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Amazon gives Spanish viewers a peek at Prime Instant Video
EMEA, SVOD
Amazon gives Spanish viewers a peek at Prime Instant Video
Nov 30 2016 8:15 AM

Spanish subscribers to Amazon Prime are getting a sneak peak of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video SVOD service.

A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Cloud TV, SVOD
A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Nov 30 2016 7:00 AM

After much ado about a big investment in developing its own streaming TV platform that didn’t go as expected in time for its launch, HBO turned to BAMTech for its April 2015 rollout.

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.

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.

HBO ups its HD game for Chilean pay-TV subscribers
LatAM, Pay TV
HBO ups its HD game for Chilean pay-TV subscribers
May 05 2016 8:15 AM

Basic pay-TV subscribers in Chile who have HD encoders and TV sets and also subscribe to the basic HBO package will be treated to a free upgrade to the premium HD HBO package.

HBO’s premium package already is HD, but the Time warner company is looking to improve the user experience for al of its subscribers by offering all of its content in HD through most pay-TV service providers.

Canada embarks this week on a short path to true a la carte pay TV
Content, Pay TV
Canada embarks this week on a short path to true a la carte pay TV
Mar 02 2016 12:00 PM

The era of true a la carte pay TV has begun to roll out in Canada, putting conventional wisdom that the bundle is the best deal for consumers to the test, and setting up the question: who wins and who loses if every channel is on its own?

Canadian operators – starting this week – will be required to offer a basic package of channels for $25, with complete unbundling of content the goal by the end of this year.

Another service goes OTT: Sling TV adds Cinemax for $10/mo.
SVOD, OTT, Cloud TV
Sling TV adds Cinemax for $10/mo. as Time Warner pushes more content OTT
Feb 11 2016 12:30 PM

Cinemax is joining sibling HBO Now on Sling TV with a $10/mo. price tag on top of Sling TV’s

Best of Live TV $20/mo. core offering.

Cinemax will be available as a live linear service and also will offer an on-demand library of more than 500 programs.

“Sling TV is the first live standalone Internet TV service to deliver Cinemax to an audience of cord-cutters and cord-nevers,” said CEO Roger Lynch.

The King is dead, long live the King! Consumer unseats content in Time Warner Q4 earnings call
Earnings, SVOD, Pay TV
The King is dead, long live the King! Consumer unseats content in Time Warner Q4 earnings call
Feb 10 2016 11:00 AM

If ever you doubted that consumers had replaced content as the key ingredient in this digital revolution, here’s more that shows even the most traditional media companies are revising their thinking.

During today’s Time Warner Q4 2015 earnings call with analysts, CEO Jeff Bewkes, who once likened Netflix’s chance for major to success to the likelihood of the Albanian army taking over the world, said:

HBO makes Spain the next skirmish in its battle for SVOD world domination
EMEA, Cloud TV, SVOD
HBO makes Spain the next skirmish in its battle for SVOD world domination
Jan 19 2016 12:00 PM

Spain has one of the highest rates of broadband-only households in the world; although nearly three-quarters of all households have a broadband connection, just more than half of them subscriber to a pay-TV service.

That huge population of cord cutters and cord nevers makes Spain a significant outlier among its EU fellows, but also a major prize for OTT and SVOD companies.

Sling TV subs get HBO ahead of schedule with immediate rollout
SVOD, Pay TV, OTT
Sling TV subs get HBO ahead of schedule
Apr 09 2015 9:45 AM

Are you ready to rumble? Dish Network and its Sling TV OTT service apparently are, offering its new HBO deal to subscribers starting today, ahead of its announced Saturday launch.

Sling TV subscribers – who already pay $20 a month for service – will be asked to lay down another $15 for the HBO service.

That deal includes HBO’s main live channel and will include the same VOD library HBO provides on its other platforms.

‘Millennial catcher’ Sling TV nabs ‘Millennial Missile’ HBO Now, sort of
Pay TV, Content Deals, Cloud TV
‘Millennial catcher’ Sling TV nabs ‘Millennial Missile’ HBO Now, sort of
Apr 01 2015 2:00 PM

Turner Broadcasting and Dish Network have gone at it hammer and tong in recent months over carriage fees, but it appears now that it’s “make nice” time between the two.

Consumers apt to shave HBO off pay-TV bundle, opt for HBO Go OTT
Pay TV, OTT
Consumers apt to shave HBO off pay-TV bundle, opt for HBO Go OTT
Jan 22 2015 3:00 PM

Remember HBO CEO Richard Pleplers’ statements last October when he announced that HBO was going to roll out an over-the-top product to attract some of the 10 million homes in the U.S. that had broadband butnopay-TV service? The ones where he said he didn’t believe that his pay-TV partners would see an erosion of subscribers as a result?

Famous last words.

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