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Dish gets Showtime Anytime… will Sling TV be next?
Cloud TV, TV Everywhere, Pay TV
Dish gets Showtime Anytime… will Sling TV be next?
Mar 03 2015 10:15 AM

Showtime Anytime – the TV Everywhere offering from the CBS-owned cable net -- is now available to authenticated Dish customers who subscribe to the cable channel.

Subscribers get unlimited on-demand access to Showtime content as well as the live broadcast of the network's feeds from the east and west coasts.

Showtime fare includes, Homeland, The Affair, Shameless, Masters of Sex along with movies, sports, documentaries and specials.

Turner takes shot with YouTube to expand March Madness reach
Sports, Cloud TV, Pay TV, OTT
Turner takes shot with YouTube to expand March Madness reach
Mar 03 2015 7:30 AM

YouTube’s getting in on the March Madness action with a new channel that will post highlights of the action as games unfold during this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, as well as a bushel of related content.

Turner Sports, which will manage the YouTube site, is hoping the massive reach of the online video site will help expand the reach of the event.

Connected TVs to double by 2017 as Blu-ray players fade away
Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV, VOD
Connected TVs to double by 2017 as Blu-ray players fade away
Mar 03 2015 5:15 AM

Blu-ray Disc players continue to lose favor in U.S. homes as consumers’ connection to physical media loses its glue. A new report says connected TVs have moved past the former must-have hardware into third place among connected devices in U.S. households, and the hardware was adopted more rapidly than had been forecast.

Magna Global: Digital siphon from TV ad spend is accelerating
Online Video Advertising, Cloud TV
Magna Global: Digital siphon from TV ad spend is accelerating
Feb 26 2015 6:15 AM

Digital media spending saw more money from traditional TV budgets migrate its way in 2014, nabbing 30% of the market share in the U.S. and growing by 15% to $49 billion, a new report says.

Magna Global said social and video advertising led the growth, up 57% and 39% respectively, and renewed its forecast that digital ad spend would catch up to TV by 2016, with each segment seeing $68 billion in revenues, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Monetization of digital premium video content soars in 2014
Online Video Advertising, Cloud TV, OTT, TV Everywhere
Monetization of digital premium video content soars in 2014
Feb 25 2015 8:00 AM

Online ad and digital video views increased 30% and 27% respectively in 2014, reflecting strong full-year growth in the digital video ecosystem, a new report said.

YouTube Kids rolls out with family-friendly content, parental controls
Cloud TV, OTT, VOD
YouTube Kids rolls out with family-friendly content, parental controls
Feb 23 2015 8:45 AM

Want to create loyal consumers who naturally gravitate to your product? Get ‘em while they’re young and impressionable, and give them exactly what they want… to a point.

That’s YouTube’s strategy for its new kid-focused app “YouTube Kids,” a family-friendly version of its mainstay that rolled out today in the United States. It’s the first Google product, it says, that’s “built from the ground up with the little ones in mind.”

Personalization, VOD growth pushes operators toward ‘nimble’ solutions
Cloud TV, VOD, Pay TV
Personalization, VOD growth pushes operators toward ‘nimble’ solutions
Feb 19 2015 7:45 AM

Increasing demand for video on demand (VOD) and a growing constellation of consumer devices – smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs – are combining to drive the growth of pay-TV middleware solutions, resulting in a market likely to exceed $2 billion globally by 2020.

Sports poised to make more money online than through broadcast deals
Cloud TV, Sports, Online Video
Sports poised to make more money online than through broadcast deals
Feb 19 2015 7:30 AM

The NFL online? Chernin Group CEO Peter Chernin says NFL games, as well as other major live sporting events, eventually will move to the Internet… and make more money in the process.

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