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Cable companies ordered to support HD content streaming within homes by 2014

Cable companies ordered to support HD content streaming within homes by 2014 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The FCC has ordered cable operators (and TiVo) to update their cable boxes to include support for HD streaming over home networks to devices like PCs, smart TVs, and tablets. In addition to video streaming, cable boxes must also allow HD video recording on external devices through home networks. By June 2nd 2014 the vast majority of set top boxes will have to support an open standard, although cable companies with fewer than 400,000 subscribers have been given an extra three months to implement the changes.  The commission originally ordered cable companies to support network-based streaming back in 2010, but TiVo protested the order saying "if each cable operator deploys set-top boxes with its own understanding of an open industry standard, the result may be an outcome that is neither standard nor open." The FCC has now clarified that an open standard should enable companies to work together without consultation, explaining that video streaming should work even if the cable company and (for example) PC manufacturer have never had any contact with each other.

Both the FCC and Verizon have cited the successor to the DLNA Premium Video Profile, which should be agreed upon at some point next year, as an example of a compliant protocol that cable companies could adopt. In order for the standard to comply, it must support "recordable high-definition video, closed captioning data, service discovery, video transport, and remote control command pass-through."  It'll be down to each company to choose the standard they want to use, but whatever happens, customers should be free to watch (and record) their cable TV content on any household device they choose.

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At London Olympics, NBC Says, 'If Cameras Are on It, We'll Stream It'

At London Olympics, NBC Says, 'If Cameras Are on It, We'll Stream It' | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

All 32 sports at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be streamed live at nbcolympics.com.  “The hot topic is always, ‘Why don’t you show all your sports live?’” said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media. “We wanted to take care of that.”  But in reversing a previous policy that did not fully embrace live streaming — the formal announcement will be made Wednesday — there will be a wrinkle to provide a measure of protection for the segment of NBC’s Olympic coverage that is still its most critical: the prime-time broadcast.  An important event like a gold-medal race involving Michael Phelps will be streamed live on nbcolympics.com, but will not be archived on the Web site until sometime after the prime-time show. Other staples of NBC’s prime-time coverage — including swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, and beach volleyball — will be treated the same way.  Even so, Mr. Cordella said, “The vast majority of events will be archived immediately.”

The live streaming of every event is a major shift at the NBC Sports Group, which was formed after Comcast acquired control of NBC Universal. Under General Electric, its former owner, NBC Sports did not stream live events that would be featured in prime time, lest they diminish ratings.  Two years ago, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, only hockey and curling were streamed live in order to protect prime time. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, 25 sports were streamed live but none of them were important to the evening broadcast, which is usually at least four hours long.

“The way consumers consume video has changed over the years,” Mr. Cordella said. “We can’t go back with hindsight and say we were wrong.”

He said that NBC had data to show that live streaming could increase viewership of a event shown hours later on delay. “We’re not scared of cannibalization,” Mr. Cordella said, adding, “Anytime you have a great event that happens before it shows on the air, it increases ratings and generates buzz.”
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Nielsen: Number of homes subscribing to cable decreasing

Nielsen: Number of homes subscribing to cable decreasing | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Americans are still watching plenty of TV programming (maybe too much for their own good), but how they’re going about it is changing.  The migration from the traditional cable television setup to Internet-connected options (whether it be a computer, mobile device or just the TV itself) with streaming video subscriptions isn’t happening drastically or overnight.  But the shifts in behavior and how people are spending their money on digital media is still significant.  According to a new survey from Nielsen Wire, homes with broadband Internet and free, broadcast TV are becoming a growing trend, increasing by 22.8 percent during the last year.  Sure, they represent only less than five percent of U.S. households with TVs, but Nielsen found that this demographic tended to stream video twice as much as the general population and watch half as much TV. That’s a big deal for online advertisers as well as the content providers, whether it be the digital media services (i.e. Netflix) or the networks and movie studios.

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BSkyB Posts Record Profits, Touts New U.K.-Wide Internet TV Service

BSkyB Posts Record Profits, Touts New U.K.-Wide Internet TV Service | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The pay TV platform announced new plans for a broadband TV service taking on Netflix and LoveFilm later this year. BSkyB posted record first-half operating profits up 16 percent to £601 million ($986 million) on revenues up 6 percent to $5.6 billion and announced new plans to launch a U.K.-wide TV streaming service Tuesday.  CEO Jeremy Darroch – who announced yesterday that Sky had struck streaming TV deals with the BBC’s i-Player service and with ITV’s catch-up platform ITVPlayer – said that later this year it plans to launch a broadband Internet TV service to all homes in the U.K.  Currently its services are available to only the 10.5 million homes that subscribe to its own services but the new subscription based service will target the 13 million plus homes who are not Sky subscribers.  “Alongside the continued growth of our satellite platform this will be a new way for us to reach out to consumers who may not want the whole Sky service.”

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Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Blu-ray Discs are growing in popularity--but how long until streaming surpasses them?

...Video streaming is gaining momentum as a convenient way to watch movies and TV shows on an HDTV, a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. Consumers now have at least a dozen ways to stream content to the living room (see "Netflix Inside: A Comprehensive List of Netflix Streaming Devices" for some examples), including the latest offering, which allows users to get Xfinity content via an Xbox 360 game console. Video options for tablets, meanwhile, are expanding to include apps from Blockbuster, Hulu, Netflix, and assorted cable providers. One reason for the growth of streaming's popularity is that broadband speeds--wireless and wired--are increasing. The Verizon LTE network can handily stream high-quality video at 15 mbps. Charter and Comcast offer speeds up to 100 mbps.

The challenge for Blu-ray is that the profitability of the streaming video market is growing faster than that of the Blu-ray market. Studios are putting streaming profits ahead of visual quality

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Entertainment industry: A cloud up in the air

Entertainment industry: A cloud up in the air | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Times have changed. DVDs used to generate more than $20bn a year but since 2006 sales have fallen by more than $6bn, while attempts to reverse the decline with a new format – higher-quality Blu-ray discs – have largely failed. Hollywood is now betting that the consumers who stopped buying physical discs can be persuaded to buy films digitally. But new sales data and analysis of buying patterns raise big questions about whether consumers are willing to spend money to own film and TV content at all, regardless of the format. For an industry desperate to avoid the grim fate of the music business, this presents a serious problem. At stake is America’s biggest cultural export. The most recently available figures from the Motion Picture Association of America show that Hollywood generated a $11.7bn trade surplus in 2008, larger than industries such as telecommunications, consulting, legal and insurance services. A failure to replace DVD revenues with digital sales means fewer films will be made. The decline is already under way: in 2006 the members of the Motion Picture Association of America released 204 films; by 2010 that had shrunk to 141.
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Americans love their TVs, but flirt with streaming

Americans love their TVs, but flirt with streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Americans are watching more TV than ever, according to Nielsen’s new cross-platform report. The average viewer watched close to four hours of TV every day in the first quarter of this year, or 158 hours and 47 minutes per month, which is up 22 minutes from the first quarter of 2010. People also watch more online video and more video on mobile phones, which leads Nielsen to say that media consumption across all devices is growing. However, this isn’t true for everyone: A subset of people who watch a lot of video on their PCs tend to watch significantly less traditional TV. This trend is especially pronounced in the demographic of 18- to 34-year old viewers. 20 percent of that demographic watch about 27 minutes of online video on their computer on average every day, but only 212.1 minutes of traditional TV.
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Moto, Comcast Team on In-Home TV Streamer

Moto, Comcast Team on In-Home TV Streamer | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The specialized streaming device, called Televation and developed in tandem with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s Innovation Labs engineers, can transcode incoming cable QAM video and ship it wirelessly using formats supported by an array of IP-connected devices, including iPads and Xoom tablets, with an eye toward Xbox 360s and Playstation 3s. Moto says the device will fit into cable's TV Everywhere strategies, at least so far as delivering TV to just about any IP-connected device that's within reach of the customer's home wireless router.
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Microsoft: The Xbox is an entertainment platform

Microsoft: The Xbox is an entertainment platform | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The software giant says it plans to market the Xbox as an 'entertainment brand' in the coming months, rather than a gaming platform.
Though Microsoft's Xbox brand has been synonymous with gaming since the original console's launch in 2001, the software giant is shifting its focus to entertainment.
"Xbox is the gateway to games, music, movies, and TV shows--in short, it is central to entertainment," Frank Shaw, Microsoft's vice president for corporate communications, wrote on his company's blog yesterday. "Put simply, Xbox [equals] entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy."
It might make some sense when one considers the importance of non-gaming activity on the Xbox 360. According to Shaw, 40 percent of all Xbox activity has nothing to do with games whatsoever. Moreover, Shaw says that the average gamer watches 30 hours of video on his or her Xbox each month, a figure that he claims, "is growing fast."
Microsoft's entertainment options come through its Xbox Live service. In addition to providing online gaming and video game downloads, the service offers movies and television shows. The platform also boasts Netflix streaming, Hulu Plus, and ESPN content, among other services.
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ESPN Debuts Live TV Streaming App For Android

ESPN Debuts Live TV Streaming App For Android | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
ESPN may have the 'droid app you're looking for -- but only if you're a customer of Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV. The sports programmer is making four live network feeds -- with most of the same programming that's available on TV -- available through a free app for Google's Android operating system to subscribers of TWC, Bright House and FiOS TV.
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In Blow to Netflix, DishOnline Offering HBO, Cinemax Programming

In Blow to Netflix, DishOnline Offering HBO, Cinemax Programming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Dish Network will give customers access to HBO and Cinemax programming through its Internet service DishOnline.
The satellite company positioned its new suite of offerings as a way to differentiate itself from Netflix, which has seen cable partners such as Starz and Showtime tighten the number of shows it can stream.
Netflix does not currently have a deal to stream HBO shows.
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YouTube beta live streaming service

YouTube beta live streaming service | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
YouTube has launched a live-video streaming service in beta as it continues to build its live content offering.
YouTube has so far  offered one-off streams of music concerts and sports events and will cover the IPL.
YouTube Live will eventually be a permanent feature of the search engine, integrating live streaming and discovery tools.
Viewers can watch the programming at youtube.com/live, where they can view all live programmes and add events to their calendar.
The news follows reports that Google is planning an overhaul of the YouTube home page and is investing $100 million in original content.
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Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control

Cable's Big iPad Fight: It's All About Control | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The big fight between Time Warner Cable and Viacom is not so much about whether or not cable companies should have to pay for broadband streaming rights to reach the iPad, but who has the right to decide how a cable network's content is distributed.
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NBC, Adobe App to Live-Stream Olympic Games

NBC, Adobe App to Live-Stream Olympic Games | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The Olympic Games are weeks away, and NBC is teaming up with Adobe for two apps that will provide easy access to game details as well as live streaming from London.  The free Adobe AIR-powered apps - NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics - are now available for iOS and Android. The first will allow for live streaming of more than 3,500 hours of Olympic content, while the second provides more indepth details about the athlethes, the games, and more.  In a nod to the TV Everywhere model, access to the "vast majority" of streaming content will be limited to U.S. users with a pay TV subscription. In order to watch, users will be asked to sign in with their cable login, whether that is Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cablevision, or a smaller regional provider.  Ashley Still, director of product management for Video Solutions at Adobe, said that 97 percent of all households that pay for TV can access the live streaming content. If you're at home and also get Internet access via your TV provider, the app will automatically recognize that you are allowed to watch the live streaming content.  Those who don't currently have a login for their cable provider can contact the company; NBC has a list of contact numbers on its website. The same authentication can be used across multiple devices...

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Comcast to Start 'Streampix' Video Service

Comcast to Start 'Streampix' Video Service | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Comcast said on Tuesday that it would start a new video streaming service, its latest effort to keep subscribers happy despite an onslaught of new viewing options.  Called Streampix, the service will give Comcast’s 22.3 million Xfinity cable subscribers access to 75,000 television shows and movies via cellphones, tablets and laptops.

The service is the result of a handful of licensing agreements Comcast has struck with media companies like Disney, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers and its own NBCUniversal.  As the nation’s largest cable company, Comcast has aggressively led efforts to deliver content on multiple platforms via a subscription model. The effort, known as TVEverywhere, is aimed at keeping customers from canceling the monthly cable bill. Comcast lost 17,000 video customers in the quarter that ended Dec. 31, compared with 135,000 in the same period in 2010.

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Redbox Partners With Verizon To Launch Streaming Video Service | Fast Company

Redbox Partners With Verizon To Launch Streaming Video Service | Fast Company | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Coinstar subsidiary Redbox today announced a new partnership with Verizon for the launch of a streaming video service. The joint venture will launch in second half of 2012 and be a subscription-based and "affordable service that will allow all consumers across the U.S. to enjoy the new and popular entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the media and devices they prefer," the companies said in a statement.  With the new service, Coinstar better positions its primary business for the digital age. Redbox's kiosks, generally located at grocery or retail stores such as Walmart, offer customers dollar-a-day DVD or video game rentals. With the addition of a streaming service and its new-fledged partnership with Verizon, Redbox now further complicates a crowded field of digital streaming juggernauts that include Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

... Details of the partnership are still sparse. The companies only indicated they plan to introduce a "product portfolio" and will offer "subscription services." It's unclear what these services are; how or whether they will be bundled with Redbox's kiosk business or Verizon's VOD services; what content these services might provide; or how much it'll cost.

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NBC Puts the Super Bowl on the Web Because It Thinks You’ll Watch It on TV

NBC Puts the Super Bowl on the Web Because It Thinks You’ll Watch It on TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The Super Bowl is the most valuable show on TV. Which is why NBC can charge a reported $3.5 million for a 30-second spot during the Giants-Patriots game this Sunday.  But if you watch the game on the Web, your eyeballs are worth a whole lot less. NBC, which is streaming the entire thing for the first time ever, will be lucky to get anything near a million dollars for that same ad when it runs online.  So why is Comcast’s broadcast network putting the game on the Web, period? Isn’t this the classic analog-dollars-to-digital-dimes trade that Big Media strives so hard to avoid?  Nope, says Rick Cordella, who runs digital for NBC Sports. The network assumes that nearly every eyeball — and every ad dollar — that it gets from the Web this week will be a bonus, because whoever watches online is simultaneously watching on a big TV, the way football is supposed to be watched.  This is supposed to be the classic “second screen” experience that Twitter’s Dick Costolo and so many other digital folks are excited about.  And that makes plenty of sense to me. Many TV guys have gotten plenty comfortable with the idea of streaming their most valuable live sports events online, for free. In most of those cases, the general assumption is that anyone who’s watching on the Web is someone who can’t watch the game on a TV to begin with — see the CBS/Turner Sports livestreams of the NCAA March Madness tournament.  And in NBC’s case, it is packing the Webcast full of extra camera angles and other goodies, including a feature that will let you rewatch every Super Bowl commercial once it’s aired. The assumption is that you’re holding the TV remote in one hand, and controlling your laptop with another.

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Apple Announces A Full Assault On The Cable Box With The Streaming Of Purchased TV Shows

Apple Announces A Full Assault On The Cable Box With The Streaming Of Purchased TV Shows | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
An Apple TV update is rolling out today. But this device update isn’t the news. Sure, streaming purchased TV shows to the device is a welcomed, but not really novel idea. Now, post update, users will have the choice to either buy or rent a TV show and stream it to their Apple TV. Great. But this update turns Apple’s little hobby into a full-fledged money-making machine. The Apple TV is a sort of Trojan Horse. At only $99, Apple diehards and general consumers alike have been buying up the streamer in mass since it debuted. But it’s always felt, well, like Apple said, a hobby device or rather a side-project with an incomplete feature set and gimped media offering. Up until AirPlay, the Apple TV felt a bit like a suckers device, a high-margin product designed to draw out a few more dollars from Apple buyers. Not any more. The Apple TV is now the living room division of what’s sure to be a huge offensive by Apple. TV episodes bought on any device now are now accessible on other Apple devices and vice versa. Spend $2.99 to buy an episode of Community and it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, Mac and now Apple TV. Don’t underestimate Apple’s reach now. TV shows are likely only the beginning. This cloud streaming storage method will likely work with movies as well — as long as the movie studios play ball.
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CNN live news comes to iPad, other mobile devices

CNN live news comes to iPad, other mobile devices | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The live TV streaming from these channels is available through a browser at CNN.com and on dedicated apps for the Apple iPad and iPhone. Time Warner said the service will also be available for other smartphone and tablet operating systems later. The way it works via a browser is that people can go to the CNN.com video page and click the "Live" tab. Then they'll log in through their cable, satellite, or telecom provider with a username and password. Mobile device users can download the CNN App for iPad or the CNN App for iPhone and iPod Touch (or update their app to version 1.2 for iPhone, 1.1 for iPad), and authenticate in the same way. Time Warner has been at the forefront of the "TV Everywhere" effort that allows people to watch TV programming as part of their existing paid TV subscriptions on their mobile devices. The company has already been offering its HBO Go service to people already subscribed to certain paid TV services, such as DirecTV. The idea behind offering TV content on multiple screens, such as tablets and smartphones, is to keep TV viewers subscribed to paid services by offering them more variety and flexibility in how they view their favorite programs and channels.
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Cable Executives Debate Charging Fees for iPad Streaming

Cable Executives Debate Charging Fees for iPad Streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – News Corp. CEO Chase Carey said here Tuesday that programmers should charge additional fees for distributing live video to Apple's iPad and other mobile devices, debating the issue with executives from major cable MSOs and other programming companies. "I think the consumer is willing to pay fair value for a good experience," Carey said during the opening session at The Cable Show convention when asked about debate between programmers and cable MSOs on rights to distribute live programming to the iPad. The panel also featured executives from Comcast, Viacom, Time Warner and Cox Communications.
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Microsoft unveils live TV streaming for Xbox 360

Microsoft unveils live TV streaming for Xbox 360 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Microsoft confirmed the recent rumors and announced a new streaming TV implementation for the Xbox 360 today at its pre-E3 2011 keynote. The Kinect and Bing-powered voice search that can pull in content from online sources like Hulu, Netflix and Xbox Live Marketplace, will also work with live TV from IPTV partners. So far that list only includes Sky in the UK, Foxtel in Australia and Canal+ in France, but users there will be able to search across all the services and view them directly through the console itself. There's no word on any US-based partners but if we had to guess AT&T's U-verse will probably be first in line again. One thing you will be able to watch in the US -- PPV UFC fights, streamed directly to the Xbox 360.
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New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box

New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The latest set of Interoperability Guidelines from the Digital Living Network Alliance have been released and the group claims the new standard has been developed with the blessing of global cable, satellite and telecom TV services and will let people stream content more easily around the home. Ideally, this means we'll see cable boxes that pop up just like any other DLNA server on the network, and can stream to the numerous other devices that support the standard and DTCP-IP protected content. We've already seen demonstrations of tru2way boxes with DLNA servers built in, and this press release trots out execs from CableLabs, Comcast, Time Warner, and Cox to talk about how awesome it is (again, just like they did at the 2010 CES) and how it will make their services better. Of course, the last six months have shown some progress in the areas of video sharing at home and abroad, but we'll need to see some real implementations and not just teasers before we're sure it's really coming home this time.
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Telcos target OTT traffic

Leading European telecoms companies want to levy significant charges on Google and other online content providers through an overhaul of the regime governing how data travel over the Internet, reports the Financial Times.
The telcos complain that they are contending with an explosion of data on their networks, much of which comes from US sites such as Google’s YouTube video service... they favour the introduction of wholesale charges based on the volume of data traffic passing through their networks, which could result in online content providers making substantial payments to get their video material to consumers. This balance has been undermined by video traffic, much of which comes from the US as well as services such as the BBC’s iPlayer.
This idea is contentious because supporters of net neutrality – the idea that all web content should be treated equally – claim that charging content providers would create a two-tier Internet. The operators’ plans are supposed to preserve the basic, ‘best effort’ Internet, but there would also be a ‘fast lane’ under which content providers could pay to secure prioritised delivery of their material to consumers. The telcos are effectively seeking reforms to so-called ‘peering arrangements’ where historically they entered into agreements that stipulated how they would pass data traffic between each other at interconnection points.
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HBO Go teased for iPad, iPhone, Android

According to an HBO video posted on YouTube late last week, the HBO Go streaming service is on its way to the Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, and Android-based devices.
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Google to Revamp YouTube With 'Channels' - WSJ.com

Google to Revamp YouTube With 'Channels' - WSJ.com | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Google Inc. is working on a major overhaul of YouTube as it tries to position itself for the rise of televisions that let people watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter. YouTube is looking to compete with broadcast and cable television, some of these people said, a goal that requires it to entice users to stay on the website longer, and to convince advertisers that it will reach desirable consumers. The site is planning a series of changes to its home page to highlight sets of "channels" around topics such as arts and sports. About 20 or so of those channels will feature several hours of professionally produced original programming a week, some of these people said. Additional channels would be assembled from content already on the site.
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