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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

SES 4K Ultra HD Trials Now Include 30 Operators, Reaching 10 Million Subscribers

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Nine additional pay-TV operators in the United States have joined SES’s 4K Ultra HD trials, bringing the total companies participating to 30, according to the company. Thirty operators with a total of more than 10 million subscribers now have entered 4K Ultra HD trials with...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

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

New C Spire TV Eliminates the Set-Top-Box, Moves to TV App Model

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Regional operator C Spire has launched a new app based TV service, C Spire TV, which leverages third party streaming devices as a replacement for set-top-boxes. C Spire has been working on this evolution for over a year and announced its commercial launch last week....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

AT&T 5G Trials Now Include DIRECTV NOW Streaming in Austin

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Video streaming across a fixed 5G network is now a part of AT&T 5G trials as the carrier introduces DIRECTV NOW streaming to its Austin 5G trial. Fixed wireless 5G trials began in Austin back in 2016. Austin joins Middletown, New Jersey, where video streaming...Learn More

Report: When Comparing OTT Threats on Pay TV, it’s the Revenue, Not the Subscribers That Counts

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Much continues to be made of OTT threats on pay TV providers, with often dire predictions in tow. While acknowledging a fast and dramatically changing technological and viewer environment, Strategy Analytics (SA) says traditional pay TV providers will continue to dominate the U.S. and North...Learn More

Virtual MSOs Bigger Threat to Cable, Satellite, Telco Pay-TV than Netflix, Amazon

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The launch of “skinny” streaming TV and video service bundles by OTT providers, such as YouTube, poses the latest real and present danger to incumbent cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV vendors. A more recent market entrant in the U.S. and internationally, Virtual Multiple Systems Operators,...Learn More

Evolution Digital Reaches eVUE-TV Agreement with GCI

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Centennial, Colorado — June 20, 2017 — Evolution Digital today announces that it has reached an agreement with General Communication Inc. (GCI) to deploy its fully managed eVUE-TV® IPTV Solution to GCI customers in select service regions. GCI delivers residential and business telecommunications services primarily...Learn More

Report: TV Streaming Subscribers Can Be Segmented into Four Categories

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About two-thirds of U.S. adult broadband users have subscriptions to video-on-demand (SVOD) on a home television. Streaming movies and TV programs via the Internet to their TV screens isn’t the only thing that distinguishes home SVOD subscribers from the larger population of U.S. adult broadband...Learn More

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