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Comcast’s Stream TV Now Available After Delay

Comcast’s Stream TV Now Available After Delay | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
than never.

Comcast today confirmed that Stream TV, its OTT linear TV product for Xfinity broadband-only subscribers, is finally launching in the Boston area.

When Comcast initially announced Stream in July, the operator said it would roll out in Boston by the end of summer 2015, followed shortly after by Chicago and Seattle.

Summer came and went and, as TV Predictions pointed out, Stream did not materialize.

Now Stream is finally online in the greater Boston region and Comcast says that it will offer the service across its entire footprint by early 2016.

Stream TV costs $15 per month and includes Xfinity subscribers watch a handful of broadcast channels live on tablets, smartphones and laptops. It includes access to TV Everywhere and cloud DVR.

Customers who sign up will get the first month free and can access content online or through the Xfinity TV app.
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Verizon Gets NBA for Go90: Live Games and Original Series Coming

Verizon Gets NBA for Go90: Live Games and Original Series Coming | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Verizon Gets NBA for Go90: Live Games and Original Series Coming
Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:23am by Andrew Winistorfer, Associate Editor, @cedwinistorfer
Verizon is about to take off from the free throw line and slam dunk its OTT competition: it announced this morning that it had come to a content agreement with the NBA to bring highlights, live games and original series to Go90, according to the New York Times. The deal has been heating up for a while, and it also makes Verizon the official wireless provider of the NBA.

The deal includes an unannounced amount of live games that will be available to watch via Go90, partnerships and integrations at events like the Slam Dunk contest, and original series from NBA TV. The deal is not exclusive however; the NBA could turn around and make identical deals across every OTT service.

Still, Verizon is going to the glass for a competitive edge for Go90. And for now, it has it. 
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Amazon is considering making its own TV service that will compete with cable

Amazon is considering making its own TV service that will compete with cable | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Amazon is said to be making its own online TV service, according to a new report.
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Comcast wants you to keep using Comcast even for web video

Comcast wants you to keep using Comcast even for web video | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Comcast partners with online video networks to add more content to the X1.
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Winners and Losers in TV's New App Economy (Guest Column)

Winners and Losers in TV's New App Economy (Guest Column) | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
As novelist William Gibson once said, the future is already here; it's just not evenly distributed. Consider that in the U.S., revenue from the top 10 video streaming apps more than tripled during the year ending in July, driven by HBO Now, Netflix and Hulu. And in early September, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it official, proclaiming in support of...
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Aereo’s Heir: Simple.tv to Launch New Cloud DVR Called ShowDrive (Exclusive)

Aereo’s Heir: Simple.tv to Launch New Cloud DVR Called ShowDrive (Exclusive) | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Aereo may be dead, but that doesn’t stop a number of startups trying to reinvent the DVR for the Netflix age. One of them is Simple.tv, which is about to unveil a major change in direction with the...
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New circular Chromecast rumored for later this month

New circular Chromecast rumored for later this month | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
It will reportedly be launched on September 29th and will be sold for the same price as its predecessor.
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Interview: You.i's Matt Nelson on the Significance of Apple's New Apps-Driven TV Strategy | InteractiveTV Today

Interview: You.i's Matt Nelson on the Significance of Apple's New Apps-Driven TV Strategy | InteractiveTV Today | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
[itvt] is the most widely read and trusted news source on the medium of interactive multiplatform television. We provide concise, original coverage of industry developments, technologies, content projects, and the people building the business.
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What will September's new iOS 9-based Apple TV bring to the living room?

What will September's new iOS 9-based Apple TV bring to the living room? | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Apple plans to hold one of its annual fall media events on Wednesday, September 9th to introduce the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with Force Touch, and after many fits and starts, it appears th...
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Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says

Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Rumor has it that Apple should soon release a new version of its set-top box as well as a new streaming service for TV content. According to a new report by..
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FilmOn Verdict a Prelude to OTT War | Light Reading

FilmOn Verdict a Prelude to OTT War | Light Reading | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Verdict in FilmOn case sets the stage for an FCC ruling this fall that is expected to classify some OTT companies as pay-TV providers.
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Apple TV could switch on live NFL games, local channels this year

Apple TV could switch on live NFL games, local channels this year | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Local news and more could arrive this Fall
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TV's Detour: Waves of Disruption

Themes from 20 years of industry change include a move away from the TV and toward other devices, and away from traditional providers of paid TV services.
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Sony’s Playstation Vue Announces Content Deal with ABC, Disney and ESPN

Sony’s Playstation Vue Announces Content Deal with ABC, Disney and ESPN | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Sony’s Playstation Vue Announces Content Deal with ABC, Disney and ESPN
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:06am by Andrew Winistorfer, Associate Editor, @cedwinistorfer
Videogame consoles are an underrated soldier in the war of OTT; more people own an Xbox or a Playstation than a Roku or a Chromecast, after all. The console companies have deals with multiple different content providers, but Sony might have pulled out in front of its console competition.

The company announced a wide-reaching content agreement between its Playstation Vue platform and Disney, which includes content from ABC and ESPN and all its ESPN networks. Playstation Vue is positioning itself as an alternative to Sling TV, as it offers live linear programming, including content, now, from all four of the big networks. Sling TV hasn’t been able to sign up any of the big four so far.  

The deal with Disney includes a large selection of on-demand material from Disney and ESPN. Playstation Vue subscriptions start at $50 a month, and already includes channels like Comedy Central, USA, AMC, FX and others. Vue works on PS4, PS3 and iPad.   
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Pay TV set-top box needs an open app platform now!

Pay TV set-top box needs an open app platform now! | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
TiVo’s Bolt highlights the power of a unified video app platform. Operators need to adopt this approach, and give the set-top box an open app platform.
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Roku 4, For Real This Time

Roku 4, For Real This Time | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
After weeks of leaks, the Roku 4 finally breaks cover. As expected, new 4K and 801.11ac capabilities receive top billing, Also, not too shabby is the additional of optical output, unlike the majority of its streaming competition. And the mystery of that top port or sensor is finally solved. It’s neither. But, rather, a remote finder button used in conjunction …
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Sling TV is finally getting more usable on the Xbox One

Sling TV is finally getting more usable on the Xbox One | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
In a blog post today, Sling has announced that it's updating the UI for its cord-cutting service on the Xbox One, Sling TV. A UI tweak shouldn't be a big deal, but for Sling users it's been...
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Comcast Debuts CDN as Video Eats the World | Light Reading

Comcast Debuts CDN as Video Eats the World | Light Reading | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Comcast may be new to the commercial CDN game, but it brings some unique elements to the market.
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Video offers deep look at the new Apple TV

The new Apple TV isn't shipping to consumers until sometime next month, but the company is already sending out units to developers eager to start making apps for the set-top box. Shortly after the...
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Amazon's new Fire TV is a cheap way to get 4K in your living room

Amazon's new Fire TV is a cheap way to get 4K in your living room | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
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Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards

Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
A new Apple TV is on the way, though, and it could move the needle in more than one industry. According to information I’ve been able to compile from..
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OTT Video Is Creating Cord-Extenders, Not Cord-Cutters

OTT Video Is Creating Cord-Extenders, Not Cord-Cutters | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
OTT Video Is Creating Cord-Extenders, Not Cord-Cutters
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JULY 17, 2015

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This year’s Emmy ballot is being culled from the greatest number of scripted dramas eligible in the history of the Television Academy. From Orange Is the New Black to Game of Thrones, from House of Cards to Grace and Frankie, we are enjoying some of the highest-quality TV programming that’s ever been produced and we’re binge-watching many shows whenever and wherever we choose. The irony of this so-called “Golden Age of Television” is that in the corporate corridors of the TV industry, many are still searching for the pot of gold at the end of this programming rainbow – in other words, we’re still looking for the sustaining financial model that will secure the future of the medium.

To many bystanders, the dichotomy of watching the greatest number of big-budget quality productions being created at the very same time as pundits prognosticate the death of cable, satellite, and broadcast networks makes the off-screen drama as compelling as anything happening on-screen. Here’s what we know: The $290 billion global television market is being disrupted by six billion mobile devices and a new generation of consumers that demand their programing when, how, and where they want it. Multi-billion dollar media companies, broadcasters, and cable oligopolies are having to compete for both eyeballs and revenues with a plethora of multinational technology and telecommunications giants who know more about viewer behavior.

Megamergers won’t solve for this disruption. The industry is trying to make sense of over-the-top (OTT) video offerings like HBO Now and Netflix (as well as OTT platform providers like the one I work for), the potential unbundling of cable packages, and a fragmented, multiscreen advertising market.

But an analysis of a comprehensive panel of 22,000 adults fielded this past year by Frank N. Magid Associates yields a surprising finding: OTT is growing the overall pie, not slicing it up. According to Magid’s latest research, instead of fighting over crumbs, OTT is akin to having a second helping.

To understand the data, one first needs to understand how much the pay television industry has changed in the last five years. Video is no longer the cornerstone of revenue for cable operators. Only 40% of cable companies’ profits come from video. The majority of their income comes from broadband internet service. According to the FCC, 82% of American consumers have access to only one provider of broadband at 50 megabits per second or higher. Since OTT requires broadband, these consumers aren’t actually cutting any cords; they are just looking at different ways of managing of their entertainment budget.

If a cable operator, for example, has a 10% loss in video subscribers, topline revenues are reduced by 6%, but profits only shrink by 4%. If, as the current data show, OTT offerings expand the number of broadband customers by attracting those interested in HBO Now or a new “skinny” bundle, overall profits will likely increase until some other entity is willing to invest in competitive infrastructure such as Google fiber.

In fact, some of the biggest users of OTT today are not cord-cutters, but cord-extenders looking for more entertainment options. According to the Magid study, 90% of Netflix subscribers, 90% of Amazon Prime subscribers, and 88% of Hulu customers also maintain pay TV subscriptions. In this sense, multiscreen viewing is not reducing pay TV churn, it is actually increasing consumption.

The overall gender balance of OTT subscribers mirrors that of pay TV, but usage tells a different story and helps us understand who these viewers are. Consumption of OTT original programming skews heavily male and matches the profile of the typical early adopter of technology. Viewers of original programming among the leading three OTT providers break down as follows: Amazon Prime 65% male/35% female, Netflix 55% male/45% female, Hulu 63% male/37% female. Of all the major original OTT programming, only Orange Is the New Black skews female at 41% male/59% female.

Half a century ago, the feature film industry feared the rise of television signaled their demise, only to see the new medium grow the bigger entertainment pie. Each technological advancement since – cable, home video, DVRs – was regarded with caution by the establishment, only to be later embraced as consumer choice expanded both consumption and profits. In this age of endless innovation, the challenge for television industry leaders is to stop complaining about how much has changed and learn to embrace each obstacle as an opportunity.

Television may be one of the first industries to be so visibly disrupted by cloud computing, mobile communication, and big data, but it surely won’t be the last. If the industry can focus on providing better ways for viewers to discover, view, and share the entertainment they love then profits will follow. For the majority of the world, the second screen is quickly becoming the first screen for video consumption, e-commerce, and advertising. By embracing how consumers are managing their entertainment options, this “Golden Age” should turn out to become its most profitable age as well.

Jay Samit is the CEO of three-time Emmy award-winning pay TV and OTT platform provider SeaChange International and the author of Disrupt You!
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Sling TV's new ads are brutally ironic takedowns of pay TV

Sling TV's new ads are brutally ironic takedowns of pay TV | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Dish's Sling TV just launched its first slate of TV ads, and the spots make it all too clear what millennials think of the old model for pay TV. TV providers these days are like schoolyard bullies,...
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Netflix Posts Mixed Results, but New Memberships Surge

Netflix Posts Mixed Results, but New Memberships Surge | OTT-TV | Scoop.it
Revenue was up and profits down in the second quarter, but the number of new streaming members hits a record.
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