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AT&T’s 100-channel OTT bundle to cost just $35/mo.
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD
AT&T’s 100-channel OTT bundle to cost just $35/mo.
Oct 25 2016 3:00 PM

Earlier this month, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson hinted that the company’s new streaming service, which is on track to be deployed before the end of the year, would have slim margins and an aggressive pricing structure.

He wasn’t kidding.

Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Oct 20 2016 7:15 AM

Following years of being kept at arms-length by Hollywood studios and broadcasters, Google is one giant step closer to launching its expected Cloud TV service after getting CBS to agree to supply programming. Reports also say that all three of the remaining Big 4 broadcasters getting closer to deals.

EMEA, Cloud TV
Internet TV play Pluto TV raises $30M in Series B round
Oct 12 2016 12:15 PM

Ad-supported Internet television service Pluto TV, looking to aggressively expand its brand to Europe, has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Germany’s ProSieben and Scripps Networks.

Pluto TV previously raised $13M with investors like US Venture Partners, Sky, Chicago Ventures, Universal Music Group, United Talent Agency and Pritzker Group.

PS Vue adds CBS channels in new markets as race for carriage deals heats up
Cloud TV, Broadcaster, OTT
PS Vue adds CBS channels in new markets as race for carriage deals heats up
Sep 30 2016 10:15 AM

It’s happening v-e-r-y- s-l-o-w-l-y, but PlayStation Vue is expanding the number of markets where it’s offering live CBS programing. The latest to join the Cloud TV play include Atlanta, Hartford/New Haven, Conn.; Kansas City; Phoenix; and St. Louis. The new markets – all Meredith Corp. affiliates – means that there are 39 markets with live broadcast delivered over the streamer.

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Sep 23 2016 12:00 PM
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AT&T: DirecTV Now OTT product will cannibalize traditional pay-TV business
Virtual MVPD, Cloud TV, Mobile
AT&T: DirecTV Now OTT play will cannibalize traditional pay-TV business
Sep 21 2016 1:15 PM

DirecTV Now, AT&T’s soon-to-launch streaming service, is one of the centerpieces of the telco’s mobile-centric strategy that it hopes will turn the company from one that is based on wireline services to one that is far more wireless oriented.

The soon-to-launch service will offer about 100 channels and have a price point that is “very, very aggressive,” CEO Randall Stephenson said during Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference.

Virtual MVPDs seen as more disruptive than Netflix, YouTube
Pay TV, Virtual MVPD, Cloud TV
Virtual MVPDs seen as more disruptive than Netflix, YouTube
Sep 20 2016 11:45 AM

PlayStation Vue. Sling TV. Hulu. Amazon. DirecTV. Google. Maybe even an entry from Apple. All are potential players in the virtual MVPD (V-MVPD) market, a market that at least one researcher believes could top 15 million U.S. subscribers by 2020, possibly going higher as technology and consumer experiences improve.

Canadian startup VMedia rolls out live linear stream on Roku
Cloud TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Canadian startup VMedia rolls out live linear stream on Roku
Sep 19 2016 9:30 AM

Canada’s VMedia has launched a live liner play of Roku, giving consumers access to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and U.S. networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD and streamed to their TVs.

The streamed skinny bundle – after a seven-day free trial – will cost $18/mo., about the same as several U.S. operators are charging for a similar streamed package.

Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Sling TV upgrades UI on Roku devices
Jun 28 2016 4:00 PM

Just two weeks after making its debut on Apple TV – with a highly touted redesign of its user interface – Sling TV has brought the UI to Roku.

The UI highlights include:

Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
Cloud TV, Live Streaming
Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
May 04 2016 1:45 PM

Another day, another rumored entrant into the Cloud TV battle, this time, it’s YouTube that is alleged to be planning its own virtual MSO offering with a bundle of broadcast and cable networks under the moniker “Unplugged.”

Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
Pay TV, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
May 04 2016 8:45 AM

Rumors? What rumors? Hulu this morning during its Newsfronts presentation said it will start streaming feeds from broadcast and cable nets in Q1 2017, making it the first SVOD company to offer live content and giving it a potential edge on rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The streamer will create a "deeply personalized experience" merging linear TV and on-demand video, said CEO Mike Hopkins.

Report: We stream, we binge, we value the Internet most of our services
Research, Broadband, Cloud TV
Report: We stream, we binge, we value the Internet most of our services
Mar 23 2016 1:00 PM

That Americans binge watch streaming video is no surprise; reports on our proclivity to watch more than one episode at a single sitting have been floating around since Netflix started streaming complete seasons of TV shows. But, a new report from Deloitte, its most recent iteration of the Digital Democracy Survey, points out that it’s clearly more than just House of Cards, Transparency and past seasons of Game of Thrones that has us enthralled.

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