Verizon OTT Delay Can’t Help Fios Video Declines, So Why the Hold Up?

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Verizon announced quarterly results today, revealing a decline in Fios video subs of 18K. Verizon CFO Matt Ellis directly attributed the losses to cord cutting and competition from OTT services. It’s a 3Q 17 theme we’ve already heard coming from traditional pay-TV operators, including AT&T....Learn More

AT&T CEO: Bye-Bye DirecTV, Hello AT&T OTT Video

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AT&T plans to launch a cable TV-like service for delivery over-the-top over its own or a competitor’s broadband network in 2018, said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference today. The AT&T OTT video offering will be in beta trials before year-end and is...Learn More

Disney, ESPN OTT Streaming Services to Begin Next Year, Says Goodbye to Netflix

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It’s just been a matter of time. It’s now confirmed by Disney executives that Disney and ESPN OTT streaming services are now on tap, embracing a direct to consumer model for content distribution. Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed the plans on Disney’s quarterly earnings conference...Learn More

The Need to Compete Flexibly and Globally Behind Discovery’s $14.6B Acquisition of Scripps

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The great changes in how content is packaged and delivered and the desire to compete worldwide are two drivers of Discovery Communications’ acquisition of Scripps Network Interactive, according to the companies. The goal is to increase Discovery’s depth and reach. “We believe that by coming...Learn More

CEO: AT&T Time Warner Plans Include Better Content Monetization, More Mobile Integration

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AT&T sees significant opportunities for monetizing the content assets it will own when its planned acquisition of Time Warner is completed, noted AT&T CEO, Chairman and President Randall Stephenson today in a question-and-answer session at an investor conference, where he discussed AT&T Time Warner plans....Learn More

Coming Soon to a Streaming OTT Offer Near You – Your Local Broadcast Affiliates

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It’s no secret that streaming OTT services like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue are on the rise and beginning to offer a legitimate OTT alternative to traditional subscription pay TV packages. But outside of a few major cities, these streaming offers have struggled...Learn More

AT&T Hello Lab Moves Highlight Continued Telco Push into Content Business

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Although there are skeptics, major telecom service providers appear undaunted in their pursuit of opportunities to create content for non-traditional outlets, including over-the-top video offerings, mobile and social media. The latest move involving telcos in the content business comes from AT&T, which announced plans today...Learn More

Verizon AOL Strategy Aims to Exploit $90 Billion Advertising Market Opportunity

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A key initiative in 2017 for an evolving Verizon AOL strategy is to more tightly integrate Verizon/ AOL marketing initiatives, said Marni Walden, Verizon president of product innovation and new businesses, at a financial conference today. Moves that the carrier already has made in that...Learn More

Global OTT Content Revenues to Reach $53.2 Billion by Year-End

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Global OTT content revenues will increase from $47.7 billion in 2015 to $53.2 billion by year-end 2016, according to a new market research report from Future Market Insights. The roster of market leaders is chock full of big, high-tech brand names, including Akamai, Amazon, Apple,...Learn More

Report: Changing Video Preferences Driving Renewed Interest in A La Carte Pay TV

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Nearly 8 in 10 (78.0%) respondents said they would be interested in an a la carte pay tv service, according to an a la carte pay TV survey conducted by TiVo-owned market research specialist Digitalsmiths. Digitalsmiths-TiVo’s ¨Q3 2016 Video Trends Report: Consumer Behavior Across Pay-TV,...Learn More

AT&T Time Warner Regulatory Approval is But One Hurdle for the Blockbuster Deal

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AT&T continues its move to transform itself into a media and mobile powerhouse with news of its Time Warner acquisition, announced over the weekend. With the move, AT&T could gain several blue chip media brands including HBO, CNN, Turner Networks, and Warner Brothers Studios, among...Learn More

Proposed FCC Independent Video Programming Rules Would Prohibit Certain Clauses

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Proposed FCC independent video programming rules aim to give providers of such content more negotiating power with pay-TV providers by prohibiting certain contract clauses. The proposed changes came in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today at the monthly commission meeting....Learn More

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