Millennial Streaming Video Survey: 48% Subscribe to Multiple Services

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Millennials like streaming services, though they think there are too many of them, according to a millennial streaming video survey from research and media company Morning Consult. Fifty-seven percent of millennials surveyed agreed with the statement that there are too many streaming services and would...Learn More

vMVPD Satisfaction: Despite the Technical Shortcomings, Subscribers are Warming to Pay-TV Alternatives

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Virtual multichannel video programming distributors (vMVPDs) may be immature and technically behind their more established competitors—but subscribers, for the most part, don’t care, according to a new vMVPD satisfaction survey. vMVPD is the term increasingly used for streaming pay-TV services such as YouTube TV, Sling...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

Comcast Streaming TV Service to Debut, Just Don’t Call it OTT

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A new Comcast streaming TV service, Instant TV will debut in the second half of 2017, the company confirmed on its 2Q17 earnings report conference call today. Comcast has discussed this service previously, calling it Stream TV in the past. Instant TV will be an...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Users to Rise 10%, Roku Heads the Pack

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The number of U.S. connected TV users will continue to grow at a double-digit rate this year, rising 10.1% from 2016’s level. Smart TVs actually connected to the Internet will be the single largest category, according to eMarketer. In sum, 168.1 million people in the...Learn More

NCTC OTT Deals include Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV

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In a sign of the times, two NCTC OTT deals were announced at this week’s Independent Show, taking place in Indianapolis. The two deals will allow NCTC members to resell OTT services from Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV, both of which are considered vMVPDs, offering...Learn More

DIRECTV NOW Cloud DVR Will Come Courtesy of New Unified AT&T Entertainment Platform

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AT&T is working on a unified platform for all of its video services, including DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW, and U-verse TV. A DIRECTV NOW Cloud DVR will be the first feature to show up from this new platform evolution, coming this summer, the company announced. Currently,...Learn More

Roku Monthly Accounts Now Number 15 Million, Streaming 7 Billion Hours of Video

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Roku monthly accounts have reached a new milestone as of June 30th — 15 million, the company announced. The company said that  is a 43 percent increase over the year-ago period. Those users streamed almost 7 billion hours on the platform during the first half...Learn More

Parks: Majority of Broadband Households Watch OTT Video on TV

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New research from Parks Associates shows that the majority of Internet households watch OTT video on TV. This is a significant revelation in the evolution of entertainment video. “Today, more televisions are connected to the Internet than ever, either directly or through connected devices like...Learn More

CenturyLink Stream Debuts as Latest OTT Virtual Pay-TV Service, Starting at $45/month

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The latest entrant in the growing virtual pay-TV world is CenturyLink Stream, which offers a traditional channel line-up through a streaming OTT solution. CenturyLink has been openly discussing this move for months. The service is now in beta, and it offers a live channel line-up,...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

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