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Is Comcast ready to let OTT pass? Hardly, it’s waiting for the right moment
Operators, OTT
Is Comcast ready to let OTT pass? Hardly, it’s waiting for the right moment
Jul 27 2016 12:30 PM

Despite adding 220,000 broadband customers, seeing huge success with its next-gen, cloud-based video platform, X1, and the continued erosion of its traditional pay-TV audience -- down another 4,000 this quarter – Comcast remains reluctant to commit to an OTT strategy that would allow it to pivot to become a virtual MVPD (VMVPD). But, Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts, in a Q2 earnings call today, didn’t rule the move out.

Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Pay TV, Content
Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Jun 30 2016 7:45 AM

Dish Network’s OTT service, Sling TV, continues to tweak its offerings as it looks to push subscriber numbers higher and maintain its lead in the virtual MSO space.

Its new multi-stream service, which has been coasting along in beta version, today became a formal offering named Sling Blue. Priced at $25 a month for new customers (existing multi-stream beta customers will stay at $20) the service allows users to watch up to three streams at once.

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.

For AT&T, mobile’s key to TV that reaching disengaged consumers
INTX, Operators, OTT
For AT&T, mobile’s key to TV that reaching disengaged consumers
May 18 2016 8:30 AM

Earlier this week, at the INTX Show in Boston, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the cable operator had no intentions of launching a virtual pay-TV service outside its footprint.

But, that’s not the case with AT&T, which last year bought DirecTV and, in the process, becoming the biggest pay-TV player in the United States.

Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
Cloud TV, Live Streaming
Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
May 04 2016 1:45 PM

Another day, another rumored entrant into the Cloud TV battle, this time, it’s YouTube that is alleged to be planning its own virtual MSO offering with a bundle of broadcast and cable networks under the moniker “Unplugged.”

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.

Sling TV sees record viewership for Villanova’s win of NC
Live Streaming, Sports, Pay TV
Sling TV sees record viewership for Villanova’s win over NC
Apr 05 2016 8:15 AM

Villanova may have scored a victory for the ages last night (sorry North Carolina) with its final-second buzzer beater in the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game, but Sling TV scored a coup of its own, saying viewership on the streaming service increase 1,140% from the tip off of the first game to ‘Nova’s celebratory net cutting at the end of the game.

Sling TV representatives said it saw a “record-numbers of basketball fans flock to Sling TV.”

Turnaround jump! Sling TV’s March Madness streaming scores this year
Sports, Pay TV, OTT
Turnaround, jump! Sling TV’s March Madness streaming scores this year
Mar 23 2016 8:15 AM

A year ago, the big stories coming out of March Madness for Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT play, were about its failure to handle increased viewership during the tournament’s semi-final games. Streams were, in a word, crap, with stuttering and choppiness that made them painful to watch.

Sling TV’s Twitter account carried this mea culpa:

Is $30/mo. the end - or the beginning - for PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service?
Cloud TV, Pay TV, Millennials
Is $30/mo. the end - or the beginning - for PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service?
Mar 16 2016 2:00 PM

This week, Sony’s PlayStation Vue virtual pay-TV service made its long-expected jump to a nationwide offering, after percolating in a handful of launch cities for the past several months.

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