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EMEA, Cloud TV
Internet TV play Pluto TV raises $30M in Series B round
Oct 12 2016 12:15 PM

Ad-supported Internet television service Pluto TV, looking to aggressively expand its brand to Europe, has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Germany’s ProSieben and Scripps Networks.

Pluto TV previously raised $13M with investors like US Venture Partners, Sky, Chicago Ventures, Universal Music Group, United Talent Agency and Pritzker Group.

Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Sling TV upgrades UI on Roku devices
Jun 28 2016 4:00 PM

Just two weeks after making its debut on Apple TV – with a highly touted redesign of its user interface – Sling TV has brought the UI to Roku.

The UI highlights include:

Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Connected TVs & Devices, Internet TV
Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Jun 22 2016 11:00 AM

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s Internet TV package, just launched on another platform – Roku – making it just a little bit easier for cord-cutter wannabes to dip their toes in the water before taking the big plunge.

The service, which offers a pay as you go service with no contract, has three tiers:

Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Internet TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Jun 13 2016 3:15 PM

Busy day in Sling TV-land where the skinny bundle of Internet TV channels rolled out four announcements (and added some bulk in the process).

The OTT play from Dish Network now is available on 4th-Gen Apple TV, with all of its iterations – single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings – available to Sling TV subscribers via the app from Apple’s App Store.

EMEA, Pay TV
Portugal’s NOS takes a big step into hybrid IP video services
Jun 07 2016 7:15 AM

NOS, Portugal's primary cable operator with over 1.5 million video households, is rolling out Espial’s next-gen hybrid IP Video service, Europe's first deployment of the RDK 2.1 environment and featuring capabilities including 4K resolution, advanced voice control, and personalization.

The service will be powered by the Espial G4 STB Client.

Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
Pay TV, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
May 04 2016 8:45 AM

Rumors? What rumors? Hulu this morning during its Newsfronts presentation said it will start streaming feeds from broadcast and cable nets in Q1 2017, making it the first SVOD company to offer live content and giving it a potential edge on rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The streamer will create a "deeply personalized experience" merging linear TV and on-demand video, said CEO Mike Hopkins.

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.

CBS chief: Apple puts Internet TV plan on hold, for now
Pay TV, OTT, Cloud TV
CBS chief: Apple puts Internet TV plan on hold, for now
Dec 08 2015 8:00 PM

New reports say Apple is suspending its efforts to create an over-the-top Internet television service, deciding instead to make it easier for content owners to go direct to consumers through its App Store.

CBS Chief Les Moonves Tuesday said Apple had put the project on hold, during a discussion at the Business Insider Ignition conference, adding that he believes the company will eventually move forward with the plan.

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.”

UK’s Freeview Play is ‘next step’ toward TV of the future
EMEA, Connected TVs & Devices, OTT
UK’s Freeview Play is ‘next step’ toward TV of the future
Feb 13 2015 4:45 AM

U.K. TV free-to-air digital service Freeview has announced a new connected offering, Freeview Play, which will launch later this year and go head-to-head with other streaming services like YouView and Sky’s Now TV.

Viewers increasingly demand a personal TV experience
EMEA, LatAM, APAC, OTT
Viewers increasingly demand a personal TV experience
Feb 03 2015 9:15 AM

A deeper, regional dive into a recently released report from Arris, shows an increasing homogeneity – along with a few big differences – in how viewers consume entertainment across the globe.

Netflix CEO: Sling TV ‘attractive’ at $20, as Internet TV goes mainstream
OTT, Pay TV, SVOD
Netflix CEO: Sling TV ‘attractive’ at $20, as Internet TV goes mainstream
Jan 21 2015 3:00 PM

Does Dish’s Sling TV, the $20 a month “Millennial Catcher” announced at CES this month, have a future? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks so.

Asked a question during Netflix’s earnings presentation Tuesday about the service, which has already reportedly debuted for some Dish World subscribers, Hastings said he didn’t believe it would have an impact on Netflix’s business, but he did say it was “a great start.”

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