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Is $30/mo. the end - or the beginning - for PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service?
Cloud TV, Pay TV, Millennials
Is $30/mo. the end - or the beginning - for PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service?
Mar 16 2016 2:00 PM

This week, Sony’s PlayStation Vue virtual pay-TV service made its long-expected jump to a nationwide offering, after percolating in a handful of launch cities for the past several months.

PlayStation Vue drops basic price 20%, add content and searches for subscribers
Cloud TV, Content Deals
PlayStation Vue drops basic price 20%, adds content and searches for subscribers
Mar 02 2016 2:00 PM

Adoption of Sony’s PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service at $50 a month apparently has been under whelming enough that it’s prompted Sony to drop the price 20% to $40 – and add more content.

On its PlayStation Vue blog, the company today announced “a big boost in live sports, family, and primetime TV programming. Added to the platform’s line up were a batch of  Disney and ESPN Media Networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Disney Channel, and more.

Study: Traditional TV losing viewing time to online services, but all is NOT lost
Online Video, SVOD, Analytics
Study: Traditional TV losing viewing time to online services, but all is NOT lost
Feb 26 2016 5:00 AM

The recipe for a successful – or at least a popular – over-the-top (OTT) or subscription video on-demand (SVOD) is a relatively simple one:

For the first time ever, the 'Big 6' US pay-TV providers lost subs for a full year
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, Cloud TV
For the first time ever, the 'Big 6' US pay-TV providers lost subs for a full year
Feb 22 2016 10:15 AM

Cord cutting over? Hardly.

For the first time since Verizon and AT&T launched their TV services in 2006, the Top 6 pay-TV providers in the U.S. lost subscribers for a full year. If that’s not indication enough of the change in the market, the somewhat murky subscriber numbers delivered by those companies for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 may be making the numbers look less awful than they actually are.

4K/UHD SVOD channel ‘Love Nature’ launches in 32 countries
APAC, EMEA, UHD, SVOD
4K/UHD SVOD channel ‘Love Nature’ launches in 32 countries
Feb 22 2016 6:15 AM

Love Nature, a new direct-to-consumer 4K/UHD SVOD service, is launching in 32 countries, including the U.K., Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Report: Sling TV subs top 600,000 in Q4, could see 2M by end of 2016
Cloud TV, Pay TV, Commentary
Report: Sling TV subs top 600,000 in Q4, could see 2M by end of 2016
Feb 19 2016 9:30 AM

The growth of SVOD services like Netflix, Amazon and, to a much lesser extent, Hulu have inured us to massive subscriber growth numbers. Netflix routinely adds 5 million or more subs a quarter, Amazon could have as many as 50 million subscribers to its Prime service, many of whom likely use its Prime Instant Video product and Hulu reportedly has about 10 million subs.

ESPN’s Skipper: We're weighing streaming options; but standalone OTT not an option – yet
Cloud TV, Sports, Pay TV
ESPN’s Skipper: We're weighing streaming options; but standalone OTT not an option – yet
Feb 18 2016 7:00 AM

It might be a little early to hold your breath for this one, but ESPN is considering its streaming options. John Skipper, chief of the sports network, confirmed published reports that it’s exploring deals with Amazon and Apple, among others, but said ESPN won't be offered as a standalone product.

CBS starts live linear streaming to Cablevision’s Optimum TV subscribers
Cloud TV, Live Streaming, Pay TV
CBS streaming live linear broadcast signal to Cablevision pay-TV subscribers
Feb 16 2016 3:30 PM

In August, Cablevision and CBS agreed to a comprehensive multi-year carriage agreement that included the stipulation that the operator would be the first MVPD partner to live stream the CBS signal and Showtime. That’s a done deal now, as Cablevision's Optimum TV subscribers can now watch CBS programs in all dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – online and on mobile devices… as long as they’re in a markets served by a CBS-owned stations (ie.

BBC Three throws the switch from broadcaster to Cloud TV pioneer
EMEA, Cloud TV, Millennials, Mobile
BBC Three throws the switch from broadcaster to Cloud TV pioneer
Feb 16 2016 10:00 AM

After a nearly two-year planning and execution process, youth-oriented BBC Three Tuesday launched as a Cloud TV channel, turning off its conventional broadcast feed.

Vodafone launched new broadband-delivered TV service in Ireland
EMEA, Pay TV, IPTV
Vodafone launched new broadband-delivered TV service in Ireland
Jan 25 2016 5:45 AM

Vodafone Ireland has rolled out TV services in Ireland, enabling viewers to catch up, record and restart programs at any point, and also have included a dedicated Netflix button on their remote control.

Vodafone TV is a premium service available from €40 per month to all new and existing Vodafone Home customers who subscribe to Vodafone Broadband with speeds of at least 40mbps.

Sling TV could hit 2M subs this year, benefitting from a stalled Apple OTT play
Cloud TV, Pay TV
Sling TV could hit 2M subs this year, benefitting from a stalled Apple OTT play
Jan 14 2016 2:00 PM

Sling TV is expected to pass 2 million subscribers by the end of the year, a pretty heady achievement for an over-the-top service that has yet to hit its content groove.

The Dish Network unit had just 240,000 subscribers at the end of the first half of 2015, and added – perhaps – another 155,000 by the end of Q3.

Will The CW be the start of the ‘Great OTT Migration’ as networks look online for viewers?
Cloud TV, SVOD, OTT
Will The CW be the start of the ‘Great OTT Migration’ for networks looking for viewers?
Jan 13 2016 6:15 AM

With its Netflix, Hulu and Tribune Media Co. deals all approaching expiration, CW is likely the next network to be going over the top.

A report this week in Bloomberg cites anonymous sources as saying the network’s owners, Time Warner and CBS, may make the channel, which has a strong following among younger viewers, into a hybrid, offering a live streaming version as well as a traditional broadcast channel.

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