CableLabs promotes multigigabit networks

CableLabs has released the DOCSIS 4.0 cable modem specification. It allows data rates of up to 10 gigabits per second downstream and up to 6 gigabits upstream. It will enable service providers to deliver symmetric multigigabit services over existing hybrid fibre-coaxial cable infrastructure.
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Number 10 address attracts record audience

The statement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing strict new coronavirus restrictions was watched by more than 27 million people in the United Kingdom. It was the largest television audience for many years and demonstrates that viewers still turn to television in times of national interest.
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Disney+ launches in European countries

Disney+ has launched in seven European markets. It is now available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland, with France delayed until 7 April. Belgium, Portugal and the Nordics will follow in the summer. With countries in lockdown due to coronavirus restrictions, the online service is addressing a captive audience with its family entertainment but faces challenges in its theme parks and resorts business.
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Reducing streaming quality to save networks

Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney and YouTube have all provisionally agreed to reduce the quality of their video streams in Europe, to ensure the availability of online services. Netflix is removing the highest quality stream for each resolution, reducing traffic by 25%. The aim is to protect networks that are experiencing increased demand due to people staying and working at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Network providers maintain they have plenty of headroom for additional demand.
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BBC shows value of broadcasting

With many people confined to their homes by coronavirus measures, some will see it as an opportunity to explore large libraries of online video programmes. Yet it is at times of crisis that the value of public service broadcasting comes to the fore. While drama offers a distraction, direct address television provides companionship. The BBC is doubling down on its mission to inform, educate and entertain.
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Fox buys Tubi for $440 million

Fox Corporation has agreed to acquire the advertiser-supported online video service Tubi for $440 million in cash and up to $50 million in deferred payments. The purchase will be funded though the proceeds of selling its stake in Roku. Fox aims to extend its direct-to-consumer reach and engagement. In so doing it will be competing with the likes of Pluto TV, now owned by ViacomCBS, or Xumu, which was acquired by Comcast.
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