25, 2023

Data: Fibre over 66% of fixed broadband subs

As of Q1 2023, global fixed broadband connections reached 1.377 billion, reflecting a growth rate of 1.59 per cent compared to Q4 2022, according to broadband data specialist Point Topic, who also recorded a decline in fixed broadband subscriptions in 18 countries, which mainly include emerging markets, as well as some saturated markets such as […]

July 18, 2023

Ofcom probes Virgin Media consumer contracts

UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into UK operator Virgin Media following complaints from customers that the company is making it difficult for them to cancel their services. According to Ofcom, being able to switch provider easily is an important part of a competitive market. Telecoms customers can choose from a wide range […]

July 13, 2023By Colin Mann

VM02 speeds up XGS-PON roll-out

UK multiplay telco Virgin Media O2 has confirmed wider availability of its latest fibre technology, known as XGS-PON, following trials late in 2022. “These trials proved successful so now we are taking the next step forward in our network evolution and starting to sell services powered by the latest fibre technology, known as XGS-PON, much […]

June 29, 2023By Colin Mann

FCC proposes all-in pricing rule

US President Joe Biden has given his support for the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to protect consumers from hidden subscription fees. “My Administration’s top priority is lowering the cost of living for the middle class, and that includes cracking down on companies’ use of junk fees to hide true costs from families, who end up […]

June 21, 2023By Colin Mann

US cablecos abandon own TV choices

Wilkes Communications and River Street Networks has joined a growing number of cable operators who are switching off TV services for their subscribers. Wilkes and River Street are joining Frontier, WOW!, Sparklight Cable/Cable One and CenturyLink, all of which have instead adopted broadband-based entertainment in place of their curated TV options. For example, Wilkes/River Street, […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester