Comcast Hedges Bet on Nationwide OTT Service, Secures OTT Rights

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The field for nationwide OTT offers is getting quite crowded, and it may one day include Comcast. A report from Bloomberg Business cites recent negotiations by Comcast to secure nationwide OTT rights from several programmers. The move appears to be a hedge for now for...Learn More

Comcast Free Netflix Promotion Underlies Remarkable Co-opetition Evolution

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A new Comcast free Netflix promotion highlights a partnership between these two heavyweights that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable. In many ways, it demonstrates the intersection of broadband and entertainment and the importance that intersection now plays for service providers. Netflix...Learn More

LRG: Gutting of AT&T U-verse Sinks Telco Video Momentum, Cable and OTT Rejoice

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The nation’s leading cable TV providers experienced the lowest number of annual video subscriber losses since 2006 last year, the year telcos first introduced video services, according to the latest from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). The nation’s six largest cable companies lost some 280,000 video...Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

Cloud DVR Becomes New Battleground in OTT Wars

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OTT video is evolving, and emerging virtual pay-TV operators are in a pitched battle to grow their subscriber base. Increasingly, cloud DVR is seen as a necessary weapon. The virtual pay-TV landscape is getting quite crowded. There are at least four current virtual providers of...Learn More

Sling TV Gives Amazon Customers ‘First Look’ at Cloud DVR

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March 9, 2017 —  “Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers” ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today widened availability of its Cloud DVR to new customers...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We’ll Pass on OTT, Focus on Broadband and Continue to Leverage Rural Markets

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Windstream’s heavily rural local service territory gives the company an advantage over other major local exchange carriers, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. In combination with Windstream broadband, which has seen substantial investment, the company’s rural focus has enabled it to see stable revenue in...Learn More

Video Cord Cutting Survey Finds 17% of U.S. Households Without Pay-TV

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Seventeen percent of respondents to a new TiVo video cord cutting survey reported not having a pay-TV service at home. The results were published today in TiVo’s “Q4 2016 Video Trends Report.” Among the 17%, just shy of 1 in 5 respondents  (19.8%) said they...Learn More

CenturyLink CFO Says Consumer Business Still Important, Sees Promise with CenturyLink OTT

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Even though 75% of CenturyLink’s business will come from the enterprise market after its merger with Level 3 Communications is completed, “we’re committed to the consumer business,” said CenturyLink Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing, who outlined key CenturyLink consumer initiatives at an investor conference today....Learn More

LRG: Households with Netflix Now Surpass Those With DVR

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Just over 8 in 10 U.S. TV households have a DVR, a Netflix or cable or telco pay-TV video-on-demand (VOD) subscription, according to new consumer research from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Thirty percent of the 82 percent use two of these services, while 14 percent...Learn More

RSNs on OTT Growth Continues as Sling TV Nabs Comcast/NBC Regional Sports Networks

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Sling TV announced carriage of select Comcast/NBC regional sports networks (RSNs), contributing to a trend of RSNs on OTT growth. RSNs are popular and important to sports loving subscribers who want coverage of local and regional teams. But they come at a cost. Usually a...Learn More

YouTube TV OTT Service Reveals Channel Line-Up, Latest to Take on Pay-TV Industry

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Google introduced a new YouTube TV OTT service yesterday that will offer a streaming channel line-up with some interesting features, taking on traditional pay-TV providers. A YouTube TV OTT service is the latest so called virtual MVPD service, which offers a comparable pay-TV service, but...Learn More