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Comment Invited on Improving FCC Video Competition Report

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The FCC is asking for input on the data it should collect for its annual report on video competition. In a 20-page public notice released last week, the commission seeks comment from video providers, consumers, and manufacturers of customer premises equipment (CPE) about how to...Learn More

Verizon Positioning to Enable OTT Services with Verizon Digital Media Services

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Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) is a content delivery network (CDN) unit within Verizon, formed through a series of past acquisitions. VDMS works with content publishers and broadcasters to distribute their content throughout the world, currently delivering over 150 million hours of streamed content per...Learn More

RCN Business Deploys 110 Mbps Internet Tier Across all of its Markets

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Princeton, NJ – June 30, 2015 – RCN Business, a communications provider delivering network solutions for voice, data and video, announces today it has deployed 110 Mbps Internet service across all of its business markets, including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Lehigh Valley, Pa., New York...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile to Account for Half of All Online Video Viewing by End 2015

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Internet users around the world continue to engage in more online viewing via mobile devices. According to Ooyala’s “Q1 2015 Global Video Index,” 42 percent of all online viewing occurred via mobile devices. Smartphones are the main growth driver. Online viewing via smartphones was four...Learn More

Hulu Showtime Bundle Illustrates Rapidly Evolving OTT Competitive Environment

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Hulu and Showtime are partnering together to bundle their two services for a new OTT bundle. Subscribers will be able to add Showtime to their Hulu subscription for an additional $9 per month. Both Hulu and Showtime are stepping up their distribution efforts in the...Learn More

NBA OTT to Allow Individual Game and Team Streaming

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Add the NBA to the growing list of content providers who are shaking up the traditional pay-TV model. The NBA announced that their upcoming 2015-16 NBA League Pass service will offer both single games and a season’s worth of any individual team’s games options for...Learn More

Pay TV Subscriber Survey: Providers At Risk of Losing One Third of Subscriber Base

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Despite their best efforts to date pay-TV providers are increasingly feeling the heat from over-the-top (OTT) competitors rolling out leaner, more personalized and less expensive on-demand video content to viewers. Nearly 8 percent (7.7) of respondents to a survey conducted by TiVo-owned Digitalsmiths for its...Learn More

Time Spent Watching VOD on the Rise, Free On Demand Viewing Gaining Popularity

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Americans spent 22 percent more time watching free on demand television content in the broadcast primetime category in the first quarter of 2015 than they did in the same period a year earlier, according to Rentrak’s latest “State of VOD: Trend Report.”  U.S. viewers watched...Learn More

Parks: Over 8 Million U.S. Households Choose OTT over Pay-TV

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Over-the-top (OTT) video service subscription revenues will continue to exhibit strong growth, rising from nearly $9 billion in 2014 to more than $19 billion in 2019, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Nearly 6 in 10 (57 percent) of U.S. broadband households subscribe...Learn More

IAB: U.S. Smartphone Video Viewing Growth Hits 50% in One Year

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Twenty percent of consumers across 24 countries regularly stream longer-form video on smartphone screens, according to new market research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). More than one-third (36 percent) said they stream videos five minutes or longer in length on their smartphones daily or...Learn More

Atlantic Broadband/ MetroCast $200 Million Deal Highlights Ongoing Cable Consolidation

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Consolidation in the pay-TV market isn’t limited to tier 1 companies, as an announcement today from tier 2 cable operators Atlantic Broadband and MetroCast Communications illustrates. Atlantic Broadband, owned by Canada’s Cogeco Cable, said it has reached an agreement to acquire “substantially all of the...Learn More

CFO: 95% of CenturyLink IPTV Customers Also Take Broadband

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The vast majority of subscribers to CenturyLink’s Prism IPTV offering (95%) also take broadband service from the company, said CenturyLink Chief Financial Officer Stewart Ewing at the Morgan Stanley Leveraged Finance Conference yesterday. Ewing also noted that more than half of new Prism customers are...Learn More