According to a report recently published by the New York Times, it appears that hundreds of mobile games come with a functionality that taps into a mobile device’s microphone in order to capture audio signals from television programs, films, and even commercials. This particular software feature is said to be developed by a startup firm called Alphonso who is reportedly even taking full advantage of Shazam in identifying the audio being monitored. The compiled information is then sold to advertisers who are looking to target a specific demographic based on TV watching habits.
T-Mobile has recently signed an agreement to acquire Layer3 TV, and subsequently introduce a new TV service some time in 2018. Based in Colorado, Layer3 TV is a well known cable company that not only provides basic cable TV services and premium channels, but also streams online video and social media in several markets throughout America. In buying the Layer3 TV brand, T-Mobile is looking to make full use of the cable company’s video content offerings in order to better compete with legacy cable and satellite video operators.
It is not uncommon to find wireless carriers that also offer live TV services -- for instance, industry leader Verizon Wireless has its Go90 feature, while another wireless giant, AT&T, offers its DirecTV Now to customers. C Spire Wireless, the sixth biggest mobile operator in the United States, has decided to join in on the fun.
More than a year ago, Netflix had decided to include an in-app subscription feature in its app for iOS powered mobile devices, and that move might have contributed immensely in its growing popularity ever since. Indeed during the last month, the app had reached the Top Grossing chart for the first time, landing at number nine. Recently, Netflix’s app adds another reason to celebrate, for it has become the top grossing app for iPhone devices in all of the United States.
As revealed by Randall Stephenson, the chief executive officer of AT&T, the major US wireless carrier is planning to officially launch DirecTV Now, its online video streaming service, some time in the last quarter of 2016. He also took the opportunity to hint that the feature will come with over a hundred premium channels and aggressive price points.
Yup, you read that headline right. Dish, the satellite TV provider, has just launched a new service that offers to fix Apple iPhone devices, and the really cool thing about this is that those availing of the service will never need to get out of their homes. Granted, this latest move from a company primarily known for satellite TV services is a bit odd, but why not, right?
AT&T has recently released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2016, registering revenues of $40.5 billion (or $0.72 a share), a figure that represents a significant improvement over the $32.6 billion it posted during the first quarter of 2015. This number also comfortably surpassed projections set by industry watchers from Wall Street. Analysts had expected the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States to report a profit of $0.69 per share.
AT&T has announced that it is planning to guarantee the price of a new DirecTV subscription for a couple of years for those subscribers who decide to combine it with any one of the wireless carrier’s new or current services, such as wireless or home Internet. In this deal, subscribers will be made to pay the regular $50 a month fee for DirecTV. Users who decide to bundle it with home Internet can enjoy connection speeds of up to 6 mbps, if they are game with paying an extra $30 each month.
The biggest wireless carrier in America is debuting a new special offer for those who want to sign up for any Verizon Wireless plan, or decide to upgrade. Indeed, the Big Red is giving a free three months of subscription to HBO Now (just in time for the sixth season of Game of Thrones) to those who switch to a Verizon plan from another carrier and activate a new line of service, or to existing subscribers who opt to upgrade or get an extra line of service to their current account with a device payment plan (applies to both smartphone and tablet device activation).
The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States recently introduced three brand new video services under its DirecTV brand (acquired in July of last year for a sum of $49 billion). AT&T is planning to launch this trio of new video service options in the fourth quarter of this year. However, the wireless carrier did not divulge any details regarding the pricing and the roster of channels that will be made available for each new video service.
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