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How Netflix wants to change television forever

How Netflix wants to change television forever | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Netflix doesn’t just want to compete with traditional pay TV networks like HBO, Showtime and Starz – it wants to change television forever. The company envisions a future for TV in which old-fashioned things like ratings, schedule and recaps simply don’t matter anymore.

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Is Intel working on a major TV initiative?

Is Intel working on a major TV initiative? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Intel has approached media companies with plans to launch a virtual pay TV service, selling subscription bundles over the Internet as opposed to through local cable networks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The move could mark a defiant comeback to the TV space just months after the chip maker shelved a unit that produced CPUs for Google TV and other connected platforms. This time around, Intel apparently wants to do it alone.  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Intel is planning to launch a service on its own set-top boxes and market it directly to the consumer – a big change in strategy for a company that previously was content with powering third-party products with its own chip sets. The paper has also learned that Intel could launch the service as early as late 2012

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Research: Pay-TV operators need to prepare to leverage connected TV boom

"Televisions, despite their higher price point compared to Blu-ray disc players and game consoles, tend to be more mainstream devices that are purchased in greater numbers and are more universally present in a larger number of households worldwide," Erickson said. "As broadband penetration increases worldwide and OTT functionality becomes commonplace in all but the lowest-end TVs within the next two years, it sets the stage for connected TVs to be the most globally-significant OTT video device over time."

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Does the pipe really matter?

Does the pipe really matter? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Every day and every week, people in the TV technology industry talk about Pay TV, Cable, Satellite, IPTV, OTT, Internet TV, Connected TV and all sorts of technical delivery platforms for content. We go to conferences about it where there is much discussion about how one is better than the other because of the special nuances of the particular delivery mechanism. It turns into a war between OTT and PayTV, between OTT and IPTV, between IPTV and Cable TV etc. However the consumer point is being missed. They don’t actually care about the tech. They care about whether it has the content they want, whether it is cheap or expensive, how easy it is to use, whether they can have the content the way they want it, and all other sorts of usage related characteristics. They don’t care if it is IP packets, ATM packets, or MPEG2 packets. BSkyB is successful in the UK because it gets content to the customer in way that is not too uncomfortable, and not because of their Middleware solution or their return path tech, or their forward path capability or lack thereof. Without the content, then Sky would lose customers even with the best tech solution in the world. Content solutions need to be the focus – we need to concentrate on that and not the tech. The tech is a means to an end for the majority of viewers and consumers out there, and we have forgotten that in the rush to new technology. It also helps that all those tech methods are now taking on very similar if not identical characteristics through hybridisation. Is this the Emperor’s New Clothes moment?
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Video - Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation

Video - Boxee, Roku Predict Pay TV's Transformation | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Internet video could transform the pay-TV industry, as cable MSOs could use the Web to market programming to subscribers outside the geographic reach of their networks, say the CEOs of Boxee and Roku Inc. We don't know which cable company will be the first to market Internet video programming to non-subscribers outside their territories, but Roku CEO Anthony Wood said it is inevitable that pay-TV providers will expand into OTT video. "Within 12 to 24 months we will see a traditional cable company go over the top,"
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Pay-TV industry not united on TV Everywhere

Pay-TV industry not united on TV Everywhere | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...differing approaches illustrate a divide in the media industry over how best to put content on the Web while also keeping customers hooked to their TVs.  In 2009, cable giant Comcast Corp.and Time Warner — parent of TNT, TBS, HBO and other popular channels — unveiled TV Everywhere, an initiative that was to be a blueprint for the pay-TV industry to develop a platform to let subscribers watch content on their computers, phones or tablets. The proposition was simple enough: Take all that is good about television — lots of channels at the click of a button — and transfer it online.  The hope was that by offering subscribers more content online, people would be less likely to cut the cord to their cable or satellite TV service in favor of so-called over the top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Roku. TV Everywhere was also meant to discourage programmers from giving away their shows for free online.  But in the three years since it was conceived, TV Everywhere has struggled to gain traction.  "It's simply a mess," BTIG media analyst Rich Greenfield said. "A complete and utter failure."  Andy Heller, vice chairman and TV Everywhere point person for Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting, believes "the real stumbling block has been deals." Some programmers and distributors, Heller said, are using TV Everywhere contract talks as an excuse to try to "change terms and conditions" of other contracts.  Another problem is that neither the programmers nor the pay-TV providers can decide who should be the gatekeeper for content online. Some consumers have to register at multiple networks to watch content, while others can do one-stop shopping through their distributor.  "We're trying to figure out, can you have a single access point?" said Mike Hopkins, president of distribution for Fox Networks. "It's technically complicated but not impossible."

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Pay TV's future and the battle for Input 1

Pay TV's future and the battle for Input 1 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...What’s more important: control or reach?  For operators, the goal is to quicken innovation and to increase the number of ways that viewers can access their services. The adoption of cloud-based services and more flexibility to reach devices that consumers may buy or already have in their homes is key to that strategy. However, doing so has its downsides: If your cable box no longer controls Input 1, your pay TV provider loses the ability to control how you find and access content. The question for operators is if that tradeoff will be worth it in the long run.

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TV Anywhere threatens pay TV support cost explosion

TV Anywhere threatens pay TV support cost explosion | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The proliferation of content sources, target devices and delivery platforms will treble support costs by 2014 unless operators act soon by deploying appropriate tools and procedures, warns digital TV professional services group S3.
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NFL in Talks to Put NFL Network on Tablets

NFL in Talks to Put NFL Network on Tablets | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The National Football League is in talks with pay-TV operators to distribute the NFL Network's programming over tablets and other computers as the TV industry wrestles with the rise of digital media...
The effort is a tricky balancing act for the NFL, which has sold rights to similar content over smartphones, in addition to signing expensive deals for live games. "We are actively working on those discussions with our existing cable TV partners," said Hans Schroeder, senior vice president of media business development for the NFL. "We hope to have a few partnerships that will be ready for kickoff."
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Must OTT partner with Pay TV to succeed?

Must OTT partner with Pay TV to succeed? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Paul Berriman, Chief Technology Officer at PCCW, one of the world’s pioneering telcos and IPTV providers, is convinced Pay TV operators hold the trump cards when it comes to distributing premium content and has outlined the challenges facing over-the-top (OTT) providers trying to disintermediate them. He told Videonet: “We offer content providers a better route to better monetisation where their revenues can be preserved rather than diminished by OTT. Both OTT providers or the content providers that feed them are much better off looking at CDN [Content Delivery Network] partnerships with Pay TV operators so they can benefit from the value add companies like ours bring.”
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