Comcast announced that it has successfully linked its virtual cable modem termination system to DOCSIS 4.0 modems in Full Duplex DOCSIS mode and gotten 10-gigabits-per-second data transfer speeds. The successful test shows how cable can "deliver multi-gig upload and download speeds" via DOCSIS FDX software upgrades, Comcast's Elad Nafshi told the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees announced a strike beginning midnight of Oct. 18 unless ongoing talks between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers produce a new contract. Liz Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, promised solidarity.
Altice USA has introduced "FlexAbility" plans that let its Suddenlink and Optimum subscribers change their levels of broadband, video or mobile service without incurring additional fees. The internet plan provides speed tiers ranging from 100 Mbps to 1 gigabit per second, the mobile plan features 1 and 3 GB options as well as one for unlimited data and the television options include focuses on news, children's programming, sports or streaming content.
The National Football League's new Monday night wild card playoff game will air on ABC and ESPN beginning at the end of the current season under a five-year deal between Disney and the NFL. Disney will add the game to its megacast programming plans, which include simulcasts on ABC and ESPN, a Spanish-language broadcast and possibly a telecast aimed at children.
Sinclair Broadcast Group lacks the rights to stream Major League Baseball games as a direct-to-consumer service, says Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner. "We've been very clear with them from the beginning that...we're not just going to throw them in to help Sinclair out," he explained.
The Food Network is producing its first scripted movie, the holiday film "Candy Coated Christmas," for its Discovery+ corporate sibling. Food Network personality Ree Drummond will have a supporting role in the film, which premieres Nov. 19.
The future of the cable network is as dependent on predicting trends in consumer use and spotting potential problems in advance of customer complaints as it is on boosting broadband speeds, Cox Communications' Kevin Hart said at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Hart explained that integration of artificial intelligence technology will increase to meet those needs.
The G4 gaming network will reappear for cable viewers starting Nov. 16, with launches on Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon Fios and the Philo streaming service.
Comcast's Spectacor has been running the network, which went off the air in 2013, for a year.
ViacomCBS executive Douglas Craig, speaking at an industry conference, said that the immediate aim of the 2022 Paramount+ European release is "ubiquitous distribution" rather than taking the market lead. He called the European market "complicated" and explained how the network and sibling Sky Showtime will serve mutually exclusive countries.
Plume is joining with DZS to incorporate Plume's smart mesh Wi-Fi platform into a pair of the broadband networking tech firm's products to create DZS Xperience, a solution aimed at enhancing cloud-based services to homes and companies. Plume also said it has raised $300 million in a funding round that values the company at $2.6 billion.