Google Fiber Mixes Things Up, Drops Gigabit Pricing to $55, Adds OTT Bundle and Wi-Fi

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Never afraid to mix things up with the ever-changing Google Fiber model, Google has picked its San Antonio launch to introduce several new changes. For starters, Google Fiber’s gigabit pricing has been reduced to $55/month, down from $70 in its other markets. “There’s no installation...Learn More

Sprint Hulu Deal: Three of the Big Four Now Bundle Video with Wireless

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A Sprint Hulu deal, announced today, will include the over-the-top video provider’s Limited Commercials service at no charge for customers who purchase Sprint’s Unlimited service. Sprint is the third of the four major wireless carriers to make bundled moves on the video front as video...Learn More

Parks Finds Subscription OTT Market Share Shifts

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There is a new member to the upper echelon of subscription OTT services in the U.S. market, according to new subscription OTT market share research from Parks Associates. The firm found that Netflix, Amazon Video (aka Amazon Prime) and Hulu remain the top three. But...Learn More

AT&T: With 800K Subs, We Now Know Enough About DirecTV Now to Take it To the Next Level

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The next AT&T DirecTV Now platform will provide cloud DVR capability and will support pay-per-view and digital ad insertion, said John Stephens, AT&T senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, at a financial conference today. DirecTV Now is the company’s over-the-top video offering launched...Learn More

Sling TV Becomes First Live and On-demand Streaming Service on Samsung Smart TVs

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November 7, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today became the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on select Samsung Smart TVs. The launch of Sling TV on this new platform enables Sling TV to expand its leadership in device compatibility, currently supporting...Learn More

Frontier Communications Offers Amazon Alexa Voice Control on FiOS® Quantum TV

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Norwalk, Connecticut — November 3, 2017 — Frontier Communications’ FiOS Quantum TV subscribers can now enjoy a hands-free video experience using Amazon Alexa. The integration of Amazon Echo devices — Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Echo Plus, Echo Spot, Echo Show and more –...Learn More

Parks: Number of OTT Video Services Grows to at Least 200

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OTT video services are growing significantly in sophistication and market penetration, according to Parks Associates, which found that the number of OTT video services in the U.S. is 200 or greater. The firm found that 53% of broadband households subscribe to pay-TV and at least...Learn More

Report: iPhone Users Like Video More, Mobile Video Streaming Now Nearly 80% of Smartphone Data

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A new research report from The NPD Group shows that 57 percent of all smartphone users use an app at least once a month to access video content. Accessing that video app contributes to mobile video streaming as the dominant form of smartphone data NPD’s...Learn More

Sling TV CCA Partnership Enables Streaming OTT, Wireless Bundles for Up to 100 Wireless Carriers

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A newly announced Sling TV CCA Partnership will give CCA members, primarily rural and regional wireless carriers, the ability to bundle a popular streaming OTT service. Sling says it’s the first of its kind partnership for the streaming provider. The deal gives CCA members the...Learn More

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

Rural Youth Technology Survey: Technology Alone Will Not Prevent Rural Flight

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The vast majority (96%) of rural young people age 14 to 22 years old have cellphones, including 17% who get mobile service from a local provider and 75% who get service from a national carrier, according to a rural youth technology survey conducted by the...Learn More

Amid Perfect Storm of Video Competition, AT&T Video Losses Mount: OTT to the Rescue?

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AT&T video losses are accelerating, with the carrier reporting it lost 390K traditional video subscribers in the third quarter of this year. That significant loss of Directv and U-verse TV subscribers is somewhat offset by net adds of 300K DIRECTV NOW subscribers, AT&T’s streaming OTT...Learn More

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