Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins proudly asserts the relevance of his network as the company celebrates 40 years of children's programming with plans to expand its brands and digital content. Among the projects in development are movie versions of Nickelodeon shows for Netflix, new spin-off series from network favorites and reboots of classics such as "Rugrats" and "All That."
European carriers that use Huawei equipment in 4G networks are not able to switch suppliers for 5G networks because "Huawei is not allowing interoperability to 5G," said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an event in Washington, D.C. Stephenson also said China is still behind the US in the 5G race, but slow permitting processes in the US and heavy Chinese investment, coupled with Huawei's 5G dominance, could change the situation.
The advent of Citizens Broadband Radio Service moved a step closer, with the CBRS Alliance saying it has begun work on Release 3 to support 5G networks. Its goal is to enable the launch of commercial 5G service next year.
The Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference at the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters Show will offer expert insights on new technologies that affect the broadcasting industry. "I hope delegates will come away having deepened their understanding of technologies critical to their personal skill sets and their employers' operations, and ideally also learned a few brand new things," says Skip Pizzi, NAB's vice president of technology education and outreach.
The Nebraska Broadcasters Association is doing its part to help victims of historic flooding in the state with a $20,000 donation to the local American Red Cross. NBA Board of Directors Chair and KETV President Ariel Roblin says broadcasters are happy to help where need exists, since they are also community members.
Precision Phone Repair offers repairs for smartphones and other mobile devices, along with micro-soldering repairs, in Pocatello, Idaho. The store also has a machine that allows technicians to create custom screen protectors for any type of smartphone.
The immediate future of smartphones will be defined by 5G-compatible phones and foldable devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Although Deloitte has projected 5G smartphone sales to total just 1 million units in 2019, CCS Insight's Shaun Collins expects 5G "to get very big, very quickly" thereafter.
The American Cable Association has rebranded itself and is now using the names ACA Connects and America's Communications Association, a change that reflects the industry's shift in focus from cable to broadband. "With this name change, we're recognizing that communication is the priority, not the medium," CEO Matt Polka said.
A recent study by Parks Associates reveals that consumer spending on subscription over-the-top TV services has not changed in three years, remaining at an average of nearly $8 a month. Changes may be looming, however, with new streamers entering the market, which could increase the number of streaming households, pull subscribers from leader Netflix or raise the average spending amount.
Atlantic Broadband is rolling out its Enhanced WiFi to former MetroCast customers in several states, including Maine, Virginia and New Hampshire. "With today's launch of E-WiFi, our customers will have access to powerful technology that will take internet performance to new heights," says Vice President of Programming and Products Heather McCallion.
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