Verizon Goes OTT with HBO Now

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Verizon just became the largest broadband provider to offer HBO’s OTT channel HBO NOW. Verizon’s broadband subscribers can access the OTT channel immediately, and some version of it will soon be made available to Verizon’s 100 million wireless subscribers. The move illustrates the rapidly evolving...Learn More

Report: Number of Americans Watching Desktop Video Hits 194 Million

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Nearly 194 million Americans (193.6 million) watched online videos via desktop computers in June, comScore reports. Google sites continue to be the leading source of online video content among Americans, attracting 172.7 million unique viewers and driven primarily by YouTube video viewing, according to the...Learn More

OTT: A Net Neutrality Can of Worms?

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As OTT distribution of video continues to multiply, video and broadband service providers must navigate shifting net neutrality regulations, which are subject to multiple interpretations. Operational strategies like caching, peering, and content delivery networks (CDNs) complicate the net neutrality and open Internet debate, leaving service...Learn More

TIS: All Paths Lead to OTT, IP Video

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Independent cable operators met this week in Boston at NCTC’s annual The Independent Show (TIS), and a growing sense of urgency was on display. That urgency involves correctly positioning a small cable company in a fast changing market, where the historical core service of video...Learn More

OTT Video Demographics Report: Streaming Most Popular with Gen X

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Households in which at least one person is a member of Generation X (roughly 35-49) and those with children (17 and under) are much more likely to stream video and other over-the-top content. More than half (54 percent) of homes with kids view OTT content...Learn More

Report: Streaming, Device Proliferation Fuel Wi-Fi Dissatisfaction

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Actual performance of Wi-Fi in the home falls well short of consumer expectations. according to new research. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of consumers have experienced significant issues revolving around slow Internet speeds that hinder fast, efficient streaming and downloading of large files and video, according...Learn More

Creating Business Value Out of Local Content Channels

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Many video service providers have long offered local content channels, featuring local events, local sports, and special interest stories. The model for providing local content is evolving and many companies are now looking to their local content channels to deliver more than just interesting content...Learn More

Roku Looks to Expand Service Provider Partnerships for Streaming and OTT

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Roku may well be the most familiar streaming OTT device to consumers, thanks in large part to an aggressive retail strategy. But Roku is also now turning their attention to service provider partnerships to help place Roku devices in consumer homes. At Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV...Learn More

Exec Survey Foresees Rise of Niche OTT Video Subscriptions

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How fast will the U.S. market for over-the-top (OTT) video service grow, what’s driving growth and what will the market look like in three years? Forty-five leading providers of entertainment content and services weigh in on these topics in a market research report released today,...Learn More

Content Rights Continue to Be Biggest Obstacle to Broadband TV Momentum

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Broadband and video service providers alike are increasingly looking to streaming content services as a viable video service option. We characterize these growing streaming video services as broadband TV. They may involve OTT type services, or could be streaming video across a closed managed broadband...Learn More

Comcast OTT Offer Xfinity Stream Adds OTT to Comcast Broadband

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Comcast broadband customers will soon be able to add an OTT offer to their Internet subscription, with no requirement for a traditional video service subscription. The service will feature a limited channel line-up, access to on-demand content, and a cloud DVR. The move appears to...Learn More

OTT Unicast Video is Helping Drive the Case for G.fast Technology

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G.fast technology promises to deliver ultra-broadband capabilities over existing copper infrastructure to the home and business. The explosion in video consumption, particularly OTT video delivered in a unicast fashion to individual subscribers, is helping make the case for telcos to take a look at G.fast...Learn More