CBS latest to kick tires on Starz; Samsung intros 4D headphones for Gear VR

More cable news from across the Web:

> Augmenting its Gear VR portfolio, Samsung is introducing its Entrim 4D headphones at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin this week. Adweek story

> Verizon, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks lead Netflix's latest ISP speed rankings. Ranker

> Microsoft is opening its Xbox Live gaming service to users of other platforms, including PlayStation 4. Business Insider story

> CBS Corp. is reportedly the latest media company to kick the tires on a possible acquisition of premium cable network Starz. Deadline Hollywood story

> Viacom shareholders have re-elected the company's board of directors. Variety story

Telecom News

> Google Fiber is facing yet another battle over utility pole access in California's desirable Silicon Valley with AT&T and Comcast, who say that the service provider has no right to access those facilities. Article

> Driven by the demand for connected devices among end users, particularly wireless devices, the global home networking device market is expected to reach a value of $23.2 billion by 2023, according to a new Transparency Market Research report. Between 2015 and 2023, the research firm forecasts that the market will grow at a CAGR of 7 percent. Further, in terms of volume, the home networking device market stood at 444.8 million units in 2014 and is expected to increase at a CAGR of 10.1 percent during the eight year forecast period. Article

Wireless News

> The FCC's proposed privacy restrictions on mobile and fixed-line broadband providers will make it harder for them to compete with digital advertisers such as Facebook and Google, companies that won't be subject to those new rules, according to Moody's. Article

> AT&T once again urged the FCC to lay the foundation for a smooth spectrum reorganization process following the upcoming incentive auction, saying that "strong, centralized FCC leadership on the transition will be essential." Article

And finally… AT&T will extend the reach of its GigaPower service to five additional markets. Multichannel News story

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