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