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Frndly TV Seeks Subs in an Unfriendly Pay-TV World
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8/23/2019  |  1 comment
Former Sling TV exec starts up family-friendly OTT service that aims to pull a batch of consumers back into the pay-TV fold.
Apple Eyes $9.99 Price for Apple TV+ – Report
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8/21/2019  |  2 comments
Apple's subscription VoD service is expected to join a crowded field in November and lead with a free trial, Bloomberg says.
Cable's Canoe Paddles Into Rough Waters
The Bauminator  | 
8/20/2019  |  Post a comment
The ad-driven video joint venture is attempting to carve out new deals around the world as impressions flatten out thanks to finite inventory and the rise of streaming competitors.
Podcast: Where Does OTT TV Go Now?
The Philter  | 
8/16/2019  |  Post a comment
It's going to take some televisionary moves for pay-TV providers and big studio owners like AT&T to sort out what consumers want, how to package it and what to call it.
Deal Pushes ViacomCBS Past Netflix in Programming Spend
The Bauminator  | 
8/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Combined company only will trail Disney, Comcast/NBCU and AT&T/WarnerMedia in that category as streaming battle intensifies.
CBS, Viacom Strike Deal to Combine
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The combined company, to be called ViacomCBS, said it would become a global powerhouse that can pump out premium content at grander scale and use OTT and other direct-to-consumer channels to stoke growth.
Consolidated Streams Into the Future With 'CCiTV'
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Joins OTT-TV and satellite TV options in northern New England with a new streaming video service, running on Android TV boxes and a range of retail devices.
Top US Pay-TV Providers Dump Record 1.53M Subs in Q2
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8/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Gains by OTT-TV services don't make up for the bloodshed in typically tough period for service providers.
Podcast: Dish Network's Spectrum of Innovation
The Philter  | 
8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Light Reading's editors discuss Dish Network, its pioneering past, a few hilarious missteps and why the company seems just as likely as anyone to be the next big player in 5G networks.
Disney Preps a Super Streaming Bundle
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Entertainment giant will market combo of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu's ad-supported SVoD service for $12.99 per month, about $5 less than the à la carte cost.
TiVo 'On Track' to Split Its Product & Licensing Businesses
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8/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Work underway to reorganize and streamline its product unit as TiVo prepares to separate itself by the second half of 2020.
US Broadcasters Attack Locast
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7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Lawsuit from major US broadcasters claims the AT&T-backed non-profit is retransmitting their local TV signals without authorization and violating copyright law.
AT&T Scuttling 'DirecTV Now' Brand, Confusion Ensues
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7/30/2019  |  6 comments
OTT-TV service to be recast as 'AT&T TV Now' amid plans to launch a new, high-end streaming service called 'AT&T TV' that will serve as the 'workhorse' for the company's pay-TV biz.
Ovum's Barton on 5G's Consumer Appeal
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7/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Ovum Chief Analyst Ed Barton talks about some of key findings from his new report, '5G: Key Opportunities and Challenges in Consumer and Entertainment,' which looks at what 5G promises, and what it will deliver, during the next five years.
Comcast Looks Skyward for Success
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7/29/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast sees streaming video opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic, with both its Sky and NBCUniversal units now cooking up content for OTT video.
The Cord Cutters Are Right
The Philter  | 
7/29/2019  |  14 comments
The pay-TV feature set has finally met its match and, even if you don't cut the cord for budget reasons, you should give some other options a try.
You.i TV Cashing in on Multiscreen Migration
The Bauminator  | 
7/17/2019  |  Post a comment
As the traditional pay-TV biz suffers and the direct-to-consumer OTT video market rises, You.i TV has found its niche as companies on all sides seek ways to simplify the path to a wide array of screens.
AT&T Names & Delays New SVoD Service, HBO Max, Till 2020
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7/9/2019  |  1 comment
WarnerMedia's new direct-to-consumer OTT service to feature 10K hours of content, reportedly cost more than $14.99 per month.
SVoD App Downloads Hot, Virtual MVPD Downloads Not
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7/3/2019  |  Post a comment
Downloads of apps such as DirecTV Now and other OTT-TV services declined in Q2 as prices for OTT-TV services ticked up, study finds.
OTT-TV Succumbs to Pricing Pressures
The Bauminator  | 
7/2/2019  |  1 comment
Price hike by PlayStation Vue and new packaging options from Sling TV are more indicators that virtual MVPDs need to adjust to become sustainable businesses.
MobiTV Banks $50M More
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7/1/2019  |  Post a comment
App-focused video streaming tech and distribution company says fresh round of funds will fuel global growth, further tech development.
Vast Broadband Keeps Its Pay-TV Hopes Alive
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6/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Indie cable op teams with Evolution Digital to upgrade, rather than de-emphasize or cut, the pay-TV cord with a new app-based video offering for retail devices and an MSO-managed Android TV box.
Netflix Faces Global ARPU Headwinds
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6/24/2019  |  Post a comment
A sizable and widening gap on domestic and international ARPU could negatively affect the premium value currently placed on Netflix's non-US subscription streaming business, analyst says.
Locast's Scorecard: 250,000+ People Registered, 0 Lawsuits
The Bauminator  | 
6/20/2019  |  1 comment
Unlike Aereo, Locast has found a way to stream local TV channels without raising the legal hackles of powerful broadcasters. But can it drive enough donation dollars to survive for the long haul?
Vimeo Streams in Support for AV1
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6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
IAC-owned streaming platform joins Google, Facebook, Mozilla, Apple, Amazon and other big names that have put weight behind the new, royalty-free, bandwidth-efficient video codec.
Not Ready for Prime Time: Omniverse Distributors Pick Up the Pieces After Pay-TV Deals Fall Apart
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6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Flixon Media's CEO thought his deal with Omniverse One World Television would be the foundation of a profitable, innovative TV service. Instead, he said he's left with financial losses and a damaged reputation.
3 Rivers Cuts the TV Cord
The Bauminator  | 
6/12/2019  |  1 comment
Small service provider in Montana is dumping its pay-TV product to instead focus on broadband services that can pipe in OTT video services.
AT&T Exec Said Telco's Ideas Will 'Radically Reshape' TV
The Bauminator  | 
6/6/2019  |  1 comment
The OTT-delivered 'thin-client' version of DirecTV will debut in Q3, but AT&T's John Donovan side-stepped questions on how the new offering will disrupt a market full of streaming competitors.
Amazon Set to Stream 'Channels' Into Canada
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6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The new array of subscription offerings will include a 12-channel bundle called 'StackTV" that runs $12.99/month and features VoD and live TV networks such as Food Network, History and National Geographic.
Podcast: Apple Makes Itself Right at Home
The Philter  | 
6/4/2019  |  Post a comment
In addition to big, expensive Macs and multiple OS updates, Apple's WWDC featured a Homekit improvement to make smart homes more secure and several tweaks to ease consumer worries about how it deals with their data.
Scenes From Sprint's Big 5G Launch
Slide Shows  | 
5/31/2019  |  3 comments
Hey, did Sprint just become the first US carrier to offer true mobile 5G?
Blockgraph Braces for Data Wave About to Hit TV Advertising
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5/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Unit incubated at Comcast's FreeWheel ad-tech unit and mix of partners are pushing ahead with blockchain-powered techniques as the adoption of data-driven TV advertising nears a tipping point.
AT&T's SVoD Service to Cost More Than Disney+, Says Analyst
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5/29/2019  |  Post a comment
And rather than entering the OTT sector with a three-pronged offering, AT&T is expected to start with a single-tiered product, MoffettNathanson said, following recent rendezvous with WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.
Comcast 'Hitz' Movie VoD Service to Hit Cinemax
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5/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast's new commercial-free VoD service to feature 200-plus movie titles, replace Cinemax in several of the MSO's pay-TV packages.
CableLabs Seeks to Supercharge WiFi
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5/21/2019  |  Post a comment
New open source project from CableLabs focuses on 'Dual Channel WiFi' technology that can set up dedicated channels for specific apps and traffic types such as streaming video and online gaming.
AT&T's SVoD Services Will Be Pay-TV Friendly
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5/16/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said the expectation is that distributors like Comcast will be 'important partners' for WarnerMedia's upcoming set of OTT-delivered subscription VoD services.
WOW & Philo Bundle Up
The Bauminator  | 
5/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Continuing a growing trend, WOW has become the latest cable operator to combine its broadband service with a skinny bundle OTT-TV offering.
Direct-to-Consumer a Key but Not Exclusive Play for Programmers
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5/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Premium networks like Showtime must spread their bets and lock in distribution on both legacy and newer OTT platforms, COO Tom Christie says.
TiVo to Hew Its Products & Licensing Businesses Into Two
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5/9/2019  |  1 comment
But many big questions remain unanswered as company aims to complete the separation by mid-2020.
Disney Direct-to-Consumer Losses Mount in Q1
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5/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Deeper investments in ESPN+ and costs tied to the coming Disney+ OTT service attributed to a widening Q1 operating loss of $393 million at Disney's international and direct-to-consumer unit.
Philo Charts OTT Course
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
In a NAB Show fireside chat, Philo CTO Ben Chambers discusses the evolution, business model, technical platform and future plans of the popular streaming video services.
MobiTV's Bill Routt: Amazon to Stoke Pay-TV Partnerships With Fire TV
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5/6/2019  |  Post a comment
MobiTV's president and COO says Amazon is 'really engaging' with plans to optimize and customize its streaming platform for the pay-TV operator market.
Charter X1 Syndication Deal: A Remote Possibility?
The Bauminator  | 
5/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Industry sources say it's extremely unlikely that Charter would do a full syndication deal for X1, but that Charter could be interested in adopting some specific features and capabilities of Comcast's video platform.
Charter in Talks About Licensing Comcast's X1 Platform
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4/30/2019  |  1 comment
CEO Tom Rutledge confirms that Charter's had discussions, but company currently remains committed to its own, next-gen video platform and interface.
Viacom Seeks Free OTT Payoff on Pluto TV
The Bauminator  | 
4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
As the pay-TV sector continues to struggle, programmer sets launch of several free, ad-supported streaming channels from BET, Comedy Central, Spike and MTV on the now Viacom-owned Pluto TV ad-based OTT service.
TiVo Tunes In to Cable's IP Video Migration, Use of Android TV Boxes
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4/29/2019  |  Post a comment
TiVo says it's gaining ground with its next-gen video platform even as some of the nation's Tier 2/3 cable ops look to play down pay-TV and avoid investing in next-gen platforms.
AT&T Loses 627K Video Subs in Q1
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Losses in period include 83,000 for DirecTV Now, but company sees legacy TV declines slowing later in 2019 alongside improving results for its newly priced OTT video product.
ACE Stands By Case Linking Omniverse & Dragon Box
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Omniverse, the target of a copyright lawsuit, has argued that any comparison between it and Dragon Box is 'scandalous and immaterial' and has moved to strike it from the proceedings.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Cable/Video Product or Service
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Our shortlist for this Leading Lights category features eight solid contenders.
TiVo Fires Another Lawsuit at Comcast
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4/22/2019  |  1 comment
This time around, TiVo/Rovi accuses Comcast of infringing on six patents and technologies used in a variety of DVR and non-DVR video devices, as well as broadband gateways.
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