ABI: Set-top box market to decline 2% annually; Music Choice to use Canoe's DAI tech

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> Turner Broadcasting said it promoted Rachelle Savoia as VP of communications. Release

> Excluding the "somewhat volatile" Asia-Pacific region, ABI Research said the pay-TV set-top box market will decline 2 percent annually through 2020. Release

VOD network Music Choice said it will use Canoe's Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) technology. Release

> Newsmax TV announced carriage deals with Atlantic Broadband and Buckeye CableSystem. Multichannel News article

> Some Comcast customers in New Jersey are asking for credits after the carrier suffered a service outage there. Patch article

> Espial said it acquired Bluestreak Technologies, which offers video products for connected devices like set-top boxes, smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. Light Reading article

> In its latest study of Internet speeds, Akami said global average connection speeds increased 10 percent to 5 Mbps, and that South Korea offered the fastest average speeds at 23.6 Mbps. Release

> S3 Group said it will provide a test automation solution for Sky's field engineers in the UK to improve customer visit outcomes in the home. Release

> Netflix announced a 7-for-1 stock split. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink is officially now offering its Prism IPTV service in the Minneapolis market, ending incumbent video provider Comcast's monopoly position there. Article

> Frontier is looking to drive more customers to higher broadband speeds by bundling the Nest Learning Thermostat with their service. Article

Online Video News

> The media and entertainment industry is getting in its own way in the campaign to package content for a younger, OTT-friendly audience. Most companies are struggling due to their adherence to traditional TV business models, which impede the effect that current technology could have on IP-based, over-the-top video. Article

> Pay-TV and OTT providers face an ongoing and expanding challenge to attract and retain consumers as the OTT video space gets crowded and consumer video habits continue to evolve. Industry Voices

Installer News

> A survey from the NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association found that many rural broadband customers are receiving broadband via fiber-to-the-home (FTTP). Article

> The wireless industry has turned its attention to the next big network transformation with the advent of 5G, and, for test equipment makers, the 5G evolution will likely mean a major disruption to the way operators test their networks and the devices that ride those networks. Article

Wireless News

> T-Mobile US is in the process of shutting down HSPA+/UMTS service on its 1700 MHz AWS-1 spectrum as it completes the transition to supporting those services on its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. Article

> There's a war going on out there in the wireless space and it's for switchers. Industry Voices

And finally… Apple has signed up thousands of independent music labels to its forthcoming streaming music service after improving the terms of its free trial of the service. Article

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