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SVOD, Operators, Netflix
Should European operators worry about cord cutting as Amazon, Netflix push deeper into their market? Absolutely
May 25 2017 8:15 AM

When the Big Two come to play in your backyard, it’s time to up your game.

Netflix and Amazon have launched a push into Europe that will likely result in some bad nights of sleep for operators, pay-TV channels and broadcasters looking themselves to do more business over the top.

Natural selection and the evolution – extinction? - of the cable bundle
Pay TV, Content
Natural selection and the evolution – extinction? - of the cable bundle
Mar 03 2016 9:00 AM

There’s been an awful lot of conversation about the survivability of the cable bundle, with new entrants like DirecTV Now, Sling TV et al., beginning to test the waters of “real” consumer demand for skinny bundles (along with other alternatives being floated) to counter the bloated 230+ channel bundles operators prefer.

NBCU debuts beta (and bumpy) OTT comedy destination ‘Seeso’
OTT, SVOD, Content
NBCU debuts beta OTT comedy destination ‘Seeso’
Dec 03 2015 7:15 AM

The countdown to the weekend officially stands at two, and if you’re looking for a few giggles to help get you there, well, check out NBCUniversal’s new OTT comedy channel Seeso, which launched in (free) beta today.

You’ll need to register and – if you decide to stick around after the beta is wrapped in a month – you’ll need to pony up $4 a month, not to much to ask for the assortment of re-runs, occasional live stand up gigs and some original programming from the site.

CBS chief Moonves: Apple streaming deal likely
Pay TV, Content Deals, Cloud TV
CBS chief Moonves: Apple streaming deal likely
Oct 14 2015 10:00 AM

CBS CEO Les Moonves, during an appearance on Bloomberg TV, said the network would likely reach an agreement to sell Apple content for its proposed streaming service.

But, he said, the timing for the service remains up in the air.

“Apple is having conversations with everyone about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves said. “We have had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I do not know when.” 

Going toe-to-toe with Netflix, HBO plans a la carte offering in LatAm
LatAM, SVOD
Going toe-to-toe with Netflix, HBO plans a la carte offering in LatAm
Oct 09 2015 7:30 AM

Acknowledging significant changes in how viewers are consuming video content in Latin America, HBO is launching a standalone over-the-top video product in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean starting with Colombia by the end of the year.

Disney CEO Iger: ESPN a la carte? Absolutely… eventually
Pay TV, Sports
Disney CEO Iger: ESPN a la carte? Absolutely… eventually
Jul 27 2015 12:00 PM

“Technology is the most disruptive force that so-called traditional media is facing,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’ Squawk Box today. That technology – and the consumer’s appetite for a la carte programming – “inevitably” will lead Disney to offer ESPN direct to consumer… but not immediately.

"If we end up seeing more erosion in the so-called multichannel [cable and satellite TV] bundle, quality will win out," he said.

Showtime goes over the top – ahead of schedule
SVOD, OTT, Pay TV
Showtime goes over the top – ahead of schedule
Jul 07 2015 10:30 AM

Showtime has joined the OTT fray, launching its over-the-top service a week ahead of schedule on Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue takes a (half-hearted) swing at a la carte, expands to LA, SF
SVOD, Content, Cloud TV
PlayStation Vue takes a (half-hearted) swing at a la carte, expands to LA, SF
Jun 16 2015 6:00 AM

Strictly speaking, a la carte it’s not, but Sony’s PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service says it is, at least, starting down that path with Machinima, Showtime and Fox Soccer Channel being offered as individual channels to consumers and, executives say, more on the way.

Speaking at the E3 2015 conference Monday, Sony Computer Entertainment President and Global CEO Andrew House said a partially unbundled streaming service would be available in July.

Verizon’s mobile video service all ad supported?
Mobile, Pay TV, Cloud TV
Verizon’s mobile Cloud TV service all ad supported?
Mar 26 2015 11:00 AM

Verizon’s promised mobile video service may be an ad-based model that eschews subscriptions, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Regardless, it's likely to push mobile data usage high enough that the company will see that revenue stream grow, too.

To date, other services, like Sling TV and Playstation Vue, are relying on a more traditional subscription-based model, as well as taking in premium mobile ad dollars.

Canada mandates skinny bundle, a la carte from pay-TV providers
Pay TV, Content
Canada mandates skinny bundle, a la carte from pay-TV providers
Mar 20 2015 11:30 AM

Turn out the lights, the party’s over in Canada. Regulators in the Great White North are mandating that pay-TV operators offer a la carte programming to the hoi polloi. The big question? How much will it cost consumers to buy the programming they actually want to see?

Cablevision becomes 1st operator to offer HBO Now
Cloud TV, Pay TV, OTT
Cablevision becomes 1st operator to offer HBO Now
Mar 16 2015 1:15 PM

In the first of what is likely to be many announcements around pay-TV operators carrying Cloud TV channel HBO Now, New York-based Cablevision said it reached an agreement to offer the standalone streaming service owned by Time Warner to its Optimum Online customers via the Internet.

Optimum becomes the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

Study: broadband signup pace tops pay-TV as consumers look for flexibility
Pay TV, Broadband, OTT
Study: Broadband signup pace tops pay-TV as consumers look for flexibility
Dec 11 2014 8:30 AM

More than one-quarter of new customers at U.S. operators are subscribing to broadband services only, a new study says, providing a snapshot of an industry undergoing a significant change, and suggesting that consumers are accelerating their uptake of streaming services.

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