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Hulu adds Fox, Disney to live line up
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD
Hulu adds Fox, Disney to live line up
Nov 01 2016 8:30 PM

Hulu is turning up the heat on, well, everybody, announcing today that it’s signed Disney and Fox to its live streaming service it plans to deploy early next year.

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.

Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
OTT, Content
Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
Oct 17 2016 8:30 AM

Only Disney and NBCUniversal are spending more on creating original content than Netflix and Amazon, a new report says, with the two streaming platforms’ spending exceeding stalwarts like CBS, HBO and Turner.

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.

Disney BAMTech investments puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
OTT, Mergers & Acquisitions
Disney BAM Tech investment puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
Aug 10 2016 6:00 AM

No, the world hasn’t ended, but hell apparently, has frozen over. ESPN is going over the top, direct to consumers, something the pundits said would never happen.

Hulu’s rumored live Internet TV play is the new (burgeoning) reality of  television
Internet TV, A La Carte, OTT
Hulu’s rumored live Internet TV play is the new (burgeoning) reality of television
May 02 2016 6:30 AM

While Apple fiddles with its long-delayed (dead?) Internet TV service and Sling TV and Sony PlayStation Vue strive to craft packages of network content that will appeal to a broad array of America’s increasingly Internet-only households, Hulu – which is owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast – which already offers an SVOD service – looks ready to jump feet-first into the virtual MVPD fire with live streaming content from at least two of its owners.

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.

Analyst: Ad-supported media companies facing tough future
SVOD, OTT, Pay TV, Online Video Advertising
Analyst: Traditional ad-supported media companies facing tough future
Aug 03 2015 8:15 AM

More viewers are switching to content not supported by advertising, creating more problems for traditional content companies as well as for the segment of the entertainment industry – specifically broadcasters – that rely heavily on ad revenues.

ESPN signs on for a swing with Cablevision’s new addressable ad product
Ad Technology, Pay TV
ESPN signs on for a swing with Cablevision’s new addressable ad product
May 13 2015 4:45 AM

Cablevision is betting its new addressable advertising product– the Total Audience Application --  that it announced two weeks ago would be a hit with advertisers and it is… at least for one very big name.

Disney CEO Iger on ESPN going OTT: Never say never
OTT, Pay TV, Sports
Disney CEO Iger on ESPN going OTT: Never say never
Feb 04 2015 7:15 AM

Disney CEO Bob Iger, during the company’s earnings call yesterday, told analysts Disney had no immediate plans to take ESPN over the top, a la HBO or CBS, but instead inferred that option isn’t completely off the table.

Referencing Dish Network’s OTT offering, Sling TV, which carries ESPN and ESPN2, Iger said Sling TV is “designed to attract consumers or households that are either cord-nevers or cord-laters.”

Charter sign deal fro SEC Network in time for college football's opening day
Content Deals, Sports, Pay TV
Charter – finally – has a deal with Disney for the SEC Network
Aug 06 2014 2:45 PM

As has been expected, Charter Communications (Nasdaq:CHTR) today reached a carriage deal with Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) ESPN for the SEC Network, making it – essentially – a clean sweep for the fledgling sports broadcaster. Only Verizon (NYSE:VZ) with a very small footprint in SEC country remains unsigned among major pay-TV operators.

Content Deals, Pay TV
Dish-Disney deal keeps on giving, as Dish subs get more content online
Apr 01 2014 9:00 AM

Dish Network and Disney today announced a deal to give Dish subscribers online access to live linear channels and on-demand content from WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WatchESPN.

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