Apple TV App Offers Single Sign-on Authentication, But One Major Player Says No Thank You

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A new Apple TV app unifies and stays in sync with Apple TV, iPhone and iPad apps and includes single sign-on authentication features. Apple announced the new TV app this week along with a new Siri feature and a single sign-on that enables iOS device...Learn More

Moffett: Comcast Verizon MVNO Plans Could Be Good for Both Companies

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When Comcast a few weeks ago confirmed rumors that it would launch a wireless mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that would tap a years-old agreement with Verizon to resell Verizon wireless services, it raised the question of what those plans would mean for Verizon....Learn More

AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself, Part I

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At an industry analyst meeting held last week in Dallas, an AT&T strategy of disruption of its own business was a key theme throughout. “We are setting out to disrupt ourselves,” said AT&T vice chairman Ralph de la Vega in his opening comments to the...Learn More

J.D. Power: OTT Video Satisfaction is Higher Than for Traditional Pay-TV

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Whether it’s subscription-based or transactional streaming, OTT video satisfaction is significantly higher for U.S. viewers in comparison with traditional pay-TV offerings, according to J.D. Power. And that’s fueling the rising ¨cord-cutting¨ trend, according to the three latest J.D. Power U.S. ¨wireline¨ market studies released Sept....Learn More

Skinny Bundle Research Quantifies Upside, Downside for Pay-TV Providers

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Pay-TV providers contemplating the prospect of offering “skinny bundles” of fewer TV channels face a difficult balancing act, according to skinny bundle research from Altman Vilandrie & Co. So-called ¨skinny bundles¨ composed of channels selected specifically to meet the viewing preferences of specific subscriber groups...Learn More

Subscription VOD Research Finds 29% Increase in Past Two Years

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Growing interest in ¨carousel¨ menu offerings, rising SVOD subscription sharing, growing adoption of TV network apps and a growing number of pay-TV TV Everywhere (TVE) offerings are highlights of new subscription VOD research from Digitalsmiths. Digitalsmiths’ 2Q 2016 video trends report found that the large...Learn More

AT&T Enhances DirecTV TV Everywhere App, Streams Video Free From Wireless Data Caps

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AT&T is adding enhancements to its DirecTV TV Everywhere app, which now allows AT&T wireless customers to stream video from DirecTV without worrying about monthly data caps. Customers have to be both DirecTV and AT&T wireless customers to stream video to their wireless devices without...Learn More

AT&T Obtains HBO OTT Rights for Upcoming Streaming Service

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AT&T is preparing the launch of their DIRECTV Now streaming service and just secured HBO OTT rights, according to the company. The HBO OTT rights are a part of a broader multi-platform agreement that will bring HBO and Cinemax across all AT&T video service platforms....Learn More

TV Everywhere Trends Report: 100% Growth in One Year

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TV Everywhere (TVE) viewing doubled in the past year, according to a TV Everywhere trends report from Adobe Digital Index (ADI). Authenticated TVE viewing increased 58 percent quarter-to-quarter in 1Q´16, according to ADI. Sports and television premieres were the primary growth drivers, Adobe highlights in...Learn More

Sling TV Launches on Apple TV

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June 13, 2016  — SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today from the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Sling TV announced the debut of its live and on-demand Internet TV service on Apple TV. The over-the-top provider’s suite of services, including its single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling...Learn More

TV Everywhere Standard to Include Single Sign-on

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Non-profit industry group CTAM (the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing) on June 10 announced the launch later this year of portions of an open TV Everywhere standard that will enable pay-TV subscribers to sign in just once to access vendor platforms in and outside...Learn More

AT&T Expands NFL Game Streaming Through DirecTV

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AT&T announced an expansion of NFL game streaming through its NFL Sunday Ticket feature for DirecTV. The expansion allows all NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers to stream all out-of-market NFL games. Previously, the streaming feature was reserved for NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers, who incurred additional...Learn More