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Japanese cable TV operator Yamaguchi Cable Vision has selected Arris to supply its ServAssure Alarm Central product to minimize network downtime and improve broadband quality. ServAssure allows Yamaguchi to identify potential network issues before they arise and cause disruptions for end users – flagging previously undetectable issues in its network operations center and reducing mean-time-to-repair (MTTR). Yamaguchi Cable Vision has approximately 1,900 km of HFC cable and says it is considering the transition to FTTH.

Alphabet has had a crucial patent for its Project Loon business canceled by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as the case with Space Data continues. Project Loon aims to bring internet connectivity to rural areas by launching balloons into space, but smaller rival Space Data alleged “eerie similarities” between the way its own and Project Loon’s balloons altered their direction of travel by adjusting altitude. The full trial between the two is due to take place in 2019 to address further suits, accusing Alphabet of improperly using confidential information and trade secrets.

Sports equipment maker Salomon has selected OTT Flow, a joint product from Canadian online video specialist Brightcove and Swedish app store developer Accedo, to power its brand campaigns on multiple devices. Salomon TV provides videos of activities such as running, skiing, snowboarding and hiking, using unique stories with specific product lines and athletes. OTT Flow quickens the launch process from months to weeks by removing the need to work with multiple vendors, and it supports both advertising and subscription models. The platform uses Brightcove Once for ad insertion technology, Dutch company Cleeng for SVoD options, and Accedo handles the user experience.

Bristol-based fabless semiconductor developer for voice and audio products XMOS has acquired Setem Technologies, a producer of software for focusing on a specific voice within a noisy environment called Advanced Blind Source Signal Separation technology. Also dubbed the Cocktail Party Problem, XMOS believes the combination of its multicore processors with Setem’s technology can solve the issue, while making it easier for OEMs to deliver voice-enabled products to market.

US cable TV company and ISP Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications, has bought out the remaining share of MSO MetroCast for $1.4 billion, two years after paying $200 million for its operations in Connecticut, from owner Harron Communications. MetroCast has 120,000 internet subscribers, 76,000 pay TV subscribers and 37,000 on fixed line telephony. Upon closure, Atlantic Broadband will serve 400,000 customers across 11 states, and will bring in a combined annual revenue of around $700 million.

Manchester United Football Club’s TV channel MUTV is now available to stream online in the UK and Ireland on desktop, mobile and tablet. It was previously only available as part of a pay TV subscription, now the newly launched streaming service can be accessed anywhere for £4.99 a month.

Swedish operator Com Hem reported second quarter revenue growth of 38.1% to $212.5 million, with profit up 16% to $26.5 million. It added 11,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter but it lost 3,000 DTV subscribers, but this was offset by 4,000 TiVo additions, leaving it with a total TV subscriber base of 645,000. Its DTT subsidiary Boxer lost 8,000 subscribers in the period.

Comcast ad tech subsidiary Canoe Ventures has expanded its reach by 1 million households, mainly due to one customer, Charter, spreading its digital conversion across its legacy footprint, with additional homes gaining VoD dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities. Canoe oversaw DAI in cable VoD for approximately 36 million households at the end of the Q2 – reporting 5.66 billion impressions, up 17% year on year.

Bids for UK transmission infrastructure provider Arqiva are heating up, with names in the hat including private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners, Brookfield Asset Management in Canada, Spanish cellular tower firm Cellnex Telecom and CVC Capital Partners, according to Bloomberg.

Swisscom says it will carry on fighting Swiss regulators for the right to show Swiss ice hockey matches, following the watchdog’s rejection of a request to regulate Liberty Global’s stranglehold on the broadcast rights. Through its UPC subsidiary, Liberty holds exclusive rights to matches on its cable offering as part of its MySports service.

Despite the multi-channel live primetime shows, with sports and on-demand content offered by pay TV services, 43% of consumers would choose SVoD offerings over legacy pay TV, according to TDG. The results are more dramatic by age, with 65% of 18 to 24 year-olds opting for SVoD over pay TV, while 72% of 55 to 65 year-olds would choose legacy pay TV as their preferred service.

Roku reached a milestone of 15 million monthly active accounts at the end of last month, growing 43% over the same period last year. It says users streamed nearly 7 billion hours on the Roku platform in the first half of this year, a jump of 61% over the same period last year.

Video ad software firms YuMe and Mediaocean have partnered to extend the reach of TV media buying – to provide a unified view for allocating ad spots across multiple platforms. Brands can access digital video inventory through Mediaocean’s existing TV buying workflow, and TV buyers can view YuMe’s Designated Market Area (DMA) specific inventory and local TV station avails side-by-side.

The number of in-flight WiFi services will almost triple by 2022 to account for over half of all commercial aircraft, rising from an estimated 5,243 installations this year, to a projected 14,419 by 2022, according to research published this week from Juniper Research. The BYOD trend means in-flight entertainment revenues are forecast to rise by 30% over five years on the average aircraft, while making huge cost savings from scrapping heavy screens and cabling.

The state of Minnesota is suing CenturyLink for overcharging customers for TV, broadband and telephony services. Attorney General Lori Swanson, who filed the suit, said, “I want CenturyLink to knock it off. It is not okay for a company to quote once price and then charge another for something as basic as a cable television and internet service. We want an injunction so the company stops doing this to other people, and hopefully fixes the problem for these people as well.”