New Charter set to pursue wireless strategy; Evolution Digital deploys Rovi-powered set-top

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> LGBT programming service Here TV has launched an SVOD service on Amazon Prime. Multichannel News story

> Univision has launched a Los Angeles-based production and development unit, Story House, which already has an output deal with HBO. Press release

> About 75 percent of the world's TV households are digital, according to the latest edition of the Digital TV World Databook. Advanced Television story

> Evolution Digital has released a new version of its eBox IP hybrid set-top box with a new interactive programming guide powered by Rovi's Fan TV platform. Press release

Telecom News

> Verizon has taken another step forward with its hybrid cloud vision, announcing a new cloud backup service that leverages Actifio's virtualization capabilities. Articles

Wireless Tech News

> Facebook used the [email protected] event to introduce Open/R, a custom-built, extensible distributed network application platform that was originally developed as a shortest-path routing system to power Terragraph, its multi-node wireless network that delivers high-speed internet connectivity in dense urban areas via short-hop transmission between small nodes. Article

> Counting as backers Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, among others, Nest Labs released Open Thread, an open source implementation of the Thread networking protocol. Article

Wireless News

> The FCC approved Charter Communications' (NASDAQ: CHTR) blockbuster acquisition of fellow cable operators Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House Networks this week, and in its lengthy filing approving the deal the agency acknowledged that the companies may well pursue some kind of wireless strategy, including possibly launching an MVNO service. The FCC also offered a glimpse into the plans by Charter, TWC and Bright House to expand their public Wi-Fi networks, and how that effort could create challenges for the nation's wireless network operators. Article

> Verizon today said it will double the amount of data available on some of its prepaid plans, and will also offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. The actions come just a few weeks after the operator reported another quarter of prepaid customer losses. Article

And finally… Hedge fund operator Kerrisdale Capital says Dish Network's wireless spectrum holdings are significantly over-valued and that the company should be trading at half its current price. Multichannel News story

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