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Week in Review: HBO, CBS and Netflix in OTT Extravaganza
October 18, 2014 - 7:00 AM - There are ten million broadband-only homes in the U.S., and media companies going after that segment of the market has become a thing this week.
CBS Debuts $5.99 OTT Video Service
October 16, 2014 - 4:51 PM - There are ten million broadband-only homes in the U.S., and media companies going after that segment of the market has become a thing this week. Just a day after premium cable doyenne HBO announced a plan to launch an over-the-top (OTT) streaming video offering, top broadcaster CBS has made an OTT move of its own.
SoftBank Increases Online Content with Acquisition of DramaFever
October 16, 2014 - 1:35 PM - The dramatic rise of Netflix is forcing content providers to reassess their delivery method. According to a recent comScore report, 44 percent of millennials (18-34 age demographic) watch TV on desktop computers and 49 percent watch TV on tablets, which clearly explains why Netflix is doing so well. This fact has not escaped companies that have a digital presence, and as one of the largest Internet and media companies in the world, SoftBank is acquiring DramaFever Corp. to increase its content library around the world.
Where is Netflix in Product Life Cycle?
October 16, 2014 - 9:04 AM - How much more growth can Netflix expect in its most-mature markets? Extrapolating from recent comments by Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, about double the number of subscribers it already has gotten, ultimately.
A Fix for Comcast Customer Service/Satisfaction: Focus First on the Network
October 16, 2014 - 8:41 AM - With the age-old service outage and interruption problems that have been common with Comcast, the company's top customer-focused execs might want to first focus on eliminating issues with the underlying network infrastructure.
Netflix Begins to Build a 4K Business Model; Will Networks Follow?
October 16, 2014 - 6:55 AM - Netflix is starting to craft a real business model around 4K entertainment, announcing that it is offering the $12 "Action" family plan, a $3 premium over the standard streaming subscription, for access to UltraHD content.
TV24 Uses Survey Anyplace for Collecting User Feedback
October 15, 2014 - 5:03 PM - TV24 Group, the company behind an app that provides users with the TV listings in their location around the world, has announced its decision to use Survey Anyplace to gain better insight into its user's viewing habits. Survey Anyplace provides an infrastructure of mobile surveys and quizzes that can be embedded in apps easily and for free, allowing TV24 Group gain indescribably useful feedback in real time.
Netflix Begins to Build 4K Business Model
October 15, 2014 - 1:49 PM - Netflix is starting to craft a real business model around 4K entertainment, announcing that it is offering the $12 "Action" family plan, a $3 premium over the standard streaming subscription, for access to UltraHD content.
Cable News: Digital is the Lifeline as Viewership Declines
October 15, 2014 - 1:12 PM - Cable news would appear to be at a crossroads: with viewership (and ad revenue) steadily declining, where is the future business model for the 24-hour news cycle? It would appear that digital offers perhaps the best way forward amid a shifting sea of changing consumption habits.
In a Tough Midterm Election Year, Political Advertising Spirals Out of Control
October 15, 2014 - 1:09 PM - As we as a nation hurtle headlong into the midterm elections and a rash of high-profile gubernatorial races (Wendy Davis, anyone?), there has been a dramatic increase in political ad spending, driven by factors both cultural and technological, including the impact of the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
HBO Will Launch Stand-Alone US Streaming Service in 2015
October 15, 2014 - 12:41 PM - A crack in the linear video dam is opening. HBO will offer a stand-alone streaming service in the United States in 2015, according to Richard Plepler, Time Warner chairman and CEO.
Millennials Watch 33 Percent of TV on Digital (Non-TV) Platforms
October 14, 2014 - 4:22 PM - The best-case scenario for TV content owners is consumers watching shows, but today it's happening in ways that are harder to measure.
North American Carrier, Cable Wi-Fi Hotspots Market to Grow Through 2018: iGR
October 14, 2014 - 3:08 PM - According to a new study conducted by the market research firm iGR, the WiFi hotpot market is set to grow substantially over the next several years
Ofcom Expects 2015 TV White Spaces Commercialization
October 13, 2014 - 11:03 AM - Ofcom says the United Kingdom will likely be the first country in Europe to authorize use of TV white spaces technology on a commercial basis, some time in 2015.
TV White Spaces in 'All of the Above' Spectrum, Platform Future
October 10, 2014 - 9:16 AM - TV white spaces trials in the United Kingdom are testing a range of applications, such as Internet access for rural communities, local services similar to Wi-Fi, wireless video streaming and support for machine-to-machine networks.
NBA & ESPN Crafting Standalone OTT Service
October 9, 2014 - 7:26 AM - In further proof that there's opportunity in live sports beyond traditional TV, the NBA and ESPN have agreed to create a standalone streaming service with live games and surrounding content for those pro basketball fans that don't want to pay for cable packages to watch hoops.
Comcast Shareholders Approve TWC Merger
October 8, 2014 - 4:39 PM - Comcast Corp. investors overwhelmingly approved the company's planned mega-merger with No. 2 cable MSO Time Warner Cable (TWC). More than 99 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the $45.2 billion deal.
Frontier Extends DISH Partnership for Triple-Play
October 8, 2014 - 4:30 PM - Satellite giant DISH Network has re-upped its distribution contract with Frontier Communications, which will continue to offer DISH satellite television service as part of its triple-play with Internet and voice for the home.
Comcast X1: Testing the Legality of the Cloud DVR?
October 6, 2014 - 3:58 PM - Cloud and network-based DVRs are starting to roll out, which could push the U.S. Supreme Court to put a finer point on their legality than what they have thus far.
Week in Review: Netflix in Germany, Amazon/Opera, Comcast Customer Service
October 4, 2014 - 7:00 AM - This week we turn first to the German market, where the entrance of Netflix in Western Europe is prompting new questions about how much VOD could reshape user behavior. New habits have a huge role to play whenever a new technology creates the possibility of new behaviors and spending patterns. According to TNS, more than 60 percent of survey respondents reported they have been watching more prime video content overall, and at least half of respondents reported buying fewer DVDs as a result. Also, 33 percent of men and 23 percent of women said they went to a cinema less often as a result of their use of video on demand services.
Deviser DS2800 Cable TV Analyzer Rated Among Cable industry's Top Products
October 3, 2014 - 12:10 PM - Deviser Instruments, a provider of field network test and measurement solutions, recently announced that its DS2800 Cable TV Analyzer has received a four-diamond rating by Broadband Technology Report in its 2014 Diamond Technology Reviews program.
Triple-Play is the Strategy, Unless it Isn't
October 3, 2014 - 5:11 AM - Small independent telcos in the United States have different economic models than tier-one service providers-either of the cable TV, mobile or fixed line sort.
Tesco to Sell Blinkbox, Exit the OTT Video Game
October 2, 2014 - 5:51 PM - Tesco shoppers will no longer be able to add over-the-top (OTT) video to their shopping lists: Tesco has put its Blinkbox online video division up on the block, just three years after buying it, and will discontinue its Clubcard video service.
Amazon Adds More Channels to Fire TV, Thanks to Opera TV
October 2, 2014 - 5:30 PM - A series of long-tail video channels created via the Opera TV Snap technology have debuted on Amazon Fire TV.
Comings & Goings: Comcast Appoints New Senior VP of Customer Experience to Improve Image
October 1, 2014 - 5:59 PM - Comcast Corp. has appointed a fast-rising executive, Charlie Herrin, as senior vice president of customer experience. The new position will have broad powers to allow him to fix Comcast's relationship with its customers. Herrin will oversee a sector of Comcast business with over 50 call centers and thousands of customer service employees and technicians. His successful work as a team leader of the group that developed Comcast's interactive X1 TV guide earned him this promotion.