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American Movil floats new freemium service in LatAm, Claro Video Básico
LatAM, OTT
American Movil floats new freemium service in LatAm, Claro Video Básico
Sep 21 2016 10:30 AM

Operator American Movil is trolling for new customers in Latin America, rolling out a free streaming service called Claro Video Básico in a number of markets.

The service, on the same website as its SVOD and TVOD offerings, has a very limited catalog of some 500 titles, including content for kids, movies, short films and documentaries and sports. It does include Claro Video’s original productions La Hermandad and El Torito.

Twitter stream of NFL game scores; wave of the future?
Sports, Live Streaming, OTT
Twitter scores with NFL stream; the wave of the future? Yep
Sep 16 2016 9:45 AM

A couple of buffers, a bit of delay (maybe 30 seconds?), but Twitter’s stream from its inaugural NFL Thursday Night Football game played better than the Buffalo Bills, who lost – for the record -- to the New York Jets, 37-31.

Picture quality on an iPad, connected TV (via Apple TV) and on my phone was solid, even when playing at the same time. And, surprise, there were no hoops to jump through to watch the game, no pay-TV authorization, no logging in, nada.

PlayStation Vue nabs HBO, Cinemax
Live Streaming, Pay TV, OTT
PlayStation Vue nabs HBO, Cinemax
Sep 15 2016 10:45 AM

File this in the “If you build it they will come” file. HBO soon will be available on PlayStation Vue, Sony’s virtual MSO that’s now available across the U.S.

The perfect UI for TV? IBC crowd says that’s a moving target
IBC, Pay TV, Content, OTT
The perfect UI for TV? A crucial moving target
Sep 13 2016 4:00 PM

Here’s an acronym that, if you’re not familiar with it now, you will be soon, because it increasingly describes vendors in the media industry: B2B4C… business-to-business for the consumer. Call it part of the consumer revolution, the move from “content is king” to “consumer is king.”

It’s a term you’ll often hear when designers of user interfaces get together to talk about the future.

You.i gets $12M Series B round to help with global growth
User Experience, Pay TV, IBC, OTT
You.i gets $12M Series B round to help with global growth
Sep 13 2016 1:15 PM

Canadian startup You.i has landed $12 million in Series B funding in a round led by Time Warner Investments, with plans to use the funds its global sales channels and IP.

Existing investor Vistara Capital Partners and new investor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors joined in the round.

IBC, OTT, Pay TV
Changing pay-TV demands prompt Cisco to respond with SaaS delivery options
Sep 09 2016 1:15 PM

Pay-TV operators increasingly are looking for easier ways to deliver video to their customers, and are beginning to understand the value of the SaaS model.

Ken Morse, Cisco’s CTO of video software, said more operators are getting comfortable with the idea of transitioning to a software delivery model that helps eliminate the silos the companies face today.

APAC, OTT, Pay TV
Will Foxtel Play evolve into Australia’s Sling TV?
Sep 07 2016 7:30 AM

Business models are an ongoing issue for pay-TV and OTT service providers, that are working to devise plans that better appeal to consumers than traditional ad-supported or subscription services have.

It remains a moving target, with more operators throwing any combination of hybrid models hoping to hit a bull’s-eye.

Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017
Pay TV, OTT
Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017
Sep 07 2016 7:00 AM

Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, a standalone TV service by the end of Q1 2017.

Fibe TV customers no longer will be required to sign up for Fibe Internet service to access the service, a move executives think will serve to further Fibe TV’s expansion across Canada. The service has seen strong growth since its original introduction in late 2010 and vaulted Bell into Canada’s top TV provider by the end of 2015.

Amazon Fire TV adds Netflix, HBO Go, HBO Now to universal search
Connected TVs & Devices, Search and Recommendation, OTT
Amazon Fire TV adds Netflix, HBO Go, HBO Now to universal search
Sep 07 2016 6:45 AM

One of Amazon Fire TV’s best features is its ability to search outside Amazon Prime Instant Video. Yes, the search still prioritizes its master’s content, listing availability on Prime Instant Video and Prime’s electronic sell through before other sources. But search on Amazon Fire TV devices has just gotten better, as Netflix, HBO Go and, soon, HBO Now, have been added to the list.

For current device owners, a free over-the-air upgrade will install the new software.

North American HH own 7 connected devices; game consoles all about video
Connected TVs & Devices, Mobile, OTT
North American HH own 7 connected devices; game consoles all about video
Aug 24 2016 8:30 AM

The average North American household now has more than seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices, a new report from Sandvine said.

LatAm pay-TV revenue growth to trail subscriber additions
LatAM, Pay TV, OTT
LatAm pay-TV revenue growth to trail subscriber additions
Aug 24 2016 7:00 AM

Despite expected strong growth in Latin American pay-TV subscriber numbers of more than 16%, revenues are forecast to grow just half as much, as competition between providers -- and from OTT services -- and bundling of home services combine to constrain video service prices.

Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
LatAM, OTT, Mobile, Content Deals
Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
Aug 23 2016 6:30 AM

Subscribers to Argentinian OTT platforms Arnet Play and Personal Play Video now have access to select content from Disney, including some future releases.

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